In Remembrance

Ann Palormo

Mother’s love gives life

To us in so many ways.
Re-pay it forward.

Like many of Ann Palormo’s haikus, her radiant spirit resonated throughout the community of Las Cruces and beyond. Our quiet champion passed away unexpectedly, early November 4. Through her work with the American Association of University Women, she helped coordinate the yearly Girls Can! event, showing sixth-grade girls there is no limit to their dreams. In 2016, Ann was recognized as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, a testament to her commitment to the community and her stature as a role model for young women.


Mary Rita Chapman

We are deeply saddened with the loss of another amazing woman and advocate for young women. Mary Rita has been key in bringing and broadening programs for girls throughout New Mexico in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). A life-long member of AAUW, Mary Rita’s contributions were truly remarkable and pivotal in bringing awareness to the needs for girls, and all young women, in STEM education.