June Employees of the Month Announced


SANTA FE -- Five employees have been honored as Employees of the Month for June 2009 by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), as announced by Cabinet Secretary Dorian Dodson this week.

The honorees are Anna Marquez and Michelle Seawolf from Protective Services (PS), Elsa Mendoza and Chris Romero from Early Childhood Services (ECS) and William Aldana from Juvenile Justice Services (JJS).

Marquez, a permanancy planning worker in Albuquerque, was selected in recognition of her dedication to CYFD’s youth clients. In June, she organized a celebratory event for five youth in CYFD foster care who recently graduated from high school. To recognize their accomplishments, she solicited food and gift donations to make the occasion special for the youth. One of the youth was the recipient of a $16,000 scholarship to attend Eastern New Mexico University.

Seawolf, a child protective services supervisor in Deming, is honored for her consistent display of professionalism and responsibility on behalf of CYFD. She has recently covered additional responsibilities due to vacancies in the county office while maintaining a high level of accessibility for her workers regardless of her work schedule. Her positive relationships with law enforcement and other community partners have enhanced CYFD’s collaboration efforts.

Mendoza is a child care elibility interviewer in Anthony and a five-year employee of ECS. She is noted for being a model employee and mentor who goes the extra mile in assisting clients and providers. She is described as having a positive attitude, providing exceptional customer service and being an excellent team player.

Romera, CYFD’s assistant general counsel, was selected as an honorary employee of the month by ECS for his outstanding efforts in working with child care providers. His consultation on regulatory issues for licensed and non-licensed providers has been described as insightful, timely and comprehensive. He has provided clarification regarding legal issues in a manner that staff and providers are able to understand, and his work has inspired other staff to do their jobs better.

Aldana is a youth care specialist program manager for the Albuquerque Boys Center. He is described as an outstanding leader who goes the extra mile to ensure the safety and security of staff and clients alike. He is further noted as a responsible, positive role model for both clients and other youth care specialists at the facility.