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.

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Barrett Brewer
Grant County

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.

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Judith Cooper
Union County

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.

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Renee Goldtooth-Halwood
Sandoval County

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.)

Barry Herskowitz
Santa Fe County

Barry Herskowitz has more than 30 years of experience working in the financial sector and has taught accounting and finance classes to college students for more than 20 years. He volunteers for several organizations, including the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities in Schools, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

Yvette Kaufman-Bell
Bernalillo County

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.

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Ardena Orosco
Otero County

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.

Alisha Parada M.D.
Bernalillo County

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
Sandoval County

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.

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Robert Phillips Ph.D
Chaves County

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.

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Sherrick Roanhorse
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.”

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Carlos Romero
Bernalillo 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.

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Valerie Romero-Leggott M.D.
President Board of TrusteesBernalillo County

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.”

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Trish Ruiz
Secretary 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.

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Twila Rutter
Vice President 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.”


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Richard Tyner
Treasurer 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.”

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Deborah Walker
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.


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