Eddy County Literacy Conversation

The Carlsbad Community Foundation is honored to support the Carlsbad Municipal Schools in partnership with other educational and industry organizations to have the Eddy County Literacy Conversation.

Dr. Ray Perryman

The keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Ray Perryman, who will talk about the economic impact of literacy. Other speakers and panelists are still being confirmed and the agenda will be updated. There is no charge to attend the luncheon, however registration is requested (see below) to ensure enough food is available.

Event Details
Monday, March 6, 2023
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Walter Gerrells Center Annex


Speaker bios are available by clicking here.

Note: The agenda will be updated as speakers are confirmed.

Master of Ceremonies – Shannon Johnson, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation

Pledges – Led by Superintendents of Artesia, Loving, and Carlsbad Schools

Recognition of Audience

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of The Perryman Group, The Economic Impact of Literacy

Interactive Phone Poll – John Trischitti, Executive Director Literacy Coalition of the Permian Basin

NM Public Education Department – Work on Literacy LETRS, Christine Quesada, Assistant Director of Literacy and Humanities

Panel Discussion – Moderator Khush Ghadiali, Devon Energy
Tracee Bentley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Permian Basin Strategic Partnership
Kate Hoback, HR Director, Lower 48 ConocoPhillips
Travis Gibb, Vice President and Refinery Manager, HF Sinclair
Michael Speir, Senior Human Resources Advisor,
Chevron Midcontinent Business Unit
Denis Asay, Human Resources Manager, SIMCO
Mike Rocha, Vice President & Baseline Integration Manager, SIMCO

Closing/Thank you

free Registration

The event and lunch costs are being provided by the Carlsbad Community Foundation and numerous other sponsors (see below), however we ask all those interested in attending to register so we order enough food for the luncheon. Please click below to let us know you are coming and how many others are joining you.

Literacy Conversation Registration



Individuals, companies and organizations wishing to support this event are invited to make a donation to the Carlsbad Community Foundation (Memo line: Partners in Education Fund) by sending a check to Carlsbad Community Foundation, 114 S. Canyon St., Carlsbad, NM 88220.

Online donations (by credit card) may also be made by clicking here: Eddy County Literacy Conversation.

The Carlsbad Community Foundation is a 501(c)3.

Thank you to the following companies and organizations who are supporting the event: