Faces & places

Tekla Johnson, a licensed clinical social worker with 20 years of experience in home visiting programs in New Mexico has been hired as the new director of the statewide First Born Home Visiting program based at Santa Fe Community College.

The home visiting educational program supports women who are pregnant with their first child and families with a first baby or child up to age 3. The program’s mission is to increase the health and wellness of new moms, families parenting for the first time and families adopting their first baby. The program provides statewide training, curriculum, technical assistance and licensing of First Born programs throughout New Mexico.

Director of the Early Childhood Center of Excellence Jennifer Duran-Sallee, Ph.D., said, “We’re thrilled that Johnson will be leading the program. Her experience will help expand services throughout the state.”

Johnson has 10 years of experience with the First Born program. She served as the program manager for the Santa Fe First Born program during its startup phase. “I look forward to supporting First Born programs across the state to provide high quality, impactful and fun home visiting services,” she said in a statement.

For more information about the program, contact Johnson at tekla.johnson@sfcc.edu or 505-428-1344 or visit firstbornprogram.org.

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Bill the Buffalo was named the top “can sculpture” in three categories for the fifth annual Canstruction Santa Fe 2019 Awards, held June 28 at Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery. The competition, in which local architectual firms create sculptures out of nonperishable food items at Santa Fe Place mall as a benefit for The Food Depot, was held earlier in June. Teams had 14 hours to complete their concepts with the theme “Canimals.”

The event generated 16,608 cans and, with monetary donations, the amount contributed to the food bank was the equivalent of more than 20,000 meals to feed Northern New Mexicans in need.

Bill the Buffalo was built by team Barbara Felix Architecture + Design and was awarded in the following categories: Structural Ingenuity, Best Original Design and Best Use of Labels.

The award for the Most Cans Used went to CAN-yon Roadrunners, built by team Studio Southwest Architects.

People’s Choice and Best Meal awards went to Kermit the Dog CAN-Fusion, by team Greer Stafford/SJCF Architecture Inc.

Education standouts

Alyssa Stramel of Santa Fe recently earned a Master of Science in nursing from Simmons University in Boston.

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Giacomo Coppola of Santa Fe has been placed on the Dean’s Honor List at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Penn., for outstanding academic achievement in the spring 2019 semester.

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Mike Bianconi of Los Alamos was named to the Dean’s List at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., for the 2019 spring semester. Bianconi is in the computer science program.

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Susan Werbeck of Edgewood has graduated from Ohio Christian University with a Master of Arts in ministry. Ohio Christian University is in Circleville, Ohio.

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Calvin Noedel of Santa Fe, a graduate of St. Michael’s High School in the Class of 2015, received a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and global politics in May from the American University of Rome in Italy.

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Claudia Noedel, who graduated from St. Michael’s High in 2018, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring semester at Regis University in Denver, where she is pursuing a degree in nursing.

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Alexandria Caroline Christine Chastenet de Géry of Santa Fe was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in French and French studies and international and global studies, cum laude, at the University of the South’s 2019 commencement ceremonies in May. The University of the South is in Sewanee, Tenn. Chastenet de Géry is the daughter of Rebecca Withers of Santa Fe.

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Priscila Guillen of Santa Fe participated in the Bates College Junior Semester Abroad program. Guillen, a 2016 graduate of Capital High School, studied in Peru through the Institute for Study Abroad in Lima. Guillen is the daughter of Mariola Martinez of Santa Fe. She is majoring in women and gender studies and Spanish at Bates.