On September 17th, The Loan Fund lost Board member Jane Blume who passed away after a short battle with leukemia. In addition to having served on The Loan Fund’s Board of Directors since August 2012, Jane was also a longtime consultant and dear friend of the organization. In all, Jane’s relationship with The Loan Fund spanned nearly 20 years.
Jane was an expert in public relations and the owner of Desert Sky Communications, which was ranked in 2012 as one of the Top 10 PR firms in New Mexico by Albuquerque Business First. Among her firm’s many awards, Desert Sky Communications won Acquisition International magazine’s 2013 M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) Award as USA Marketing Firm of the Year for its work on behalf of The Loan Fund.
Jane will be greatly missed by our entire organization. She was very much a marketeer, a cheerleader, and a visionary in The Loan Fund's efforts to promote grassroots economic development across New Mexico. Jane seemingly had a role in nearly every handout, press release, and publication that The Loan Fund produced.
We miss you, Jane!
Jane Blume pictured with Leroy Pacheco, Loan Fund President/CEO (Taken April 2013)