There are so many of you, our former students, out there with whom we have lost touch. We would like to hear what kind of work you’re doing, if you’ve continued your education, married, landed a new job, moved, had a baby, or have other news to share. By updating our records and publishing some of this information on our web site and future publications, your fellow alumni and ENMU-Roswell can share your accomplishments and celebrate your successes. Contact Craig Collins, Foundation Coordinator, at [email protected]
For more information about leaving a legacy in terms of a gift to the college or establishing a scholarship, go to the ENMU-Roswell Foundation page.
Success Story: Tessa Fontanez, ENMU-Roswell Graduate 2015
“ENMU-R is such a wonderful community partner and a huge benefit for residents! I know the school was a blessing for my daughter and I. She graduated from ENMU-R and is working now as a graphic designer – much thanks to ENMU-R!”
-Kathy Lay,Executive Director, MainStreet Roswell
“I attended ENMU-R and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design. The faculty were very helpful while I was attending and also after my graduation. They provided me with the skills, knowledge, and even job referrals, which opened the door for my current employment as a graphic designer. I will always be thankful for the opportunities that ENMU-R afforded me.” Tessa Fontanez
Success Story: Jose Gurrola
ENMU-Roswell Medical Assisting Graduate, ENMU Bachelor's/Master's degrees
2020 Fall in-service Alumni speaker was Jose Gurrola. Jose is the CEO and Hospital Administrator at the New Mexico Rehabilitation Center in Roswell, NM. Jose earned his Associate Degree in Medical Assisting from ENMU-Roswell in 2004, and also earned a certificate in Phlebotomy.
Jose is a Roswell High School graduate, who worked for the Roswell Home Medical company in high school. He was encouraged to enter the healthcare field by the owner, Roger Wilcox, an ENMU-Roswell graduate. When Jose began researching his options, he remembers two ENMU-Roswell faculty members, Cheryl Vineyard and Nancy Moorehead, as being very helpful and guiding him into the Medical Assisting career. During his clinicals, he worked with local Roswell doctors, Dr. Vega and Dr. Pinon. They urged him to continue his education and go into Hospital Administration. He received his Bachelor of Biology degree at ENMU Portales. Jose then continued his education and received a Masters of Health Care Administration. Jose said he loves what he does and his next goal is to help grow the next generation of healthcare professionals. He plans on being a mentor to those ENMU-Roswell students who are just beginning their healthcare careers.
Success Story: Amy Saz
ENMU-Roswell Graduate, 2014; Cornell University Graduate, 2016 & 2017
Amy was accepted for a paid internship program, where she will work as a graduate scholar with the New York State Assembly in Albany. She will help to research and draft legislation related to her passion, which is labor relations and immigration.
Amy said the internship will give her a better understanding of politics and how legislation is formed. Eventually, she would like to work with immigrant, working class populations in government or non-profit organizations at either the state or federal level.
She said she is excited to start her first job and feels she is more competitive with a graduate degree. “I have a larger skill set now. The MPA was challenging, but I am ready to start working and giving back to the community. You never should forget where you come from. My dad was an immigrant and he had to overcome challenges. That has motivated me and I want to make my parents proud. Going to Cornell has changed my life. I want to thank my family and friends and ENMU-Roswell and Cornell for believing in me and helping me achieve my academic and professional goals.”
Success Story: Wendy Northcutt & Kayla Vitt-Mother and Daughter
ENMU-Roswell Computer Science and Nursing Graduates
After graduating from Goddard High School in 1986, I chose to attend ENMU-Roswell to be able to still live at home and save money during my first year of college and continue to work part-time. I knew I wanted to pursue a business degree, so I started with my basic classes and went on to take many business and computer classes to earn my Associates Degree in Computer Science.
Some of my favorite teachers while I attended at ENMU-R were Carolyn Shearman, Mary Bell and Ellis Vickers; the latter 2 of whom I still keep in touch with today. Ms. Shearman had an enthusiasm for teaching business and a great sense of humor and you could tell she loved teaching. Ellis Vickers knew how to teach business law with rigor and always kept our attention. And Mary Bell had a welcoming spirit to every class I attended. During one of my business classes I was taking with Mary, she approached me to let me know about a job opening that was available at a local oil & gas company, Harvey E. Yates Company. I was close to graduating from the college but still lacked a few courses but decided to go ahead and interview with them “because it would be good experience”. My intentions after graduation were to apply at a bank and pursue a banking career. After the interview and testing process, I was hired, and my employer was willing to pay for the cost of the remainder of my accounting and computer classes that were relevant to my new job. My employer & President of the company, George Yates, along with his wife Abby, were great supporters of our local college. I soon graduated with my Associates Degree in Computer Science. I gained a lot of on-the-job training and knowledge through my new employer. The data entry position developed into a Systems Administration position. I then went on to attend many IBM Conventions in Los Angeles, CA, Lake Tahoe, NV, San Antonio, TX & New Orleans, LA to continue my education. I continued to work for Harvey E. Yates Company from 1989-2015 when it merged with Matador Resources out of Dallas, Texas. Our Roswell office then moved to Artesia in November of 2018, where I continue to work today. ENMU-Roswell provided a great education to prepare me for the working world as well as developing relationships with those that encouraged me and prepared me to succeed.
I have been married to Kim Northcutt for 33 years, who is a Police Captain for the Roswell Police Department and we have 3 children; Heather, who is married to Barry Sullivan and is a vet tech and Practice Manager at a veterinary office in Clarksville, TN; Kayla, who is married to Josh Vitt & is a NICU nurse in Denton, NC & Wyatt, who is a freshman at Goddard High.
After graduating from Goddard High School in 2009, I completed My Associates degree of Science in Nursing, in 2014. Successfully earning a nursing license through the state of New Mexico. I started working for ENMMC as a staff nurse in the emergency room and on the medical floor. I relocated with my husband to North Carolina and obtained a multi-state licensure between New Mexico and North Carolina, where I currently work today. I continued my education online pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, graduating in 2017. Currently, I am working in a level four Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. My current employer, Wake Forest Baptist Health, employs almost 5,000 nurses and is a leader in U.S. medical research with the Wake Forest School of Medicine. After relocating, I started working on a research adult medicine floor incorporated with medical students, residents, fellows and attendings. As a registered nurse working side by side, with students learning medicine, I was allowed direct involvement with patient care plans lead by open communication during daily meetings and phone calls when needs arose. This is a huge responsibility to shoulder, but ENMU-R prepared me well . Nearing graduation the nursing program prepares its graduates with certifications in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life support. I actually put my PALS training to use less than 3 months post-graduation while on vacation. I keep these certifications up to date along with a Neonatal Resuscitation and a certification in adult medical-surgical nursing, CMSRN. ENMU-R allowed me to stay focused, stay close to home and complete my degree debt free thanks to the ENMMC Auxiliary scholarship. I can proudly sign my name as Kayla Vitt,RN-BSN,CMSRN.
Success Story: Mark Kleinsteuber
ENMU-Roswell Graduate, 1985
Mark credits retired faculty member, Mike Juliana, and the ENMU-Roswell Electrical Technology program with getting him started on his road to success.