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The New Mexico Procurement Technical Assistance Center (NMPTAC) presents the workshop, SBIR 101 — Proposal Writing, by SBIR coach Barbara Stoller, from 1-5 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock NE. The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is the nation’s best source for technology startup funding. In New Mexico, over 70 technology projects are funded by SBIR and bring in over $30,000,000 per year. The funding requires no payback and the companies retains the intellectual property rights. Stoller will show how to write a competitive SBIR proposal. For additional information or advance registration, visit


Crossroads for Women has promoted two staff members to senior management roles. They are:

Cory Lee

Cory Lee, director of therapeutic services. Lee has seven years’ experience working directly with homeless and incarcerated women who also have co-occurring mental health diagnoses with drug/alcohol dependency. She joined the organization in 2011 as a case manager and most recently served as the program director of The Pavilions, a therapeutic community in Los Lunas. Lee has a master’s degree in oral history from Columbia University.

Heather Hawkins, director of operations. Hawkins has 10 years’ experience in the health care field including behavioral health. She joined the organization in 2015 as an administrative assistant and most recently served as the accounting receiving and billing administrator. Hawkins is also a doctorate candidate in U.S. legal and policy history at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Alexandria Burnquist

Alexandria Burnquist has joined Girls Scouts of New Mexico Trails as program manager – STEM lead. Burnquist previously worked for AmeriCorps. She has a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Highlands University.

Beverly Fisher has joined FBT Architects/Groundwork Studio as a landscape designer. Fisher will provide site design services for Groundwork Studio’s project portfolio.

Jeff Fredine has joined Parametrix as the environmental planning and compliance (EP&C) division manager in the firm’s Albuquerque office. Fredine has 20 years’ experience in the industry, specializing in cultural resources, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) documentation. He previously worked as the lead planner and principal investigator and manager of the environmental planning group at WSP, formerly known as Parsons Brickerhoff. He also previously worked for the New Mexico Department of Transportation Environmental Bureau where he managed environmental and cultural resource clearance for transportation projects throughout New Mexico.

Alex Sanchez has joined the UNM Health Sciences Center (HSC) as the public information officer (PIO). Sanchez previously was the deputy superintendent of the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department; as the PIO and subsequently the deputy secretary of administration at the New Mexico Corrections Department. She also has previous experience as a reporter.

Ethan Graham

Ethan Graham has joined Xynergy as sales and digital marketing specialist. Graham will specialize in external business development and client relations, as well as assisting with in-house marketing strategy and implementation. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration on entrepreneurial studies.

The New Mexico Hospitality Association has announced the winners of the Top HAT (hospitality and tourism) Awards. Winners were recognized at the 2017 Top Hat Awards Gala held Nov. 14, 2017, at the Hotel Albuquerque. Award winners are:


Best Broadcase Campaign — NBC Universal Commercial spots, Visit Albuquerque. Agency: Marble Street Studios; McKee Wallwork + Co.

Best Digital Campaign — The Andaluz Experience, Hotel Andaluz. Agency: boomtine.

Best Print Campaign — 2017 Visitors Guide, Santa Fe County. Agency: HK Advertising.

Most Innovative Campaign — Rainy Day Discounts, Routes Bicycle Tours & Rentals.


Back of House Food and Beverage Employee of the Year — Teresita Norwood, cook, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Back of the House Hospitality Employee of the Year — Carlos Dominguez, maintenance engineer, La Fonda on the Plaza.

Front of the House Food & Beverage Employee of the Year — Gabe Martinez, evening manager, La Fonda on the Plaza.

Front of the House Hospitality Employee of the Year — Marco Chamorro, valet attendant, Isleta Resort & Casino.

Product Development

Outstanding Attraction — Route 66 Neon Drive Thru, Team 66: Marketing Steering Committee/Grants/Cibola County Chamber of Commerce, Grants.

Outstanding Event — Pork and Brew, Visit Rio Rancho, Rio Rancho.

Best New Experience — New Mexico True Atomic Spy Tour, Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corp., Los Alamos.


Supplier – Vendor of the Year — Paul Thompson and Associates (Santa Fe Valet).

Hospitality Professional of the Year — Kenneth Riege, general manager, Comfort Suites Gallup.

Tourism Professional of the Year — Wendi Gelfound, Big W Inc., formerly director of communications at Ojo Spa Resorts.

Limited Service Hotel of the Year — Lundeen Inn of the Arts, Las Cruces.

Full Service Hotel of the Year — Sunrise Springs Spa Resort, Santa Fe.


Howard Yonas, M.D.

UNM Department of Neurosurgery chair and UNM physician Howard Yonas, M.D., has received the 2017 Outstanding Individual RAISE Award from the National Stroke Association for his work promoting stroke awareness and state-of-the-art treatment options for stroke patients in New Mexico. Since joining UNM, Yonas has initiated several projects to improve the health of New Mexicans, including the development of a 24-bed Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit at the UNM Hospital; a multi-speciality neuroscience outpatient clinic; and a statewide telemedicine network for the evaluation and management of acute stroke.


Gerald Hamilton

Gerald Hamilton, the owner and operator of four Bee Hive Homes assisted living facilities in the Albuquerque area, has been elected secretary/treasurer of the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). Hamilton previously served for five years as an at-large member of the NCAL board and has also served in various positions on the board of directors of the New Mexico Health Care Association.


The New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, 107 W. Palace Ave., is celebrating its 100th birthday this month and will commemorate the achievement by hosting a free, all-ages, daylong birthday event from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday at the museum and the surrounding streets, as well as on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. For additional information, visit

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