CYFD Employees of the Month for May Announced


SANTA FE -- New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) and Cabinet Secretary Dorian Dodson are proud to recognize seven outstanding employees as Employees of the Month for their respective service areas in May.

The honorees are Lucia Palacios from Early Childhood Services (ECS), Rosaisela Burciaga and Michelle Threadgill from Protective Services (PS), and Cynthia Ahlgrim, Genovevo “Bo” Carillo, Anthony Olona and Jennifer Walz from Juvenile Justice Services (JJS).

Palacios, a child care specialist in Las Cruces, has served CYFD for more than eight years. She is recognized for her dedication to child care and for her leadership in recruiting and maintaining the In-Home Infant Child Care Program in southern New Mexico.

Burciaga is CYFD’s statewide in-home services coordinator and is recognized for taking on additional duties related to adult adoptee requests and other adoption and foster care duties due to vacancies in the Foster Care and Adoptions Bureau. She has also handled constituent inquiries and has provided interpreter services for the PS Central Office.

Threadgill, an investigative supervisor in Valencia County, is noted for her outstanding organization and supervisory skills which have contributed to a zero backlog count since she began her current role two years ago. She is also recognized for fulfilling a variety of needs that have arisen in her county office, including providing field and investigations support for her workers, entering payments, transporting clients, completing ICPC packets and covering phones.

Ahlgrim, a transitional probation and parole officer for JJS’s Central Intake, is commended for not only performing exceptionally in her current position, but also while covering the duties of the central intake classification officer and several secretarial responsibilities due to vacancies.

Carrillo, a 22-year CYFD employee, is a youth care specialist/supervisor at the Eagle Nest Residential Center. Recognized for his professionalism and reliability, he has recently been involved in Life Skills programming and the development and implementation of youth information sheets at Eagle Nest.

Olona is a youth care specialist at Albuquerque’s Camino Nuevo Youth Center. He has excelled in his role as lead worker as his presence has stabilized a unit in crisis and helped establish a safe environment. He is described as being a positive role model for both staff and clients alike.

Walz, a youth care specialist at the John Paul Taylor Center in Las Cruces, is also noted for keeping a positive attitude and being a role model for co-workers and clients. She is commended for routinely volunteering for overtime and for pitching in when the facility is short-staffed.