Angelica Solares, MCRP currently serves as project coordinator for Bernalillo County’s Community Transformation Grant. She holds a Master’s Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Before joining the Office of Health and Social Services, Angelica worked as the Research Information Specialist and Project Coordinator for several National Institutes of Health and Health Resources and Services Administration research projects with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Health Sciences Center at UNM.   Angelica has worked in the public sector and non-profit organizations both in New Mexico and California where she worked with disenfranchised communities, especially low-income Hispanic families – working around issues of health promotion and planning.

Lorna Marchand, MA, MPH is currently the Policy Analyst/Implementation Specialist for the Bernalillo County Community Transformation Grant. Ms. Marchand has over 12 years of experience in cancer control and chronic disease prevention, including coordinating an NCI-funded breast cancer research project, managing a CDC-funded colorectal cancer screening program, supporting CDC’s Comprehensive Cancer Program in both New Mexico and Arkansas, and developing and coordinating various community-based programs. In addition to her work at Bernalillo County, Ms. Marchand has held positions with the New Mexico Department of Health Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Bureau, the New Mexico Tumor Registry, the Arkansas Department of Health, and the Arkansas Cancer Research Center.  Ms. Marchand also has extensive experience in research and report writing, and has written and edited numerous journal articles. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Technical Writing.

Leadership Team

Roxanne Spruce Bly is the Founder and Coordinator of the Native Healthcare Council of New Mexico and a member of Laguna Pueblo.  She is currently a member of the American Indian Health Advisory Committee.  She is a lobbyist and an advocate for the Health Care Reform and was formerly the Director of Health Action New Mexico.

Jorja Armijo Brasher is Manager Division of Child and Family Development Department of Family and Community Services City, of Albuquerque.  Member of the Leadership for Ready School Teams, New Mexico Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids (SPARK) and Board Member of Local Council, Albuquerque.

Enrique Cardiel is the Urban Health Extension Coordinator for Bernalillo County, and UNMHSC Office for Community Health.  He Facilitates the International District Healthy Communication Coalition and has worked as a community development manager for a non-profit organization and as a health promotion specialist for the NM Department of Health.

Liz Chavez, MS, MC functions as Wellness Program Manager at The Solutions Group. She is focused on program development and improving worksite wellness. Liz is also serving as the current Chair for The New Mexico Healthier Weight Council. The mission of the council is to increase optimal activity and nutrition related health opportunities for all New Mexicans through policy, advocacy, and outreach at the state and local level.

Sarah Cobb has worked as Field Representative with Senator Tom Udall since 2001.  In this capacity, she covers health care and education as well as other issues in Bernalillo, Sandoval and Valencia Counties.   She has a Masters in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College. Prior to joining Senator Udall’s office Sarah worked with Head Start teachers through the Child Development Associates Program, and taught as an elementary school teacher in Arizona, Massachusetts, Georgia and New Mexico.

Erin Engelbrecht is a Program Manager for the American Lung Association in New Mexico. Her work with the American Lung Association includes managing a state-wide smoke free multi-unit housing program that promotes the implementation of smoke free policies.  Ms. Engelbrecht’s work is focused on integrating public health, policy and community planning. Prior to working with the American Lung Association, Ms. Engelbrecht worked with CDCs Healthier Communities initiative; ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and Environmental Change).  Ms. Engelbrecht has over ten years of experience working in health sectors including community health, clinical research administration and integrated technology systems supporting research. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she also completed graduate work in public health. She is currently completing dual master’s degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Public Administration at the University of New Mexico.

Jeanne Forrester EdD is District Administrator, Professor, Governor’s Education Advisor, Middle grades teacher, Consultant, Past President of both the Mississippi and New Mexico Middle School Associations and Founding Member of NMMLE.

Rey Garduño is District 6 City Councilor. 1974-1986 Public Information Officer for Albuquerque Public Schools. He has worked as Public Affairs Officer for Tingley Hospital and Marketing Director for UNM Hospital. He has been on numerous boards for Southwest Community Resources, Common Cause New Mexico, South West Organizing Project, Spina Bifida Association of NM, Kiwanis Club, Hispano Chamber of Commerce and Outreach.

M. Andrew Garrison, MS CPT Education & Certifications, Masters of Science, Physical Education, concentration in Sports Administration, 1994, Bachelors of Science, Physical Education, 1992 Bachelors of Arts, Spanish, minor in Management, 2000 Certified Personal Trainer, AMERICAN COUNCIL ON EXERCISE, October 2011 Faculty Member, WELLNESS COUNCIL OF AMERICA, (October 2011).  Health & Wellness Administrator for Bernalillo County Government.  Andrew Garrison develops and administers physical training standards for Public Safety personnel. He has research testing protocols and validations at federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Garrison is a seasoned public speaker and has taught, “Physical Fitness Standards in Corrections” at the American Jail Association National Conference (2009) and the American Correctional Association National Conference (Aug. 2010). Mr. Garrison presides over the Bernalillo County Health and Wellness Program for 2,600 Bernalillo County employees and personally delivers educational wellness curriculum in the form of presentations, seminars, work groups, new employee orientation and physical fitness testing. He provides inspiring educational seminars to empower his students to improve themselves in everyday living in the present.

Maggie Hart Stebbins has represented District 3 on the Bernalillo County Commission since May of 2009. She has served on several public and private boards including New Mexico Children’s Foundation, The New Mexico Mutual Group Board of Directors, Albuquerque’s Open Space and Biopark Advisory Board, The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Selection Commission and the local YMCA.

Tim Keller has been a State Senator since 2008.  He has served on boards for Open Hands Foundation, Road Runner Food Bank Capital Campaign, Asia American Association and Albuquerque Southeast Team for Entrepreneur Development.

