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NM EDGE Graduates 2012

June 2012 NM EDGE Graduates
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Graduates by County

Bernalillo County

Linda Anaya, CPO

Linda Anaya, Bernalillo County Senior Fiscal Processor, has worked at the county Treasurer's Office for eight years. My goal in taking NM EDGE classes was to obtain a clearer understanding of government and the process of ethical procedures that play a big part in being employed by any government agency. These classes have been helpful in my work and daily life.

Kevin Callahan, CPO

Kevin Callahan, Bernalillo County Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, has worked at the county for 23 years. The education I receive at NM EDGE has been extremely valuable: the class content is relevant for my occupation; the instructors are very experienced; and they generate real-life learning discussions in class.

Art Kavanaugh, CPO, NMCTO

Art Kavanaugh, Bernalillo County Compliance Officer, has worked at the county for 23 1/2 years and currently works in the Treasurer's Office. The NM EDGE County College classes are a valuable asset: they are challenging and I have the opportunity to learn new information. These programs provide an educational tool that enriches my knowledge, ethical decisions and pride in how I perform my job each day.

Isabelle Purcella, CPO

Isabelle Purcella, Bernalillo County Chief Deputy Treasurer, has worked at the county for a number of years. The classes I have taken to become a NM Certified Treasury Official have been very motivating and supportive. I believe I am more confidant in my position and would recommend all new officials take the classes.

Catron County

Dorothy Laney, CPO

Dorothy Laney, Catron County DWI Coordinator, has worked for the county and village of Reserve for five years. The NM EDGE classes have helped her in her supervisory position and in understanding how government works.

Chaves County

Benigno Carrillo, NMCJS

Benigno Carrillo, Chaves County Detention Lieutenant, has worked for the county for 10 years. The NM EDGE County College classes have provided me with tools that I can use every day in my line of work, as well as in my everyday life with my family.

Colfax County

Linda Gallegos, CPO

Linda Gallegos, Colfax County Assessor, has served Colfax County for one and a half years. My goal when taking County College classes was to take in as much information as possible to help me be an effective supervisor and leader. The NM EDGE County college classes have not only provided me with Assessor specific classes, but also with a tremendous amount of education pertaining to ethics, communication, and supervisory skills that I have implemented in my office.

Lydia Garcia, CPO, CPS, NMCTO

Lydia Garcia, Colfax County Treasurer, has worked for the county for over 21 years, serving as Treasurer since 2000. Because of my hands on experience, these classes were like refresher courses that added to my understanding of issues. The education provided has been beneficial for our office and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to attend.

Kristi Graham, CPO

Kristi Graham, Colfax County Chief Deputy Assessor, has served Colfax County for one and a half years. Being new to County Government, the NM EDGE County College classes have really helped me to learn the responsibilities and processes of the Assessor's office.

Cheryl Navarette, CPO

Cheryl Navarette, Colfax County Assistant Manager, has worked for the county for three years. NM EDGE classes have enabled her to become a better supervisor. She has begun cross-training all of her employees, including the accounts payable and the payroll positions, and is hoping to grow her employees into the most valuable of all County assets.

Kathy Trujillo, CPO, CPS, NMCTO

Kathy Trujillo, Colfax County Chief Deputy Treasurer, has worked for the county for over 25 years and has held a number of different positions including County Manager. It is my experience that participation in these classes increases the individual employee's skill set and helps them to become better public servants.

Curry County

Debbie Spriggs, CPS, NMCTO

Debbie Spriggs, Curry County Acting Treasurer, has worked for the county for 11 1/2 years. The education I've received from the NM EDGE County College has greatly enhanced my ability to perform my job.

Eddy County

Linda Martinez, CPO

Linda Martinez, Eddy County Indigent Health Care Administrator, has worked for the county for 24 years. The knowledge and experience I have gained from the NM EDGE County College classes have become invaluable tools which have helped me become more professional and an all-around better employee for Eddy County.

