ACES Staff









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.

Max Luft


Dr. Max Luft

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.


Nancy Bangs

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




Lorrie DeLoach

Lorrie is passionate about quality education for all children.  She is excited to support Charter Schools in her capacity with ACES.




Amber Le

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

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.