Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

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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Robert Apodaca
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.

Robin Brulé
Bernalillo County

Robin Brulé is the Senior Director of Philanthropic Partnerships with Filene, an organization that strengthens organizations through research, incubation and advisory services. Robin is a fierce advocate for social justice with a strong track record engineering, piloting, and scaling holistic service programs, Robin previously worked at Nusenda Federal Credit Union as Vice President of Community Relations. She’s also held positions as Chief Strategist for New Mexico Center for Philanthropic Partnerships, Executive Director of Central New Mexico Community College Foundation, and Director of Development for University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital during her more than 25 years of extensive community leadership.

Linda Dodd
Eddy County

Linda Dodd is the Executive Director of United Way of Carlsbad and South Eddy, an organization focused on helping the community’s most vulnerable through access to adequate shelter, food, health care and other basic necessities of life. Linda works closely with business leaders to acquire funding for United Way and with city and county governments to advocate for the underserved. While her focus has been on improving the lives of individuals in South Eddy County, she would like to expand her skills to the entire state. Linda currently serves on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of NM, Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, Carlsbad Main Street, and volunteers with the Eddy County Health Council.

Rainey Enjady
Otero County

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.

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Renee Goldtooth-Halwood
Secretary Board of TrusteesSandoval 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.)

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Barry Herskowitz
Treasurer 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.

Lori Martinez
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 my 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.

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Nathan Padilla
Vice President Board of TrusteesChaves County

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.
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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Trish Ruiz
President 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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Fred Sandoval
Sandoval County

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.

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Lorrina Segovia
Chaves County

Lorrina is a native of Roswell. The last thirty years she worked in corporate environments as a senior leader in human resources/recruiting capacities. Lorrina is currently serving as the CEO of Wings for L.I.F.E., a 501C3 non-profit. Over the years she has served as a volunteer at Georgia Council on Child Abuse Hotline (certified crisis counselor); serving as board president and volunteer “Big Sister’ of Big Brothers Big Sisters, SENM; she has collaborated with a team of 10+ fellow volunteers to renovate three houses for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter, Roswell, NM; three year board of trustee for the Roswell Museum & Art Center; served as President of Roswell Sertoma Club (four year member); collaborated with a team of 15+ co-workers to collect professional clothing for Dallas “Dress for Success” program; provided help to 30+ women re-entering the workforce; and is Governor appointed to serve on the New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, 2021- 2024.

Terri Tewart, MSN, RN
Santa Fe County

Since 2017, Terri Tewart has served as the Director of Nursing Education and Allied Health at Santa Fe Community College. She has been a nurse in NM since 2007 and has been teaching and directing nursing programs since 2013. Terri is dedicated to the education of nurses at all levels. She is native New Mexican and fully aware of the impact a nursing education can have on the lives of nursing graduates, their families and their communities.

Terri is a member of the New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Leadership Council where she oversees the NMNEC curriculum, program evaluation, accreditation and diversity committees. She also currently serves on the following boards and committees (sample): Nursing Education Advisory Committee for the New Mexico Board of Nursing, New Mexico Nursing Education Consortium Diversity Committee, Office of Teaching and Learning Steering Committee.

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.

 

2020 Annual Report - Defining Moments

We invite you to visit our 2020 Annual Report, where we share some defining moments and elevate our grantees and partners who make a difference, promote hope, and advance health equity.

2020 Annual Report - Defining Moments

We invite you to visit our 2020 Annual Report, where we share some defining moments and elevate our grantees and partners who make a difference, promote hope, and advance health equity.

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