Alumni Successes

Kim Baranowski ’97


Kim Baranowski ’97 recently received the 2018 Citizen Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association for her sustained commitment to supporting survivors of human rights violations.

To promote the rights and psychological health of asylum seekers—many of them survivors of torture—she provides pro bono forensic evaluations that document the psychological abuse, while training other clinicians in these methods and mentoring students to conduct research on how human rights violations affect refugee well-being. 

The Citizen Psychologist Initiative recognizes APA members who engage their communities through public service, volunteerism and board membership.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree of fine arts in sculpture from NMSU, she went on to earn a master’s degree in fine arts at another university. She worked as a professional artist in New York for several years while pursuing advanced degrees in counseling psychology. Currently, she is the Faculty Director of Research at Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Human Rights Program and is a lecturer at Teacher’s College, Columbia University. 

Minerva Baumann ’13

Keith “Mike” Ingram ’66

Keith “Mike” Ingram ’66 shares a connection to Hollywood icon John Wayne that dates back to 1987. That year, Ingram purchased ranches once owned by the actor, El Dorado Ranch and Red River Ranch, and started his Arizona-based real estate firm, El Dorado Holdings, Inc.

From Wayne’s ranches, Ingram grew El Dorado Holdings into a company that today manages a portfolio of more than 40 single-asset limited liability companies valued at more than $1 billion. 

Ingram, who graduated from NMSU with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture, is also one of the owners of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Born and raised in Roswell, he attended NMSU full-time and worked 40 to 60 hours per week to finance his education, graduating debt-free.

In April 2019, Ingram was inducted into the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. The association recognizes the achievements of outstanding leaders who have overcome adversity to achieve remarkable successes.

Carlos Andres López ’10

Mike Mechenbier ’76

Mike Mechenbier ’76 is the president and owner of Sundance Mechanical & Utility Corporation, a central New Mexico construction company. But, that’s not his only success. 

He is a board member for New Mexico Bank & Trust, and he is the co-founder of El Ranchito de los Niños, a sprawling home in Los Lunas, New Mexico, that offers permanent housing for siblings in need, which he and his wife, Kathy, founded in 2000. 

“I’ve been lucky in all my business endeavors, and this was a way we wanted to give back to the community,” he says. 

In addition to his construction company, Mechenbier, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, also operates 4 Daughters Land and Cattle Co., a ranching operation founded in 1986.

Carlos Andres López ’10