CYFD Announces Employees of the Month for May


SANTA FE – The New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and Cabinet Secretary Bill Dunbar are proud to present the Employee-of-the-Month Award to five outstanding employees for the month of May 2010.

The five recipients of their respective service area’s awards are Doreen Eichwald from Early Childhood Services (ECS), and Lee Adams, Judy Harmon, Johnny Lopez and Steven Sierra from Juvenile Justice Services (JJS).

Doreen Eichwald, a child care eligibility interviewer in Rio Rancho, is a 16-year CYFD veteran with a reputation as a dedicated team player with excellent customer service skills. She recently pitched in to assist the Los Lunas office during a time of staff shortage to ensure all client cases there were handled timely and appropriately.

Lee Adams is a financial specialist at the J. Paul Taylor Center in Las Cruces. He is noted for his cheerful demeanor, his outstanding customer service skills and his ability to draw from vast experience and education to help his bureau work more efficiently.

Judy Harmon, a senior data analyst for JJS in Santa Fe, is commended for her work with ADE, Inc., to expand the Behavioral Health Client Tracking Program from a field-only tool into the JJS facilities. Her work with the project resulted in its being honored with a national Innovation Award (iAward) from the State Associations of Addiction Services (SAAS), the leading national organization that advocates on behalf of state associations of prevention, treatment and recovery providers and the individuals they serve.

Johnny Lopez is a youth care specialist at the Carlsbad Reintegration Center, where he has served for more than 15 years. He is recognized for his professionalism, outstanding work ethic and attention to detail, as evidenced by his timely work in compiling Medicaid reporting information for the Center.

Steven Sierra serves as a recreation director for the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque. Sierra recently reorganized his unit’s state purchase order for the 2010-2011 athletic season, resulting in significant cost savings while achieving balanced planning. He is also commended for increasing motivation in the New Mexico Activities Association program.