Terri Richards, CPO, NMCTO

Terri Richards, Eddy County Treasurer has worked for the county since 1990 with 18 years as Deputy Treasurer and 4 years as current county treasurer. The classes I have taken at NM EDGE have greatly benefited me in the aspect of learning more about Treasurer's office procedures and budgeting process. Also, I have built confidence through these classes. I would highly recommend these classes to others.

Grant County

Steve Armendariz, NMCTO

Steve Armendariz, Grant County Chief Deputy Treasurer, has worked for the county since 2009 coming from private business. The classes provide an opportunity to spend valuable learning time while building a sense of camaraderie.

Alfred Sedillo, NMCTO

Alfred Sedillo, Grant County Treasurer, has worked for the county since his election in 2005. Mr. Sedillo has served as the Chair of the NM Treasurers Affiliate and was instrumental in the NM Treasurers Curriculum Committee. NM EDGE has helped me gain more knowledge of state statutes, procedures and overall state government, which in turn has helped me and my staff to run a more efficient and professional office.

Lea County

Shannon Capps, CPO

Shannon Capps, Lea County Mapper, has been with the county for 17 years. The NM EDGE County College has given me more knowledge and professionalism in my job; it has helped me improve my GIS skills and has made me aware of other issues from finance/budgeting to communication.

Buster Willis, CPO

Buster Willis, Lea County GIS Planning Administrator, has been with the county for 24 years, spending 12 years at the road department before moving into GIS. My goal in taking County College classes was to gain more knowledge about local and New Mexico government and how to apply it to my daily duties to be a better public servant for the people of Lea County.

Lincoln County

Sherri Huddleston, NMCTO

Sherri Huddleston, Lincoln County Financial Accounting Officer, has worked for the county for eight years. The NM EDGE County College program has given me the opportunity to expand my education and apply that knowledge to my job.

Luna County Danny Gonzales, CPO

Danny Gonzales, Luna County Human Resource & Payroll Director, has worked at the county for 15 years. I have benefited from taking NM EDGE classes by gaining credibility as a Director and by being able to learn new and improved ways to serve our elected officials, department directors, supervisors, employees and customers alike.

Rosa Porras, CPO

Rosa Porras, Luna County HR, Payroll, & Indigent Fund Specialist, has worked at the county for 12 years. NM EDGE County College continues to expand my skills and knowledge in government policies, procedures, ethics, and leadership.

McKinley County

Josie Alonzo, NMCTO

Josie Alonzo, McKinley County Chief Deputy Treasurer, has worked for the county for over 12 years. The NM EDGE classes have given me valuable information that I use on a daily basis as a public servant and a supervisor. I encourage any and all county employees to take the classes offered by NM EDGE, to enhance the skills needed to better serve the residents in your counties.

Rio Arriba County

Bonnie Brown, CPO

Bonnie Brown, Rio Arriba County Bureau of Elections Coordinator, has worked for the county for six years. The NM EDGE classes have enabled me to be a more productive and knowledgeable public servant to the constituents of Rio Arriba County. Not only have the classes educated me on current issues facing New Mexico County Clerks' offices throughout the state, but they have provided me with the tools necessary to continue to provide outstanding services to the citizens of Rio Arriba County.

Thedra Martinez, CPO

Thedra Martinez, Rio Arriba County Detention Center DWI Unit Supervisor, has worked for the county since 2008 and in her current position since 2010. The managerial classes support my relationships with the people whom I supervise to create a more workable and positive environment.

Louise Sanchez, CPO

Louise Sanchez, Rio Arriba County DWI Director, has worked for the county since 2006, previously as a Prevention Technician. The classes have become very instrumental in giving me a better understanding of my role as a supervisor.

Maggie Valdez, CPO

Maggie Valdez, Rio Arriba County Bureau of Elections Clerk, has worked for the county for seven years. I am now able to address the public with accuracy, taught through a well-qualified and certified program.

San Juan County

Nancy Smith, CPO, NMGISS

Nancy Smith, San Juan County 911 Addressing Coordinator, has worked in this position at the county since 2005. Through NM EDGE classes, she has gained a broader working knowledge of how local government functions, the expectations of the citizens served and, to some extent, how to make the two come together. Nancy has also learned specific skills that pertain to her job and make her more efficient.

