CLE - Center for Lifelong Education

CLE Staff

Ron Solimon (Laguna Pueblo)

Director

Ron Solimon is former Executive Director of the Albuquerque-based Indian Pueblo Cultural Center (IPCC). Ron earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree majoring in Marketing from New Mexico State University and a Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico School of Law.
 
He has and continues to serve on several national, regional and local boards, including the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, the Laguna Development Corporation and the Tourism Association of New Mexico.
 
During his career Ron has received many honors and recognition, including the 2008 Junior Achievement of New Mexico’s New Mexico Business Hall of Fame as a “Business Laureate” and the 1998 U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year for the State of New Mexico. In 2009, New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera paid tribute to Ron “For His Devotion and Endless Dedication to the Native American Electorate, Native American Voting Rights, and the Native American Election Information Program.”

 

Charlene_Carr_USDA_CLECharlene Car (Laguna Pueblo) 

Land Grant Office Manager

Born for the Parrot Clan and the Water Clan, Charlene Carr is a member of the village of Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico. She currently serves New Mexico tribal and Pueblo communities, the IAIA students and staff, and other regional tribal colleges as IAIA’s Center for Lifelong Education’s Land Grant Office Manager.

She attended New Mexico State University where she received a B.S. in agriculture.  She also received a M.S. in Plant and Environmental Science, and a minor in applied statistics. Her educational background is in soil science as it relates to agriculture, primarily in soil fertility.  Her interests are to provide extension services and USDA outreach to American Indian agricultural producers.

While at New Mexico State University, Charlene served as agricultural agent to the Eight Northern Pueblos, which includes Taos, Picuris, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Pojoaque, Nambe and Tesuque. She also assisted with the Southern Pueblos Beginning Farmer and Rancher (SPBFR) program and continues to assist the SPBFR program as an IAIA collaborator providing one-on-one technical and educational assistance, and coordination of agricultural workshops. Her primary objectives are to promote IAIA’s land grant initiatives and provide target audiences with agricultural extension services, outreach, collaboration, and provide consultation to key constituents, including IAIA, the 22 New Mexico American Indian tribes, relevant state agencies, the USDA offices in the state, the 13 NMSU Research Centers, and sister land grant institutions.

 

Jacquelyn A. Gutierrez (Santa Clara Pueblo)

Office Coordinator

Jacquelyn A. Gutierrez comes to IAIA with 15 years of environmental experience and will continue to work with communities to provide outreach in various agriculture and environmental projects.  She has assisted with educational outreach to Native communities, and has planed and coordinated a five-day technical and cultural summer camp, which would allows students hands-on training in the areas of water, air, soils/sustainable agriculture, ecology, forest restoration, benthic macro-invertebrate surveys, and emergency response.  She has also been responsible for researching grants, instructors, recruitment and logistical planning.  

Jacquelyn has also worked with the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative with Santa Clara Pueblo and was responsible for the cultural environmental impacts of the Pueblo’s past, present, and future operations through a cultural database. She has also monitored plan compliance with knowledgeable strategies for tribal cultural and historic preservation laws, section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Executive order on Protection of Sacred Sites, and Archaeological Resources Protection Act.

She comes from a family who has been involved in Native traditional dry farming and has kept and maintained the methods from one generation to the next.