DTales February 5, 2014

DTales February 5, 2014


Corporate and Foundation Relations Welcomes Two Development Directors

Ann-Mary MacLeodAnn-Mary MacLeod, who managed the UNM-Valencia Development Office for the past six years, was recently hired as the director of development for the UNM Foundation Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) Department. Before her most recent development work for UNM, Ann-Mary was employed for 10 years in neuroscience research and served for three years as executive director of a homeless shelter. She earned a BS degree in biology from Eastern New Mexico University and an MA degree in mythological studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute. Born in Roswell, N.M., Ann-Mary grew up in Los Alamos and has lived all over the United States. She reports that she loves to cook, is partnered with Charlie Moss, and has three children: Rose, Elizabeth and Rebecca. You may reach Ann-Mary at or 277-2918. Welcome, Ann-Mary!

Stefanie EnglishStefanie English also has joined CFR as associate director of development. Before coming to the UNM Foundation, Stephanie was employed as marketing director for Defined Fitness Corporation. Her previous positions include: marketing and player development for Route 66 Casino Hotel, communications director of Santa Fe Digital Media, forensic scientist with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, entertainment director for Lower East Side Productions, and director of media development for Girlsrising Productions. An Albuquerque native, Stephanie earned a BS degree in biological anthropology from UNM, graduating magna cum laude. She reports that her husband, Mike, is the editor of Local IQ, an Albuquerque arts and entertainment publication, and that her hobbies include hiking, skiing, paddle boarding and adventure racing. You may reach Stefanie at or 277-3205. Welcome, Stephanie!

UNM Foundation Welcomes New Development Director for Anderson School of Management

Emily FoxEmily Fox joined the UNMF staff in mid December as senior director of development for UNM’s Anderson School of Management. For more than 17 years she served as CEO/executive director of the Discovery Center of Springfield Inc., in Missouri, where she was responsible for the general management of the museum and where she led two major capital campaigns, which raised $12 million. In addition, she served for five years on the board of directors of ARVEST Bank, also in Springfield, Mo., and has extensive experience in banking.

Originally from El Paso, Texas, Emily earned a BS degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin. Emily boasts a long list of accomplishments, including being named the 1995 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and she’s contributed many years of community service, fund raising and volunteering to various organizations such as the Junior League, March of Dimes, National Public Radio and the Children’s Miracle Network. Emily reports that she has a son who is moving to Sioux Falls, S.D. to fly for the Air National Guard and a daughter and son-in-law who live in Rome, Italy. She enjoys hiking, cooking, scuba diving and travel. You may reach Emily at or 277-7114. Welcome, Emily!

UNM Foundation Welcomes New Development Director for UNM Hospital

Chuck Wendt croppedCharles (Chuck) Wendt joined the UNMF staff in late December as senior director of development for UNM Hospital. He most recently served as deputy director for advancement for the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz., where he oversaw fund raising, marketing and public relations for the past three years. Prior to that, Chuck spent 20 years is hospital fund raising, primarily in South Carolina. Originally from Colorado, Chuck earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and an MBA from the University of Denver.  In his free time, Chuck enjoys exploring the ancient, historic and more contemporary sites of New Mexico and the Southwest. You may reach Chuck at or 277-2814. Welcome, Chuck!


Marketing and Communications Welcomes Manager of Communications Operations

Jennifer KempJennifer Kemp joined the UNMF Marketing and Communications Department in early January as manager of communications operations. Jennifer comes to us from HeathInsight New Mexico/New Mexico Coalition for Healthcare Quality where she served for almost five years as senior communications specialist/project coordinator. Her previous experience includes six and a half years as communications and marketing manager for Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Inc. and positions with Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute (now CNM) and Correa Enterprises Inc./ASRC Communications Ltd.

An Albuquerque native, Jennifer earned a BA degree in communication from UNM, earning departmental honors (magna cum laude) as well as University honors (cum laude). In addition, she earned a management certificate from UNM’s Anderson School of Management and the Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) designation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Jennifer also has served in various capacities with PRSA and has earned awards from the organization. She’s also volunteered as a member of the Roadrunner Food Bank Communications Committee and is a longtime volunteer for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Jennifer is part of a hot air ballooning family and has enjoyed being a chase crew member for more than 20 years. In addition, she reports that she loves to travel and is “owned” by her very spoiled cat, Ashley. You may reach Jenifer at or 277-0600. Welcome, Jennifer!

