Kirsten Bell Is New DWI-PC Coordinator

New DWI Coordinator Kirsten Bell
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

Kirsten Bell is a welcome addition as the new coordinator to the Driving While Intoxicated Planning Committee (DWI-PC) for Los Alamos.

This evening, Bell, along with DWI-PC board members will receive a proclamation acknowledging Nov. 16-20 as DWI Awareness Week.

Bell was born and raised in Los Alamos and graduated with Topper pride in 1994. She holds a degree in Human Development from UC Davis and rounding out her education in New Mexico with her MBA from UNM.

Now she has come full circle returning to Los Alamos to raise her family with husband Neil, whom she met at Los Alamos Middle School, while in 7th grade band.

“I really began to appreciate how wonderful it was to be raised in this community,” Bell said. “We decided to make the move about six months ago and we couldn’t be happier with the decision.

Bell wanted to work in a position that allowed her to give back to the community and she has found a home with the DWI-PC. Her first community event will be the promotion of DWI Awareness Week this month with several activities on hand to bring awareness.

“Los Alamos County is joining with the New Mexico DWI Coordinators Affiliate to support their efforts to reduce DWI crashes, DWI fatalities and the use of alcohol by residents throughout the State,” Bell said. “The purpose is to raise awareness around DWI, alcoholism, alcohol abuse, drug addiction and/or drug abuse, and the efforts of the DWI Affiliates and the Local DWI Programs.”

The Board is always looking for new members and those with a passion are encouraged to contact Bell at 505.662.8241 or kirsten.bell@lacnm.us.

“I feel very fortunate to be taking the reins from Linda Matteson who worked diligently with the DWI Planning Council Chair, Diane Noveroske,” she said.

Bell will receive a proclamation this evening at about 7 p.m. from the Los Alamos County Council in Council Chambers.

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