Skip to main content

Press Release


October 10, 2001

ALBUQUERQUE – The Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico is pleased to announce the 40 recipients of the 2001 Up-and-Comers Awards.

“This year’s class of winners represents the broad diversity of the state and we are very proud to be recognizing so many individuals who are already making a great difference in their work and community service,” said Anderson Schools Dean Howard L. Smith. “Through the Up-and-Comers Awards we are saying congratulations for what these individuals have already done and are proud to celebrate the mark they will continue to make in New Mexico.”

The 2001 Class of Up-and-Comers includes individuals from nine communities across the state in 16 industry sectors. Over 130 talented people were nominated for the awards, with 40 honorees chosen for the recognition. The honorees are:

In Agriculture: Jaime X. Castillo, Extension Staff Development Specialist, NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, Las Cruces; and Paul Gutierrez, State Executive Director, Farm Service Agency/USDA, Albuquerque.

In Architecture and Planning: Christopher John Green, Principal/Landscape Architect, Consensus Planning, Inc., Albuquerque; and John Douglas Heller, Architect, Mullen Heller Architecture, PC, Albuquerque.

Recognized in the Communications category are: Stephanie Ann Bullington, Marketing Manager, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini, Albuquerque; Harlan Mack McKosato, Radio Talk Show Host on KUNM, “Native America Calling,” Albuquerque; and Johnny Montoya, Account Supervisor, Rick Johnson and Company, Inc., Albuquerque.

In Economic Development: Sharlene Begay-Platero, Industrial Development Specialist, Navajo Nation, Gallup; Melanie Hasslinger, Research Manager, Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc., Albuquerque; and Tim Alan With, Real Estate Advisor, Grubb & Ellis/Lewinger Hamilton, Inc., Albuquerque.

In the Education arena, honorees include: Kristianne Goff Clayton, School Social Worker, Lincoln Middle School, Rio Rancho; and Byron Kevin Cummings, Assistant Principal, Taylor Middle School, Albuquerque.

The Engineering Up-and-Comer is Theresa L. Brooks, Environmental Engineer, Camp Dresser and McKee, Inc., Albuquerque.

In the Entrepreneurship category, those recognized are: Kirsten Cobb, President, Control Alt Delete, Inc., Albuquerque; and Scott Creagan, President, Graphic Connection, Albuquerque.

In Finance, winners are: Eric Mark Anthony Herrera, REDW, LLC; Tylen L. Kattenhorn, Financial Consultant, Salomon Smith Barney; Fred W. Winter, Jr., Partner, KPMG, LLP; and Warren Wylupski, Financial Coordinator, Sun Healthcare Group, all of Albuquerque.

The Fine Arts honorees are: Douglas Carroll Cardwell, Professional Musician, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Albuquerque; Jennifer Chavez, Artistic/Executive Director, Southwest Repertory Theatre Company, Albuquerque; and Ron Martinez-Looking Elk, Artist/Program Development Specialist, Society for the Preservation of American Indian Culture, Taos.

In the Government category: Marcie Davis, Director of Victim Services, New Mexico Attorney General’s Office, Santa Fe; Alfred A. Park, State Representative, New Mexico House of Representatives, Albuquerque; and L. Stephine Poston, Public Relations Analyst, Pueblo of Sandia, Bernalillo.

International Business honorees are: Frederick Scott Bryant, President and Owner, International Technology and Trade Ventures, Albuquerque; and Jerry Pacheco, Director of Marketing, Santa Teresa Real Estate Development, Santa Teresa.

The Law recipients are: F. Michael Hart, Shareholder, Eaton Martinez Hart and Valdez, PC, Albuquerque; and Michelle Henrie, Attorney, Rodey Dickason Sloan Akin and Robb, PA, Albuquerque.

In Medicine: Denise Cuellar, Pharmacy Manager, Walgreens, Albuquerque; Teresa M. Lohnes, Physical Therapist, Paragon Rehabilitation, Albuquerque; and Phillip A. Rivera, Vice President and CFO, Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces.

Nonprofit Management winners are: Diane Harrison Ogawa, Executive Director, PNM Foundation, Albuquerque; Maralie M. Waterman, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association – New Mexico Chapter, Albuquerque; and Anne Haines Yatskowitz, President and CEO, ACCION New Mexico, Albuquerque.

In Small Business: Lori Arshawsky, President, XtraMark, Corrales; Tamara Stevenson Bradley, President, Bradley and Associates, Inc., Albuquerque; John B. Edward, Owner/President, The Edward Group, Albuquerque; and Henry J. Evans, President and CEO, Advantage Printing Specialists, Albuquerque.

In the final category, Science and Technology, the Up-and-Comer is Hong Q. Hou, Vice President, EMCORE Corporation, Albuquerque.

These 40 outstanding individuals will be honored at the second annual Up-and-Comers luncheon on Tuesday, November 13, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Pyramid – Albuquerque. The featured speaker at the event will be Steve Wells, President of Los Alamos National Bank. Wells was selected to address this year’s class of winners for his commitment to quality – demonstrated by the fact that LANB was the first New Mexico corporation and first bank in the nation to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. KRQE’s Dick Knipfing will again serve as the emcee for the Up-and-Comer Awards.

The program is being sponsored with generous underwriting gifts from Wells Fargo Bank, Andersen, and Charter Cos. Media sponsors for the program include KRQE and KUNM. Additional support has been provided by Quality New Mexico and CenturyPlus.

Tickets for the luncheon are $50 per person, or $400 for corporate tables of 8. For reservations, please call 505-277-0880 or email


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.