NM EDGE Graduates 2011
Graduates by County
Sarah Merklein, CPO, CPS
Sarah Merklein, is the President of the New Mexico Association of Counties. Additionally, Sarah serves as the County Treasurer for Catron County where she took office in 2005 and is currently in her second term. She took interest in County College to gain knowledge and skills that are critical to her position as a public servant. After taking a few classes, she discovered how beneficial the program was and decided to pursue the Certified Public Manager designation. Sarah has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
Rayetta Trujillo, CPO, CPS, NMCCCL
Rayetta M. Trujillo has worked for Colfax County for 10 years and is currently serving her second term as County Clerk. Rayetta began taking County College classes to gain a deeper understanding of the operation of government and to use the knowledge gained to better serve the constitutes of Colfax County. Rayetta says she would like to encourage each and every county official to attend County College. Rayetta has previously earned the Certified Public Official and the Certified Public Supervisor designations; today she earns her NM Certified County Clerk designation.
Connie Backoff, CPO
Connie Backoff is the Marriage License Specialist for Curry County.
Connie began taking County College classes in hopes of learning more about New Mexico government. She feels that she has learned a lot about county and state government and feels that the classes have refreshed her knowledge about national government as well. In all, County College classes have made her more confident in her knowledge and in being able to serve the public.
Coni Jo Lyman, CPO, CPS
Coni Jo Lyman has been with Curry County for 26 years and is serving her fourth term as County Clerk . Coni Jo says that,"County College has been a wonderful learning experience that I chose as a way to further develop my skills to better serve my community. The knowledge that I have gained from County College helps me every day to address personnel issues, professional issues, computer software issues and media issues. Additionally she has gained a greater awareness of state and federal laws that coincide with each task the County Clerk's Office is faced with on a daily basis. Coni Jo has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
Carol Pipes, CPO
Carol Pipes, Executive Assistant to Curry County Manager, began her tenure in 2008. Carol's original goal for taking County College classes was to satisfy the request made by her county manager to begin working to meet the requirements of a Certified Public Official designation through NM EDGE County College. She has found County College to be an enjoyable experience in which she has learned valuable information. Carol would like to continue taking classes to fulfill the requirements for the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
De Baca County
Carole (Cammy) Mansell, CPO, CPS
Carole (Cammy) Mansell began working as the DWI Coordinator in De Baca County in 1993. Cammy started taking County College classes to learn more efficient ways to complete tasks associated with her job so that she could better serve those she works with. Through County College classes she has gained a wealth of information which has been applied and shared with management of this job as well. Many of the practices and lessons learned through these classes are useful in all aspects of life and should not be left at the office. Cammy earns both her Certified Public Official and her Certified Public Supervisor designations today!
Los Alamos County
Bonnie Montoya, CPO
Bonnie Montoya has worked with Los Alamos County for 25 years, 21 of which have been with the Assessor's Office. She began taking classes when they were offered as part of her spring and fall conference trainings. She believes that County College has been a great experience. She believes that the instructors are knowledgeable and the materials offered are good resources to refer back to. By taking County College classes Bonnie believes she is now able to offer a more efficient and higher quality service to the public. She hopes to continue working towards other certifications and would recommend this program to everyone.
Sheryl Nichols, CPO, NMCCCL
Sheryl Nichols is the Chief Deputy Clerk in Los Alamos County. She began at the County in 1991. Sheryl's original County College goal was to complete the CPO designation and use that to be a better informed public official. However, the County Clerks Affiliate identified an ever growing need to expand the knowledge base and set different certification levels to better serve the citizens of NM. Sheryl feels that County College as a whole has broadened her horizons and opened new avenues of learning to better prepare her to work more effectively. Sheryl has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the NM Certified County Clerk designation.
Adrianna Ortiz, CPO, NMCCCL
Adrianna Ortiz has worked for Los Alamos County since July 2002 where she currently serves as Senior Deputy Clerk. Adrianna's original goal was to become a Certified Public Official (CPO) but after graduating in January of 2008, she decided to pursue additional certifications. She says the education gained from County College is something she uses regularly. She considers herself very fortunate to have been able to participate in the program, and looks forward to continuing her educational goals. Adrianna has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the NM Certified County Clerk designation.
