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Leadership Roswell graduates Class of 2021

The Leadership Roswell Program recently celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021, pictured here. (Submitted Photo)

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The Leadership Roswell Class of 2021 graduated at the Roswell Country Club on Saturday, May 1. Twenty-eight students completed the nine-month course learning about Roswell, Chaves County and New Mexico.

The Roswell Chamber of Commerce program, in completing its 38th year, is the oldest continuous leadership program of its kind in 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 2021 Class President Matthew Chappell, 2020 Class President Amber Dollar, Program Director Margaret Kennard, Roswell Chamber of Commerce CEO Andrea Moore and Chamber President Nic Snowberger. Diplomas and 100% attendance certificates were given to the graduates.

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Kraft said, “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.

“The class toured local locations, 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 39th class, the Class of 2022. Applications and information on the program are available at the Roswell Chamber of Commerce and on the chamber website, roswellnm.org. Applications must be turned in to the chamber by no later than Friday, July 30.

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, call the chamber at 623-5695 or Kraft at 625-2000.

Students in the Class of 2021 are Travis Ackerman, RISD, principal, Valley View Elementary School; Bryan Britton, Roswell Chamber of Commerce; Johnathan Buckmister, PTS Office Systems, Inc., owner/regional manager; Matthew Chappell, Federal Aviation Administration, manager; Ralph Cobos, Church on the Move, supervisor and Treasured Friends Pet Cemetery, owner; Katie Cooper, RISD, East Grand Plains Teacher; Megan De La Rosa, Crude Intelligence Group; Eric Evertson, New Mexico Military Institute, manager instructor Yates Leadership Challenge Complex.

Also, Grace Fresquez, Roswell Police Department, sergeant; Nola Fulkerson, retired artist/educator; Alicia Gilmore, Berkshire Hathaway, associate real estate broker; Alethea Hartwell, Hartwell Academy, teacher; Gregory D. Holman, Studio 27, Inc., owner/architect; Arthur Houghtby II, New Mexico Military Institute, deputy commandant for support; Leticia Madrid, Chaves County, indigent health care eligibility officer; Tony Major, Eastern New Mexico University Roswell, vice president, business affairs; Michelle Marley, BDO USA, LLP, CPA; Jeanette Martinez, EOG Resources, engineering technician.

Also, Ryan Perry, Suther Southwest, president; Seth Ramirez, Foxworth Galbraith Lumber Company, manager; Claire Richburg, RDF Enterprises, Inc., business development manager; Juan Rodriguez, First Baptist Church of Roswell, children’s pastor; Kim Rodriguez, Pecos Valley Telecommunications, sales representative; Vicky Sanchez, Los Pasitos Early Intervention; Coriann Smith, Popo’s Mexican Food, Miss Minnie’s School of Ballet; Sergio Tirado, Church on the Move, associate pastor; Denise Weaver, WaFd Bank, bank manager; and Todd Wildermuth, City of Roswell, public information officer.

The program’s Leadership team includes Rick Kraft, Kraft Law Firm, Executive Director; Margaret Kennard, Program Director; and Amber Dollar, The Nest.

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