Paula Maes has been in broadcasting over 30 years beginning her career in radio while attending the University of New Mexico. After graduating from UNM, Maes worked in local television broadcasting as a researcher and then newscast producer. As the station's Public Affairs Director, Maes brought public issues to the community from healthcare to child abuse. Her work has earned her an Emmy for her work on "When Touching is a Crime." Maes has also owned an advertising and public relations agency facilitating strategic planning, designing communications policies and creating lifelong relationships. Maes joined the NMBA as Executive Director in 1996 and is currently teaching a broadcasting class at the University of New Mexico.
Melanie Majors is the NMBA's law enforecement trainer. She has an extensive public relations and communication background. As an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico’s Communications and Journalism Department Majors brings her experience from print media and news broadcasting to the next generration of journalists.. She has vast experience in strategic planning, crisis management, employee management, as well as the research, writing and distribution of news releases; writing and producing new promotions; public service announcements and advertising sales commercials.
Kevin Bruno is a 20-year veteran of law enforcement in New Mexico. He has been a DPS certified instructor since 1997. He currently teaches various subjects around the state of New Mexico. In those 20 years of law enforcement, he has been assigned around the state and worked in several different divisions. He spent six years in the investigations bureau as an agent and a supervisor. He supervised the DWI unit in Albuquerque for five years and has done three years in the training bureau. He has been a negotiator for 12 years and supervised the unit. He is currently a Master Instructor in several areas of law enforcement training.
Keith Elder is a graduate of the 41st New Mexico State Police recruit school in 1984 and has served throughout the state for 22 years. His assignments included patrol duties in Espanola, Vaughn, Santa Rosa, Hobbs and Socorro. Elder was assigned to Governor’s Security under the last Bruce King administration. His career concluded in Albuquerque when he was assigned to the Office of the Chief in Professional Standards. In addition, Elder has been a law enforcement instructor for about 28 years, providing training on General Police subjects, Police Traffic Radar, Firearms, HB93 (CIT) and Constitutional Use of Force. He is an adjunct instructor with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy and holds command level certification from the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy. He has assisted NMBA with several of the classes in Media Relations and Public Information.