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Homewise is offering a free Homebuyer Education Workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock NE. Participants will learn about the homebuying process and how to make informed decisions. The free workshop will also introduce participants to the resources and programs available through Homewise; help participants select the best mortgage loan; and help understanding purchase contracts. For additional information, call 505-243-6566.


Pinkerton has opened a new office in Albuquerque at 2201 San Pedro NE. Pinkerton is a global provider of corporate risk management services including security consulting and investigations, executive protection and employment screening. Jason Maddox, who previously was the operations manager for the company’s Oklahoma City office, will serve in the same capacity at the Albuquerque office. For additional information, call 505-341-2041.


Mimi Burns

Mimi Burns, ASLA, WELL AP, LEED AP, a principal and landscape architect at Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, has earned the SITES Accredited Professional credential administered through the Sustainable SITES initiative, a sustainability-focused project certification system designed to protect, enhance and regenerate ecosystem services for built landscapes that benefit people and the environment.

Family Friendly New Mexico, a nonprofit program that recognizes New Mexico businesses with family-friendly policies, has announced its list of companies that earned recognition for having policies that help workers balance work and family. The distinction means the recognized employers have four or more policies in the areas of paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support.

The organizations recognized as 2018 Gold and Silver Level awardees are: Brown & Brown Insurance of New Mexico, gold award; Make-A-Wish New Mexico, gold award; Sutin, Thayer & Brown, gold award; Center for Civic Policy, gold award; CHRISTUS St. Vincent, gold award; Enlace Comunitario, gold award; First Financial Credit Union, gold award; Flow Science Inc., gold award; Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, gold award; Independent Insurance Agents of New Mexico Inc., gold award; National Dance Institute of New Mexico, gold award; New Mexico Breast Feeding Task Force, gold award; Prosperity Works, gold award; Rural Sourcing Inc., gold award; SMPC Architects, gold award; Southwest Creations Collaborative, gold award; Strategies 360, gold award; TLC Plumbing, gold award; U.S. Eagle FCU, gold award; Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC, silver award; Homewise Inc., silver award; Kesselman-Jones Inc., silver award; San Juan College, silver award; and UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, silver award.

Any New Mexico business is eligible to apply for the New Mexico Family Friendly Business award. For a full list of family-friendly policies and to learn more about the New Mexico Family Friendly initiative and see if your company qualifies, visit


Courtney Laflin, RA

Courtney Laflin, RA, LEED AP BD+C, has joined VHGArchitects as a project manager. Laflin previously worked as a project architect, architect and architectural designer at EYP Architecture & Engineering in Albany, N.Y., for eight years. She has a bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; is a LEED Accredited Professional; and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

Presbyterian Healthcare Services has hired four new providers. They are:

Vipin Mittal, M.D.

Vipin Mittal, M.D., gastroenterologist at the clinic on the Presbyterian Hospital campus at 1100 Lead SE. Mittal has a medical degree from Christian Medical College in Ludhiana, India; completed an internship and residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center; completed a fellowship in gastroenterology and heptology at the New York Medical College – Westchester Medical Center. He is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Lindsay Uribe, M.D., gastroenterologist at the clinic on the Presbyterian Hospital campus at 1100 Lead SE. Uribe has a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania; completed an internal medicine residency at Stanford University; and completed a gastroenterology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. She is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology.

Pavel John Nockel, DO, endocrine surgeon at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospital. Nockel has a medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences; completed a residency in general surgery at both the University of Missouri and St. Louis University; and completed an endocrine surgery fellowship at the NIH National Cancer Institute. He is board certified in general surgery.

Tera Jones, Ph.D., clinical psychologist at the Presbyterian Bariatric Center at the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho. Jones has a master’s degree in counseling from Shippensburg University; a graduate degree in clinical psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; and a doctorate in counseling psychology from Tennessee State University.

Gary Housepian

Gary Housepian has joined Disability Rights New Mexico as chief executive officer. Housepian previously worked for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands as the executive director for 10 years; as a managing attorney of the protection and advocacy agency for the state of Tennessee; and as general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Services. He has a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College, and a law degree from the University of Detroit Law School.

Esparza has hired two new staff members. They are Eve Wakeland, director of accounts; and Traci Moss, senior account executive.

Wakeland previously worked in leadership positions at Traction and Havas in San Francisco.

Moss worked the majority of her career in Chicago working for DDB Worldwide, JWT Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.

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