November 1, 2012

Women in Technology Winners Announced


UNM Cancer Center Director and researcher are two of the nine honorees.

October 30, 2012 

Cheryl Willman, MD, and Angela Wandinger-Ness, PhD, are two of the nine women who won this year’s Women in Technology Awards. The New Mexico Technology Council gives the annual awards to outstanding women in technology, business and education. This year, 32 women from around the State were nominated by their peers and a panel of three judges—outstanding women in technology themselves—chose the nine winners.

The Tech Council is an area organization that works to promote a technology-friendly and business-friendly environment in the state. The organization began the awards five years ago to recognize the winners’ achievements not only in their fields but also in encouraging and supporting other women in technology. In addition to the awards, the NMTC also awards scholarships to New Mexico female high school seniors who intend to pursue a technology-focused education in the state. This year, ten seniors received scholarships.

Dr. Willman is a University of New Mexico Professor of Pathology and Medicine and the Director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. Over the past 25 years, she has contributed several seminal research efforts that have advanced our understanding and treatment of blood cancers. Under Dr. Willman’s leadership, the UNM Cancer Center achieved National Cancer Institute Designation in 2005.

Dr. Wandinger-Ness is a UNM Professor of Pathology and Director of the Fluorescence Microscopy and Cell Imaging Shared Resource. She has contributed greatly to our understanding of GTPases, the chemical switches in a cell that control many cell behaviors. Dr. Wandinger-Ness is currently conducting studies to repurpose an FDA-approved drug for ovarian cancer.

The other seven outstanding women receiving WIT awards are:  MyChelle Andrews, Data Architect and Business Intelligence Manager at the City of Albuquerque; Grace Brill, Founder of Market Intelligence Solutions; Agnes Chavez, Multi-Disciplinary Artist at Edupreneur, Sube, Inc.; Sonya Cooper, Associate Dean, College of Engineering at NMSU; Charlotte D. Mobarak, CSO at ProteaSure, Inc.; Katie Stone, Host/Producer of The Children's Hour on KUNM; and Loraine V. Upham, CEO of Azano Pharmaceuticals. The Tech Council will honor WIT award winners and scholarship winners at a breakfast on November 1, 2012 at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid.

About the New Mexico Technology Council
The New Mexico Technology Council (“Tech Council” or NMTC) is a member-driven association of businesses, organizations and tech professionals working together to promote the growth and success of New Mexico’s technology business sectors. It believes our technology community is the catalyst for inspiration and leadership that transforms our state into a world-center for business innovation, creative thinking, community involvement and educational support.

About the UNM Cancer Center
The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state. One of just 67 NCI-designated cancer centers nationwide, the UNM Cancer Center is recognized for its scientific excellence, contributions to cancer research and delivery of medical advances to patients and their families. Annual federal and private funding of over $65 million supports the UNM Cancer Center’s research programs. The UNM Cancer Center treats more than 65 percent of the adults and virtually all of the children in New Mexico affected by cancer, from every county in the state. It is home to New Mexico’s largest team of board-certified oncology physicians and research scientists, representing every cancer specialty and hailing from prestigious institutions such as MD Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic. Through its partnership with Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, the UNM Cancer Center brings world-class cancer care to the southern part of the state; its collaborative clinical programs in Santa Fe and Farmington serve northern New Mexico. The UNM Cancer Center also supports several community outreach programs to make cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment available to every New Mexican. Learn more at

UNM Cancer Center contact information
Dorothy Hornbeck, JKPR, (505) 340-5929,
Michele Sequeira, UNM Cancer Center, (505) 925-0486,



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