Santa Fe County

Erle Wright, CPS

Erle Wright, Santa Fe County GIS Data Integration Administrator, has worked in the GIS field for over 20 years. Having the knowledge, skill sets and confidence to inform and enlighten the public, superiors, and policy makers on benefits and applicability of geospatial information to daily activities and decisions is a wonderful asset that I have gained through these classes. Mr. Wright serves on the GIS Curriculum Committee.

Taos County

Conrad Cordova, CPO

Conrad Cordova, Taos County Management Information Systems Director, has worked for the county for six years. What has impressed me the most is the value these classes offer both personally and professionally with much to learn, not only from the great instructors, but also from my classroom peers.

Johna Gonzales, NMCJS

Johna Gonzales, Taos County Detention Center Director, has worked for NM County Government since 1995 and for Taos County since 2011. The NM EDGE County College classes have given me the skills, training, support and confidence to assist in my success. Today, Ms. Gonzales earns the designation of NM Certified Jail Specialist.

Darlene Vigil, CPO

Darlene Vigil, Taos County Assessor, has worked for the county for over 29 years. The NM Assessor classes touch on all aspects of the assessment industry, including public service, management, and appraisal. The class information is detailed and the instructors are knowledgeable within their fields of study.

Torrance County

Greg Richard, CPS

Greg Richard, Torrance County Appraiser III, has worked for the county since 2009.

Valencia County

Lawrence Esquibel, CPS

Lawrence Esquibel, Valencia County Director of Information Technology has been with the county for just under five years. By participating in these classes, each person is better equipped to return to their role at work, which makes them a more valuable asset within their department and the county as a whole. Mr. Esquibel serves on the IT Curriculum Committee and has previously earned the designation of Certified Public Official.

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New Mexico's Premier Group of CPM Graduates

Rayetta Trujillo, CPM -- Colfax County

Rayetta M. Trujillo has currently served as the Colfax County Clerk for the last seven years and has been employed by Colfax County for eleven years. "As the County Clerk, I am responsible for conducting elections, recording documents, issuing marriage licenses and maintaining and preserving public records. I am also responsible for hiring staff, preparing a yearly budget and attending County Commission Meetings. The knowledge obtained by attending the NMEDGE Classes has empowered me to hire the best employees, prepare a sound working budget and run the Colfax County Clerk's Office in a professional manner to better serve the constituents of Colfax County." Ms. Trujillo has previously earned her NMCCL, CPO and CPS.

Judy Pressett, CPM -- Eddy County

Judy Pressett, Eddy County Deed Analyst, began working for the county for over 21 years beginning in the Clerk's office and later transferring to the Assessor's office. Judy states that through the NM CPM program she has learned to better understand New Mexico county government as well as how to make better decisions, handle meetings effectively, develop strategic plans, work with budgets, solve co-worker disputes, and generally to be more effective in networking and empowering others. Ms. Pressett says developing stronger leadership skills has helped her improve her professional role in county government, as well as giving her better skills to use in her personal life. Ms. Pressett has previously earned her CPO and CPS.

Jann Gartman, CPM -- Lea County

Jann Gartman, Lea County Detention Center Warden, has worked at the county for 18 years, and 12 years in Texas. Here is her story: Three years and 300-plus training hours ago, Jann Gartman started on a journey with the County College where her ultimate goal was to earn her Certified Public Manger designation. Through the NM EDGE County College, Jann has been able to improve her work performance and has enhanced her professional skills. She is now better able to apply the best practices of management to her supervisory role as warden of the Lea County Detention Center in a number of different capacities she never assumed possible. Because of her enhanced leadership strength and desire to deliver superior services to the public, Jann now serves as an advocate for quality training opportunities for those in government to improve the level of responsiveness that the public is provided. She is proud to represent Lea County as one of the first Certified Public Managers in New Mexico. Ms. Gartman has previously earned her CPO and CPS.

