Press Women and Friends Look Ahead to Legislative Session

NM Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino

NM Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino

NM Senator Mark Moores

NM Senator Mark Moores

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends are getting ready for the 2019  session of the New Mexico Legislature with an inside look from state senators Mark Moores and Jerry Ortiz y Pino at 11:30 a.m. on December 10. The group meets at Mimi’s Restaurant (4316 @ The 25 Way).

Mark Moores of Albuquerque has served in the New Mexico Senate since 2013. He represents District 21 which includes Albuquerque. Moores serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Rules Committee where he is the ranking member. He also serves on the Interim Health and Human Services Committee as the ranking member. Moores owns a healthcare business. He served on the staff of the late Congressman Steve Schiff and as a chief-of-staff for Lt. Governor Walter Bradley in the Johnson/Bradley administration.

Jerry Ortiz y Pino is a four term state senator from District 12, which is downtown Albuquerque and the historic neighborhoods surrounding it. He is a social worker by profession, having retired in 2008  after forty two years of work in child protective services, community mental health, employee assistance and a variety of education and administrative positions in both the private and the public sectors.

Ortiz y Pino is a native New Mexican, from a family that has been in Santa Fe for 325 years, and has lived and worked in Albuquerque since 1977.  He chairs the Senate Public Affairs Committee and sits on the Rules Committee.  During the interim he will chair the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee.  He is married to Donna Bruzzese, a family therapist in private practice.  Between them they have seven children and twelve grandchildren and they have, for twenty five years been involved with the Friends of the Children of el Salvador which supports over forty high school and college students’ educations in that Central American country.

Everyone is welcome at Albuquerque Press Women and Friends. Non-members will be charged an additional $5. Attendees purchase their own meals from the Mimi’s menu. No reservations are required.

Come Hear the Story of the Women on NM Roadside Markers

Roseanne Archuleta

Roseanne Archuleta

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends will be taking a welcome break from politics in November by hearing from Rosanne Roberts Archuletta, author of Women Marked for History. That’s a wonderful history of the women whose accomplishments became part of the roadside markers you see on every highway in the state. This gives you the back story you were curious about. We meet at Mimi’s Cafe at 11:30 on Monday, November 12.

Rosanne Roberts Archulettta was born in Philadelphia.  She has a BA degree in Communication from Penn State University and a MA degree in Liberal Arts from Naropa University in Boulder.  She moved to Santa Fe in 2003, after living in San Francisco for nearly 20 years.  She, like so many women in the book, fell in love with the great state of New Mexico.  She had been the Principal of R.M. Roberts and Associates, LLC, a human resources consulting firm for twenty years.  Since 2009, she has been the Director of Learning and Development for CUSO Financial Services, a San Diego based FINRA broker-dealer.   As a volunteer she is a member of the statewide council of the New Mexico Small Business Development Centers.

Everyone is welcome at APWF meetings. We do charge non-members an extra $5. You order off the menu and no reservations are required.

Dan Vukelich to Talk About Life and Death in the Newspaper Business

Dan Vukelich

Dan Vukelich

The Albuquerque Free Press was an adventure into the painful world of the free alternative weekly. For awhile in 2017 it appeared to thrive, the suddenly it ceased printing and became an online news outlet. Now it lives on only in ghost form with a page for back issues and a Facebook page that hasn’t been updated in more than a year.

What went wrong? How did the promise crash? Publisher Dan Vukelich will share his insight into the process with Albuquerque Press Women on Monday, October 8 at 11:30 at Mimi’s Cafe.

Anyone is welcome. Non-members are charged an additional $5 at the door. No reservation is required. Albuquerque Press Women is a community of people who work and play in the communications industry