Weddings & anniversaries

Romero 70th

Jose and Matilde Romero celebrated 70 years together on Cinco de Mayo with a family gathering of their sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family members. Jose and Matilde made a special dedication of their union to Lorencita Montoya, Francisco Romero and also Bernardino Romero.

Faces & places

Shelly Felt has been named executive director at Youth Shelters and Family Services, a nonprofit organization in Santa Fe that provides services to homeless, runaway and in-crisis Northern New Mexico youth. It does so by providing shelter and addressing health, safety, education and workforce opportunities. Felt succeeds David Block, who has served in the position since 2013.

Felt has more than 20 years of experience in operations, program management and consulting in the private sector, and has spent two years as finance director at Youth Shelters.

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The New Mexico National Guard was planning to hold a retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. Juan Griego at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 7, at the Regional Training Institute, Oñate Military Complex.

Griego, a native New Mexican from Española, served for more than 34 years.

Griego last served as the deputy adjutant general and was the principal liaison to senior military officials, various state and federal officials, the Legislature, local governments and community groups. He provided overall guidance and direction for state operations, including business administration and facilities management and assumed full responsibility for the adjutant general in his absence.

He also led the Department of Military Affairs, the State Defense Force, the Civil Air Patrol and the New Mexico Youth Challenge program, which provides formal education to at-risk youth.

Griego was commissioned in 1984 through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at New Mexico State University.

In the civilian sector, Griego is a member of the Senior Executive Service, assigned as the deputy manager and chief operating officer for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Los Alamos Site Office, where he manages the functions, responsibilities and authorities of the federal staff of approximately 130 employees. He is also serving as the acting site office manager responsible for administration of the $2 billion annual management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory with a workforce of more than 10,000 people.

Education standouts

William Mullen of Los Alamos recently was inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. Mullen was inducted at Texas Tech University.

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Brenda Mallary of Santa Fe recently graduated with an online master’s degree in business administration from Grantham University in Lenexa, Kan.

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Jesse Kotsch of Santa Fe, majoring in electrical engineering at the University of San Diego, and a member of the Class of 2017, networked in March with alumni and employers in top San Diego biotech companies in March through the school’s Career Development Center.

This valuable networking opportunity could not have been made possible, he said, without the contributions of Charles Bass, senior director of alumni relations, and Robin Darmon, director of the Career Development Center.

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On April 25, the following area students received a scholarship during the Scholarship and Awards Ceremony at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales: From Los Alamos: John Dermer; from Santa Fe: Alexandra Esquibel, Devin Devargas and Matthew Romero.

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Antonia Batha of Los Alamos was honored with a Fulbright Student English Teaching Assistantship. The program at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., places students in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. Batha is a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in gender, sexuality and women’s studies.

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On April 5, David Arellano and Caroline Rousculp of Los Alamos and Jessica Gilmore 0f Santa Fe participated in Eastern New Mexico University’s Student Research Conference in Portales. The annual Student Research Conference is designed to showcase the research projects being done by undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines across campus.