Kim Kerschen serves as the Executive Director. For as long as she can remember, Kim has wanted to work with and help children. Initially, she worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in Albuquerque Public Schools for kindergarten through 5th grade students. After having children she became very involved in PTA and eventually was the President for the New State PTA. She had many opportunities to observe children in many environments and was fascinated by their attentiveness to what each other was wearing. It became obvious that how the students dressed equated in many cases to how they were treated by other children, thus, her interest in students having appropriate clothing for attending school. Kim is proud that as Locker #505 approaches its 10th year of serving students in need, it has become a recognizable non-profit in the Greater Albuquerque Metro Area year. This year, she has been humbled by winning two notable awards that have brought positive attention to Locker 505. In April, 2023 she was honored to be selected as the New Mexico’s Remarkable Woman of 2023 as part of a nationwide Nexstar Media initiative to honor the influence that women have had on public policy, social progress, and the quality of life. On June 23, 2023 she was awarded the Volunteer of the Year for Mayor’s Day of Volunteer Recognition, again a true honor.
Margie Pintzow is the current Board President. She has held the positions of President for two years, Secretary for two years, and was a member at large for four years. Locker 505 is a very important part of Margie’s life; she sincerely believes in the Locker 505 mission. Margie is inspired by Kim’s passion and determination to help as many children in New Mexico as she can. Margie is proud to be part of Locker 505, and is proud to have been a part of the growth of Locker 505 over the past few years. Margie has her BA in Political Science from Miami University, and her MA in Early Childhood Education from George State University. Margie has been a board member for the Jewish Community Center. She and her husband Perry are business owners. Margie was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Margie moved to Albuquerque via Atlanta in 2003. She has been married almost 30 years, and they have two boys. Margie loves to ride her bike, travel, read, and spend quality time with her family and friends.
Linda Mackie is a native of Albuquerque; she currently serves as the Board Secretary. She has held the positions of Secretary and member at large at Locker 505 during various years over the past ten years.Linda attended the University of New Mexico to earn her BA in Special Education, MS in Special Education, MS in Organizational Learning & Instructional Technology, and Certificate as an Educational Diagnostician. Linda is retired from Albuquerque Public Schools where she was a special educator, teacher mentor/coach, and educational diagnostician. As a teacher, she remembers many years ago when her students came back from their shopping trips to Locker 505, smiling and cradling their bags of new clothing, coats, and shoes. They were so excited! One student loved her new coat so much she never took it off. After retiring, Linda returned to work in APS in her current position as an educational diagnostician. Linda is a proud Air Force mom. Linda loves to spend her time with home remodeling projects, landscaping, hiking, traveling, trying new restaurants, and of course supporting Locker 505.
Jeff Manley’s expertise has benefitted the Board for the past 2.5 years and he has served as the Treasurer for the past 1.5 years. After working with Kim for a Christmas fundraiser and learning about Locker 505’s mission, he wanted to be a part of it. Being a part of Locker 505 has been a great way for Jeff to give back to the kids in our community. Jeff has his MS degree in Economics from California State University Long Beach, MS degree in Information Systems from Webster University, and BS degree in Finance/Economics from Montana State University Bozeman. Jeff is currently employed as a Technical Manager with Tecolote Research Inc., where he provides Financial Consulting support for the United States Space Force. Jeff is also the current Board Member/Secretary/Treasurer for The Sons and Daughters of the Gallatin Pioneers (Historical group in Montana dating back to 1893). Jeff was born and raised in Bozeman Montana. He loves the outdoors, camping (RV), skiing, hiking, kayaking, dirt bikes, RZR’s. He is married with five children and almost 2 grandchildren. Jeff is a Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel.
Alex Dunivan has been a member of the Board for three years. His active participation in the Board allows him to help the community in a meaningful and impactful way. Alex has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Sociology from Arizona State University. Alex is the Senior Operations Manager at Hertz Rent A Car Albuquerque. He is an avid collector of LEGO, and he is a member of the Curse (New Mexico UNITED Supporter Group).
