Meet our NMVA Governing Council:

Lawrence Palmer, President
Lawrence C. Palmer resides in Farmington and is currently both an adjunct instructor at San Juan College and a contract instructor for the Center for Workforce Training (School of Energy) at San Juan College. Previously he taught at colleges in Wyoming. He has taught management, leadership, history, political science, psychology, and reading. Prior to teaching, he coordinated Service Learning in the San Juan College Volunteer Center and had a 30 year career in city manager and assistant city manager positions in San Juan County, Portales, and Farmington, New Mexico as well as in other communities in Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Missouri, and Oklahoma. He has a B.A. in History and a M.P.A. from Brigham Young University and a M.Ed. from the University of Central Oklahoma. Larry’s education background and government management skills will be welcomed on the Governing Council.
Becky Ferris, Vice President
Becky holds a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, where she used her specialty in the Farmington School district.  She also taught courses for the University of New Mexico as a reading specialist to work with other instructors on curriculum development in reading.  At her local college in San Juan, she taught Reading 050, 095 and College Reading Skills.  She has been married for 37 years, has two children, a son and a daughter.  Her son resides in Florida and her daughter is in Albuquerque pursuing a career in pharmaceuticals.  Becky loves to read and is very active in her church as the children’s ministry director and as the ladies ministry leader.
Eva DeLea Taylor, Treasurer
Eva DeLea Taylor resides in Aztec with her husband and two children. She works as a Multi-Family Housing Area Specialist, in addition to providing Single Family Housing assistance, with the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development field office in Aztec. Her volunteer activities are focused on the schools and enrichment and sports activities of her two children, including the organization of a school booster club which would provide fundraising support for the school. Her knowledge of federal and state government programs as well as school organizations will be a great benefit to the Governing Council.
Michael Shirer, Finance Office
Mike Shirer received an accounting degree from Kansas State and worked for the IRS for 21 years as an auditor, field agent and as an EEO investigator. In 2009, he followed a second passion, and returned to school to earn an Environmental Biology degree from Fort Lewis College.  Though he did not change career paths, he felt very fortunate to have been able to pursue a dream.  Mikes last venture, was founding an accounting firm in Farmington NM, The Accounting Firm Incorporated. Mike has been married for 30 years and has three children, all of whom are currently attending college.  Though none of his children attended the New Mexico Virtual Academy, his passion for education and being a member of NMVA’s Governing Council, is to have available opportunities for all children to succeed and to have choices in education.
Kathy Keigal
Katherine Kegel taught business education grades 7-12 for 17 years and has been a guiding force in helping students gain the knowledge and experience necessary to pursue post-secondary education or career fields after high school. Kathy has her NM Level 3-B Pre K-12 Administrative License and her NM Level 3-A Instructional Leader 7-12 License with endorsement in business education.  She now is a district coordinator where she uses her skills to facilitate meetings and provide coaching opportunities for staff and parents, and extensively analyze assessment data for driving instruction.  Education is a priority for Kathy and she participates actively in all professional development opportunities in order to maintain expertise in her field.
She currently resides in Chama, NM with her husband and enjoys reading, outdoor activities, gardening, and travel.