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Anderson Schools Help Local Residents Achieve National Certification

August 15, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – The Anderson Schools’ Management Development Center (MDC) is the only provider of the Society of Human Resource Management Human Resources Certificate Program in the State of New Mexico, which is the official preparation course for the Professional or Senior Professional in Human Resources (PHR/SPHR) national certification exams.

“PHR/SPHR certifications are becoming more and more important nationally, with some employers advertising that applicants must be nationally certified before they can apply for vacant positions,” said Michelle Detry, program manager of management certificate programs at the MDC, “we are pleased to be able to make this program accessible to ensure human resources professionals can achieve this important recognition.”

The Schools are proud to announce that from the Spring 2001 class, 13 people passed the PHR exam and 8 people passed the SPHR exam.

The following people took the class and received PHR certification: Margarita Anaya, New Vistas; Lillian Andrews, St. Joseph Healthcare; Carolyn K. Beeler, Sandia National Laboratories; Mitch Dietze, John Hancock Signature Services; Renee Feirtag, COMPA Industries, Inc.; Donna Gemeinhart, Neptune and Co., Inc.; Gwendolyn Germany, Sandia National Laboratories; Dorella S. Grabowski, UNM Risk Management/HSC; Clark Hardgrave, Goodwill Industries of New Mexico; Deborah Hovland, Sandia National Laboratories; Robin Jessen, Sandia National Laboratories; Olivia Moya, Sandia National Laboratories; Duana Ornelas, Acoma Business Enterprises; and Winston Presnall, First Presbyterian Church.

Receiving the SPHR certification were Arthur J. Gonzales, UNM Human Resources; Maxine Koester, Sandia National Laboratories; Paul D. Lucero, Acoma Business Enterprises; Cynthia Martin, UNM Valencia Campus; Patricia McClafferty, Albuquerque Publishing Company; Jennifer Rowley, The Kemtah Group; Joan Thompson, Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc.; and Magdalena S. Vigil, UNM Human Resources.

This human resources course is offered throughout the year. In addition, the MDC offers a broad range of certification programs in human resources management, general management, accounting, nonprofit management, quality management and coaching. The MDC is the outreach arm of The Anderson Schools, serving as a link between the University and the business community. For more information on this program, as well as other programs offered by the MDC, call (505) 277-2525.


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.