Jacqueline Sloan, CPO, CPS
Jacqueline Sloan is the McKinley County Clerk serving her second term. Jackie has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
Robyn Holmes, CPO, CPS
Robyn Holmes currently serves as the Otero County Clerk. She began working in the Clerk's Office in 1985. She originally began taking County College classes as a means to promotion. However, she has continued to take classes because she has learned so much and feels like the knowledge assists her in serving the public to a higher level. Robyn finds it refreshing to learn from an instructor as well as fellow classmates, different and more efficient ways of conducting business. There are several classes that have helped me take a different approach to the way Ã¢â‚¬Å“we have always done it". Robyn has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
Rio Arriba County
Jose Luis Gallegos, CPO
Jose Luis Gallegos works for the Rio Arriba County Detention Center where he serves as a detention supervisor. He began taking County College classes as a way to network and obtain ideas on how to improve the county detention facility. He says that his County College experience has been great. He has gained a great deal of knowledge from County College classes and has been able to apply what he has learned at work and share with his colleagues.
Edward Mercure, CPO
Edward Mercure has worked for Rio Arriba County for 18 years where he has served as a Detention Supervisor for the past 12. He believes that County College classes have made a big impact on him both professionally and personally because of how customized each classes is. He feels that County College classes are a great asset and he would recommend them to his colleagues at home and around the state. He hopes that what he has gained from County College will help him to advance even further as a professional in his field.
San Miguel County
Elaine Estrada, CPO
Elaine A. Estrada is the San Miguel County Assessor, where she has worked since 1989. Elaine has always felt that any education that anyone can obtain is always good. The County College classes she has taken have been easily integrated with a lot of her daily office operations. She has utilized ideas that she has learned through County College when interviewing applicants for jobs, conflicts that may arise within the office, communicating with others, and learning more about our government. She believes that attending County College classes have been beneficial to her and she is appreciative of the opportunity given to her by attending these classes.
Mario M. Gutierrez, CPO
Mario Gutierrez has worked with San Miguel County for 4 years as an appraiser. His goal in taking County College classes was to gain more knowledge about local and New Mexico government and how to apply it to his daily duties. His County College education has helped him regularly at work when dealing with the public and in his interactions with his colleagues. Ultimately, he believes it has helped him become more professional and an all around better employee for San Miguel County.
Fabian Montoya, CPO
Fabian Montoya has worked for the San Miguel County Assessor's Office for four years. He is currently the Senior Appraiser and will become the Chief Appraiser on July 1. He started taking County College classes is to help him gain more knowledge about local government in New Mexico and to help his better deal with the public and with his colleagues. He believes that County College has helped professionally. He says that County College has helped him become a better employee, colleague, and public servant for the people of San Miguel County and New Mexico.
James Phillips, CPO
James Phillips has been working for San Miguel County for 7 years where he currently serves as the County's GIS Operator/Chief Mapper. He hoped that by taking County College classes he would be better able to serve the public and the assessors department as well as San Miguel County. James says that he constantly finds himself going back to one of the classes he has attended in the past and using the skills has gained to solve a problem from a new situation that has presented itself.
Diane Irwin, CPO, CPS
Diane Irwin has been at Sandoval County for six years and is the DWI Prevention Program Executive Administrator. Diane's goal in taking County College classes is to learn more about County Government while furthering her education. She says she has had a very positive experience and would recommend these classes to anyone involved in County Government, "I have learned so many things that I can apply to my everyday operation of the program for which I am responsible." Diane has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
Sharon Torres, CPO, CPS
Sharon Torres is the DWI and Prevention Programs Finance Coordinator for Sandoval County where she has served the public for 17 years. She began taking County College classes to further expand her education and knowledge of dealing with people. Sharon feels that the knowledge she has gained has made her a better and stronger person giving her the skills to deal with people more empathetically. She says the classes have made her an overall a better employee to Sandoval County. Sharon has previously earned the Certified Public Official designation; today she earns the Certified Public Supervisor designation.
Jacqueline Chavira, CPO
Jacque Chavira has dedicated 27 years to Valencia County where she serves as Director of Human Resources. Jacque originally began taking County College classes that were offered through her NMAC affiliate. The classes have allowed her to expand her knowledge of County Government and helped her to understand important changes in the law. She has enjoyed taking classes and is thankful to her county for supporting her in becoming a more effective Leader.