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November 26, 2018

Faces & places

Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families’ board of directors recently elected Laura Altomare as its vice president. Altomare was elected to replace Vice President Jo Ann Dewing Ward, who has completed her term on the executive committee but will remain on the board.

Altomare serves as the chief communications officer at Homewise Inc., a nonprofit community development financial institution with a mission of helping to create successful homeowners so they improve their financial well-being. As the CCO, Altomare leads the organization on all aspects of strategic communication including branding, public and media relations, investor relations, fundraising, community affairs, business development, and marketing.

Prior to joining Homewise in 2014, Altomare worked for 15 years in the financial services industry, leading the marketing and communications teams at First National Bank of Santa Fe and Thornburg Mortgage.

Altomare lives in Santa Fe with her husband and two children.

Education standouts

Twelve Santa Fe Public School students have been named Davis New Mexico Scholars and will receive full-ride scholarships to one of the six Davis partner colleges — Lawrence University, Loyola Marymount University; St. Edward’s University; Southwestern University, University of Denver and University of Portland. The students are:

From the Academy for Technology and the Classic: Mariana Hernandez, August Railey and Shyla Sharma; from Capital High School: Jacqueline Espinoza; Daniela Gutierrez; Kevin Pereira Leon and Alfredo Ochoa; from Santa Fe High School: Derek Carlton; Pablo Garcia; Alejandro Gutierrez; Erik Soto Vazquez and Marina Wright.

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