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21 New Mexico Human Resource Professionals Earn National Certification

July 8, 2002

Please join the Management Development Center at The Anderson Schools of Management at The University of New Mexico in congratulating the following New Mexico HR Professionals in who recently became nationally certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI):

Sandra L. Abney, SPHR
Marcia L. Ash, SPHR
Tammy G. Avila, PHR
Leah R. Barker, PHR
Virginia M. Dickson, SPHR
Christine E. Garcia, PHR
Debra A. Hipp, PHR
Lynn A. Kelly, SPHR
David G. Kesner, PHR
Wendy D. Kovell, PHR
Barbara E. Marcus, PHR
Jan E. McKibben, PHR
Kelly A. O'Bryant, SPHR
Mei-Lee D. Palmer, PHR
Catherine N. Penick, PHR
Patricia V. Price, SPHR
Alana L. Rodriguez, SPHR
Paul J. Sanchez, PHR
Roseanne Swoboda, SPHR
Valentin R. Varela, SPHR
Polly White, PHR

All of these individuals earned their Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by successfully passing a rigorous exam with a national pass rate of approximately 60%. In order to prepare for the exam these individuals completed the Spring 2002 Human Resource Management Certificate Program offered by the Management Development Center at The Anderson Schools.

The Management Development Center will again be offering the Human Resource Management Certificate Program this fall in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. This 12-week course, which is offered in cooperation with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is the official preparation program for the PHR and SPHR certification exams and utilizes the 2002 (SHRM) Learning Systems©.

Those interested in PHR or SPHR certification or the Human Resource Certificate Program should call Mary Melville at 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.