Jaclyn Valencia was invited to join the Board in January 2023. She graduated from Bernalillo High School. Growing up in the small town of Bernalillo and struggling with her own hardships helps Jaclyn relate to the challenges and insecurities children go through. It brings her joy to be a part of Locker 505, as it has provided her with the opportunity to contribute support to the children in her home state. Jaclyn joined Locker 505 because she wanted to positively impact children in New Mexico and to help instill the confidence they need to positively impact someone else’s life. Jaclyn believes it is important to continue the cycle of giving, and Locker 505 gives our children hope and inspiration. Jaclyn has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry and is currently a Financial Sales Manager with First Citizens Bank. In her role, she passionately works with business owners as their relationship banker. She takes the quality time to study and learn about their industry and to understand what types of challenges and industry trends they face. She provides advice that supports their operational needs, shares ways to protect and grow their assets, and most importantly, she supports them through their business journey, every step of the way. In her spare time, Jaclyn enjoys being with her family, gardening, and playing the ukulele.
Sarah Wilson is one of Locker 505’s newest Board members, but she has supported the organization through the Sheraton ABQ Uptown hotel for several years, mainly through the Scare-A-Ton Halloween event. She also supports Locker 505 by providing ballroom space for the annual Fashion Show, and by providing meeting space at the Sheraton to host the monthly board meetings. Sarah has a Bachelors in Communications and Minor in Sociology from the University of New Mexico. Sarah is the Director of Sales at the Sheraton ABQ Uptown. Sarah’s generosity has been invaluable to Locker 505. Sarah ensures that any volunteer opportunities or charitable partnerships with the Sheraton go toward assisting Locker 505. Sarah has 10+ years with Executive Women International as a former Board member, president, VP, secretary, and served on several committees. She has two years with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a board member. She has two years experience as a member of Meeting Planners International. Sarah was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has lived in ABQ for 38 years. She has worked at the Sheraton for 20 years. She was a Competitive Equestrian in Hunter Jumper for several years. Sarah and her husband are avid concert goers and travel to as many concerts as they can.
Terri is a seasoned Board member and has served on 7 nonprofit Boards in Oregon, Colorado, and New Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of New Mexico and her Master of Business Administration from Western New Mexico University. Currently, she serves as the Public Information Officer for PNM. Terri believes in the importance of Locker 505, as an organization that serves a unique and underserved population. All children, regardless of the ability to pay, deserve to have access to the basic need of clothing. Her hobbies include biking, gardening, reading, knitting, and volunteering in the community. In addition, she feeds a family of roadrunners who visit her home daily.
Patti Martinez has been a Board member since day one - beginning from 2014. She is a valuable founding member who has held the offices of Secretary and President over the years. Patti believes in Locker 505’s mission to clothe children in the various counties surrounding and including Albuquerque. She knows that students who come to school wearing clothing that fits and makes them feel great and comfortable makes a student ready to learn. Locker 505 makes a positive difference every single day for so many children in our schools. Patti is proud to be an active part of Locker 505. She is a special education teacher with 35 years of experience in various New Mexico school districts. Her degrees include a Masters degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education/Special Education. Patti is currently a third/fourth grade special education teacher with Albuquerque Public Schools. She recognizes the basic needs of children and understands how important it is
for students to have those basic needs in order to begin to learn. Patti is also able to give school staff, parents, and the community the necessary information for students to receive clothing and needed items. Patti has been an Albuquerque resident since high school and graduated from both New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico. She had the honor of being awarded the Golden Apple Award for Elementary Teachers and continues to love working with children in the classroom.
Ramon Armando Martinez has been honored to be a board member for the past year. His personal connection with Locker 505 started with the “Socktober” sock drive that his wife and children started several years back at their school. This introduction and interaction with Locker 505 opened up a whole new way for Armando to serve his community and make a direct impact on our city’s future. Armando holds an Associates degree in Police Science from Eastern New Mexico University. Armando served two years on the New Mexico State Parks Advisory Board from 2020-2022. Armando is a proud New Mexican who was born and raised in Albuquerque’s beautiful south valley. Armando was blessed to have had an amazing career that took him through many ranks and divisions of the fire department. Armando ultimately retired from his dream position as the Captain of the Arson Investigations Division. Armando retired after serving 20 years with the Albuquerque Fire Department in August of 2022. The last 12 years of his career were spent as an arson investigator who was tasked with determining the origin and cause of fires. If the fire was determined to be intentionally set, he would put on his police hat and perform a thorough investigation and submit a case to the District Attorney’s office to hold the fire setter(s) accountable. Armando is currently an entrepreneur pursuing the American dream within the outdoor industry. He has a trademark and is awaiting the completion of a patent for an archery product that was invented by himself and his business partner.
