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Leadership Roswell graduates class of 2019

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The 2019 graduating class of Leadership Roswell. (Submitted Photo)

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The Leadership Roswell Class of 2019 graduated at Country Club Church of Christ on Saturday, May 4. Twenty-nine students completed the nine-month course learning about Roswell, Chaves County and the State of New Mexico.

The Roswell Chamber of Commerce program, in completing its 36th year, is the oldest continuous leadership program of its kind in the State of New Mexico.

Leadership Roswell Executive Director Rick Kraft challenged the graduates to climb as high as they can in the organizations they are involved with, but to make sure they use the influence they receive to make a difference in the lives of others. The power they gain should be leveraged for the benefit of others, not for themselves.

Challenges to make a difference in our community were given by 2019 Class President Todd Verciglio, 2018 Class President John LeMay, Program Director Margaret Kennard, and Roswell Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Candace Purcella.

Diplomas and 100% attendance certificates were given to the graduates.

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Kraft shared, “It was another awesome year for the program, thanks to the many individuals who helped with the preparation and presentation of each class and because of another great group of students.”

He continued, “The class toured dozens of locations across the state, learned leadership skills, and developed a network of contacts to help them fly high in their leadership in the community in their years ahead. Our community cannot rise any higher than its leaders.”

Recruitment has begun for the 36th class, the Class of 2020. Applications and information on the program are available at the Roswell Chamber and on the Roswell Chamber website, roswellnm.org. Applications must be turned in to the Chamber by no later than Wednesday, July 31.

Kraft encourages those who have an interest in participating in the program to turn in applications early, as each year there are potential students who accidentally miss the deadline and are unable to be considered for the class.

If you have questions, please call the Roswell Chamber of Commerce at 623-5695 or Kraft at 625-2000.

The students in the Class of 2019 are Oscar Armendariz, Washington Federal Credit Union, branch manager/AVP; Rey Berrones, Penasco Valley Telecommunications, marketing; David Bugarin, Recovery Services of New Mexico, counselor; Kyle Bullock, Bullock’s Jewelry, manager; Jennifer Cole, Roswell Independent School District, director of federal programs; Enid Costley, Roswell Public Library, library director; Nicole Dean, Los Pasitos Early Intervention, DS III/outreach and marketing director; Denzil Dunn, Excel Energy, energy efficiency program manager; Rick England, New Mexico Military Institute, sergeant major-SGM;

Marcos Franco, Mesa Middle School, principal; Daniel Fuller, Roswell Fire Department, lieutenant; Gustavo Garza, New Mexico Military Institute, programs director; Felicia Juarez, Tobosa Developmental Services, director of children’s services; John Kennard, BPS Supply Group, branch manager; Guillermo Lopez, Edward Jones, financial advisor; Matt Miller, Roswell Fire Department, fire marshall; Hope Morales, Teach Plus New Mexico, state director; Joe Neeb, City of Roswell, city manager; Shawn Powell, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, president;

Alex Reynolds, Sanders, Bruin, Coll, & Worley, attorney; Randy Robertson, Hanson Operating, field supervisor; Alma Salas, Pioneer Bank, VP commercial lender; Kelly Smith, Armstrong Energy, joint interest billing accounting; Patrick Smith, Conquistador Council, Boy Scouts of America, district director; Vickie Thomas, Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell, director, Center for Workforce & Community Development; Katie Vaz, The Hi-Q Venue & Black Betty BBQ, director of operations & marketing; Todd Verciglio, Roswell Chamber of Commerce, marketing & social media director; Donald Weld, retired, president, Friends of Bitter Lakes; Michael Winters, Pecos Valley Broadcasting Company, operations manager.

The program’s Leadership team includes Kraft, executive director; Kennard, program director; and Purcella, executive director.