New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Nelson T. Capitan
Employed by Sandia National Laboratories, Nelson Capitan has volunteered in many capacities in the state of New Mexico. Nelson is an active member of the Sandia National Laboratories American Indian Outreach Committee (AIOC) and served on the AIOC 2006 Dream Catcher Science Program (DCSP) summer committees.

Nelson has volunteered in educational organizations serving as the Parent Teacher Organization chair at Laguna Elementary and currently serves as the Laguna-Acoma High School parent representative for the Indian Parent Advisory Committee in the Cibola County School District. He initiated the watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program as well as assisted the School Effectiveness Council continuous school improvement initiatives -at Laguna Elementary School.Nelson has also served as assistant coach with the Laguna Jaguars.

As a way for reservation school students to meet Sandia National Laboratories native professionals, Nelson continues to serve as a science fair judge at local and surrounding Native American reservations. He also assists/judges with the annual Navajo Nation Science Fair held in Window Rock, AZ and Gallup, NM.

Nelson has been actively involved in religious affiliations, serving as Elder officer with the Laguna United Presbyterian church, participating in committees of the Presbytery of Santa Fe and currently serving as the moderator-elect for the Presbytery of Santa Fe and will serve as moderator in 2015.Recently Nelson started the chess program at Laguna United Presbytery church.