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Five DACC alumnae chosen for annual award


Doña Ana Community College (DACC) has announced its 2020 class of distinguished alumni. Individuals were chosen for their contributions to their professions and their community.  

According to a DACC press release, distinguished alumni are chosen by how well they exhibit the qualities of professional and community leadership that are symbolic of the goals and objectives of Doña Ana Community College. These include enhancing and promoting excellence in self and others, creating an environment that inspires others to reach their potential, promoting continuous improvement and lifelong learning, enriching the lives of others through community service, and acknowledging and cultivating social and cultural diversity.  

2020 honorees include:  

Trevas Ann Younger, nominated by the Career Readiness & Economic Development unit. Younger was chosen for her work in elder care and housing with The Heritage, an assisted living facility. In addition to the work she does supporting the elders in her care, she had to go an extra step this year, implementing safety protocols due to COVID-19.  

Erika Kristina Araiza, nominated by the Advanced Technologies Division. Araiza works with Sandia National Laboratories as an information system security manager with Cyber for the Science Applications International Corporation, a critical job given the need for digital security in the world. 
Luzevelia Vargas, nominated by the Business & Public Services Division. Vargas is an advanced certified paralegal with the federal Public Defender’s Office in Las Cruces. She works closely with attorneys and staff to prepare cases for trial, and she handles filings including appeals to the 10th Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.  

Carol Ann Hoban, nominated by the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Division. Hoban, opened Living Hope Montessori, a five-star child care center, which serves students and families in Las Cruces. The early childhood educators at Living Hope promote children’s self-expression, exploration, experimentation and participation in activities that support children’s social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.  

Vince Duran, nominated by the Health Sciences Division. Duran is a registered respiratory therapist with the National Board of Respiratory Care, licensed in New Mexico and Texas, as well as serving as a neonatal/pediatric transport team member. He has 17 years of teaching experience at the college level and is a respiratory therapy instructor at DACC. 

For more information, contact Kristi Martin at kmartin@dacc.nmsu.edu

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