Kiki Arellano, CPM -- San Miguel County

Kiki Arellano, San Miguel County Human Resource Supervisor, has been employed with the county for over 12 years. She began her career working with the County Manager and Commission and most recently was promoted to her current position. "I feel I am using the knowledge I learned from my New Mexico EDGE County College in every aspect of my job and on a daily basis. There are 7 essential tracks of knowledge in the program and when we apply the information gained in these classes to our daily duties, it makes for a more ethical and productive work environment." Ms. Arellano has previously earned her CPO and CPS.

Graduates by County

Bernalillo County

Ana-Lisa Montoya-Torres, CPO

Ana-Lisa Montoya-Torres, Bernalillo County Parks Project Manager, has worked at the county since 2007 where she began as an intern in the Legal Department and has since then worked her way up in the county into her current position. "At the time I began taking County College classes I was completing my Masters degree from UNM and felt that these classes could help me gain more in-depth opinion for my thesis. This has also served as an opportunity for life-long learning."

Chaves County

Stephanie Amaro, CPO

Stephanie De Los Santos Amaro, Chaves County Bureau of Elections Chief, has worked for the county for six years. "The NM EDGE County College classes have been informational and indispensable: I have learned several techniques to make a positive impact in my workplace. I am currently working to improve my communication abilities so that I can influence others to also be better public servants, too."

Colfax County

Freda Baca, CPS and NMCCCL

Freda Baca, Colfax County Chief Deputy Clerk, has worked for the county for over five years. "County College and the CPM program has allowed me an education in county government, and just as important, an opportunity to meet others and learn how they deal with the same issues in their office." Ms. Baca previously earned her CPO and today earns a dual designation of Certified Public Supervisor & NM Certified County Clerk.

Curry County

Beni Dampier, CPS

Beni Dampier, Curry County Chief Deputy Clerk, has worked for the county for over 20 years. "The NM EDGE Certified Public Manager classes have broadened my knowledge of government policies and procedures; as well as improved my leadership and communication skills." Ms. Dampier previously earned her CPO.

De Baca County

Betty Berry, NMCTO

Betty Berry, De Baca County Chief Deputy Treasurer, has worked for the county since 1977. She has been in her current position for the past four years. "Learning correct procedures for cash management, special investments, funding, and depository services have been beneficial tools that I would not have had access to without the Treasury Official classes through County College."

Guadalupe County

Adam Gallegos, CPS

Adam Gallegos, Guadalupe County Clerk, has worked for the county forover 23 years. Adam says, he utilizes "the knowledge and information that I have learned through County College daily and these have become invaluable tools in my work." Mr. Gallegos previously earned his CPO.

Lea County

Shannon Capps, NMCGISS

Shannon Capps, Lea County Mapper, has been with the county for 17 years. "The GIS courses have given me more knowledge and professionalism in my job. The CPM courses have made me aware of other issues from finance to communications. I can now say that due to the knowledge I have received, I feel comfortable in my position and have been able to use many of the skills every day."

Clarence "Buster" Willis, NMCGISS

Clarence (Buster) Willis, Lea County GIS Planning Administrator has been with the county for 24 years, spending 12 years at the Road Department before moving into GIS. "My goal in taking County College classes was to gain more knowledge about local and New Mexico government and how to apply it to my daily duties so I could become a better public servant for the people of Lea County New Mexico."

Los Alamos County

Naomi Maestas, CPO

Naomi D. Maestas, Los Alamos County Deputy Clerk Recorder, has worked for the County Clerk for the past six years. "NM EDGE County College classes have assisted me in numerous areas of my responsibilities such as increasing my awareness of the legislative process and how our office processes are affected by the bills passed, and being made aware of how to appropriately voice concern if we were ever to witness misconduct so that we create a more ethical environment everywhere."

McKinley County

Edward Becenti, CPS

Edward Becenti, McKinley County, works in Inventory Fleet Management for the Sheriff's Department. Mr. Becenti has worked for the county for six years, beginning in the Clerk's office. "In taking this new position I was amazed at how well trained I had become, to be able to utilize all information presented to me through the County College classes." Mr. Becenti previously earned his CPO and today earns the designation of Certified Public Supervisor.

