Dr. Clayton Alred
Dr. Clayton Alred is the immediate past president of Eastern New Mexico University – Ruidoso Branch Community College, a position he held for eight years. Prior to joining the Ruidoso campus, Dr. Alred worked for 30 years in multiple administrative positions at Odessa College, Odessa, Texas. His January 2018 retirement came a the end of a forty-year career as an educator. From the start of his professional life as a junior high school science teacher through his service as a community-college president, he has stood as a staunch advocate for students and worked to eliminate barriers to their success. In addition to his bachelors and masters degrees, he holds a doctorate degree from the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Clayton and his wife, Catherine, recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary, and are the parents of two children, Steven and Mollie, both of whom are married.
Kelly was president of HMYP during the pre-implementation years (2014 – 2016) when the founders were researching the needs of homeless students and possible ways in which to provide services. She is a licensed clinical social worker who is retired after working 23 years as a social worker and county officer manager for CYFD in Eddy County, Chaves County, and Otero/Lincoln Counties. Prior to her work with CYFD, she was a probation/parole officer and ultimately a district supervisor for the Corrections Department. Kelly earned a Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from New Mexico State University.