Ms. Luken has an extensive personal and professional history in the field of disabilities that includes having family members with disabilities; teaching special education students in Columbia, Maryland, Las Cruces, and Canutillo; and being employed for over seventeen years as the disability services provider at Doña Ana Community College. She is a member of AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability), is the Treasurer of NM-AHEAD, and is a member of the Las Cruces Sister Cities, Nienburg, Germany Affiliation.
Trudy was raised in New Jersey and St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and has lived in Las Cruces since 1982. She earned an associate’s degree at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland and completed a bachelor’s degree in Special Education/Elementary Education at the University of Maryland. In 1994, Ms. Luken earned a master’s degree in Special Education Administration and Educational Management from New Mexico State University. Ms. Luken is the mother of two adult sons, enjoys traveling with her husband, knitting, walking the family dog, baking and cooking German cuisine.