Governor-Elect Lujan Grisham Announces Members of Health & Human Services Transition Teams 

Health & Human Services transition Team Co-chairs

New Mexico Appleseed Executive Director Jennifer (Jenny) Ramo

University of New Mexico Pediatrics Professor Dr. Andrew (Andy) Hsi as co -chairs of the Health and Human Services Committee.

Aging and Long-Term Services Department Team Members

Arthur Alpert, Founder, Prime Time Magazine 

Ellen Driber-Hassall, Principal, Aging Matters, LLC

Dede Feldman, Former State Senator

Tara Jaramillo, CEO, Positive Outcomes, Inc.

Carmela Martinez, Former Health Enrichment Services Manager, Aging and Long-Term Services Department 

Juanita Thorne-Connerty, Nurse & Health Care Consultant 

Children Youth & Families Department Team Members

Elizabeth Alarid, Former Director of Training, Children Youth & Families Department

Martha Braniff, Founder & Former CEO of Child Advocates, Inc 

Diane Denish, Former New Mexico Lt. Governor 

Cristina Duran, Dean of School of Social Work, New Mexico Highlands University

Kassandra Gandara, Las Cruces City Counselor 

Rachel Kolman, Master Children's Court Attorney, Children Youth & Families Department

Carolyn Lee, Former Manager, Otero Juvenile Probation & Parole

Richard Lindahl, Elder, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe

Liz McGrath, Founder, Pegasus Legal Services for Children

Katherine Ortega-Courtney, Director, Collective Impact Initiatives, Santa Fe Community Foundation 

Sylvia Ruiz, Former Director, PB&J, Former Director, NM Teen Pregnancy Coalition

Romaine Serna, Former Communications Director, Children Youth and Families Department 

Craig Sparks, Director, Bernalillo County Youth Services Center 

Leslee Strickler, Medical Director, Child Abuse Response Team, University of New Mexico          

Department of Health Team Members

Irene Agostini MD, FACEP, Chief Medical Officer, University of New Mexico Hospital 

Charlie Alfero, Southwest Center for Health Innovation

Karen Armitage, Pediatrician and Public Health Physician in Dept of Family and Community Medicine at UNM, Interim Dean of College of Population Health, former Medical Director at DOH

Lori Bencoe, Attorney Bencoe & LaCour Law, PC 

Christina Campos, Administrator, Guadalupe County Hospital & Past President, New Mexico Hospital Association

Gayle Dine Chacon, Former Surgeon General, Navajo Nation 

Yolanda Cruz, Supervisor, DWI Planning Council, San Miguel County

Darren DeYapp, Chama Village Counselor 

Elena Giacci, Anti-Sexual and Domestic Violence Specialist National

Ryan Harrigan, Attorney

Jim Jackson, Former Executive Director, Disability Rights NM

Patricia Keane, Nutrition Expert 

Jennifer Manzanares, Opiate Policy Specialist, Prevention Alliance 

Diana Murillo-Trujillo, Mayor, Anthony NM

Roberta Rael, Early Childhood Health Expert

Clifford Rees, Former Counsel, New Mexico Department of Health

Tom Rothfield MD, Former Vice President, Presbyterian Health Plan

Ana Voltura, Surgical Oncologist & Breast Cancer Specialist 

Cheryl Wilman, Director & CEO, UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Human Services Department Team Members

Colin Baillio, Director, Policy & Communications, Health Action New Mexico

Mary Eden, VP Government Programs, Presbyterian Health Plan (Medicaid MCO) 

Sovereign Hager, Legal Director, NM Center on Law and Poverty 

Steve Johnson, Executive Director, New Day Youth & Family Services

Bill Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor, New Mexico Voices for Children

Beth Landon, Director, Policy & Communications, NM Hospital Association

Maggie McCowen, Executive Director, NM Behavioral Health Providers Association  

Ralph Moya, Tucumcari City Commissioner

Mike Richards, Vice-Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, UNM Health Sciences Center

David Roddy, Policy Advisor & Former Executive Director, New Mexico Primary Care Association

Ane Romero, Behavioral Health Policy Expert

Charlotte Roybal, Former Executive Director, Health Action New Mexico 

Darnell Smith, Reverend, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Tom Starke, Chair, Santa Fe Behavioral Health Alliance

Russell Toal, Former Deputy Director of HSD & Former Director of Georgia Medicaid

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