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Briefcase: Promotions, hires and more

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Beverly Jordan

Beverly Jordan has joined the Martin Luther King Jr. Commission as the associate director. Prior to joining the MLK Commission, Jordan served as the outreach coordinator for the office of African American Affairs. Her focus in her new position will be planning, development and implementation statewide programs.

 

 

Wayne Propst has joined the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission as the chief of staff, effective April 19. Propst previously held the position of chief of staff for the Senate Finance Committee; and as the executive director for the public Employees’ Retirement Association of New Mexico for nine years, where he helped develop comprehensive pension reform legislation in 2013 and 2020.

Robin Dibble

Robin Dibble has joined M’tucci’s Restaurants as assistant manager at M’tucci’s Twenty-Five. Prior to joining M’tucci’s Restaurants, Dibble was the general manager of Zinc Wine & Bistro. He also held positions with Buca di Beppo and P.F. Chang’s. He has an associate’s degree in culinary arts from CNM.

 

 

 

 

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Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation has added three new members to its Board of Directors. Michael M. Silva, Jr., Sonya Smith and James Zanios join the Foundation’s 30-member board. The mission of PHF is to raise and steward funds necessary to improve the health and lives in Presbyterian Healthcare Services communities.

Michael M. Silva, Jr.

Silva is the owner of Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory and Rude Boy Cookies. He has more than 20 years of hospitality and tourism industry experience with skills across several disciplines within the industry through experience in hotel sales, food and beverage operations, destination sales, restaurant management and not-for-profit management. In 2007, Silva co-founded ABQ Trolley Co., now a sub company of the newly named parent company, Albuquerque Tourism & Sightseeing Factory. AT&SF is the parent company of ABQ Trolley Co/The LUX, Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk, Duke City Pedaler and ABQ In Box. In 2014, Silva founded Rude Boy Cookies. In 2019, he was the recipient of the New Mexico Ethics in Business Awards’ honor for Individual Excellence in Ethical Business Practice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.

Sonya Smith

Smith, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Veterans, is a veteran and health care professional. In the Gulf War, she served as a medical technician in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. A member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, she received an honorable discharge. Smith most recently worked at the New Mexico Department of Health as a special projects coordinator, specifically helping guide the efforts of the agency’s COVID-19 testing team. Prior to that, she served as director of compliance and primary care programs at Southwest Care Center in Santa Fe, and before that she worked as the clinical compliance manager at the University of New Mexico Truman Health Services clinic. She has a bachelor’s degree in health services management from Norfolk State University.

James Zanios

Zanios, Business Insurance Specialist at USI Southwest, was born and raised in Albuquerque. He attended Albuquerque Academy before receiving his bachelor’s degree in Distribution Management from The University of Southern California. Upon graduation, he returned to Albuquerque for a 13-year career with his family’s company, Zanios Foods Inc., where he worked at every level, eventually becoming part of the executive committee, until the family sold the company in late 2009. Over the next nine years, he spent time owning and managing a small used-car operation, which led to his role as the executive director of the New Mexico Independent Auto Dealers Association until the end of 2017. In spring 2018, he joined join USI as a business insurance specialist, applying his knowledge of risk management from his time with Zanios Foods and its complex operations.

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