Staff

Staff

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Nelsy Dominguez
Program Director

Nelsy has many years of non-profit organizational and programmatic experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, most notably as the Deputy Director at Farm to Table NM and Program Director at the New Mexico Community Foundation. Throughout, Nelsy has focused on coalescing opportunities that optimize collaboration and investment in New Mexico’s communities with a commitment to equity, leadership development, and to improving quality of life and economic opportunity of New Mexicans. Life experiences ingrained a belief in the fundamental importance of addressing structural and institutional systems of inequities and of working towards changes that honor, care, and respect one another.

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Amy Donafrio
Associate Director

Amy is part of the management team and is responsible for operations, budget oversight and project management. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Amy lived in New York and worked at Binghamton University, the NY court system, and Blue Cross Blue Shield. 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

Denise 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 most recently served as the Senior Capacity Building Officer at St. David’s Foundation, the largest health funder in Texas, and previously developed initiatives related to leadership, research and evaluation at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In the U.S. and abroad, she has provided expertise to national advisory committees focusing on community development, health and civic engagement efforts. Herrera has a PhD in Health Education, an MS in Family Studies and Human Development, and a BS in Health Education.

One of Denise’s significant personal accomplishments is in creating the Herrera Internship Endowment at the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation in Albuquerque to honor her parents and grandparents who didn’t have the opportunity to go to college. The fund provides scholarships to female Hispanic students who intern with the Hispanic Cultural Center.

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Cecile LaBore
Information Manager

Cecile has worked at Con Alma part-time since 2008, managing the foundation’s external and internal information systems and grants database.

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Dennis J. McCutcheon
Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Dennis started with Con Alma in 2011 as a graduate student intern from New Mexico Highlands University. Today he provides coordination and leadership for the foundation’s communications and outreach. Dennis holds a bachelor’s and master’s in social work (MSW) from New Mexico Highlands University with a concentration in government nonprofit management.

 

Abigail Ropp
Office Manager

Abigail is originally from rural Michigan and holds degrees in English Literature and Theatre Performance from Northern Michigan University. Before joining the team at Con Alma Health Foundation, Abigail held roles in database and office administration at Roadrunner Food Bank, ProPublica Illinois, Connections for Abused Women and their Children, and other nonprofit and mission-driven institutions.

VACCINE ROLLOUT & COMMUNITY REBUILD

Our current COVID-19 related work involves an ongoing partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and local partners on a two year grant to help ensure an equitable vaccine rollout and community rebuild effort. To learn more about this work please read the project description here. You can learn more about the important work our most recent grant recipients are doing here.

VACCINE ROLLOUT & COMMUNITY REBUILD

Our current COVID-19 related work involves an ongoing partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and local partners on a two year grant to help ensure an equitable vaccine rollout and community rebuild effort. To learn more about this work please read the project description here. You can learn more about the important work our most recent grant recipients are doing here.

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