NMSU honors NM EDGE graduates with celebration

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LAS CRUCES — Public servants who have completed New Mexico’s certified public programs were recognized at a June 16 graduation ceremony in Albuquerque. The New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service administers the nationally accredited program, NM EDGE, which stands for Education Designed to Generate Excellence in the Public Sector. NM EDGE also announced its new Program Director Christy Green.

As this was the first in-person graduation since 2019, NM EDGE recognized both recent graduates and graduates who completed the program within the past two years and attended virtual ceremonies.

“During the pandemic and beyond, these people have shown the dedication to succeed no matter the circumstances,” said Jeanine Eden, NM EDGE program coordinator. “They showed resilience and determination. They have embraced change and used it to enhance their professionalism, and in doing so, we know that no matter the challenge, these good people will emerge with more to offer the public they so willingly serve.

Certified Public Officer graduates included Diamond Contreras, Executive Assistant, City of Belen; Clay Corn, New Mexico Counties, Loss Prevention Department, Chaves County; Cassandra Green, Director of Human Resources, Otero County; Rhonda Hatch, office manager for the Assessor’s Office, Eddy County; Phyllis Keene, Tax Researcher, Sandoval County; Aissa Lara, Human Resources Specialist, Eddy County; Sumana Maiti-Ghosh, GIS and Asset Control Technician, City of Belen; Isabelle Martinez, Los Alamos County; Sherrill McDougle, Human Resources Specialist, Eddy County; Michael Milam, Valencia County Clerk; Juan Morales, Delinquent Tax Specialist, Torrance County; Mandi Park, County Clerk, Roosevelt County; and Alma Ruiz, Senior Office Manager, City of Las Cruces Utilities Department.

Certified public supervisor graduates included Matt Clark, director of emergency services, Otero County; and Hatch. Stan Ross, Architectural Access Specialist, New Mexico Governor’s Commission on Disability, has been recognized as a Certified Public Manager Graduate.

Certified Public Ethics Lawyer graduates included Clark, Hatch, Ross and Shannon Reynolds, County Commissioner, Doña Ana County. Certified County Commissioners graduates included Reynolds and Clay Kiesling, Union County.

Stephanie Eldridge, Assistant in the Office of Elections, Chaves County, was honored as a Certified County Clerk; and Hatch has been recognized as a licensed public assessment agent.

Daniela H. Johnson, Harding County Chief Financial Officer, was honored as a Certified Public Finance Professional; and Roosevelt County Deputy Director Liliana Rivera has been recognized as a Certified Public Procurement Professional.

To learn more about the NM EDGE program, visit https://nmedge.nmsu.edu or @NMEDGE on Facebook.

Tiffany Acosta writes for New Mexico State University Marketing and Communications and can be reached at 575-646-3929, or by email at [email protected].

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