Michelle Lujan-Grisham currently is District 1 County Commissioner for Bernalillo County.  She was Director of New Mexico State Agency on Aging.  In 2002 she was appointed to serve as Secretary of Aging and Long-Term Services Department.  In 2004 she was appointed Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health. She is on the Board of Directors of Total Community Care and co-founded Delta Consulting Group (Agent of Change).

Julie Luna is a Transportation Planner at the Mid-Region Council of Governments. She is currently facilitating the update and incorporation of Complete Streets principles in the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets planning document. She is excited and hopeful that the active living element of the Collective Impact for Neighborhood and Community Health (CINCH) will provide support for making walking, bicycling and transit safer and easier travel options for people in Bernalillo County.

Michelle Melendez is a liaison between First Choice and the patients and communities it serves, and with elected officials and community leaders. She leads customer service, communications and public relations. She was a member of the UNM Hospitals Board of Trustees from 2006 to 2011, and now serves on the Con Alma Health Foundation Community Advisory Committee, the Bernalillo County Community Health Council and the Nurse Family Partnership Community Advisory Board. She served on the 2010 Urgent Care Task Force and previously served on the Governor’s Committee on Health Coverage for New Mexicans. She is a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Ladder to Leadership Program with the Center for Creative Leadership. She is the co-author of Chicanas in Charge: Texas Women in Politics, with Gutierrez and Noyola. Alta Mira Press, 2006. She has her Master’s degree in Public Administration from UNM.

Marsha McMurray-Avila is currently employed by Bernalillo County as the Coordinator for the Bernalillo County Community Health Council (BCCHC). She has a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from the University of Washington, and a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Integrating the two fields of public health and planning, she has a special interest in collaborative initiatives that focus on place-based approaches to creating and maintaining community health and equity through the collective impact of multi-sectoral partnerships. Marsha has held several non-profit leadership positions for over 25 years, including as Executive Director for the New Mexico Public Health Association, the state affiliate of the American Public Health Association; as Program Coordinator for the National Health Care for the Homeless Council in which she led a team providing training and research support to HCH projects around the country; and as Executive Director of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, Inc.  Using the experience she gained over 11 years of working with others to develop the comprehensive homeless healthcare model, she was contracted by the DHHS Bureau of Primary Health Care to write Organizing Health Services for Homeless People: A Practical Guide (1997; 2002), a reference for communities or groups involved in creating or improving healthcare services for homeless people. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and producing short musical productions to illustrate the concepts of “upstream” prevention, the social determinants of health, and links between public health and planning.

Ana-Lisa Montoya Torres, Special Programs Manager for Bernalillo County Parks and Recreation where she manages the Literacy, Teen Bullying Prevention program, in addition she oversees the Intel Computer Clubhouse, Special events and is the manager of the Clean and Beautiful grant. Ana-Lisa was raised in Espanola, NM and then moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico where she attained, B.A. Political Science Minor in Communications and a, Masters in Public Administration. She also attended El Tec Instituto De Tecnológico in Monterrey, México where she studied Spanish and Mexican Culture.   Ana-Lisa began her career in politics as a campaign manager for a variety of candidates in Northern New Mexico, all the candidates won their various election within mandated margins.  In the political field, she learned about making the most with small budgets and the power of volunteers. Ana-Lisa worked for Lt. Governor Denish until she moved to Bernalillo County where she has been working with Parks and Recreation for the last 3 years. While her time at Parks and Recreation she has developed a variety of policies, put on several trainings and has developed the Parks and Recreation “Bully Free Zone” campaign. The Bully Free Zone campaign has brought together partners from several large entities like Albuquerque Public Schools, the University of New Mexico and local businesses.  Ana-Lisa loves her community and is consistently trying to develop programs that the community can relate to.

Jerry p Ortiz y Pino is currently State Senator District 12.  He has been Director Family Services Division, Director Protective Services Division Sate CYFD, Direct of Albuquerque Department of Family and Community Services, Director New Mexico Advocates for Children and Families, Director of Community Relations United Way of Central New Mexico, Director NM Human Services, Director New Mexico Youth Work Alliance and Bureau Chief State Health and Social Services.

Adrian A Pedroza is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Community Action, a grassroots, community-based organization that works to build community leadership around issues of immigration, education reform, and public health. Previously, Adrian led the University of New Mexico High School Equivalency and College Assistance Migrant Program and Inaugural Hispanic Education Advisory Council. He is currently a founding and executive member of the New Mexico Learning Alliance and served as a founding member of the Latino/Hispano Education Improvement Task Force. Adrian sits on the board of the New Mexico Civic Engagement Partnership.

Daryl Smith is the Program Manager for the Pathways to a Healthy Bernalillo County program administered through the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, Urban Health Partners office in Albuquerque, NM.  He coordinates and manages all aspects of this large community-based health access program that follows the national Pathways model.  Daryl works with thirteen different community partner organizations in implementing the program.  Daryl has held a variety of leadership positions within the public health arena for the past 20+ years, including past-President of the New Mexico Public Health Association, Chair of the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, and currently serves as Vice Chair of the New Mexico Community Health Worker Advisory Council.

Caerllion Thomas is a Transportation Planner with the Mid-Region Council of Governments.  Her work currently includes working on health assessments and safety analyses, transit and land use coordination, assisting with land use modeling, and co-facilitating a Complete Streets initiative including a guidebook for the region that incorporates context sensitive design solutions. Previously, Caerllion worked in a small Metropolitan Planning Organization office which gave her broad experience in transit, public participation techniques, and bicycle and pedestrian planning. One of her interests is the synthesis and presentation of complex data for public audiences using geographic information systems, and distilling public comment from these materials.  Caerllion holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a Masters in Applied Geography with a minor in Geographic Information Systems.