Karen Manley has been a member of the board since 2022. She has a degree in Business Management. Karen is the Regional Sales Manager for Optomec, Inc., which is an Albuquerque based company that produces metal 3D printers used for repair of turbine blades for aviation and power generation. Currently Karen manages 23 states for Optomec. Karen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. She spent most of her childhood in the Denver suburbs. She is a former Red Cross volunteer who assisted with evacuation shelters for one of the largest wildfires in Colorado, including coordinating the safe evacuation of several hundred Boy Scouts from their camp. Karen was a Cub Scout Den leader for 4 years. She spent many years volunteering with her children at the Christmas Crusade for Children held in Denver. Karen moved to Albuquerque for her husband's job in 2016. Karen is married with 5 children and 1 granddaughter. A second grandchild is expected soon. Karen loves the outdoors, kayaking, UTV riding, hiking, and spending time exploring around New Mexico.
Stephanie is one of our newest board members and she has worked with several non-profits over the years providing HR support services. Stephanie knows how Locker 505 impacts so many family’s lives and loves the opportunity to be a part of something that improves the lives of so many kids. Stephanie graduated from UNM with a B.B.A. and a concentration in Human Resources. She has been working in HR
for 30 years. Stephanie is currently a HR Consultant with Southwestern HR Consulting and has been with them for 6 years. Prior to that, I worked as an HR Director for many different organizations in many different industries. Stephanie is from Minnesota and came to Albuquerque in 1987 to attend the University of New Mexico. She has three daughters (26, 23, 20) who are a big part of her life. She enjoys hiking, swimming, reading, networking, and traveling.
Delores D. Stroud, MBA; Ph.D. in Child and Family Psychology (aka Deedee) is a new member to the Locker 505 board as of October 2023. Deedee has dedicated her life to supporting children in our community. Deedee recently retired from All Faiths Children's Advocacy where she was most recently Business Development Officer and previously COO for a decade. Prior to All Faiths, Deedee worked at APS as the Director of School and Community Partnerships where she learned the importance of children having access to free clothing. She loves to hike, dance at Zumba and make greeting cards as well as other crafts. She has been married to Sean Stroud for over 30 years and has an adult daughter, Sami, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in environmental geography. Besides her devotion to her family and children in our community, Deedee loves her 3 spoiled rescue dogs. Currently, Deedee runs "It Takes A Village Consulting" and is contracted with the state to support other nonprofits as they develop or maintain High Fidelity Wraparound teams.
I like working at locker 505 Student Clothing Bank because it's to help the kids who sometimes have so little to look forward to. So that the clothes make them feel more confident and happy. Especially when they need to
Being an employee at Locker #505 has made me a better person in a lot of ways. Helping kids find clothes that make them feel better and makes them happy, makes me happy. I never knew how big the need for clothing for kids was in Albuquerque until I began working here. I love that we are able to make a small difference in these children’s lives and that makes all of the hard work worth it!
To be part of something so great and so awesome and to provide an invaluable service to the community, these are just a small handful of reasons why I love working at Locker#505. Thank you, Kim, for making me part of the family, it feels so great to give back to the children of Albuquerque and to see joy and happiness on the faces of children and parents alike!
Being able to see kids who we see leave happy makes everything we do worth it. We want the kids to feel confident and happy with what they are wearing. Our team works hard to make sure our kids get the clothes they feel good in. I am proud to be part of Locker#505.
Since working with Locker#505, I have been introduced to the immense need there is for appropriate clothing for school-aged children. I love being part of an organization that gives attention and priority to an issue that may seem small to most. Giving children the chance to feel comfortable and happy in their clothing also gives them the opportunity to succeed and thrive! Working with Locker#505 has been one of the most positive experiences I've ever had and seeing the excitement that comes with the children we see will have an everlasting effect on me!