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Mental Health & Preventative Care Benefits, a community talk hosted by the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance, will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Belen Public Library, 333 Becker Ave., in Belen. The event is free. For additional information, visit or call 855-427-5674.

The 10th annual Women in Technology Celebration, hosted by the New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC), will be held from 7:30-11 a.m. on Thursday at Sandia Resort & Casino, 30 Rainbow Rd. NE. The event recognizes the achievements of women working in New Mexico’s technology industry. The keynote speaker for the event is Karen McKinnon, an applied scientist with New Mexico-based Descartes Labs. Admission is $59 for NMTC members and $79 for others. For additional information, visit

Women Make a Difference meets from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Friday at the Tanoan Country Club, 10801 Academy NE. The event features a fundraiser for Susan’s Legacy “Every Woman Has a Story.” The featured speaker is Karen Navarro. The cost is $32; online reservations are required. For reservations, visit For additional information, contact Val Romero by calling 505-362-8546 or email



Susan Lewis has joined First National 1870 as senior relationship associate in Albuquerque. Lewis has 30 years’ experience in commercial banking in New Mexico. She will support the day-to-day management of the bank’s commercial customers in Albuquerque.

Homewise has hired two new staff members. They are:

Anna Watson, loan servicing manager. Watson has 37 years’ experience in banking, account systems and management. She will oversee payment processing, escrow analysis, collection and workout management, and required reporting.

David Brasier, CMA, CPA, controller. Brasier has 20 years’ experience in the financial field. He will be responsible for maximizing the return on financial assets by establishing financial policies, procedures, controls and reporting systems.

Joshua Stephens has joined FootPrints Home Care as area manager on the business development team. Stephens has extensive experience in sales. He will focus on ensuring community relationships with health care partners in Albuquerque and the northern New Mexico region.

Kristin Garcia has joined the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation as development and membership manager. Garcia has experience in nonprofit fundraising and previously worked for an international nonprofit based in Austin and most recently as a marketing manager for the National Institute of Flamenco. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from UNM.


Leslie Maxwell

Leslie Maxwell has opened Maxwell Law P.C. at 9400 Holly Ave. NE, Bldg. 4, in Albuquerque. Maxwell has practiced law since 2006. She is a member of the board of directors of the Bankruptcy Section of the State Bar of New Mexico and has served on the board of directors for the New Mexico chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a member of the H. Vearle Payne Inn of Court. For additional information, visit


David Dabney has been promoted by Griffin & Associates to director of digital solutions. Dabney joined the firm in 2012 and has 20 years’ experience in web and graphic design. He previously worked as a design director and production manager at the Weekly Alibi and the Santa Fe Reporter. Dabney also worked as a lead designer at Fantagraphics Books in Seattle and also had his own design and web development firm.

3 Advertising has promoted three staff members. They are:

Jason Rohrer has been promoted to senior copywriter/creative manager. Rohrer previously was the senior copywriter and has worked for the firm for eight years. He also previously worked at agencies in Houston, San Francisco and Las Vegas, Nev.

Zak Rutledge has been promoted to senior art director. Rutledge previously was an art director and has worked for the firm for four years. He is a graduate of the Southwest University of Visual Arts and has nine years’ experience in the field.

Vi Nguyen

Vi Nguyen has been promoted to senior account manager. Nguyen previously was an account manager and has worked for the firm for four years. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico.


WESST has elected new officers and board members for its 2018 board of directors.

New board officers are Perry E. Bendicksen – Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb P.A., chair; Chris Olsen – PNM Generation, vice chair; Laurel Shelton – REDW LLC, treasurer; Molly Bell – Rio Grande Inc., secretary; and Linda Kier – U.S. Bank, immediate past chair.

New board members are Terri Giron-Gordon, president and CEO at GenQuest Inc.; Victor Jury Jr., chairman and CEO at Summit Electric Supply; Bettye Pressley; Joe Trimble, vice president and regional small-business leader at Wells Fargo Bank; and Ann Utterback, foundation board chair at the JF Maddox Foundation.

Michael Canfield has been named 2018 Chairman of the Economic Forum. Canfield is the CEO of the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. Other officers elected include Kevin Lorenzen, treasurer; and Jason Harrington, secretary.

The New Mexico Governor’s Mansion Foundation has elected new officers. They are Anita Statman of Santa Fe, president; Carol Henry of Cloudcroft, vice president; Constance Beck of Santa Fe, treasurer; Julie McIntosh of Albuquerque, secretary; and Jaima Chevalier of Santa Fe, immediate past president.etc.