Staff

Staff

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Nelsy Dominguez
Program Director since 2016

Nelsy has many years of non-profit organizational and programmatic experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, including as Deputy Director of Farm to Table NM and Program Director at the New Mexico Community Foundation. Throughout her career, Nelsy has been committed to equity, leadership development, and to improving the quality of life and economic opportunity of New Mexicans. She was drawn to work at Con Alma for the way it defines health broadly and approaches its grants and initiatives with a people-centered focus and a goal of working toward health equity. As program director of Con Alma, Nelsy likes hearing from applicants and grant recipients, communication she considers an integral part of her role. She stays physically healthy by swimming and doing warm water aerobics, and relishes time spent gardening and working on puzzles. Nelsy appreciates that Con Alma works statewide in New Mexico, where she loves the sun, sky, landscape, and people. She received her bachelor’s degree and Paralegal Studies certification from Montclair University and is currently working on her master’s of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University.

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Amy Donafrio
Associate Director since 2006

Amy is a key part of Con Alma’s management team and is responsible for operations, budget oversight and project management. Before joining Con Alma in 2006, she gained experience in various fields, including social work for a long-term care facility, research at Binghamton University, and legal advocacy for a domestic violence organization. She stays healthy by eating NM grown vegetables and fruits, soaking in sunny days, and squeezing in moments of stillness and quiet in her busy life. She loves cooking, baking, and traveling with her family as well as watching her garden shift and grow through the beautiful seasons here. She enjoys working for an organization that values community-led solutions and the diverse cultures of New Mexico’s people. Amy likes hiking through our state’s varying landscapes, and has a special appreciation for the dry air, mountains and rivers. She holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Binghamton University and a master’s in Accounting from the University of New Mexico.

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Denise Herrera, PhD, MCHES
Executive Director since 2021

Denise Herrera, PhD, MCHES, returned to her New Mexico roots and to the bluest skies she’s seen when she joined Con Alma in 2021 as executive director. She spent her entire career training to invest in the health and well-being of New Mexicans, including experience she gained in evaluation, research and leadership development at St. David’s Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. As executive director, she guides the foundation’s annual grant cycles and initiatives focused on improving health and exploring multi-sector solutions to New Mexico’s health challenges. She is committed to infusing a perspective of equity, diversity, and inclusivity into all of our practices – not just grantmaking. Con Alma’s goal to advance health equity is central to who Denise is, professionally and personally. She values a life that balances work and play, and welcomes opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures (she recommends Rwanda). Denise has a PhD in Health Education from the University of Texas, a master’s in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s in Health Education from the University of New Mexico.

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Cecile LaBore
Information Manager since 2008

Cecile has worked part-time for Con Alma since 2008 managing the foundation’s external and internal information systems and grants data base. Being Information Manager is a little like being an inventory manager or an interior designer – a lot of her success depends on putting things people will need where they will look for them first, or maybe second. Cecile chooses to work at Con Alma because she likes what the Foundation does; she has a great community of colleagues, volunteers, and grantees to work with; and she loves helping people use Con Alma’s grant making tools. To her, health is about balance – the feeling that each part of being alive has the right level of importance, attention, and well-being.

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Dennis J. McCutcheon
Associate Program Officer since 2022 Communications and Outreach Coordinator since 2011

Dennis provides coordination and leadership for Con Alma’s communications and outreach, including connecting with our Board and Community Advisory Committee members. As a first-generation college graduate, Dennis identifies with many of the underserved populations Con Alma serves. He likes to hear about the incredible work grantees and partners do across New Mexico and looks for opportunities to spread their messages. He focuses on his health by walking daily, eating as fresh and local as possible, and fitting in yoga and mediation most mornings. Both at Con Alma and personally, he loves learning new things and has numerous interests, including reading, drawing and writing. He is a fan of road trips, where he can revel in our state’s outdoor environment – the mountains and arroyos, the wildlife and plants, and plenty of open space. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Government Nonprofit Management from New Mexico Highlands University.

 

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Abigail Ropp
Office Manager since 2021

Abigail Roper is originally from rural Michigan and holds degrees in English Literature and Theatre Performance from Northern Michigan University. In 2019, she moved to New Mexico, where she loves the incredible food, art, nature, and community. She has held roles in database and office administration at other nonprofits, including Roadrunner Food Bank, ProPublica Illinois, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children. In addition to making our office run smoothly, you might see Abigail perform in a local theater production. To stay healthy, she spends a lot of time outdoors with her partner and chihuahua Maggie, hiking, camping, and meditating in the mountains. She appreciates Con Alma’s collaborative and supportive environment, and is proud to advance health equity in New Mexico and help our diverse communities thrive.

We Congratulate Our Most Recent Grant Recipients

In celebration of Con Alma Health Foundation’s 20 years of investing in the health of New Mexico’s communities, we are honored to announce 33 grants totaling $507,500. In addition to our annual grants, Con Alma awarded $525,000 in vaccine equity and community rebuild grants to help ensure COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably across the state and support communities to address the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on them.

Con Alma understands that health is more than healthcare. As such, the Foundation’s grants reflect a diversity of strategies and issues that affect people’s physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, social, oral, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being.

Follow the link below to learn more about our latest grant recipients.

We Congratulate Our Most Recent Grant Recipients

In celebration of Con Alma Health Foundation’s 20 years of investing in the health of New Mexico’s communities, we are honored to announce 33 grants totaling $507,500. In addition to our annual grants, Con Alma awarded $525,000 in vaccine equity and community rebuild grants to help ensure COVID-19 vaccines are distributed equitably across the state and support communities to address the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on them.

Con Alma understands that health is more than healthcare. As such, the Foundation’s grants reflect a diversity of strategies and issues that affect people’s physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, social, oral, environmental, economic and spiritual well-being.

Follow the link below to learn more about our latest grant recipients.

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