Bernice Martinez, CPO

Bernice Martinez, McKinley County Grant and Contract Director, has worked for the county for nine years. "The classes I have taken have enhanced my job skills in the areas of government, ethics, leadership, and more. I work with different cultures and these classes give me a broader sense of what's right and wrong. Another thing that I get out these classes is the chance to listen to best practices in other Counties."

Sarah Ortiz, CPS

Sarah Ortiz, McKinley County Chief Deputy Assessor, has worked for the county for over 17 years beginning in the Clerk's office and later holding the elected office of County Assessor for eight years. "I am so grateful for the investment put into these classes for us, the employees, to take and to benefit from. I would like to thank everyone and everybody who has helped make this possible for all of us. It is a good feeling to know what you and the staff can achieve by working together as a team." Ms. Ortiz has previously earned her CPO.

Pearl Reed, CPO

Pearl Reed, McKinley County Grants Monitor, has worked at the county for over three years. "County College has opened my mind about how government entities operate and whom we serve. I now look at my position as a career instead of just a job. I take pride in where I work and in what I do. These classes have inspired individuals like me to contribute to making their work place the best it can be."

Otero County

Grace M. Gonzalez, NMCTO

Grace M. Gonzalez, Otero County Treasurer, is currently serving her seventh year as Treasurer and has worked in that office for over 21 years as an elected official and as an employee. "The education I've received through NM EDGE County College has greatly enhanced my ability to perform every aspect of my job. I sincerely appreciate all that the County College has done for me and as a result, the service I can provide to the taxpayers in Otero County." Ms. Gonzalez has served on the Treasurers' Curriculum Committee.

Pamela Heltner, CPO

Pamela Heltner, Otero County Manager, has worked at the county for over five years. "The NM EDGE education has provided me with a more in-depth knowledge of laws and procedures which help my daily decision-making. I have been able to acquire valuable skills to aid in more productive meetings and better communication with my staff. The wide range of informative topics, has allowed me to incorporate many of the ideas into our county's daily operations, which, in the end, benefits the employees and the public as well."

Robyn Holmes, NMCCCL

Robyn Holmes, Otero County Clerk, is currently serving her second term as Clerk and has worked in that office since 1985. "I originally began taking classes as a means to promotion, however I continue to take classes because I have learned so much and I feel that the knowledge assists me in serving the public to a higher level. Several classes have helped me take a different approach to the-way-we-have-always-done-it." Ms. Holmes has previously earned her CPO and CPS.

Cathe Prather, NMCTO

Catherine (Cathe) Prather, Otero County Chief Deputy Treasurer, has worked in the Treasurer's office for almost 21 years including two two-year terms as the elected official. "I regard my education with the NM EDGE as one of the most valuable learning experiences in my career. These classes are specifically designed to augment our performance in the treasurer's office and as I run for elected office next year, the knowledge I have gained enhances what I have to offer to voters in our county. NM EDGE County College has done a huge service to our public by offering this educational opportunity for county employees." Ms. Prather has served on the Treasurers' Curriculum Committee.

Chris Tenski, CPO

Christine A. Tenski, Otero County Probate Judge, has worked at the county for over 10 years and served as an elected official since 2010. "My goal has shifted from me to one that I feel I owe the taxpayers: they deserve the very best that I can possibly be and County College has given me the confidence and knowledge I need to do my job well. The instructors have been very informative, plus we get the opopportunity to network with government employees from all across this great state."

Rio Arriba County

Bonnie Brown, NMCCCL

Bonnie Brown, Rio Arriba County Bureau of Elections Coordinator, has worked for the county for five years, working her way up to her current position. "These classes have helped me with being able to feel more comfortable in my decision making role and in presenting myself in a more professional way."

Matthew Herrera, CPO

Matthew Herrera, Rio Arriba County Detention Maintenance Supervisor, has worked at the county for over two years. "Since I have taken these courses, I have been able to react and to resolve issues in a professional way; it is easier to react to a situation when one is given knowledge and experience in a topic. I have also learned ways to build morale such as greeting co-workers with a smile, treating everyone equally, and recognizing accomplishments."

