NMRA Super Staff


We have over 80 years of experience in the restaurant industry. 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

Tom has been in the food and beverage industry for many decades and has been a ServSafe instructor with NMRA for the last 3 years. As Director of Education, Tom coordinates all NMRA educational initiatives including ServSafe, Alcohol Server, and ManageFirst certifications as well as the high school culinary program, ProStart. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Hospitality Industry Education Foundation.
Tom Schuch

Education Director

Andre is the front-line contact for members and non-members, and provides answers on general information about the association and classes. classadmin@nmrestaurants.org.

Andre Reyes

Administrative and Membership Specialist

Cindy’s duties revolve around the finances, administration and human resources of the NMRA. She has 20+ years of experience in the restaurant industry and a background in Accounting. She can help answer questions on a wide variety of topics from general business practices to HR. accounting@nmrestaurants.org

Cindy Ploen

Director of Finance and Administration

As Membership Director, Dionne is responsible for fulfilling the membership benefits, assisting members with their questions and challenges, and connecting our restaurant and hotel members to our vendor members. Dionne has over 17 years of experience in the non-profit sector including other New Mexico trade and membership associations. Contact Dionne to get started!  membership@nmrestaurants.org

Dionne Bower

Membership Director

Lawrence is the point of contact for all things social and advertising related. Do you have an 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 Director

As the Events Coordinator for NMRA, Candela is the go-to contact for all things related to any of the events we have throughout the year. From Board Meetings to Legislative Days Events, Seminars and of course the Hospitality Industry Awards, Candela is your point of contact if you are looking to get involved or attend events. Want to get involved with the NMRA podcast “NM Restaurants NOW”? Candela also does all of the bookings for show guests as well as scheduling of Sponsors. events@nmrestaurants.org

Candela Gomez

Events and Planning Specialist

Allison is our staff lobbyist and handles all aspects of government relations for NMRA. She has worked with the New Mexico Legislature since 1994 and started her own government relations business in 2006. 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

Mary is our Membership liaison for the Las Cruces area. She is a graduate of NMSU and a former U.S. Air Force Reservist. Mary is a long-time Las Cruces resident with strong community ties and years of sales, advertising, and customer service experience. She handles membership sales, outreach, and retention for the Las Cruces area. Are you in the region and want to get more involved? Contact Mary at lascruces@nmrestaurants.org

Mary Gallegos

Regional Membership Coordinator - Las Cruces

John is the Executive Director of GSFRA, our chapter in Santa Fe.

John Bradbury

Executive Director GSFRA

Hours of Operation

8:00am – 5:30pm

10:00pm – 3:00pm

for Alcohol Server Class Only

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