ACES Staff

Christy Takacs - Executive Director

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Christy Takacs

Christy is the Executive Director of ACES.  Over the past 28 years she has been an elementary school teacher, an elementary and middle school principal, and a charter leader in New Mexico.  With the majority of her experience being in a leadership capacity, she has a strong knowledge base and broad understanding of the needs of New Mexico schools.  Her vision for ACES is to be the first organization people consider when looking for support services for their schools.  Her goal is to effectively and creatively meet the needs of NM Charter Schools and to continue to move ACES forward in providing quality, affordable services.

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT
Chris Narkun

Chris is a New Mexico native who graduated from UNM before serving as a Teach for America Corps Member in Philadelphia, PA, and further working as an educator and program manager for education-related non-profits in Pennsylvania and the Mississippi Delta. He returned to New Mexico to work in the Policy Office at the Public Education Department before taking over as Director of Operations in 2017. With a lifelong commitment to improving education for kids, families, and communities, Chris is extremely excited to join ACES in support of New Mexico's charter schools, vendors, and other educational partners. Chris can be reached at finance@nmaces.org.

BOOKKEEPER
Nancy Bangs

Nancy has extensive experience in finance and provides key bookkeeping services for ACES.

FINANCIAL MANAGER
Katherine Moore

As ACES financial manager, Katherine oversees all financial aspects of the business. Since 2014, her career has focused on gaining financial process efficiencies and improving human relations aspects for small businesses. Katherine grew up in Yokohama Japan and immigrated in 2002 where she graduated from the University of Massachusetts business school, Suma cum laude. Katherine spent several additional years in Japan working to improve military civilian relations in an advertising capacity, before returning to the US to complete an MBA in finance. She can be reached at businessoffice@nmaces.org.

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES SYSTEM MANAGER MAINTENANCE SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGER - Amber Le

SUBSTITUTE SERVICES SYSTEM MANAGER AND MAINTENANCE SERVICES PROGRAM MANAGER
Amber Le

As Manager for both the Substitute Services System and the Maintenance Services Program, Amber provides two very important services to ACES Charter Schools. As Substitute System Manager, she recruits, hires and manages qualified substitutes for participating charter schools. As Maintenance Services Program Manager, she works directly with ACES Charter Schools and Cooperative Purchase Agreement Partners (CPA) to ensure that schools receive prompt, high-quality services. Amber is a native New Mexican and received her education at the University of New Mexico. She has extensive experience in sales and customer service. Her administrative and computer skills have guided her to ACES. She enjoys helping schools complete projects to make them shine and become their best. Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends.

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

As ACES Administrative Assistant, Sharon provides assistance to all areas of ACES business. Composing the ACES Newsletter, maintaining the ACES Website and providing ACES communication are just a few facets of her job. As Employment Services manager, Sharon posts jobs for participating charter schools on various platforms and provides quality candidates for hire. Sharon received her undergraduate degree at New Mexico State University in Elementary Education. Additionally, she received her Master’s Degree and Education Administration license from NMSU. Sharon is a retired LCPS employee with 13 years of experience in elementary classrooms and 14 years as a principal. She returned to JPTA after retirement and worked for two years as the Assistant Director. Sharon has been in Las Cruces for over 35 years and enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.