CYFD Announces Employees of the Month


SANTA FE -- New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and Cabinet Secretary-Designate Yolanda Berumen-Deines have announced six employees as recipients of the Department’s Employee-of-the-Month Award.

Receiving the honor from Early Childhood Services (ECS) are Jackie Corriz for December 2010 and Judy Fifield for January 2011. Jennie Becerra was honored from Protective Services (PS) for December, and Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) recognized three recipients – Maria Diaz, Christine Herl and Annette Martinez – for December.

Corriz, a property manager in the ECS Director’s Office in Santa Fe, is described as dedicated, loyal and hard-working. She is noted for her efforts to meet the needs of the ECS field staff and for providing excellent customer service. She is further noted for being a great team player and for her organizational skills and professionalism.

Fifield has been with CYFD for more than 15 years and currently serves as a training and technical assistance program (TTAP) manager in the Office of Child Development. She has been an integral part of the Department’s goal of improving the quality of child care in New Mexico through her efforts in quality improvement in several aspects of the early childhood field. Included in these efforts have been the implementation of the Star system, the state’s Quality Rating Improvement system, and involvement with the Early Childhood Higher Education Task Force.

Becerra is an investigations worker in the Las Cruces PS office. She is noted for being a hard worker who consistently strives for excellence. She has been described as being a positive role model for her peers as well as a strong advocate for the children and families that her office serves.

Diaz, who works at the J. Paul Taylor Center in Las Cruces, is commended not only for solid efforts in her job duties as a receptionist but also for going above and beyond in special assignments which include coordinating faith-based and Bibly study volunteers for the Center. In December, she arranged community sponsors for each dorm which provided food, presents and celebrations for the clients at Christmas.

Herl is a 20-year CYFD employee who currently serves as a youth care specialist leadworker at Albuquerque’s Youth Diagnostic and Development Center. She is noted for her pleasant and positive attitude, particularly in recent months while maintaining her responsibilities through challenges presented by hardware and software changes, work location changes and process changes.

Martinez, a classification officer for Albuquerque Boys’ Center/Albuquerque Reintegration Center Small Facilities, is described as vital for the successful movement and treatment of JJS clients. Her understanding of the clients and the programs designed to serve their needs and her ability to orchestrate various parties involved in cases help her excel in her responsibilities. She is a valued staff member who supports staff and clients in both a professional and caring manner.