NM Highlands University Member Profiles

NaomiPadilla

Naomi Padilla

Naomi Padilla entered university in 2008 with the hopes of pursuing a career in graphic design. She had always drawn since a young age, but never took it all that seriously until, in the summer of 2012, she received her first graphic design internship. While working at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Socorro, New Mexico, she completed many design projects. There she made a Jansky lecture poster series, completed a t-shirt design, and drew a mascot to represent the NRAO's Very Large Array, a huge assortment of telescopes that detect radio waves from space. On returning to school in Fall of 2012, Naomi had the honor of completing a Seabury Fellowship where she was able to follow her dream of creating her own comic book. The thirty-nine-page comic, Magnetic North, chronicles the life of a disturbed young man whose passing friend causes him to have unsettling dreams. Upon graduating in the spring of 2012, Naomi moved to Roswell, New Mexico to work at the Roswell Museum and Art Center. At the museum, she successfully completed a three-fold brochure of the museum's Aston Collection. The brochure contains animal illustrations, activities, and features the museum's mascot, Biff Beaver. Naomi is currently still working at the Roswell Museum where she plans on completing five redesigns of collection maps for the Aston.

 

AVANCE New Mexico Member Profiles

RefugioElizabethBotello

Refugio Elizabeth Botello

Refugio Elizabeth Botello serves as an Early Learning Profile Evaluator (E-Lap) Intern with the AVANCE-NM Parent- Child Program. Refugio is currently serving her second term as an AVANCE-NM AmeriCorps Member. As an E-lap evaluator, Refugio provides assessments on all children attending the AVANCE program. Objective of performing assessments is to obtain a comprehensive picture of a child’s development. Assessments performed encompass seven major developmental areas such as gross motor skills, fine motor skills, cognitive development, language development, self-help, social, and emotional development. Refugio is a mother of four and has been married for 20 years. Refugio is also a returning college student currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education at New Mexico State University. “Volunteering provides many personal rewards for me, but the one thing that I enjoy the most is running into people I have served in previous years and them telling me what a difference I made in their lives.”