Felix Cordero, Vice Chair and Marcos Montes, Chair stand outside MVPHA administrative offices Monday.
Felix Cordero, Vice Chair and Marcos Montes, Chair stand outside MVPHA administrative offices Monday.

The Mesilla Valley Public Housing Authority (MVPHA) Board of Commissioners elected new officers at their December meeting. Marcos Montes will serve as Chairman and Felix C. Cordero will serve as Vice Chair.

 Montes joined the MVPHA Board in February of 2017. With 24 years of experience in mortgage lending, he currently serves as the Branch Manager for Cherry Creek Mortgage Co., Inc. in Las Cruces. He replaces Shelly Sanders as Chair.

 “I am committed to our mission of helping Southern New Mexico residents obtain, and maintain affordable housing,” said MVPHA Board Chairman Marcos Montes. “I look forward to setting and accomplishing goals with the organization, including expanding our services for the homeless in the communities we serve,” he said.

Cordero replaces Elizabeth Bardwell as Vice Chair. His diverse professional experience includes serving in law enforcement, housing inspector in the construction field and attaining a building contractor license from the State of New Mexico Construction Industries Division. As a second career, Commissioner Cordero received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from NMSU and he is presently employed in the private sector as a Facilities Manager for Sitel, a world-wide company.

The MVPHA is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, two of whom are appointed by the mayor of the City of Las Cruces and two of whom are appointed by the Board of Doña Ana County Commissioners. The fifth member of the MVPHA’s board is a public housing resident.

Other members for 2018 include Sanders, Bardwell and Joseph Figueroa.