UNM Foundation Welcomes New Development Director for Athletics

Jon BurkettJon Burkett joined the UNMF staff in early December as assistant athletics director for development. He most recently served as director of development for annual giving at the University of Missouri in Columbia, where he oversaw annual giving, in-kind giving, courtesy cars, and a major gift portfolio netting record donations and membership levels in the Tiger Scholarship Fund for the past two years. Prior to that, Jon worked for the University of North Texas in a similar capacity for four years. Originally from Bloomfield, Ind., Jon earned a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing and management from Indiana University and an MBA and master’s degree in sports administration from Ohio University. Jon lives with his wife, Christine, and their dog, Chip. In his free time, Jon enjoys puzzles, the Texas Rangers, history and politics, and reports that he’s been most influenced by his mom, Tami Speer, his brothers, David and Matt, and the Bible. You may reach Jon at or 925-5900. Welcome, Jon!

UNM Foundation Welcomes New Donor Relations Coordinator

Joyce SandovalThe UNM Foundation welcomed Joyce Sandoval as donor relations coordinator in our Donor Relations Department in late December. A lifelong Albuquerque resident, Joyce was previously employed by Albuquerque Public Schools. In the spring of 2011, Joyce returned to UNM to complete her bachelor’s degree in community health education; she graduated last May. Joyce reports that she has two children: her son, Ryan, is a student at UNM, and her daughter, Erin, is a senior in high school. In her free time, Joyce enjoys cooking, baking, hiking and her two dogs, Rocky and Poco. You may reach Joyce at or 277-3066. Welcome, Joyce!

Please Note Other UNM Foundation Staff Changes

Sarah Calcutt, formerly the UNMF development liaison for regional development, recently was named associate director of development for HSC. Congratulations, Sarah!

Christian Horstmann, formerly the UNMF webmaster, is no longer with the UNM Foundation, effective January 2. We appreciated his contributions and wish him all the best.


Mark Your Calendar for Employee Wellness Events

February is Healthy Heart Month! To help bring awareness to healthier food choices, you’re invited to a Healthy Potluck and Recipe Exchange (details below).

Our goal is to bring employees together who have an interest in eating healthier, trying new recipes and having fun doing it.

“Healthy” food is defined as: Whole foods, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, unsaturated fats), nuts and seeds. Low-fat meats, fish, chicken, turkey and dairy products may also be used, as well as low- or no-sugar foods. Recipes can be cooked or raw, from salads and soups to main courses and side dishes, and yes, desserts! (Avoid using white flour, saturated fats, and large amounts of sugar and salt.)

Healthy Potluck and Recipe Exchange:

When:  Wed., Feb. 12, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where:  UNM Foundation Lobby
The sign-up sheet is located at the front reception desk in Suite 108.

Additional Healthy Lifestyle Information:

“75 percent of all chronic disease is PREVENTABLE.” Bill Sears, M.D.

Did you know that with some changes in what you eat, as well as creating a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent or reverse most food-related symptoms and diseases? These include heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, acid reflex, stroke, chronic pain, sleep apnea and some cancers.

The goal is to not be on “a diet,” but rather to create a way of eating that becomes your lifestyle of eating. A gradual shift towards a lifestyle of healthy eating will give you lasting changes.

Wellness Event: Exercise @ Work:

When:  Thurs., Feb. 20, 12 noon
Where:  UNM Foundation Lobby
Please RSVP to Denise at

February birthdays
: Irene Gray, Veronica Griego, Jennifer Klass, Ann-Mary MacLeod, Jeff MacNutt, Maryellen Missik-Tow, Ken Thompson, Betsy Till

February UNMF/UNM anniversaries: Rachael Jeangerard ’08, Shannon Skinner ’06, Wendy Stires ’09, Alysha Salazar ’10, Maria Johnson ’11, Curtis Helsel ’11

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