Dave Dubois

Dr. Dave DuBois is the State Climatologist for New Mexico, director of the New Mexico Climate Center, and associate college professor at New Mexico State University. He provides climate and climate change information and education to policy makers, the agricultural community, industry, educators, and the public. He also gives numerous talks and holds workshops every […]

Sterling Durrett

Sterling Durrett, M.S., CCC-SLP is a speech language pathologist working in Gadsden Independent School District.  Sterling has experience in all areas of rehabilitating communication disorders with emphasis in language and swallowing disorders affecting all ages.  Sterling served as President of the Arizona Speech Language Hearing Association and currently serves as Vice President of Convention Planning […]

Maria Flores

Maria A Flores has lived 29 years in Las Cruces, with her husband, and raised 3 chilldren, all LCPS High school graduates.  All three went on to graduate from college in 4 years,and on  to professional schools.  She is originally from Los Angeles, CA, spoke only Spanish, learning English by 2nd grade.  She attended Whittier […]

Jay Hill

Jay Hill Co-owner, Hill Farms and Organ Mountain Produce Topic: Agriculture and business Currently serving as a “face of farming”. As a farmer, most people in our line of work don’t get the opportunity to get off the farm, and explain to people where there food comes from. With this position I have been fortunate […]

David and Lora Legare

David Legare and Lora Jackson Legare …will be discussing the cultural history and archaeology of this part of the American Southwest. This discussion can range from the first Paleoindian inhabitants in the region during the Pleistocene to the Mesilla Valley during the twentieth century. David is the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks archaeologist for the US Bureau […]

Davin Lopez

Davin Lopez is the President and CEO of the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA), which he joined in February 2009.  Prior to joining MVEDA, he served as Vice President of the New Mexico Partnership, the private economic development business attraction arm of the State of New Mexico for 6 years.  Mr. Lopez also spent […]

Ken Miyagishima

Mayor Ken Miyagishima.  Ken is a small business owner – Miyagishima Insurance, with 5 employees – with a long record of public service.  Currently mayor of Las Cruces, serving since 2007, he was a city councilor before that (2001-2007), and Dona Ana County Commissioner from 1995 to 2000.  FBOrn Kenneth Daniel Gallegos Miyagishima in Biloxi, […]

Denten Park

Denten Park has served as the CEO of MountainView Regional Medical Center since 2009. Prior to joining MountainView, Denten served in leadership positions at Payson Regional Medical Center in Payson, Arizona and Mountain West Medical Center in Tooele, Utah.  He also was the Administrator at both a long-term care facility and a center for developmentally […]

Tom Schmugge

Tom Schmugge I am currently volunteering in the Water Resources Research Institute at NMSU, working on the problem of a state wide water budget.  Remote sensing, which has been at the center of my career, is a big part of the work.  I received a PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley in 1965, taught physics […]

Peggy Swoveland

(Image not uploaded because of temporary WordPress error) Peggy Swoveland I am a third-generation Japanese-American born in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  My Nakayama grandparents immigrated to the United States in 1907, and began farming in the Mesilla Valley in 1918. My father, Carl, and his youngest brother maintained and expanded the family farm. Another brother, […]