People in the News 10-31-10

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Brad Burk’s Hot Rocks Java Café was featured in a book titled, “Breakfast New Mexico Style,” by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. The book is a dining guide to “more than 100 favorite, fancy, funky and family friendly restaurants.”

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Loretta Rivera, RT (R)(M), is Los Alamos Medical Center’s third Employee of the Quarter for 2010. Chief Executive Officer Wally Vette recently recognized Rivera, an employee of LAMC’s Imaging Department since May 1999, at a special ceremony.
Rivera is the department’s lead technologist. Her professional interest is mammography and she has helped lead the hospital’s mammo program to its American College of Radiology Gold Standard Accreditation.
Rivera is also one of two technologists who have received specialized training in stereotactic mammography — a minimally invasive, image-guided breast biopsy technique.
Rivera was cited for her unselfish work ethic. Her nominator said, “Loretta’s only concern is always for everyone else … after filling in as the interim director, she (recently) welcomed (our) new director and helped to make a seamless transition and continues to be a great resource. Loretta wants our department and our hospital to be the best. She is great with patients, employees and physicians and her desire is to help everyone. She is truly an asset to this facility.”
Rivera and her husband, Martin, are the parents of three children and live in Ojo Caliente.

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Gwendolyn L. Thompson has become its first professional executive director of the Couse Foundation.  Thompson’s background includes a bachelor’s degree in art history, Summa Cum Laude, from The College of Santa Fe and a master’s degree in art history from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Her professional accomplishments include roles as the Fellowship Program administrator at the Smithsonian Art Museum in Washington, manager of Annual Giving at McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, then development specialist at U.T.’s College of Liberal Arts.
More recently, she has been the director of Major Gifts, then director of development, at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. She and her husband, Dwight, are new arrivals in Taos and parents of a two-year old daughter, Georgia.  Thompson began her duties on Oct. 11 and is looking forward to enhancing the progress of The Couse Foundation’s mission to acquire, preserve and use as an educational site, the Couse-Sharp Historic Site.

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Kimberly Boerigter, a Hope College freshman from Los Alamos, participated in the Pull, one of the nation’s oldest college traditions. She was a moraler for the class of 2014 team.
The Pull, first held in  1898, is an annual fall highlight at Hope. It started as a tug-of-war between the freshmen and sophomore classes for the freshmen to earn their place on campus.
Boerigter is the daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Boerigter and is a graduate of Los Alamos High School.