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ABQ Konnect Now‘s February meeting will be held from 8-10 a.m. on Wednesday at Bravo! Cucina Italiana, 2200 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Advance reservations are required. For reservations or additional information, contact Jeffrey Candelaria by calling 505-604-9081 or email


Brook Laskey

Brook Laskey of McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC has been named the 2017 United States Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year by Lawyer Monthly. Laskey has defended more than 400 fire, explosion and flooding cases throughout the country during his 21-year career. He is a founding partner of McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC.

N.M. Rep. Rudolpho Martinez, D-Silver City, has received the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Capital Caregivers Award, a distinction given to a select group of bipartisan legislators across the country.

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has named two Sandia National Laboratories staff members as 2018 AIAA associate fellows. They are aerospace engineer Srinivasan Arunajatesan and mechanical engineer Vicente Romero. AIAA associate fellows are nominated by other members for: having accomplished or been in charge of important engineering or scientific work; having done original work of outstanding merit or having otherwise made outstanding contributions to the arts, sciences or technology of aeronautics or astronautics.


Kevin Banville has been promoted by McCoy Leavitt Laskey LLC to income partner at the firm. Banville joined the firm in 2015. He is licensed to practice in state and federal court in New Mexico and Arizona and in federal court in Colorado.


Duane Ross, M.D., has joined True Health New Mexico as medical director. Ross has 30 years’ experience practicing medicine as previous medical director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico and as a clinical assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the University of New Mexico. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University; and a medical degree from Howard University. Ross is affiliated with the American College of Physicians; American Medical Association, Greater Albuquerque Medical Association, and the New Mexico Medical Society.

Lovelace Medical Group has hired two new providers:

Samantha Gallegos-Gollihugh, RNC

Samantha Gallegos-Golihugh, RNC, certified registered nurse. Gallegos-Golihugh has 15 years’ experience in the obstetrics and gynecology fields and is experienced in inpatient labor and delivery and clinical nursing instruction. She has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from New Mexico Highlands University.

Rhonda M. Ross, Psy.D., ABPdN, clinical neuropsychologist. Ross is board certified in pediatric neuropsychology by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of South Florida; a master’s degree in clinical psychology and a doctorate of clinical psychology, both from Argosy University and a post-doctoral master of science degree in clinical psychopharmacology from New Mexico State University. She is a nationally certified trainer in brain injury through the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists; and holds certification in aviation psychology as a HIMS-Psychologist through the Federal Aviation Administration HIMS Program. Ross is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology; American Psychological Association; National Academy of Neuropsychology; New Mexico Psychological Association, State Psychologist Association of New Mexico; and the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists.

Mag Strittmatter has joined Roadrunner Food Bank as president and chief executive officer. Strittmatter previously worked as the executive director for The Action Center in Colorado; and as director of development at several institutions of higher learning including Colorado State University, University of Colorado Foundation, and Metropolitan State University in Denver.