William P. Lang is the recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award from Leadership New Mexico. Lang is publisher, president and CEO of the Albuquerque Publishing Company, which publishes the Albuquerque Journal, and president and CEO of Starline Printing. He served on the board of directors of the First National Bank of Santa Fe and is currently a director of the University of New Mexico Foundation and a member of the board of directors of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. He is also a co-founder of The Cinco Amigos, a group of five car enthusiasts who created and administers the Cinco Amigos Now and Forever Fund to improve the lives of citizens and officials of Albuquerque. It also supports the Bosque school and the Manzano day school.
Laura Conniff is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Leadership New Mexico. Conniff is an associate broker of Steinborn & Associates Real Estate and co-owner of Leveldale Farms in Illinois and Conniff F Cross Farm in Las Cruces. She graduated from New Mexico State University and served on the school’s board of regents. Conniff is a director of the 1st National Bank of Artesia and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – El Paso Branch. She was a founding member of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico and served on the board of that organization for three years. She has served on the board of directors of other organizations such as the Western Bank and the New Mexico State University President’s Association. She previously served as president of the New Mexico State University Foundation and the Mil Gracias Society of New Mexico State University. She was co-chair of the NMSU organization “Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink”, which raises awareness and fundraises on behalf of Cowboys for Cancer Research. His other philanthropic causes include Mesilla Valley Hospice, Borderplex Alliance, Kappa Kappa Gamma, the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, and the Las Cruces Junior League.
Craig allen, a long-time US Geological Survey employee stationed at Bandelier National Monument, received the Distinguished Service Award, the Department of the Interior’s highest honor. Allen has been recognized for more than 35 years of federal service, sharing his expertise as a world-renowned authority on forest and landscape ecology. He created and ran the Jemez Mountains Field Station, now known as the New Mexico Landscapes Field Station, which continues to generate ecological data. Its documentation of the unique Valles Caldera landscape was crucial in establishing the area as a national reserve in 2000. Bandelier is one of the most active and progressive resource-based units in the entire park system. national. Allen retired this year, but continues to volunteer at Bandelier.
Cynthia Rooney, Chancellor of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos, received the Institutional Leadership Award from the International Economic Development Council. Since 2000, Rooney has been part of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos community as a faculty member, department chair, dean of education, and now chancellor and professor of commerce. She was nominated by the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and Los Alamos MainStreet for her work in support of the economic development of the region. In 2020, thanks to Rooney’s commitment to advancing the career paths of underserved youth, the Department of Education awarded UNM-Los Alamos more than $ 2.8 million in funding through the development of Hispanic institutions.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation has announced its Piñon Award recipients for 2021. Each of the recipients received an unrestricted grant of $ 4,000 with subscription support from Enterprise Bank & Trust. The awards and recipients are:
- Courageous Innovation Award: Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary. This award honors an organization that uses a bold approach to solve a persistent problem in the community. Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary works to create healthy ecosystems for wild horses and provide refuge for vulnerable mustangs where they roam free.
- Quiet Inspiration Award: Communities in Schools of New Mexico. This award honors an organization that works quietly and respectfully among a wide range of people in the community. The mission of Communities In Schools is to surround students with a supportive community, enabling them to stay in school and succeed in life.
- Tryed & True Award: School of Advanced Research. This award honors an organization known for its consistent, high-quality programming, despite changes in the external environment. Established over 100 years ago, the mission of the School for Advanced Research is to promote creative thinking and innovative work in the social sciences, humanities, and Native American arts.
- Visionary Award: Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance. This award honors an organization that can anticipate the unmet needs of future generations and has the stamina to succeed. The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance strives to protect and restore the ecological and cultural heritage of the watersheds of the Hermit’s Peak region through ecological restoration, environmental education and community action.
The New Mexico Society of Chartered Accountants has announced the recipients of its awards as part of its 27th annual Pride in the Profession awards program. The prizes and recipients are:
- Lifetime Achievement Awards: Stephanie Catasca, CPA, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, and Kharyn L. Cover, CPA, Kharyn L. Cover, Taylor Roth and Company PLLC and Kharyn Cover, CPA
- Outstanding Member Award in Public Practice: Miranda M. Jijana, CPA, Ricci & Company, LLC, and Tamara Beall, CPA, REDW LLC
- Outstanding New Member Award: Ratigan A. Heenan, CPA, Moss Adams LLP
- Woman to Watch, Senior Leader Award: Belinda C. Melton, CPA, CFE, Kubiak Melton & Associates, LLC
- Woman to Watch, Emerging Leader Award: Chauna King, CPA, The Forensic Firm
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