Michele L. Jordan, NMCCCL

Michele L. Jordan, Rio Arriba County Bureau of Elections Chief, has worked at the county for over ten years. "I feel that the classes I have taken have more than proven their worth by how well they have equipped me to do my job, and because of the knowledge and experience I have gained from these classes, I was given the title of Bureau of Elections Chief in 2011. I want to thank the people, and organizations, involved in providing these opportunities to people like me, who are able to benefit so much from the experience of our instructors and from being able to meet and talk with personnel from other counties who hold the same jobs. These things are such valuable assets."

Francella Montoya, CPO and NMCCCL

Francella Montoya, Rio Arriba Bureau of Elections Tech II, has been with the county for over five years. "For two years of employment I absorbed a lot of information and followed instructions on how to provide service to our customers without really understanding why it had to be done that way. In 2008 the newly elected clerk gave me the opportunity to attend NM EDGE County College classes and this has been a great chance for me to really comprehend how and why I do what I do in the Clerk'soffice. This educational experience has helped me develop a better understanding of my duties as a public servant." Ms. Montoya has earned a dual designation of Certified Public Official and NM Certified County Clerk.

Linda Padilla, CPO and NMCCCL

Linda Padilla, Rio Arriba Deputy County Clerk, has worked for the county for over five years, two of which have been served in her current position. "My goals for taking classes were first to increase my knowledge of applicable laws and functions of the Clerk's office, and second to learn strategies on how to manage and motivate employees. What I have learned through NM EDGE County College is used on a regular basis. I now have a better understanding of how to guide employee performance. I have also gained confidence in my communication skills. Ms. Padilla has earned a dual designation of Certified Public Official and NM Certified County Clerk.

Roosevelt County

Dave Casanova, NMCJS

Dave Casanova, Roosevelt County Detention Administrator, has worked in the field of detention for over ten years. "The overall friendships built among detention professionals across the state from attending the classes offered by NM EDGE County College have assisted me in my various roles as a Detention Administrator. These detention professionals are always willing to reach out when called upon and more than willing to offer their many years of experience and knowledge." Mr. Casanova is the first in the state to earn the designation of NM Certified Jail Specialist.

San Miguel County

Stephanie Leger, CPO

Stephanie Leger, San Miguel County First Deputy in the Assessor's Office, has worked at the county for over four years, beginning in the Treasurer's Office. "Being new to the Assessor's Office, County College has made me more confident and able to serve the public in a more efficient manner. Attending County College has also given me the opportunity to meet colleagues from other counties; this gives us a chance to discuss and share ideas on different situations that we may come across."

Santa Fe County

Richard Varela, CPS

Richard Varela, Santa Fe County Election Administrative Specialist Senior, has worked for the county for eight years. "I utilize all the skills and knowledge that I have learned from these classes on a daily basis; most extensively in communicating with the public and in inter-office relations. I have learned how to reconcile diverse points of view and how to encourage others to integrate this knowledge with their work experience." Mr. Varela serves on the NM CPM Advisory Board and has previously earned his CPO.

Erle Wright, NMCGISS

Erle Wright, Santa Fe County GIS Data Integration Administrator, has worked in the GIS field for over 20 years. "Having the knowledge, skill sets and confidence to inform and enlighten the public, superiors and policy makers on benefits and applicability of geospatial information to daily activities and decisions is a wonderful asset that I have gained through these classes." Mr. Wright serves on the GIS Curriculum Committee. He has previously earned his CPO.

Taos County

Dayna Duran, CPO

Dayna Duran, Taos County Finance Director, has worked for the county for three years. "The classes overall have given me the knowledge to become an effective supervisor and a better communicator."

Lupe Martinez, CPO Lupe Martinez, Taos County Payroll Accountant, has worked at the county for over ten years. "I encourage all county employees to continue their education regardless of their situation and I appreciate the effort between NMAC and NMSU Cooperative Extension Service to create the NM EDGE County College."

Valencia County

Lawrence Esquibel, CPO

Lawrence Esquibel, Valencia County Director of Information Technology has been with the county for just under five years. "By participating in these classes, each person is better equipped to return to their role at work which makes them a more valuable asset within their department and the county as a whole." Mr. Esquibel also serves on the IT Curriculum Committee.