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Distinguished Alumni Award

This prestigious award recognizes CNM alumni who have attained distinction in their professional field or life, which reflects the mission and values of CNM.

Nominations for 2020's Distinguished Alumni Award are now closed. The 2020 Distinguished Alumni will be announced in October. If you wish to nominate a CNM alum in 2021, please email cnmfoundation@cnm.edu.

The CNM Foundation established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of our graduates. The awards are presented annually at the CNM Foundation Donor Appreciation Dinner.

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner

Image of Reyes Padilla speaking at an event.

Visual artist Reyes Padilla received the 2019 CNM Distinguished Alumni award. Reyes’ time in college began and ended at CNM, receiving an associate’s degree in Fine Arts in 2010. His paintings, murals, and site-specific installations have sold to a variety of collectors and museums, including a permanent installation at Explora. Reyes shared his thoughts after graduating from CNM, “I realized that I would have the tools necessary to build a career for myself and I wouldn’t have to go into serious debt with student loans.”


Distinguished Alumni Past Honorees

2019

Reyes Padilla, Visual Artist

2018

Dr. Cynde Tagg, Executive Director, UNM Hospitals

2017

John Joseph, Founder of OptiPulse and TriLumina

2016

Jade Richardson-Bock, Executive Director, NM Children's Grief Center

2016

Angela Ward, Hospital Administrator, Rust Medical Center 

2015

Andy Lim, CEO of Add-Mi

2015

Kimberle Lowe, District Bureau Chief Administrator II, State of New Mexico Tax & Rev. 

2014

Lauri Lineweaver, Director of Clinical Practice, Presbyterian Healthcare Services

2013

Willow Misty Parks, Probate Judge Bernalillo Country

2012

Dr. Tammy Jassman, Coram Specialty Infusion Services

2011

Randy Woodcock, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, United Way of Central New Mexico

2010

William J.J. Platero, Navajo Nations Judge

2009

Tony Trujillo, President, Holman's Inc.

2008

Karen Delle Site, CPA, Atkinson & Co. Certified Public Accountants

2007

Bill Stanage, Jr., Wealth Management Group LLC

2006

Sydney Gunthorpe, Ed.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, CNM

2004

Pedro Moreno, Owner, Southwest Respiratory LLC

2003

Mr. Alfred Creecy, Attorney & Ms. Kathy Wolf

2002

Ms. Susan Wilson, Vice President, New Mexico Mutual Group