Individuals Honored at Community Asset Awards

Paul Martinez. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Staff Report

Paul Martinez was recognized for 31 years of service to the community at Saturday’s annual Community Assets Awards at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

Martinez is director of the Los Alamos Family Council’s Youth Activity Center in Los Alamos and White Rock.

The Spirit of the West Award was presented to Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik for their work at Los Alamos High School for suicide prevention awareness week. The Spirit of the West Award is chosen by an anonymous committee.

The Spirit of the West was named in honor of former County Councilor Jim West, a Leadership Los Alamos graduate after consulting with current Assets Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen about something that needed to be done to recognize youth and adults for the good things they do in and around the community.

The Director’s Choice was shared by Youth Resource Advocate Troy Palmer and local Dr. Robert Fuselier. This award is chosen from the pool of nominations by Lauritzen. The winners typically highlight the characteristics and goals of the Assets In Action program.

The Community Asset Awards is sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation and Smith’s Food & Drugs.

The 2013 Community Asset Award recipients include:

Raffi Andonian, Sue Barns, Joy Beery, Marisa Prince Den Baars, Robert Fuselier, Robert Geyer, Faith Glasco, Alexandra Hehlen, Liz Hjelvik, Peg Hume, Rex Kilburn, Nicole Kliebert, Los Alamos Derby Dames, Los Alamos Freemasons–Pajarito Lodge No. 66, Judy Lee, Paul Martinez, Danny McBride, Heather McClenahan, Carol Mead, Debbie Davidson Morley, Ken Nebel, Rita Sanchez, Dr. Gene Schmidt, Troy Palmer, Don Panton, Rosemary Rehfeldt, Roger Schamaun, Susan Sisk, Michaelle Sutton, Alfredo Tena and Cyndi Wells.


The Spirit of the West Award winners, Elizabeth Hjelvik and Faith Glasco were honored for their work at Los Alamos High School for suicide prevention awareness week. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

The Free Masons-Pajarito Lodge #66, celebrates their 66th year of service and currently has 66 members. From left, Scott Miller and Adam Ullom. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Peg Hume, RSVP volunteer. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

From left, Amy Pickett, Brandi Engeman and Alison Chilen of the Los Alamos Derby Dames. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Chad Lauritzen, left, the ‘Sci Guy’ volunteers at Dixon Elementary, Chamisa, Mountain, Pinon and Pojoaque Elementary schools. Roger Schamaun volunteers with the festival of Trees and to refurbish wheelchairs for those in need. Photo by Gene Schmidt