ACES Staff

Matt Pahl



Matthew Pahl is the Executive Director of ACES.  Matt is also the Executive Director of Public Charter Schools-New Mexico.  He is celebrating his 13th year in education reform in the state of New Mexico.  His career began as a first grade teacher and has included positions with the State Legislature and as the Policy Director at the Public Education Department.  Matt believes education is the fundamental tool to achieving equity in our country, and is interested in how varied academic programs and organizational structure can help improve public educational experiences for all.  He received his B.A. in History from St. John’s University in Minnesota and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.


Max Luft

Dr. Max Luft, Deputy Director

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


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.



Nancy Bangs


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


Andrea Solis
Manager of Substitute Services

Andrea coordinates the ACES Substitute Services Program and works directly with schools to ensure that schools receive high-quality substitutes.

Amber Le
Employment Services System Manager
Maintenance Services Program Manager

As Manager for both the Employment Services System and the Maintenance Services Program, Amber provides two very important services to ACES Charter Schools.

As Employment Services System Manager, she posts and monitors vacancies for ACES Charter Schools who are subscribers of the Employment Services System.

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.




Joni Hagemeyer

Administrative Assistant

As ACES Administrative Assistant Joni 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.

Joni is a Minnesota native and received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Elementary Education.  Additionally,  she received her Education Administration graduate degree from the University of New Mexico.  Joni is a retired APS employee with ten years of  experience in elementary classrooms and eighteen years as an Elementary Principal.  She is a sports enthusiast and enjoys spending time with family and friends.