In September 2012, Miller Stratvert employees sent 17 boxes of supplies to troops in Afghanistan at the encouragement of our receptionist, Suzan Rivera, who is also a Soldiers' Angels volunteer. Suzan has served as project coordinator for this effort for the past two years.
Miller Stratvert is the only law firm in Central New Mexico that is a United Way Corporate Cornerstone Partner. This corporate program covers the United Way's administrative costs, enabling all donations to United Way to go directly to non-profits. Additionally, in order to recognize and encourage employee's participation in the annual campaign, Miller Stratvert matches individual donations 2 to 1.
We are proud to partner with the United Way to address our communities' most pressing needs and to report that this year's campaign donations increased by 58% over the previous year's total.
Giving back to our community and helping others is part of who we are. We take pride in supporting our state’s needs, not just through monetary donations, but also through the volunteer efforts of individual members of the firm.
The members of our firm are active in the community at the local, state, and national level. We are involved in professional associations, non-profit boards, and non-profit organizations. Our outreach is reflected by contributions of time and expertise to numerous organizations.
Linda Bonds, a 15-year employee in the Albuquerque office has combined her volunteer efforts with her artistic passion. Linda is a member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico and just concluded serving two years as its librarian.
Tom Mack, a partner in our Albuquerque office, wisely shares his spare time with the organizations his children are interested in. Whether it is attending activities in Boys Scouts of America with his son, Jon, refereeing youth soccer games (with his daughters Courtney and Kaitlin), or volunteering at his children’s schools, Tom is a dedicated volunteer and father.
Chandra Manning, our firm administrator, has a variety of interests that keep her busy as a professional and community volunteer. Chandra has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Community Development Loan Fund from 2008 to the present. This private, tax-exempt organization provides loans, training and business consulting to entrepreneurs, business owners, and non-profit organizations throughout the state of New Mexico and the Navajo Nation in an effort to support low income individuals and their communities to achieve self-reliance and control over their economic destinies.
Chandra also been a member of the New Mexico Association of Legal Administrators (NMALA) since 2004, and since March has served as its Board President. NMALA’s mission is to promote and enhance the competence and professionalism of the legal management team, serve as a mentor to individuals entering the field, and provide a professional network in New Mexico, the southwest region, and within the national ALA. In addition, Chandra serves as a volunteer for the NM Center for Self-Advocacy, a not-for-profit organization that helps adults with developmental disabilities advocate for one another to empower themselves.
Debbie Mansfield, a paralegal in the Albuquerque office, has volunteered for the past three years at the First Assembly of God Food Pantry in Belen, NM. This food pantry distributes food to about eighty families that are struggling economically but cannot qualify for any other type of assistance. Contributions come from the people in the church, as well as monetary contributions made through the United Way in New Mexico. Debbie is in charge of estimating and ordering all the food. Debbie recognizes that there are so many families struggling right now economically and can’t qualify for any type of assistance, but who are unable to put food on their tables. Debbie comments that she loves doing it, but there are times that we wish we could help more.
Dylan O’Reilly, a partner in our Farmington office, gives his time to multiple organizations in the Farmington and Albuquerque areas. Dylan is Board president of Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico, an organization that performs SANE examinations in sexual assault cases, and provides victim advocacy and support. Dylan also serves on the Boards of the State Bar of New Mexico Business Law Section and the UNM School of Law Alumni Association. In addition, Dylan is a volunteer to the Farmington Contemporary Arts Center, a new nonprofit promoting education and appreciation of contemporary arts, where he has provided legal and business advice to the board of directors since 2010.
Suzan Rivera, our starship receptionist in the Albuquerque office, is a volunteer and committee member for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, New Mexico. Suzan spends much of the year volunteering as a planner on coordinating the program and as the entertainment chair for The Race for the Cure, the foundation’s largest fundraiser held every October. In October 2011, the event had over 4,500 participants and Suzan motivated them all with her heartfelt delivery of the National Anthem. Suzan also presented a donation of 400 pink visors from Miller Stratvert P.A. for survivors as they participated in the Survivor Pink Parade.
Suzan is also a volunteer for the annual Coleman Vision Championship Tennis Tournament, whose mission is to promote youth tennis, education and support programs to all New Mexico Youth.
In addition to these efforts, Suzan also donates time to Solders’ Angels, a volunteer-led nonprofit whose volunteers provided aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Veterans and their families. Earlier this year, Suzan encouraged all employees at the firm to donate much needed items and volunteered her time to collect, organize and package fifteen boxes that were sent to the troops in Afghanistan. Suzan also recently won the Soldiers’ Angels National Logo Contest. Her well-recognized logo that she draws on every care package, will be used on the Soldiers’ Angels new t-shirt and as a logo for their website.
Dawn Seals, a paralegal in our Albuquerque office, has been a Girl Scout Leader for over ten years. The Girl Scouts’ mission is to cultivate courage, confidence and character by offering an environment with dedicated volunteers to help girls gain skills and values they will use throughout their life. Interestingly, Dawn has also volunteered for the past three years as a “rescuer” and foster parent for the Rio Grande Turtle and Tortoise Club, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to the care, conservation and preservation of chelonians.
Deborah Solove, a partner in Albuquerque, has been on the Board of Directors for PB & J Family Services Inc. for six years. PB&J operates numerous programs throughout central New Mexico that serve underprivileged families by providing health services and education, child abuse prevention, prison-related family support programs and therapeutic preschools. Most recently, PB&J has opened its newest facility in the Southeast Heights of Albuquerque, joining its two other main facilities serving the underprivileged families of New Mexico.
At Debbie’s encouragement, the firm “adopts” several PB&J families during the holiday season in order to spread holiday cheer to unprivileged families in our community. Family wish lists are used by firm employees to purchase clothing, toys, books and household goods that are delivered by attorneys to each PB&J family home.
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