The Con Alma Health Foundation Board of Trustees is a group of individuals who represent the geographic, ethnic, gender, age, socioeconomic, and other factors that represent the diversity of the peoples and communities of New Mexico. Con Alma Board Members have an interest in and concern for the Foundation and its Mission. They bring a broad, objective and impartial perspective on the health, health care and society in New Mexico. They are committed to insuring the public trust through thoughtful and strong governance.
Ms Brewer founded, and serves as Chair of, the Grant County Community Foundation. She established the first Mobile Food Pantry in Gila, NM and now works as the Volunteer Coordinator. She was awarded the 2013 Rio Grande Volunteer of the Year and serves on the board of the Gila Valley Library. She has extensive experience in setting policy on school boards and the City Council. Barrett is also a “book artist,” creating one-of-a-kind and editioned “artist’s books.” She received a Masters at the Grant Institute of Geology in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Judith is an attorney in Clayton with a passion for health care and how it is delivered in rural communities. She worked to form a county health council so information about services could be shared among providers and citizens. She is a county representative to her regional workforce development board and served eight years on the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women.
Ms. Kaufman-Bell is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs. She also served for ten years as a Commissioner with the NM State Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission. Originally from Clovis, NM, Yvette earned a BA Degree in Speech Communication & Religion, ENMU.
Board of TrusteesLuna County
Louis is the owner and founder of Luna Consultant Agency, a premier translation firm in the United States. Louis enjoys the challenge of working with different organizations that enhance the quality of life across New Mexico. He serves on the Board of Trustees because of his dedication to the culture and traditions of his native state.
One of Louis’ favorite quotes is by Margaret Meade: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Ardena is Director of Substance Abuse Prevention for the Mescalero Apache Tribe working to prevent underage drinking and suicide. She has worked in the field of prevention for the past twelve years, and has spent most of her life as a coach, community organizer, and parent.
Robert Phillips Ph.D
Dr. Phillips is the Coordinator of the Human Services and Addictions Studies program and a tenured professor of Psychology and Sociology at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. He is also an adjunct instructor in the New Mexico Highlands University School of Social Work and for the UNM Substance Abuse Studies Training Program.
San Juan County
Sherrick serves as Governmental Affairs Analyst with PNM Resources. He holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and English from UNM. He has experience and an interest in advocating and implementing health-related policy and would like to provide a voice from a rural NM perspective.
“Helping improve the quality of life and health of those that are uninsured and underserved have always guided me in my advocacy work on the federal, state and tribal levels. I’m happy to join the Con Alma Health Foundation and look forward to engaging community partners and leaders in this process to improve the livelihood of those living in rural and urban areas of New Mexico.”
Mr. Romero is the President and founder of Apex, a consulting firm specializing in systems evaluation for initiatives that address educational, health and social challenges. He serves as VP for Finance for NM Evaluators and has previously served on the Strengthening Quality in Schools Leadership Team and Quality NM Excellence in Learning Committee.
Valerie Romero-Leggott M.D.
Dr. Romero-Leggott is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences Center; Associate Dean, UNM School of Medicine Office of Diversity; Assoc. Professor, Department of Family & Community Medicine; and Executive Director of the School of Medicine Combined BA/MD Degree. She is co-founder and a member of the Minority Women in Medicine and the Health Sciences Group.
“I am honored to serve on Con Alma Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees. The important work that they do aligns with my values and abilities as a family practice physician, an educator and an advocate. As a native New Mexican, I am invested in helping Con Alma bring health equity and opportunity to our communities in need.”
Trish is a counselor at Hobbs High Harold Murphy Alternative Learning Center serving at risk students. Previously, Trish was an Adjunct Professor at University of the Southwest where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Counseling. A small selection of the regional, state, and national boards and organizations that Trish serves on include: Lea County Democratic Party Chairwoman; Faith-in-Action Executive Board Member; Hobbs NEA President; NEA New Mexico Board of Directors; NEA National Hispanic Caucus Vice-Chair; and NEA National Hispanic Treasure. Trish is interested in advocacy efforts on behalf of New Mexico citizens, health issues in rural New Mexico, and the coordination and implementation of community outreach services.
Board of TrusteesCurry County
Twila, an MBA, has also served on the Community Advisory Committee. A lifelong resident of Clovis, Twila is general manager of Interim HealthCare of Clovis and the proud mom of daughter, Tasan Nicole. She is involved with numerous community organizations, including the Clovis/Carver Public Library Board, Curry County DWI Task Force, Curry County CrimeStoppers and Curry County Literacy Council.
“It’s a privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees of Con Alma in an effort to improve the health of New Mexicans.”
Benny Shendo Jr.
Benny is a member of the Jemez Pueblo Tribe, and has served in various capacities of management and leadership in business, tribal, university and state government, including cabinet secretary for the NM Department of Indian Affairs. He is currently president/CEO of the Pueblo Insurance Agency.
“I serve on the Board of the Con Alma Health Foundation because I feel I can provide a perspective on health issues affecting native communities from various vantage points, as a former Tribal leader, New Mexico state cabinet secretary and educator. Con Alma is in a unique position to make positive change in how we tackle critical health issues in New Mexico.”
Board of TrusteesSanta Fe County
Rick has over 35 years of experience in asset management. His professional experience includes more than a dozen years as President and Chief Investment Officer of McDermott International Investments Inc., and investment management with J.P. Stevens & Co., Allied Chemical (Honeywell) Corporation, First National Bank of New Jersey, and Chase Manhattan Bank.
“I see this as a good opportunity to help a worthwhile non-profit with its asset base.”
Alfredo Vigil M.D.
Board of TrusteesTaos County
Alfredo has spent his career devoted to community service, serving on numerous local and national boards as well as being medical director for emergency services in Northern New Mexico and Albuquerque. He has been a physician for more than 30 years, currently at El Centro Family Health in Española. Previously he was cabinet secretary of the NM Department of Health.
“There are many organizations that have good intentions about improving the health of New Mexicans but Con Alma actually walks the talk and effectively directs funds towards effective solutions.”
Santa Fe County
Ms. Walker is the Executive Director at the New Mexico Nurses Association. Her extensive career in health care finance, the delivery system, and public policy in the U.S and NM includes positions as: Project Director, CAHF (Partners in Nursing initiative); Program Coordinator, Rural Nurse Residency Project at the NM Center for Nursing Excellence; and Executive Director, NM Board of Nursing.