Alisha Tafoya Lucero
Alisha Tafoya Lucero has served the State of New Mexico for more than 20 years; 18 of those within the New Mexico Corrections Department. She began her career in Corrections in 2001 at the Penitentiary of New Mexico as a classification officer and has worked in various positions to include probation and parole office, unit manager, deputy warden, and Interim Warden for the Penitentiary of New Mexico and Springer Correctional Center. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, both from the University of New Mexico. She is a native Santa Fean and lives with her husband of 17 years, Jon, and their 15-year-old daughter Brooke.
Melanie Martinez has served the State of New Mexico for more than 22 years, 19 within the Corrections Department. She began her career in corrections as a probation and parole officer in the Santa Fe district office, managing a standard supervision caseload which included high-risk and high-needs offenders. Advancing her career, she served as chief at the Corrections Training Academy, PPD District Supervisor, and PPD Region Manager. Ms. Martinez was then selected to serve as PPD Deputy Director and promoted to Director of Probation and Parole in 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from Western New Mexico University. She is a member of Criminal Judicial Committees and Violent Intervention Programs across New Mexico and serves as a member of the Criminal Justice Reform Committee.
Gary Maciel has served as a dedicated corrections professional with the New Mexico Corrections Department for more than two decades in various roles, from a correctional officer to director of Adult Prisons Division (APD). While a member of the United States Army Reserves, Maciel began his career as a correctional officer at the Penitentiary of New Mexico (PNM) in 2001. He worked in security for 12 years, rising through the custody ranks from officer to sergeant and lieutenant. In 2013, he was selected to serve as a unit manager, where he was closely involved in modernizing the level system of the Predatory Behavior Management Program (PBMP) and desegregation efforts of the Special Management Population (SMP) and the Restoration to Population Program (RPP) for ex-gang members. In 2017, Maciel was promoted to deputy warden, where he oversaw operations in level 2, special management, and administration. With Maciel at the helm as warden, the New Mexico Corrections Department (NMCD) took over operations from the privately operated Northeast New Mexico Detention Facility (NENMCF) in 2019. As warden, he led the facility and the staff through the major transition from private to public operations, handling all aspects from budget to hiring and from security to programming. Following his time as warden, Maciel was promoted to deputy director of the Adult Prisons Division (APD), where he served until his appointment as director of APD.”