NMRA Super Staff


We have over 80 years of experience in the restaurant indusrty. Think of us as your personal assistant. We won’t pick up your dry cleaning but we are here to answer your questions.


Carol became the CEO of the New Mexico Restaurant Association in 2002 and enjoys being an advocate for the industry. As CEO, Carol is the leader of the NMRA staff and the Face of Political Advocacy. executive@nmrestaurants.org  Cell: 505-250-2911

Carol Wight

Chief Executive Officer

Dionne is a graduate of NMSU and has of 13 years experience in the non-profit sector. Would you like to join NMRA? Do you have questions about your Membership or Member Benefits? Would you like to know about becoming an Associate Vendor Member? Contact Dionne to get started!  communication@nmrestaurants.org

Dionne Bower

Communications and Membership Director

Cindy has 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. You can contact Cindy for inquiries regarding Accounting, Wage, Tips and Hours Questions and anything related to HR.  accounting@nmrestaurants.org

Cindy Ploen

Director of Finance and Administration

Tom has worked in the food and beverage industry for much of his adult life. He is your point of contact for Servsafe Food Safety and Alcohol Server classes, the high school culinary program ProStart, and the Serving NM fundcertification@nmrestaurants.org

Tom Schuch

Education Director

Candela is a professional Event Planner with 10 years of experience in New Mexico, Boston and Mexico. Contact Candela for inquiries regarding all NMRA Events like Legislative Days, the Hospitality Industry Awards, Board Meetings and Seminarsevents@nmrestaurants.org

Candela Gomez

Events and Planning Specialist

Terry is the front-line contact for members and non-members. Terry can provide answers on general information about the association and any upcoming classes or class materials and help you make changes to your member profileclassadmin@nmrestaurants.org.

Terry Cochrane

Administrative and Membership Specialist

At NMRA, Allison handles all aspects of government relations. She is the staff lobbyist and prepares NMRA Position Papers. She graduated from the Swiss Hotel Association School, Les Roches in 1991 and completed her Masters of Science degree at New Mexico State University in 2005. 

Allison Kuper-Smith

Government Affairs Director

Lawrence joined NMRA as the Communication Specialist and has a background in digital communications and marketing. He is the point of contact for all things social and advertising related. Do you have a job posting, event or vendor opportunity that you’d like us to share to get more visibility? Want to advertise your product or service? dining@nmrestaurants.org

Lawrence Baker

Communication Specialist

Katharine has always maintained a career in the service industry and started with GSFRA in January of 2018.  She is passionate about great food. Would you like to become a member our GSFRA Chapter? Would you like to advertise your restaurant in Santa Fe? Contact Katharine and she can help you get started.  executive.director@gsfra.org

Kathrine Wright

ED for the Greater Santa Fe Restaurant Association

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