Program Alumni

The first class of the Maddox Leadership Institute (MLI) graduated on April 26, 2018. This was an exemplary group of established and emerging leaders in Lea County.  There were 29 graduates representing several industries and three communities in Lea County: Lovington, Hobbs, and Eunice.

MLI alumni are invited to continue to work together through a partnership program with the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce. Alumni also stay connected through a couple different social media platforms that are exclusive to MLI alumni. We are eager to continue to add pictures to this page in years to come.

“I feel more connected to the community. We have a great mix of different people from different entities, in public and private sectors in the program.”
— Rosa Aranda

“I love it, it’s been life-changing for me. I have taken what I’ve learned to heart and have changed some of the ways we do things, and I take extra time to learn more about my staff, because that is important.”
— Jordan Benard

“I feel a greater sense of responsibility to be active in the community through the things I’ve learned and seeing some great examples of community leaders.”
— Ken Engan


Patrick Alexander
Weatherford


Sabrina Amador
Lea County State Bank


Rosa Aranda
GotSafety?


Jordan Benard
Nor-Lea Hospital District


Janelle Blaine
United Way of Lea County


Rene Cantu
Hobbs Municipal Schools


Chris Davis
Hobbs Fire Department


Wyatt Duncan
City of Lovington


Ken Engan
URENCO USA


Vanessa Galindo
MECA Therapies


Megan Gallegos
First American Bank


Valerie Gauna
New Mexico Junior College


Laura Gryder
Nor-Lea Hospital District


Dustin Henry
Western Commerce Bank


Philip Ingram
IPS, Inc.


Melinda Medellin
Lovington Youth Center


Elyn Palmer
University of the Southwest


Libbie Plant
MECA Therapies


Todd Randall
City of Hobbs


David Roybal
Pettigrew & Associates


Steve Sauceda
New Mexico Junior College


Elaine Sena
MyPower, Inc.


Jessica Stout
Indepenent Marketing Consultant


Gene Strickland
Hobbs Municipal Schools


Yesenia Valenzuela
Self-employed


Saul Villarreal
Lea County State Bank


Brandon Walker
Hobbs Fire Department


Norma Wells
URENCO USA


Barry Young
Hobbs Fire Department