ACES Staff

Dr. Jaime Tamez, Executive Director

Jaime has been involved in Education Reform for 45 years at the local, state, national and international levels. He has extensive experience in both rural and urban communities as an educator in public schools, universities and nonprofit programs. He has a combined 12 years of teaching experience in math, science and Spanish at the elementary, mid and high school levels, as well as 28 years of administrative experience. He has served as an education consultant since 2007. He holds a B.A. from California State University, Los Angeles; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction, New Mexico State University; Doctor of Education in Educational Administration with a focus on Transformational Leadership, University of New Mexico; Level 3A Instructional Leader K-8 Elementary License with Bilingual Education Endorsement; Level 3A Instructional Leader 6-12 Secondary License with Bilingual Education Endorsement; and Level 3B Pre K-12 Administrative License. He also completed post-graduate studies at the “Universidad Autónoma”, Guadalajara, México. Jaime has received awards and special recognition from the Navajo Nation, the National Association for Bilingual Education, the National Early Head Start Program, Quality New Mexico, the Paraguay government and the “Comisión Internacional de Reforma Educativa” (International Commission of Education Reform) for his work in establishing high quality, culturally responsive education systems. He has presented at conferences throughout the United States, Latin America and Spain, including the Mediterranean Conference on Education, University of Granada, Spain and the International Congress on Education Reform, Guanajuato, México. In addition, he currently serves on the “Comisión Internacional de Reforma Educativa”. The Commission is focused on systemic, transformational education reform in South America.

Max Luft

Dr. Max Luft, Deputy Director

Brief Resume

During the past 50 years my primary pleasure has been to enjoy my family and raise four fantastic children. To support this endeavor I initially taught math and science to mid school through graduate school students in four states. In addition to direct instruction I worked as the Director of Testing for Albuquerque Public Schools and for a federally funded educational laboratory, owned a private educational consulting business that evaluated 500 federal and state funded programs in schools over a 10 state area, and started three educational services agencies, two of which were public entities and the third a non-profit.

Doug Whitaker, Accounting

Doug has extensive experience in finance as follows:

1971 to 1982: VP/Operations Specialist, Sun Trust Bank, Orlando, Florida
Managed daily operations of multiple branches.

1982 to 1995: VP/Cash Manager, First Interstate Banks of New Mexico
Managed an investment portfolio of $700M.

1995 to 2015: Treasury Manager for several government contracting companies
with oversight responsibility for A/P, A/R, billings and collections and treasury management.

2015: Retired from full-time employment as an Accounting Manager for a multi-national company with annual revenue over $1.7B.

Andrea Solis
Manager of Substitute Services