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.
Santa Fe County
Robert Apodaca comes from a family with deep roots in northern New Mexico. Growing up in the Taos area in a traditional Hispanic family he learned the importance of hard work, maintaining cultural values and preserving NM’s beautiful land and water. Throughout his career, he let these principles guide him to create brighter futures for New Mexicans. Robert is the Principal Owner of RMA Advisory Group, LLC and focuses on legislative, environmental, health, community and economic development initiatives. Robert works with Local and Tribal Governments, Private and Non-Profit endeavors to strengthen communities and create economic and infrastructure opportunities for the constituents that they represent. He serves as a board member for Community in Schools, and the Native American Budget and Policy Institute. Robert served as an appointee to President Barack Obama as Assistant Chief of the West with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He also served as an appointee to Governor Bill Richardson, where he worked with local, tribal and state agencies on fiscal and budget policy. Robert received his BBA in Finance from NMSU.
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.
Rainey Enjady is a member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe with twenty-two years of experience in finance and human resources with the Indian Health Service, which has provided a deep understanding of the health needs of her community and for all Native American’s in New Mexico. She currently serves as the Administrative Officer for the Mescalero Service Unit, preparing budget estimates for all activities. Rainey volunteers on the Institution Review Board of the Southwest, Tribal Institutional Review Board for the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, and is a Principal Investigator for the Systems of Care Grant with the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Previous experience includes work with the implementation of alcohol and drug prevention programs in Native American communities. Rainey holds a Bachelors in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Eastern New Mexico University.
Renee Goldtooth-Halwood is one of many dedicated team members from the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3) who all draw on decades of experience supporting Native American youth health and wellness. She is the Associate Director of Native Strong, Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures, a national program of grant-making, technical assistance, research, communications and advocacy. NB3 is not all about grant-making but also does direct programming under the NB3FIT Program where youth learn golf and soccer which integrate the Native core values, sports techniques, and best of all fun! Renee has previously served on the Sustainable Agriculture and Food System Funders Conference Committee and as a board member of the Indian Health Service, Chinle Service Unit (Navajo Nation.)
Board of TrusteesSanta Fe County
Barry Herskowitz, MBA, CPA, has experience in the fields of public accounting, corporate finance, and higher education. He currently is a member of the Board of Trustees of the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, and the Doris Walbridge Foundation. He also assists a 7th grade math teacher as a volunteer for Communities In Schools.
Doña Ana County
Lori Martinez, LMSW, is the Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico an organization working to advance the well-being of all people of Southern New Mexico. She has worked in direct service as a social worker for much of her career at both the micro and macro levels. She is also a social worker for New Mexico State University where she provides casework services to students and serves as a resource to the NMSU staff. She is also a Certified Field Instructor for the New Mexico State University School of Social Work. Previous experience includes: social work with the NMSU Wellness, Alcohol, and Violence Education Program; family therapist; and behavior therapist. For much of her career, Lori has worked in direct service, where she was able to both identify gaps in coverage and develop appropriate programs to fill those gaps. Lori currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Southwest Environmental Law Center.
Nathan Padilla, LCSW, a native New Mexican, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and resident of Roswell. He currently serves as the Executive Director and Clinical Director of Embrace (nonprofit organization). Additionally, as the clinical director for three organizations, he provides direct services for the medically uninsured and/or underserviced communities in NM and works with policy and planning for change. He is also an educator in the field of substance abuse and mental health. Former experience includes serving as the Hope Youth Services Adult and Youth Substance Abuse Counselor. Affiliations include current serving on Con Alma Health Foundation’s Community Advisory Committee (CAC); past service includes his position as the President of the New Mexico Addiction Education Network, and as a member of the Chaves County Health Council, and Chaves County Behavioral Health Committee.
“I joined Con Alma because it is a voice and provider of funding for underserved, at-risk populations of New Mexico. It helps in grassroots and policy movements. Con Alma truly helps all aspects of New Mexico.”
Alisha Parada M.D.
Dr. Parada, an associate professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, is the vice chair for Diversity and Inclusion for the Department of Internal Medicine and medical director of UNM’s largest primary care clinic on Albuquerque’s west side. She helped create a team of people who advocate for their patients and partner with community organizations to provide care and resources for people who are under-served.
“As a native New Mexican, it is my privilege to work with an incredible group of diverse people dedicated to improving the health of all in our state,” Parada said about joining Con Alma’s Board of Trustees.
Regis Pecos serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for the New Mexico House of Representatives. He is the Co-Founder of the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute. He received his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, Princeton University, where he recently finished a term as Trustee for the University. He is completing his doctorate degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He served as Lt. Governor and Governor and is a lifetime member of the Tribal Council at Cochiti Pueblo. Regis served for 16 years as Executive Director of the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs under four administrations, and as the Director of Legislative Affairs House Majority Office-Chief of Staff to House of Representatives Majority Floor Leader.
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.
Board of TrusteesBernalillo County
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.
Board of TrusteesLea County
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.
Fred Sandoval, MPA, a native New Mexican, is the Executive Director of the National Latino Behavioral Health Association (NLBHA) established to fill a need for a unified national voice for Latino populations in behavioral health and to address the disparities that exist in access, utilization, practice-based research and trained personnel. Fred is also a Cultural & Linguistic Competency Consultant for the NM Board of Social Work Examiners, NM Behavioral Health Credentialing Board and is a Master Trainer for Familia Adelante and Cultural Competency. Previous positions with the State of NM include: Director of Income Support Division (HSD), Executive Administrator for the Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative (DOH), and Deputy Secretary of Programs (DOH). Volunteer service includes UNM’s Center of Excellence in Latino Research Coordinating Council and Chair, Regional Health Equity Council Region VI.
Board of TrusteesSanta 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.
Gary D. Williams
Gary D. Williams is the Associate State Director for AARP New Mexico and responsible for management of community outreach initiatives in NM, including recruitment/training/retention, educational outreach and advocacy for the state’s 50 plus population.
Mr. Williams served as the Deputy Director at the New Mexico State Office of African American Affairs (OAAA), where he was an advocate for the state’s African Americans and other minority groups on matters related to health care, education, employment, fair housing, criminal justice, and a myriad of other issues. Prior to joining the staff at OAAA, Mr. Williams was the Investigations Officer for the City of Albuquerque’s Human Rights Office and was responsible for investigating employment, housing, and public accommodations complaints of discrimination. Throughout his career Mr. Williams has conducted numerous diversity and cultural sensitivity training programs.
Mr. Williams worked for more than twenty-six years in the health care industry, with the majority of that time being spent in a regulatory capacity for federal and state government agencies. After eight years of honorable service in the medical field of the U.S. Air Force, Mr. Williams worked as a Quality Assurance Analyst at St. Vincent Hospital, in Santa Fe, NM.