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It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the newly appointed Executive Director of the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). I began my tenure on June 3 and look forward to serving at the Governor’s pleasure throughout her administration.

I come to DVR with over 25 years in nonprofit agency management and with a background in social work. Most recently I was the associate director of the New Mexico Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission in Albuquerque. Formerly, I was with the State of Colorado, Community College of Denver (CCD) where I served as the Executive Director of Resource Development. In that capacity I raised funds for the CCD Foundation, academic scholarships and for educational programs throughout the college. I managed over $25 million in federal, state and local grants, contracts and sponsored programs.

My experience with vocational rehabilitation spans several years of working at the State of Colorado for Medicaid programs, including Health Care Planning and Finance, In-home Supportive Services, Independent Living and working collaboratively with community organizations in support of people with disabilities. Personally, I have a daughter with disabilities and have forged the annals of the disability community, for and with her, for nearly 23 years.

I attended the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado earning bachelor degrees in Sociology and Journalism and the University of Phoenix in Tucson, Arizona with a master of arts in Organizational Management.

My goals for DVR include maximizing our resources to provide the necessary services for our constituency, stabilizing our internal operations and human resources, working within the mission of DVR and in conjunction with the Public Education Department and the Department of Workforce Solutions.

I am encouraged by the commitment and dedication exhibited by the excellent DVR staff and look forward to working with and getting to know everyone.  I plan to visit all locations/areas as soon as possible to maximize my learning curve.

 

With kindest regards,

Diane Mourning Brown
Executive Director