First person: Passion for saving lives

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jan Elliott spends most of her time working, according to her co-workers, but said she enjoys golfing and reading.

Jan Elliott of Clovis was selected as the 25th annual Governor’s Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women. She has been the executive director for EMS Region III for 21 years. She will be recognized as one of 20 winners of the award at a banquet in Albuquerque May 7. One winner will be inducted into the hall of fame.

Secret winner: The staff here took it upon themselves to nominate me for the award. They kept it secret until the day I got the letter. I will be honored on behalf of all EMS service providers in the state of New Mexico. It’s great knowing my colleagues nominated me for the award.

Hobby time: I look at my job as a hobby not a job. I believe that if you keep that attitude, you last longer at whatever position you are in. We’re a big happy family here.

Local lady: I’m from Portales. I moved for Clovis in 1990. Both communities are well established with good people. The people take pride in the activities that take place in the communities. I’ve noticed over the years that the people have worked to improve the parks and recreation and that’s important. I graduated from Portales High School and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in teaching. I worked for the Portales News-Tribune for five years and the moved here to work as the information specialist.

Passionate EMS: I have a passion for EMS. That’s where my heart it. The people that volunteer maintain certification twice a year. They give up their home life sometimes to train and they save lives. Who wouldn’t have a passion for what they do? My goal is to find funding so they can do what they do.

— Compiled by CNJ staff writer Liliana Castillo