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Five new members have been named to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Employees’ Scholarship Fund Advisory Committee.
Rebecca Chamberlin, Nuclear Forensics Scientist and Nonproliferation Program Manager at LANL who has served on the committee for four years, will be chair. The committee selects the recipients of more than $400,000 in scholarship awards each year, recruits in a seven-county area in Northern New Mexico for applicants and helps raise funds during the campaign. Members are laboratory employees and retirees and community donors. New members are:
• Greg Erpenbeck, a native Northern New Mexican who began his career at LANL in his senior year at New Mexico State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1987. He joined LANL as a full-time member of the technical staff in 1998. He has been a donor to the scholarship fund since its inception. He is active in community life, coaching Little League baseball for five years and YMCA basketball for two years, organizing the Los Alamos Knights of Columbus scholarship fundraiser and working in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church’s youth ministry program. As the father of a toddler, he said he has a strong interest in seeing the program thrive.
• Leon Lopez, division leader of the IT Project Management Office (ITPMO) at LANL, where he supervises 50 employees. He has more than 28 years of IT experience at LANL. He has been active in youth sports for more than 30 years, has served as a board member in youth sports groups and is currently a basketball official. Lopez has been engaged in LANL’s mentorship program, which is a component of the scholarship program,.
• Rebecca Martinez, a Technical Project Manager at LANL, was also the recipient of four LAESF scholarships. She is a graduate of Española Valley High School and a summa cum laude graduate of the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering and a minor in journalism and a Master’s of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.
• Stephanie D. McReynolds, a native of San Ildefonso Pueblo, works with the TRIO Program New Mexico Educational Opportunity Center. TRIO was originally founded by the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos to encourage youth in grades 6-12 to go to college. She is now responsible for outreach to six of the eight Northern Pueblos for 19-year-olds and older for the TRIO Program that is affiliated with Northern New Mexico College. She is a graduate of Pojoaque High School, where she later taught physical education and coached, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education from New Mexico Highlands University.
• Anne M. Menefee, chief of staff for Plutonium Science and Manufacturing in TA-55 at LANL. She has served as chief of staff for four associate directors, in the LANL Government Relations Office and as a research librarian at the LANL Research Library. She has a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Law from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Emporia State University. Her husband, K. Aaron Menefee, is acting Chief Financial Officer at LANL.
Remaining on the committee in addition to Chamberlin, are David Bowman, Michael Cai, Claudette Chavez, David Chavez, Michael Cisneros, Thomas Courtney, Norman Delamater, Randy Erickson, Bryan Fearey, Phil Goldstone, David Janecky, Rodman Linn, Wendy Marcus, Evelyn Mullen, Carole Rutten, Andrea Salazar, Toni Taylor, Donald Thorp, Phil Tubesing, Clare Webber, Carolyn Zerkle and Tony Fox, LANL Foundation Scholarship Program Officer.