Nate Lee has been promoted to vice president, corporate banking relationship manager at Bank of Albuquerque. Lee, a Diné tribal member, received his bachelor’s degree in finance from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and a master’s degree in agricultural economics from New Mexico State University. While in school he received the Chief Manuelito Scholarship and American Indian Graduate Center Fellowship. He has 18 years of financial services experience from Bank of Oklahoma, Rabobank, Wells Fargo and MetLife Investments, and has served as a commercial credit professional for the past 15 years. Lee has been a part of Bank of Albuquerque since 2017. He is a regular volunteer who currently serves as a shareholder representative Naat’aani Development Corp., vice chairman of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico and is a volunteer for Junior Achievement of New Mexico, a nonprofit economic education organization helping teens with work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills.
Correen Bales has been promoted to director of human resources at the University of New Mexico Sandoval Regional Medical Center in Rio Rancho, effective July 25. Bales has nearly 30 years of experience in heath care-related human resource management in California, Arizona and New Mexico. She helped open SRMC in 2012, and led the human resources department from 2011-2017. From 2017-2021, Bales worked as human resources director at Lovelace Women’s Hospital in Albuquerque and returned to SRMC in March as manager of talent acquisition and development.
Susan Raitt has been promoted to the director of business development at Spaceport America. Raitt replaces Scott McLaughlin, who was promoted executive director in March. Raitt, who is from New Jersey, is a Rutgers University graduate with a background in events, sales and marketing. She has been with Spaceport America since 2016, and has secured tenants such as Swift Engineering, C-6 Launch Systems, West Point, Intuitive Machines and Stratodynamics, as well as helping to bring the International Rocket Engineering Contest, now known as the Spaceport America Cup, to New Mexico in 2017. Raitt has worked with aerospace companies across the globe managing operational requirements, contracts and invoicing. She was recognized as Meeting Professional International Supplier of the Year while working at several boutique hotels on the East Coast, and was sales director for the International Symposium for Commercial and Personal Spaceflight. Spaceport America is the first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world.
Talitha C. Solorzano and Rameez Burney have joined Giddens + Gatton Law, P.C. Solorzano received her juris doctor from California Western School of Law and a bachelor’s of arts in social science with interdiscipline focus on criminal justice from San Francisco State University. She is a member of New Mexico Black Lawyers Association and performs pro bono services through the New Mexico Legal Aid Society.
Pakistan-born Burney earned his bachelor’s of business administration in finance and a bachelor’s of arts in philosophy from University of New Mexico, and a master’s of business administration in strategic management and policy and procedure from Anderson School of Management. He graduated in 2020 from UNM’s School of Law where he earned his juris doctor. Later, he earned a master’s of law in taxation and international and comparative law from University of California in Los Angeles School of Law. Giddens + Gatton Law, P.C., has a staff of four attorneys who serve individuals, small businesses and bankers dealing with bankruptcy, creditor’s rights, business law and real estate law.
Taylor Reed has been hired as a marketing specialist by Sunny505. Reed earned her bachelor’s in business of art and design from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has experience in digital advertising, client services, campaign management and creative strategy. Reed previously worked at Meow Wolf and MNTN (formerly SteelHouse). Sunny505 is a communications firm with offices in Albuquerque and Las Cruces; Durango, Colorado, and Pensacola, Florida.
Carrie Marsh and Daniel Peregrino have been added to the board of directors at Santa Fe-based EmiArteFlamenco Academy. Marsh was elected board secretary and Peregrino as board treasurer in April. Marsh, a native Coloradan, works as a consultant for nonprofit organizations and those supporting them.
Peregrino is a medical speech-language pathologist and professional flamenco and Spanish dance artist. Board member Theresa Martinez was also elected vice president and Jaima Chevalier as board president.