Faces & places

Hannah Burling of Santa Fe has been elected to a two-year term as president of the League of Women Voters of New Mexico.

Burling is a longtime resident of New Mexico. She has served on the board of directors of the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County and chairs the Santa Fe League’s Action and Advocacy Committee. She has been a school librarian and volunteered for years with the Adelante program, working with children and youth experiencing homelessness in Santa Fe.

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Tanya Schlingman, a U.S. Bank branch manager, was selected as the 2019 Young Professional by the Santa Fe Professional and Business Women. The organization’s president, Marsie Silvestro, said judging was based on the candidates’ career achievements and ability to project an image that reflects the role of today’s young professionals in society. The judges were Lisa Vakharia, It’s That Girl Consulting; Silas Peterson, The Hire Firm; and Dara Montoya, Santa Fe Soul.

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The Santa Fe Community Foundation has awarded $215,000 to 23 nonprofits in its spring 2019 grant cycle. Grants to the following organizations range from 5,000 to $15,000:

Barrios Unidos (Rio Arriba County).

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region.

Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe.

Communities In Schools of New Mexico.

Eleanor Daggett Memorial Library (Chama).

Embudo Valley Library and Community Center.

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty.

Ojo Sarco Community Center (Rio Arriba).

Pegasus Legal Services for Children.

Prosperity Works.

Pueblo de Abiquiú Library and Cultural Center.

Reading Quest (Santa Fe).

Rocky Mountain Youth Corps.

Santa Fe Alliance for Science.

The Family YMCA and Espanola Teen Center.

Truchas Service Center.


Collaborative Visions (Mora).

El Valle Women’s Collaborative (San Miguel County).

New Mexico Recycling Coalition.

Reunity Resources (Santa Fe).

Santa Fe Conservation Trust.

Santa Fe Watershed Association.

Since 1981, the Santa Fe Community Foundation has distributed more than $77 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

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The Santa Fe Baby Fund, a fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, has announced the recipients of 2019 grants:

Mother Tongue Project, which supports teen mothers and their children through a literacy program.

Fathers NM, which provides support for young dads. The organization’s work includes a weekly mentorship and education group for at-risk middle school boys called Future Men Project that addresses healthy masculinity.

The Women and Children’s Residential Treatment Program at the Santa Fe Recovery Center, a substance use disorder recovery program for women and their young children.

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The Life Center Foundation in Santa Fe has announced that New Mexico School for the Arts received its 2019 Leadership Award of $10,000.

The organization also announced the semi-finalists for the 2020 award: Cañones Early Childhood Center, The Food Depot, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in Shiprock, May Center for Learning, St. Elizabeth Shelter for Homeless Children and Families and Solace Crisis Treatment Center.

Education standouts

Cadet Miguel Estevan Pantano of Santa Fe, the son of Diane Garcia Piro and John Pantano, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 25.

Pantano graduated from Santa Fe High School in 2015. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in life science with honors. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army within the engineers branch and will report to Fort Hood, Texas, for his first assignment.

Miguel Pantano completed many milestones at West Point, including being named to the Dean’s List every semester. Also, while being a member of the West Point Black Knight Drill Team for four years, he served the last year as cadet commander. In addition to that leadership role, he also was company commander of his company.

Among the many trainings during his time at West Point, a special highlight was completing airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga.

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A father-daughter mechanic duo recently graduated together from Luna Community College.

When she was 8 years old, Jasmine Gallegos was the designate gofer for her father, Gary Gallegos, handing him wrenches and other tools while he worked on cars, said a news release from the college. Later, she followed him into full-time mechanic work and then into work as volunteer firefighters.

On May 11, they both participated in commencement ceremonies at Luna, with Jasmine finishing her certificate program in automotive technology and her father completing his associate of applied science in vocational education, specializing in automotive collision repair technology.

Jasmine, who works for the state Department of Transportation, said her father has always been a role model, and they’ve remained close over the years.

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Angelica Serrano, who will be a senior at Santa Fe High School next school year, received a scholarship from the Zia Singers. Serrano will be among students with the Santa Fe High choir performing in Ireland and will sing a solo in Spanish during the concerts in Dublin. Serrano had a lead role in the choir’s production of Beauty and the Beast, and she also was selected to the New Mexico All-State choir.