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Briefcase: Hires, promotions and more

WELCOME

Dr. Kee J.E. Straits

Dr. Kee J.E. Straits has been hired by Bosque School as the director of equity, community and culture. Straits is a licensed bilingual psychologist and is the founder and CEO of Tinkuy Life Community Transformations, a local consulting organization helping children and families from culturally diverse backgrounds with mental health equity. She received a bachelor’s in psychology from Williams College, a master’s in special education with an emphasis in bilingual and multicultural studies from the University of New Mexico, and a doctorate in combined clinical, counseling and school psychology from Utah State University. Straits is president of the board of directors for the Native Health Initiative in Albuquerque, a member of the American Psychology Association, the Society of Indian Psychologists and the Yazzie/ Martinez Equity Council for Albuquerque Public Schools. She has also written several publications as well as being a guest lecturer nationwide and abroad in Perth, Australia, and London, England. Bosque School is an independent preparatory school serving students grade 6-12, located on a 42-acre campus near the Rio Grande.

Audrey Mitchell

Audrey Mitchell has been hired by Total Management Systems Inc. as corporate director of human resources and training. Mitchell has 15 years of industry experience through various roles including guest service manager, controller and human resources. She has a master’s degree in human resources from Colorado State University, and six years experience in specific human resource roles in the hotel industry. Total Management Systems is a New Mexico-based hotel management company serving the area since 1980.

PROMOTIONS

William Widmaier

William Widmaier has been promoted to vice president of partnership and production at Azuca. Albuquerque-based Widmaier has been responsible for executing licensing partnerships with Wana Brans, Revolutionary Clinics and Columbia Care. Before joining Azuca in 2018, Widmaier worked at Raaka Chocolate as the production manager. He has also worked with chefs in New York, and has been in the food industry for more than 10 years. Azuca is a privately held, investor-backed company serving the global cannabis industry with chef-created, fast-acting edibles.

Luke Ragland has been named senior vice president of Daniels Fund Grant Program, a Colorado-based organization that serves nonprofits in New Mexico. Ragland has served as the president of Ready Colorado, as well as vice president of Policy at Colorado Succeeds. He practiced commercial litigation at a Denver law firm, and worked at the White House. He currently serves on the board of the Colorado Charter School. The Daniels Fund Grant Program provides support to nonprofit organizations in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming that work with aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, homelessness and disadvantaged, K-12 education, and youth development.

ETC.

Kim Jew Portraits celebrated 45 years in business on July 1. Jew has photographed five presidents, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Miss Universe and Miss America winners, and Muhammad Ali among others. Jew is a second-generation business owner in Albuquerque. His parents owned and operated the New Chinatown Restaurant for more than 50 years. Jew has no plans to retire yet but plans to eventually pass the business over to his son.

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