Faces & places

Shawna Jones, the adult education and volunteer coordinator at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, has been chosen as one of five fellows at the Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pa.

The fellows program at Longwood is a 13-month leadership development program, designed to refine skills and heighten self-awareness of leaders within public horticulture.

“I’m very excited for the opportunity and new and unique challenges that this fellowship will bring,” Jones said in a news release. “I am looking forward to developing as a leader within public horticulture and helping my community through exposure to the nature and gardens.”

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Teach Plus New Mexico has selected three teachers from the Santa Fe area for its third New Mexico Teaching Policy Fellowship: Gary Bass and Pamela Price of Santa Fe Public Schools, and Jeneen Lujan of the Pojoaque Valley School District.

During the 10-month program, the 16 fellows from across the state will work on key state-level issues, such as funding for at-risk students, teacher recruitment and high-quality professional development for New Mexico’s educators, the organization said in a news release.

“Having a voice in policies that impact our learners is a vital part of being a role model to our students,” said Price, a second-grade teacher at Wood Gormley Elementary School. “I want to be informed and play a positive, productive role in shaping educational policies.”

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Employees with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development office in New Mexico honored a community loan specialist based in Las Vegas, N.M., who is leaving the position to be with her family in Amarillo, Texas. Elva Yañez is a longtime USDA Rural Development employee who began her service in Kansas, according to a news release. In New Mexico, she oversaw community water, wastewater and facilities projects, and played an integral role in the expansion of the Pecos Valley Medical Center.

“We’ll miss Elva because in the last couple of years she’s been diligently helping the people living in northeast New Mexico get better access to clean water and improved medical services,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Arthur Garcia.

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Alex Streeper has joined Creative Santa Fe as the nonprofit’s new events manager.

Originally from Baja California, Mexico, Streeper has called Santa Fe home since 2016. She migrated from Los Angeles, where she started her career in events, marketing and advertising.

Streeper graduated from Tecnologico de Monterrey with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. Her life journey has taken her from Mexico, to the U.S., to Southeast Asia and finally to New Mexico, where she has found a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and for flamenco dancing.

Zippy Guerin, the former events manager, will remain part of the Creative Santa Fe team in an advisory capacity as a communications consultant.

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The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture is celebrating Women’s History Month by hosting a series of prominent indigenous speakers and artists in March and April. For five consecutive Sundays, beginning March 10, the museum is highlighting political leaders, activists and artists for their work and commitment to Native peoples across the country. Among the speakers are the following women:

Annie Dodge Wauneka (Navajo), a public health activist and tribal leader who passed away in 1997, was honored March 10. Wauneka’s grandson, Milton Bluehouse Jr., and daughter, Irma Bluehouse, offered a presentation about her achievements. Being one of the survivors of the 1918 influenza epidemic, Dr. Wauneka studied public health and began advocating for better medical care for Native people. She became the first Native woman to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Civil and Native rights activist LaDonna Harris (Comanche Nation) will conduct a multi-media program at the museum at 1 p.m. March 24.

U.S. Rep. Deb Haaland (Laguna Pueblo), D-N.M., will speak at the museum at 1 p.m. March 30. As a Native rights and environmental advocate, Haaland lent voice and activism as a water protector at Standing Rock. Haaland is one of the first Native women to be elected to Congress, alongside Sharice Davids of Kansas.

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Pedro Martinez of Santa Fe was named the 2018 Volunteer of the Year at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the living history museum’s most prestigious award for volunteer service.

Martinez, a living history enthusiast and native New Mexican, coordinates and assists other volunteers on weekends and shares the history of Las Golondrinas with guests.

Education standouts

Monte del Sol Charter student Aidan Roberts was honored last week for finishing first in state in the grade 9-12 division of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Foundation’s annual InvestWrite Competition. InvestWrite is a national essay challenge that puts students’ knowledge of capital markets, stocks, bonds and mutual funds to the test.

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Finnley Stephen of Santa Fe was named to the fall 2018 Dean’s List at Rockford University in Rockford, Ill.

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Beth Althouse of Santa Fe has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2018 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Althouse is enrolled in the university’s College of Arts & Sciences.

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Koery Paul Windham of Santa Fe received an Associate of Arts degree from Adams State University in Alamosa, Colo., during the fall 2018 Commencement Ceremony in December.

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Emerson College junior Katherine Foultz of Santa Fe, who is majoring in sports communication, was recently named to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team for the 2018-19 season. Foultz is one of 11 players chosen for the award.

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Hameer Thatte of Santa Fe graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, N.Y., with a doctorate in osteopathic medicine during the fall 2018 semester.

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Hannah Gunther of Ranchos de Taos, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2019, has earned the fall 2018 Dean’s Award with Distinction. Gunther is a graduate of Taos High School who is majoring in sociology. Colgate University is in Hamilton, N.Y.

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Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., welcomed Felysha Aragon of Santa Fe and Maya Peña of Española as new students for the spring 2019 semester.

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Claudia Noedel of Santa Fe has been named to the Dean’s List at Regis University in Denver for the fall 2018 semester.

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Giacomo Coppola of Santa Fe has been placed on the Gettysburg College Dean’s Honor List for outstanding academic achievement in the fall 2018 semester. Gettysburg College is in Gettysburg, Pa.

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Ravenna Osgood, who grew up in Santa Fe and graduated from the New Mexico School for the Arts, was chosen to participate in the annual Italian Design Day at the Italian embassy in Washington, D.C. Osgood graduated last year from Polimoda Fashion Institute in Florence and is currently interning with Chanel in Paris.

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Jacquelynn Pana of Española graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., in December.

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Santa Fe Public Schools hosted the District Spanish Spelling Bee on March 2. Alexis Alfredo Cazares Macias, a seventh-grade student at Ortiz Middle School, won the event.

Coming in second was Keiry Danissa Gutierrez, fifth-grader at Sweeney Elementary School; third place went to Joseline Ortiz Rascon, a sixth-grader at Ortiz.

Alexis will compete in the State Spanish Spelling Bee at 9:30 a.m. April 13 at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.