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Board of Directors

Wayne Tedford
Wayne Tedford is the current EHCA Board President.  Wayne earned his Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from Trinity Southwest University.  He brings a strong theological and non-profit acumen to the board having served as assistant pastor at Eastern Hills Baptist Church for 4 years and Pastor/Elder at Christchurch for 12 years.  Wayne was a founding member of Hands On Ministry and Education (HOME) and served on their board for 6 years, 3 as president.  He previously served on the board for Christchurch SBC as Vice President, Treasurer and Elder.
Additionally, Wayne has owned a commercial and residential remodeling company for the past 15 years.
Wayne and his wife, Angi, have two boys at Eastern Hills Christian Academy.
“I believe putting our boys at EHCA is the best thing we could have done for them.  They love their teachers and they both look forward to going to school every day.  EHCA is important to me because it not only teaches my children the basic principles they would learn at most private schools but it also allows them to encounter God on a daily basis in an intimate way.  This combination will give them the best foundation for their future.”


Wayne O. Whitlock
Wayne Whitlock is the EHCA Board Vice-President.  He brings 28 years of organizational and management experience to the board having served in the electrical trade since 1988.  Wayne is the owner of W.O.W Electric which he founded in 1995.  
Wayne has been a member of the EHCA board for 9 years.  He also serves on the CNM Electrical Advisory Committee and the EHBC Building Committee.
Wayne has two daughters who attended EHCA from preschool through 8th grade.
“EHCA provides its students with a Christian education which in addition to providing strong academics, also teaches Christian values, character training, and Bible teaching.  Loving teachers, who truly care about their students, minister to them by incorporating prayer and Bible study with strong academic teaching.”


Traci Pellegrino

Traci has more than 16 years experience in the field of engineering.  She began her career as a mechanical engineer at the Department of Energy working in weapon programs.  She then worked at Sandia National Laboratories in electromechanical components and nuclear safety assessment.  Traci has taken the past 8 years off to focus on her children and volunteer work, including serving on the EHCA board.  Traci currently holds the position of Board Secretary.

Traci and her husband have two children who attended EHCA from preschool through 8th grade.  Her daughter went on to attend Hope High School where she graduated 4th in her class and her son is taking classes at CNM as a high school junior.

“It’s important to me to sit on the board at EHCA because I believe in this school.  Both my children graduated from EHCA and were more than prepared academically and spiritually for the challenges they faced in high school and beyond.  In my 12 years as a parent at this school, I was so thankful and impressed with the dedication of the teachers and how they genuinely care for the students.  I am blessed to be in the position to serve and give back to a school that serves their children so well.”


 Mike Kittredge

Mike brings a wealth of organizational and leadership knowledge to the board having worked for Sandia National Laboratory for more than 30 years as an Electronic Technician in Telemetry Engineering.  Mike is now enjoying 23 years as a retiree while serving the Lord through leadership roles in Eastern Hills Baptist Church and a number of other organizations throughout Albuquerque.

Mike has served on the Eastern Hills Christian Academy board for two years.  He also serves as a Boardmember for the Albuquerque Daylily Society, holding the position of President in 2006 and currently serving as Treasurer.  Mike is a Deacon at Eastern Hills Baptist Church, holding the positions of Chairman in 2010 and Secretary since 2015. 

Mike has two granddaughters at EHCA, one in preschool and one in elementary.

“Eastern Hills Christian Academy provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn and to obtain integrity through faith in Christ as Lord and Savior.”

Mindy James 
Mindy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1997 and comes to the board with 17 years of leadership and management experience.  She currently works in a managment capacity at University of NM Hospital.  She has been a member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church since February 1987 and has had the opportunity to serve in many different capacities of the church. 
Mindy and her husband have two daughters who attended preschool and Pre-K at EHCA.  Their oldest also attended third grade at EHCA.  Currently, Mindy and her husband are adjusting to being empty nesters. 
 “As a long-time member of Eastern Hills Baptist Church, I am committed to the success of EHCA. The teachers provide     great academic learning while being able to teach Biblical principals and morals to children, some of which are unchurched and would never learn about God and the Bible otherwise. EHCA is a ministry of the church and has the ability to influence families within our community in an eternal way.”   
Dee Hutson 
Dee Hutson is beginning her first year on the Eastern Hills Christian Academy Board of Directors.  Dee has a BS and MA degree in elementary education from Ball State University, and an Administrator’s license from the College of Santa Fe.  Dee headed Eastern Hills Christian Academy from 1990 until she retired in 2010.  Dee has served on the New Mexico Association of Non-Public Schools Board during her tenure as Administrator of the school.  She, along with Mrs. Miller, founded the elementary and middle school and worked together as Administrators. 
Dee and her husband are parents of three boys, and grandparents of six grandchildren.  She and her husband are members of Eastern Hills Baptist Church.  Both serve in the church in different capacities.   

"Eastern Hills Christian Academy was the result of much prayer and input from parents who wanted a Christian School that was an alternative to public schools.  The Lord led us through the decisions that made this school what it is today.  We have outstanding staff and teachers who love the Lord and encourage the children, to not only excel in academics, but to also become the solid Christian leaders of tomorrow. "

Julie Morris - Biography and picture coming soon