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Briefcase: Hires, applause and more


Dr. Catherine N. Tchanqué-Fossuo

DR. CATHERINE N. TCHANQUÉ-FOSSUO, M.D., M.S., will join Western Dermatology Consultants in July. Tchanqué-Fossuo is completing her residency in dermatology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where she has received extensive training in all aspects of dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, laser and dermatologic surgeries. She is a graduate of the University of Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, France. She received a master of science degree in toxicology from American University, and her doctor of medicine from Michigan State University. Tchanqué-Fossuo, who speaks English, Spanish and French, has an interest in general and procedural dermatology.

Chris Sanchez

CHRIS SANCHEZ has been hired as the city of Albuquerque’s new deputy director of the Department of Senior Affairs. Sanchez has more than 20 years of executive leadership and strategic management experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors throughout New Mexico. He previously served as the department director of Community Services in Santa Fe.



Sherri Burr

SHERRI BURR  is the recipient of National Federation of Press Women’s 2021 Communicator of Achievement Award. The award recognizes members who have distinguished themselves within and beyond their field. Burr, who earlier this year was awarded the Mexico Press Women’s 2021 Communicator of Achievement Award, was elected president of NMPW in 2018. Burr is a writer and retired professor, is Dickason Chair and Regents Professor Emerita, University of New Mexico School of Law. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in politics, she enrolled in a joint degree program to earn her master of public affairs degree from Princeton University and her juris doctorate from Yale Law School. Her professional career has led to accomplishments as an educator, writer, broadcaster and lecturer. Burr taught for three decades at the University of New Mexico Law School, and has authored more than a dozen law journal articles and more than two dozen law books. She created, produced and hosted Arts Talk, a TV program designed to familiarize students with entertainment law. The award-winning show ran from 1998 to 2015 in New Mexico and Hawaii. She wrote a weekly column for the Albuquerque Tribune for three years and published travel articles in the Journal, and continues to write columns for the Southwest Sage. Her first history book, “Complicated Lives: Free Blacks in Virginia, 1691-1865,” was published in 2019 and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in history.

Priscilla Dakin

PRISCILLA DAKIN, principal of Dakin Business Group, has received a Chairman’s Circle Award by the International Business Brokers Association in connection with her work during 2020. The award is given to those who closed one or more qualified business deals amounting to $3 million and above in total purchase price during the 2020 calendar year. During 2020, Dakin worked to transition the following companies to new ownership: Wild Birds Unlimited Santa Fe; BSN Santa Fe; Toltec Industrial Services Group; K & L Cleaning Solutions in Albuquerque, and New Mexico Time and Pay Services.

Ehsan Dehghan-Niri

EHSAN DEHGHAN-NIRI, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at New Mexico State University, has received the 2021 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award. The $579,236 CAREER award will be distributed over the course of five years for his project, “Understanding the Exceptional Near-Field Auditory System of the Aye-Aye, One of the Most Unusual Primates in the World.” According to the NSF website, The Faculty Early Career Development Program is a “foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization.” The activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a solid foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research, according to the NSF. Niri is studying the aye-aye lemur, a small primate with elongated fingers and phenomenal hearing capabilities. The aye-aye uses these morphological features along with its remarkable near-field acoustic-based sensing to find food and survive in the Madagascan rain forests. Niri’s research aims to closely study these morphological features to improve and revolutionize non-destructive testing methods. Non-destructive testing and non-destructive evaluation methods are used to test critical components in airplanes, pipelines, railroads, bridges and building structures. Non-destructive evaluation methods are also applied in medical settings like ultrasounds, for example. Niri began research on the aye-aye shortly after watching a documentary about them in 2018.

DOÑA ANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE’S RESPIRATORY THERAPY PROGRAM has received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Credentialing Success award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The award recognizes programs that value the registered respiratory therapist credential as a measure of the program’s success. In order to the receive the recognition, the program had to have three or more years of positive outcomes data, hold accreditation without a progress report, have documented RRT credentialing success of 90% or above, and meet or exceedestablished CoARC thresholds for high scores and retention in the Therapist Multiple Choice exam.


Stephanie Parks

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed three new members to the New Mexico Board of Podiatry. They are: Stephanie Parks, DPM, of Albuquerque; Robin Ross, DPM, of Sandia Park, and Matthew Spiva, DPM, of Gallup. Board members serve staggerered five-year terms.





Robin Ross
Matthew Spiv
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