Partnership For Public Service
Speaker Series at UNM:
Sonja Brown, Chief, Voluntary Service & Public Affairs Operations, Veterans Affairs Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Presentation: March 8, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, UNM Student Union Building, Acoma Room
Sonja Brown was born and raised in Southeastern Oklahoma. She has 17 years of federal service and began her federal career as a civilian at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She later moved to Florida and began working for the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Miami VA Medical Center. After six months, Ms. Brown transferred to the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center where she took part in opening the new facility in 1994. Once there, she found her passion for working with volunteers and serving veterans in Voluntary Service. After serving as a Voluntary Service Specialist for a couple of years, she applied for and was accepted into the Voluntary Service Chief?s Training Program at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center and currently serves as the Chief of Voluntary Service and Public Affairs Operations.
Ms. Brown holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and enjoys spending time with her husband, David and their 11 ? year old son, David IV.
Diane E. Souder, Chief of Interpretation and Outreach, Petroglyph National Monument, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Presentation: March 15, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, UNM Student Union Building, Lobo B Room
Diane Souder has lived in Albuquerque since 1976 and has worked at Petroglyph National Monument since it was established in June, 1990.
She has worked on monument planning issues such as roads, visitor use, land acquisition and drainage. She is currently the Chief of Interpretation and Outreach and focuses her attention on visitor services and educational outreach efforts. Diane is currently the Chief of Interpretation and Outreach where she is working on several issues at the monument: concerning how to get the public to understand the significance of the monument?s resources; accessibility for all populations; reaching out to the Albuquerque community; and designing new exhibits.
With an Urban Studies degree from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, she began her career in government as a Congressional Intern. In 1996, Diane served as a VISTA Volunteer and then worked for the Heritage Conservation Service. She worked in the Santa Fe office of the National Park Service from 1981 to 1990, prior to accepting a position at Petroglyph National Monument.
Diane is involved with The Albuquerque Conservation Association, the Public Lands Interpretive Association; and The Albuquerque Environmental Story and in her spare time she is a soccer mom and a planning advocate. She is married to Architect Jim Graf and has two daughters.
Colonel John A. Hill, Inspector General, 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico
Presentation: April 5, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, UNM Student Union Building Acoma Room
Colonel John A. Hill is the 377th Air Base Wing Inspector General. The colonel is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program at North Dakota State University. He is a master navigator with more than 3,900 hours in the C-130E/H and MC-130E/H. In 1983, he was a lead navigator during the Grenada rescue mission, Operation Urgent Fury. His first staff tour was with Air Force Special Operations Command, where he was a Plans Officer and later, Chief of the Doctrine Division. His next staff job was with the United States Special Operations Command. He served as Chief of Doctrine, and later, on the Commander-in-Chief’s personal staff. An authority on joint and Air Force doctrine and policy, the colonel contributed to more than 100 joint and service publications.
The colonel entered the diplomatic arena as Operations Officer for the On-Site Inspection Agency-Europe, where he led arms control inspection and escort teams, and directed implementation of United States European arms control treaties. While the Air Attaché to India, the colonel played a major role in the revitalization of the Indo-US relationship. Prior to becoming an attaché, he was the Deputy Commander of the 58th Operations Group at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
David Iglesias, United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Presentation: April 11, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, UNM Student Union Building, Acoma Room
David Iglesias was born in Panama and raised in New Mexico. He graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1976, from Wheaton College in 1980 and the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1984.
Mr. Iglesias served on active duty as a U.S. Navy JAG officer between 1985 and 1988 at the Pentagon and Naval Legal Service Office, Washington, D.C. He was a defense counselor in a Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, court-martial that inspired the movie, A Few Good Men. Then LT Iglesias also defended legendary Navy SEAL Team Commander Dick Marcinko, author of the Rogue Warrior books in military legal proceedings.
After leaving active duty in 1988, Mr. Iglesias continued his career in public service by serving as a state Assistant Attorney General (Special Prosecutions), and heading legal offices in the Albuquerque City Attorney's office, State Risk Management and the Taxation and Revenue Department.
Mr. Iglesias was selected as a White House Fellow for the 1994-1995 year. Iglesias was one of 17 Fellows selected from more than 1,250 applicants. He was a special assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The White House Fellowship is a highly competitive, bi-partisan leadership program that places exceptionally promising young Americans in full-time positions at the White House and Cabinet-level agencies. In 1998, Mr. Iglesias was the Republican nominee for New Mexico Attorney General.
Mr. Iglesias returned to active duty in late 1999 for two months where he served on staff at Fifth Fleet Headquarters in Bahrain, and onboard the aircraft carrier, USS John F. Kennedy in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch. Mr. Iglesias is a reserve Captain in the U.S. Navy where he serves as Commanding Officer of a unit of Navy prosecutors in the Seattle area. He was named Reserve Officer of the Year, U.S. Special Operations Command, 2001.
In 2001, President Bush nominated Iglesias to become United States Attorney for the District of New Mexico. The United States Senate confirmed him in October 2001 and he was sworn in shortly thereafter. He was a member of the U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee and chaired the A.G.'s Border and Immigration Subcommittee. In 2004, Iglesias testified on Justice Department enforcement actions on behalf of mobilized Guard and Reserve members before Congress. Iglesias is happily married and the father of four children.
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