PRESS RELEASE - March 22, 2004
Office of The Governor
Capitol Bldg., 4th Floor
Santa Fe, NM 87503
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(505) 231-2094/(505) 231-2086

Governor Bill Richardson, Lt. Governor Diane Denish Swear in Youth Advisory members

Youth from across New Mexico meet for the first time Monday

Albuquerque - Governor Bill Richardson and Lt. Governor Diane Denish marked the one-year anniversary of the Children’s Cabinet, and swore in 57 members of the New Mexico Youth Alliance.

“As Governor, I realized right away that the departments within state government - many with common goals -- often didn’t talk to one another,” Governor Bill Richardson said. “The left hand didn’t know what the right hand was doing.

“Those days are over. The Richardson-Denish administration is focused on improving the lives of New Mexico’s children.”

Lt. Governor Diane Denish praised the Youth Alliance, which consists of 54 youth from around New Mexico between the ages of 14 through 19 years old. The Youth Alliance was created by the 2003 legislature as a way to gather young people from across the state to work together in bringing youth issues before state government.

“When we worked to pass the Youth Alliance last legislative session we had a vision of creating a two way street with our youth,” Lt. Governor Denish said. “First, we wanted to learn from them. We want to know their experiences, their struggles, and how state government can help. Second, we wanted to engage you in the public discussion. We wanted to bring you in to the process and hopefully, inspire you to continue in public service.”

Youth Name Youth Address
Adrian Carver Albuquerque, NM 87123
Albert Sandoval Santa Clara, NM 88026
Alberto Belmares-Ortega Albuquerque, NM 87107
Alma Rivera Santa Fe, NM 87507
Amanda Lopez Espanola, NM 87532
Andrew Daily Raton, NM 87740
Angel Chavez Albuquerque, NM 87102
Anthony Casey Roswell, NM 88203
Ashley Reid Hobbs, NM 88240
Auicra Luckey Albuquerque, NM 87108
Ben Travelstead Albuquerque, NM 87111
Brian Martinez Chimayo, NM 87522
Brittany Vick Albuquerque, NM 87108
Candle Turner Capitan, NM 88316
Carlene Chavez Los Lunas, NM 87031
Casey Thompson Albuquerque, NM 87109
Catalina Vicente Socorro, NM 87801
Catherine Garcia Santa Fe, NM 87507
Christina Silva Albuquerque, NM 87102
Cole Abshere Raton, NM 87740
Crystal Calderon Malaga, NM 88263
Danica Tarkington Chamberino, NM 88027
Felicia Fuentes Albuquerque, NM 87105
Francesca Lopez Albuquerque, NM 87121
Frankie Ortega Roswell, NM 88203
Gina Torres Arroyo Seco, NM 87571
Heather Cole Hobbs, NM 88240
Isaac Sachs-Quintana Albuquerque, NM 87110
Jane Song Albuquerque, NM 87110
Jared Fralie Animas, NM 88020
Jesus Quintero Deming NM, 88003
Joderick Rodriquez Portales, NM 88130
Jodie Whitt Artesia, NM 88210
Jolonzo Goldtooth Farmington, NM 87401
Katarina Bemelman Las Vegas, NM 87701
Kathryn Fleming Las Cruces, NM 88003
Laura Houck Santa Fe, NM 87508
Leticia Leos Roswell, NM 88203
Marcie Malaj Grants NM 87020
Maria Sanchez Bernaillio NM 87004
Meagan Gladden Eunice, NM 88231
Melissa Flores Artesia, NM 88210
Nathan Miles Hobbs, NM 88240
Nicholas Abeyta Albuquerque, NM 87107
Nicole Lasky Edgewood, NM 87015
Quincy Panteah Zuni, NM 87237
Rachel Tepper Albuquerque, NM 87106
Richelle Gomez Carlsbad, NM 88220
Sasha Pellerin Albuquerque, NM 87121
Shalyn Ellinger La Luz, NM 88337
Shelby Duffy Albuquerque, NM 87111
Stephen Jochem Gallup, NM 87301
Theresa Rodriguez Albuquerque, NM 87121
Trina Fons Hobbs, NM 88242
Waddie Crazyhorse Cochiti Pueblo, NM 87072
Wynona Tahnito Mescalero, NM 88340
Zedti Runyan Gila, NM 88038