is an accomplished businesswoman, a committed champion of literacy and other community causes, a proud mom, and the loving wife and partner of Albuquerque's Mayor Richard J. Berry. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Maria graduated from St. Pius High School and earned her bachelor's degree in business from the University of New Mexico. Her career experiences encompass a wide range of disciplines from social work to construction. Maria is the owner of Cumbre Construction, a woman owned business that at one point was ranked among the 500 largest Hispanic owned companies in the country. Today she is a Certified Fraud Examiner with McHard Accounting Consulting.
Even while working with her husband to create jobs and grow a family business, and before being Albuquerque'a First Lady, Maria has always given her time and talent in the pursuit of literacy for all – volunteering her time over the past 20 years teaching reading to adults, children and the ESL population. Her other activities include philanthropic endeavors to promote better outcomes in the areas of poverty, the senior population, economic development, health and wellness and youth.
Maria and Mayor Berry have been married for 23 years and have one son, who is a junior in high school. The Berrys are avid outdoor enthusiasts, spending their time skiing, camping, fishing, and riding their ATVs. You can also find the Berrys out and about town, from the theater to live music and other cultural events to the Run for the Zoo. They also call their dog Skip – a Jack Russell terrier - part of the family.
(formerly known as Mrs. Pickett), was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is also known as the “Story Songbird Woman” and was pinched by the story and performance fairy at the tender age of 7 years old. In 1991, Brenda began working with a fellow colleague at the Main Library for the City of Albuquerque (Bernalillo County – ABC Libraries) downstairs in the story pit.
Brenda is a vocalist and has sung with many small choral groups, and A’Capella Choirs. Throughout the years, she has sung with her own band, “Lady B & the Jazzmen,” “Lady B & the Jazz Vibrations,” and other bands such as a former local jazz band called the “Casualz.” She has worked in Hollywood with actors Checky Green, Cloris Leachman, and the late Bill Bixby. Brenda is happy to have worked on several films as an extra, and she has made videos for Kaiser Permanente and the “P Funk” artist “George Clinton.”
Brenda has worked as a library technician for the City of Pasadena, and the City of Albuquerque for approximately 24 years and worked for a private Albuquerque Christian school as their head librarian for 7 years. She is not only a librarian, but recently began teaching grades K-3 at a local Albuquerque charter school while pursuing her Master’s in Education. Brenda received her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Wayland Baptist University. While with the New Mexico Humanities Council, Brenda has been a storyteller and chautauquan for more than 12 years. She has traveled more than 350 thousand miles using several automobiles and feels like a well seasoned traveler on the highways and byways of New Mexico.
NMCL Annual Meeting
Call to Order
Approval of Minutes
Announcement of Officers
Break, Exhibits & Performance by
Brenda J. Hollingsworth-Marley
Break & Exhibits
Lisa Marie Baremore
IT Project Manager
Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutor
Technology Made Simple - Enhancing One-to-One Tutoring Using Technology
(Basic Literacy Tutors, Literacy Directors/Coordinators & Boards of Directors)
Smartphones, apps, tablets, webinars - the language of technology that our younger generation uses every day. Learn how to understand and use this technology to enhance your tutoring sessions and help your students confidently connect with their younger family members. Learn about Wi-Fi, Smartphones, texting, IM, apps, social networking, using the Internet effectively and connecting with webinar or video chat applications such as Facetime, Skype and WebEx. This workshop will simplify your technology experience and provide you with links and materials to use with your students and for your own personal development.
NMCL Advisory Council &
Senior Vice President
(Literacy Directors/Coordinators & Boards of Directors)
Do you need more money to operate your adult literacy program? In this economic climate, funding sources like ours are highly valued. Join us for a review of the NMCL's State of New Mexico-funded grant to local providers of adult literacy services. The NMCL's grant supports costs that most grantors and funders do not - general operating costs for salaries, benefits, purchased services, overhead, supplies, and travel expenses that are program service related. By paying for these costs, your program is better able to leverage its funding for other private and public project monies. In this workshop, you will be given guidance for completing the NMCL's Operating Assistance Grant application to ensure that your program submits a qualified application that fits within the NMCL's mission and your own program's mission, funded at the highest level possible.
New Life Learning Center
Changing One Life at a Time
(Students & Tutors)
This workshop is designed to help students and tutors interact with each other in a learning environment. It will focus on how to motivate students to share their life experiences that will help them build their self- esteem, thus fostering their learning skills. There will be teamwork activities for both tutors and students to enhance the learning environment. It will also give highlights on how to tutor a group of students in one class who are on different academic levels.
Jean Block Inc.
(Literacy Directors/Coordinators & Boards of Directors)
Where's the Yellow Line? One of the most difficult issues to define in nonprofit management is the line between board and staff. Whose job is it to manage a nonprofit? Who has ultimate fiduciary responsibility? How do we clarify these roles (and others) without stepping on toes and getting defensive? Whether you are a board leader or a staff leader, you've had to struggle with these questions at some point and you've had a difficult time drawing the line in a way that gets and keeps your nonprofit board and staff focused on their jobs within the task at hand ... serving your mission and purpose! What is often hard for us, when we are in the middle of the game of serving our mission, is clarifying whose job it is to govern and manage the organization. This workshop will cover board and staff roles in governance, human resources, finance, fundraising, planning, and public relations.
Yvonne Post Wise
NMCL Board Trainer
This interactive workshop explores the struggles millions of individuals encounter when reading or writing because they can’t see the printed page the same way proficient readers do. They suffer from a perceptual dysfunction named the "Irlen Syndrome," which can be helped with the Irlen Method.* Workshop participants will know the exploding joy that comes to someone who is suddenly able to comfortably read the printed page....simply by using the correct Irlen color overlays or Irlen Filters. We’ll discuss how accommodations to the learning environment can make reading less painful and more productive. You’ll learn how to spot symptoms in your student or perhaps yourself, and how to complete the eye-opening Irlen Questionnaire and easily administer it to a student.
* Reading By The Colors, The Irlen Revolution, Helen Irlen, MA, LMFT
(Students & Tutors)
This event counts toward your professional development!
Certificates will be provided upon request.
$40 General Admission
$10 Students, Volunteer Tutors & Local Program Board Members
$50 General Admission
$15 Students, Volunteer Tutors & Local Program Board Members
$40 Programs (Community-based adult literacy programs and other nonprofit groups. Only program personnel may purchase a program membership.)
$25 Individual (Anyone can purchase an individual membership.)
$10 Student, Volunteer Tutor, or NMCL Trainer (Only students and tutors may purchase a membership under this category, and only NMCL Trainers.)
1901 University Blvd.
1760 Menaul Blvd. NE