Bob Perls - President, Founder & Board Member
Bob moved to New Mexico when he was five years old and raised a family in Albuquerque and Corrales. He attended Albuquerque Public Schools, Pomona College, where he earned a B.A. in Government and University of Maryland where he earned an M.S. in Healthcare Management with honors. Bob started his own medical technology company, Monitech, Inc., at the age of 24 and sold it in 2008 after 25 years of operation. In addition, he was elected to two terms to the New Mexico House of Representatives representing parts of Sandoval County, did consulting for a Governor of New Mexico on ways to create jobs through renewable energy and ran unsuccessfully for Congress and the PRC for a total of 13 years of political, elected and campaign experience. He co-founded a charter school in Albuquerque, NM called Public Academy for Performing Arts. Bob spent 2009 working on two start-up companies, one in telemedicine and one in cybersecurity. He became a U.S. Diplomat in January, 2010 and served in Germany, Canada, Pakistan and The Gambia. He returned full-time to New Mexico in the spring of 2015 and lives in Corrales with his wife Joan.
He is fluent in German, tries to speak Spanish and is an avid cyclist, skier and martial artist. He is married and has four grown children.
Phone: 1(505) 259-2377
Treciafaye (Tweeti) Blancett - Board Member
Tweeti is a 6th generation New Mexican who has owned and operated the Step Back Inn with her husband since 1993. She has been a vocal a vocal advocate for environmental stewardship, often going toe to toe with local refining companies.
A former Republican, Tweeti coordinating George Bush’s 2000 campaign, stumping for U.S. Sen. Pete Domenci and as a State Representative in the New Mexico state legislature. Once a small town rancher, Tweeti now travels the United States and Canada to talk about sustainable energy development.
Abraham Sanchez - Board Member
Abraham Sanchez was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. He attended Las Cruces High School and studied government at New Mexico State University. He has volunteered in church ministries and worked in HIV prevention and education. He also works with Las Esperanzas, a local community organization dedicated to preserving the Mesquite Street Historic District in Las Cruces. He is now employed by the Bureau of Elections in the Dona Ana County Clerk’s office.
Abraham has two brothers, one an identical twin. He enjoys playing guitar and is a passionate pocket billiards enthusiast. He has served as a Billiard Congress of America League President and has competed in national amateur events.
Gus Pedrotty -Board member, Treasurer
Former Candidate for Mayor of Albuquerque, Pedrotty grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He graduated from the University of New Mexico in May 2017 with bachelor's degrees in chemistry and psychology. His professional experience includes working as an assistant hall coordinator at the University of New Mexico and as an intern with Project Echo.
Kathleen Burke - Board Member
Kathleen Burke is the Associate Director of Street Safe New Mexico, where she is a leader in
human trafficking prevention and advocacy for sex trafficking survivors in New Mexico. She is a
member of the New Mexico Human Trafficking Task Force and Albuquerque’s Southeast Area
Community Policing Council, where she is a voice for the community in the U.S. Department of
Justice police reform effort. Kathleen was a National Delegate for Bernie Sanders at the
Democratic National Convention of 2016. As a committed and high-profile Progressive activist
in New Mexico, Kathleen places a high priority upon issues of transparency and improvement of
the electoral process in New Mexico.