Dave Lynch has been named state president for the American Association of Retired Persons New Mexico. Lynch has served as the AARP Las Cruces president since 2015. He also served for several years on the AARP Executive Council, a volunteer advisory board to the AARP state office. In this new role he will now manage the executive council. In 2018, Lynch was inducted into the AARP New Mexico Hall of Fame for his work in Las Cruces. In 2020 he was named in the New Mexico Andrus Award for Community Service, the state’s top volunteer award. As state president, Lynch hopes to expand AARP’s presence in smaller towns across New Mexico.
Marian Lucero-Garcia has been hired as the director of contact center services at LQ Digital’s new Albuquerque location. Albuquerque-born Lucero-Garcia has more than 12 years of experience leading contact centers, and has led teams of more than 300 employees. She previously worked as a service operations manager at Convergy’s Corp. in Rio Rancho and for Concentrix in Las Cruces as site director. LQ Digital is a digital marketing firm headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lydia Ninham has joined New Mexico Voices for Children as a state tribal policy fellow through the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Ninham received her juris doctor and an Indian law certificate from the University of New Mexico School of Law. She also has a master’s in social work and a bachelor’s in American Indian studies from the University of Minnesota. She is originally from Minnesota and previously worked with American Indian students in Minneapolis Public Schools. Ninhman interned with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, focusing on American Indian mental health policy, and has also interned with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Southwest Regional Office in Albuquerque. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation and a direct descendant of the Red Lake Nation.
Alex McCausland has been hired as the graphics and social media manager at New Mexico Voices for Children. McCausland is from California and moved to Albuquerque in 2019 to complete his bachelor’s degree in English and journalism at University of New Mexico. McCausland worked as a freelance photographer at the Deli LA, a Los Angeles-based music magazine, and as editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo at UNM.
George “Dave” Giddens has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. This is Giddens’ ninth year of recognition by the organization. He earned both a bachelor’s degree and juris doctor from the University of Kansas. Giddens has been practicing law since 1983 and is the founder and managing shareholder of Giddens + Gatton Law, P.C., and focuses primarily on commercial real estate and bankruptcy law in Albuquerque, Carlsbad, Clovis, Rio Rancho, Roswell and Santa Fe.