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Amanda Romero

Amanda Romero has been promoted by M’tucci’s Italian to restaurant manager. Romero has worked for M’tucci’s Italian for two years as a bartender and also previously worked as a legal assistant and as a sales and customer service representative for Coach Inc. She has a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in business administration from the University of New Mexico.

James Cassidy

James Cassidy has been promoted by the New Mexico Veterans Business Outreach Center, the business development division of the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services (NMDVS), to the position of veterans’ business adviser based in Roswell. Cassidy joined the NMDVS two year ago and also previously worked for the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions where he served as a Roswell-based disabled veterans outreach program specialist; and as vice president of Great Southwest Aviation. He also served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.


David Hoang, M.D.

David Hoang, M.D., has joined the Lovelace Medical Group as a surgical intensivist located at the Lovelace Medical Center campus. Hoang previously was a research fellow at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor College of Medicine. He has a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Houston; and a medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Steve Jenkins has joined the Sandoval Economic Alliance as president and CEO, effective July 17, 2017. Jenkins is a certified economic developer with more than 40 years’ experience in business attraction, retention, expansion, and entrepreneurial development, and previously held leadership positions in numerous states including Wisconsin, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, Louisiana, and North Carolina. He has a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Jenkins is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and serves on the IEDC certification committee; the International Asset Management Council (IAMC); and the World Future Society.

Anthony Libaridian has joined Consolidated Solar Technologies as a commercial sales representative. Libaridian has 17 years’ experience in various sales positions including four years’ experience in the solar industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.

Judith McQuay Pepper

Judith McQuay Pepper has joined the Institute of American Indians Arts as director of institutional advancement and executive director of the IAIA Foundation. Pepper previously was the president of the CHI St. Luke’s Health Brazosport Health Foundation in Lake Jackson, Texas; as director of global operations for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health in Amarillo; as executive director of the La Plaza Telecommunity in Taos; and as tribal administrator for the Central Management System on Taos Pueblo. She has a bachelor’s degree from West Texas A&M University.

John Cater, Ph.D., RPA

John Cater, Ph.D., RPA, has joined Tierra Right of Way Services Ltd., as senior principal investigator/project manager in the Albuquerque branch of the company’s environmental planning and cultural resources division. Cater has 35 years’ experience in cultural resource management and previously was the founder, owner and principal investigator at Aztec Archeological Consultants. He has extensive experience providing cultural resources background reviews and field surveys for public agencies and private companies in New Mexico. Cater is also an expert in National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance.

Rose Davenport

Rose Davenport has joined Weil Construction as the marketing/project management/human resources coordinator. Davenport has a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications from the University of New Mexico. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resources, also at UNM.

Fredie Diaz, M.D., has joined the Lovelace Medical Group as an internal medicine physician located at the Las Estancias South Valley Clinic. Diaz has 25 years’ experience as an internal medicine physician. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and geology from York University; a medical degree from Howard University; completed an internal medicine residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital; and holds a Geriatric Education Certificate.


R. Miller & Associates LLC, a licensed private investigation firm based in Albuquerque, is marking its 35th year of continuous operations. The firm provides investigative services and employment background checks for law firms, insurance companies and businesses. The firm’s principal, Richard I. Miller, is active in several investigative organizations including the National Association of Professional Background Screeners.


Family Friendly New Mexico, a nonprofit program that recognizes New Mexico businesses with family friendly policies, has announced that four companies have earned the highest recognition for having policies that help workers balance work and family. The distinction means the employers recognized have four or more policies in the areas of paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support. Companies recognized as Gold Level Awardees are: First Unitarian Church, National Dance Institute of New Mexico, New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, and Rehabilitation Partners LLC.


The New Mexico Dental Association (NMDA) has elected new officers. They are Joe L. Valles, D.D.S., of Albuquerque, president; Julie A. Powell, D.D.S., of Clovis, president-elect; Jennifer L. Thompson, D.D.S., of Farmington, vice president; and David J. Manzanares, D.D.S., of Albuquerque, secretary/treasurer.