President Johnny Hilliard , Albuquerque Lodge # 461

Johnny Hilliard was born in 1980 in Opelousas, Louisiana. In 1986 the family moved to Albuquerque, NM, where he has resided since. He attended all formal education in the Albuquerque Public Schools system and graduated in 1998. Shortly after HS Johnny joined the United States Air Force as a Security Forces member. After his time is service he was given an honorable discharge and began working as a contractor for the Department of Energy. In 2006 he left DOE to pursue higher education, and in 2010 obtained a Bachelors of Science, Criminal Justice degree and a couple months after graduation was hired by the City of Albuquerque, where he is still currently employed.

Johnny was initiated into Elkdom in the Albuquerque Elks Lodge #461 in August of 2001 and has been an active member since. In 2004 he was elected as Exalted Ruler and he was recognized at Grand Lodge as the youngest Exalted Ruler in the nation. Even though he was young he was instrumental in his lodge with initiating and maintaining the volunteer workforce within Lodge #461 which remains in effect today. He has held various District and State Chair positions for committees and was elected District Deputy in 2014-2015 and again in 2015-2016. He was elected State Trustee in 2017 and in 2018 he was elected as Chairman of the Board for the NM Elks Association. He left this position upon election as Vice President in 2019. The following year, in the Spring of 2020, he had the honor of being elected and installed as the NMEA President-Elect. In 2021-2022 he was elected as the New Mexico Elks Association President, and has become the first third generation State President in New Mexico and the Order.

President Elect Jerry Hitchcock, Carlsbad Lodge # 1558

Jerry Hitchcock was born in Brownwood TX on January 9, 1962. Jerry graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1980. Soon after graduation Jerry went to work as a miner in the Potash basin near Carlsbad NM, and continued to work there for 23 years. In 2004 Jerry went to work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Waste Isolation Pilot Plant as a Nuclear Waste Handling Technician and continues to work there today.

Jerry has been married to Carol Hitchcock for over 30 years and they have three wonderful children and one lovely Grandchild.

Jerry was initiated into Carlsbad Lodge # 1558 in 1985 and immediately became an active member of his lodge. He worked on and chaired numerous committees and held all elected offices within his Lodge. He was installed as Exalted Ruler of his Lodge in 2000. He was elected to Honorary Life Member of his Lodge in 2020. Jerry was appointed as District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 2017.

Over the past 30 years Jerry has attend many NMEA State Conventions and has served on several committees. In 2018 he was elected as a Trustee for the NM Elks Association. In 2019 he served as secretary of the board of directors and later during that term he served as chairman of the board.

Vice President Andrew Housley, Silver City Lodge #413

Andrew Housley was born and raised in Silver City, NM. He graduated from SilverHigh School in 1992 and went on to attend Wayland Baptist University, Western New Mexico University and Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Andersonville Theological Seminary in 2002 with a Bachelor Degree in Religious Education.

Andrew served as minister to several churches from 1993 to 2010 in southwest New Mexico, West Texas, and South Carolina. In 2010 Andrew returned home to Silver City with his children (a son and 3 daughters) where he has raised and continued to raise them as a single father.

Upon his return to Silver City he worked for Terrazas Funeral Chapel as an FSI Director and Embalmer, Chaplain and Administrative Assistant for Horizon Hospice, General Manager of Little Toad Creek Brewery and Distillery and currently is the Food Service Director for Trinity Services Group at the Grant County Detention Center.

In January of 2011 Andrew was initiated into the Silver City Elks Lodge #413. He has served as Lodge Inner Guard, Esteemed Lecturing Knight, Esteemed Leading Knight, Trustee and several terms as Exalted Ruler as well as chairman of several committees. Andrew was the Ritual All-State Exalted Ruler 2016-2017 and Ritual All-State Flag Charge the same year. In 2018-2019 he served as District Deputy of the Grand Exalted Ruler for southwest New Mexico. He is also an Honorary Founder Member of the Elks National Foundation.

Within the New Mexico Elks Association Andrew has served as state Drug Awareness and state Membership Chairman. He also served as state Trustee and Secretary of the state Board of Directors.

Andrew is active in all things Elks and enjoys serving in his Lodge, State and community.

Secretary Mary Rogers, Farmington #1747

Mary Rogers was born in Fort Lee, Virginia when her Dad was attending typewriter repair school for the US Army, they left when she was six weeks old and she has not been back. Mary is the second of five daughters of the late PSP Bob Batley and his love Troyetta. After graduating from Farmington High School, she married and went to work in the family business Office Supply and Service Company. When her parents retired, she stayed with the business until Office Max came to town; she helped open Office Max, setup new accounts and did outside sales to businesses. When she divorced, she switched to being a sales consultant for Carpet One Floor and Home; she worked there for fifteen years and became a minor partner in the business for the last five years of working there before retiring. She is Past President of the Farmington Chamber of Commerce

Her Dad joined the Elks when she was three years, so she has always heard about Elks. During her marriage she was involved in Farmington Does becoming Past President, 5-year Conductor and Trustee.

She joined Farmington Lodge in September 2002 and the next meeting was installed as esquire. She won All-State Esquire in 2003, All State Lecturing Knight in 2004 and All-State Leading Knight for 2006 for ritual.

Farmington was awarded the Robert Boney trophy for the year she was Exalted Ruler. Mary was honored to serve as District Deputy 2013-2014. For two years she was a training facilitator for the Northwest District. Mary has been Farmington Lodge Secretary for five years now.Her daughter Jymi is State Chaplain this year and Exalted Ruler for Rio Rancho Lodge, Jymi’s daughter lives in Phoenix. My son Jesse is an Elk and he and his wife Dacia and their children Shyla and Boston live in Farmington. I enjoy talking Elks, my family, reading and camping.

Treasurer Geraldine Madrid, Las Vegas Lodge #408

Geraldine Madrid was born in Albuquerque, NM on February 1, 1963. Geraldine graduated from Valley High School in 1981. She attended TV-I and stated her banking career with US New Mexico Federal Credit Union (US Eagle). Geraldine moved to Las Vegas, NM in 1983 to join her fiancé (now husband) Domingo. She continued working in the banking field and attended UNM School of Anderson and graduated in 2006. Geraldine became an Assistant Vice President at Community 1st Bank, supervised 32 employees and 7 branch offices. Looking for another challenge, she decided to join the medical field in 2010. She became Office Manager for Dr. Frank Gallegos and completed all courses for Billing & Coding. With the banking and medical background, it landed her a career with the NMDOH as a Financial Specialist Supervisor.

Geraldine has been married to Domingo Madrid for 35 years. They have two dogs, Diamond and Milo.

Geraldine was initiated into Las Vegas Lodge #408 in 2004 and continues to be an active member. She was Lodge Treasurer for 14 years, has been Auditor for the NE District Deputy for two years and was a NMGCB Licensed Bingo Caller.

Geraldine has attended several NMEA State Conventions and has had the opportunity to attend a National Convention. In 2019 she was elected State Treasurer for the NM Elks Association and continues to hold that position today. In 2019, Geraldine was asked to take on the challenge of being the NM State Chairwomen for the FRS (Financial Reporting System) and continues in this capacity today.

Geraldine has not learned how to say “NO”.