Seven Employees Honored by CYFD


SANTA FE – New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) is pleased to recognize seven outstanding employees with monthly or quarterly awards, as announced by Cabinet Secretary Dorian Dodson and their respective division directors.

The seven honorees are Lucille Mizner of Early Childhood Services (ECS), Trish Ortiz and Michelle Seawolf from Protective Services (PS), and Mario Quezada, Patrisha Saul, Alvin Suazo and Steven Teague from Juvenile Justice Services (JJS).

Lucille Mizner, a child care licensing surveyor in Albuquerque and five-year CYFD employee, is the ECS Employee of the Month for January. Mizner is noted for her enthusiasm for her job, her willingness to assist wherever needed and her consideration for others. She is credited with boosting office morale by organizing team-building activities.

Trish Ortiz, who serves as the division’s human resources coordinator, is the PS Employee of the Month for January. She is commended for her dedication and loyalty to CYFD as exemplified by her outstanding customer service and organizational skills, attention to detail and professionalism.

PS also announced Michelle Seawolf as the recipient of the department-wide Employee of the Quarter award for the second quarter of 2009. Seawolf, a child protective services supervisor in Deming, has led by example in an office short on other supervisory personnel by making herself available to workers regardless of her work schedule and has provided guidance and support to new staff members. She is credited with developing professional relationships with law enforcement and other community partners to help address the needs of families in Luna and Hidalgo counties.

Mario Quezada, a youth care specialist at the Albuquerque Boys Center, is one of four JJS employees sharing Employee-of-the-Month honors for January. Quezada is noted for his patience and guidance in helping workers adjust to new positions, as well as for his accuracy and efficiency in handling inventory for the facility.

Patrisha Saul is a commissary officer for JJS and is responsible for issuing supplies for the Albuquerque facilities. She is commended for her initiative in implementing changes to improve the efficiency of ordering and stocking supplies and is recognized for serving the needs of the facilities in an exemplary manner.

Alvin Sauzo, a science teacher at Albuquerque’s Youth Diagnostic and Development Center(YDDC)/Foothill High School, is recognized for his dedication to his profession and attention to his students’ needs. He has developed a reputation for providing students with individual attention and support despite his classes often being over capacity.

Steven Teague is a youth care specialist at YDDC and is honored for going above and beyond in his position. Teague often goes out of his way to attend staff meetings, despite them being outside of his normal work hours, and gives helpful input.