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

From the Office of Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham:

Governor-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced new members of her government transition teams. These teams will be responsible for providing the Governor-Elect with detailed reviews of the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department as part of the gubernatorial transition process.

The transition teams will engage with key stakeholders and current government agency personnel and provide detailed strategic recommendations on improving state government operations to Governor-elect Lujan Grisham.

The Lujan Grisham transition office announced Nov. 15 the appointment of co-chairs to lead seven specific committees, each examining distinct areas of state government. Governor-elect Lujan Grisham named New Mexico Appleseed Executive Director Jennifer (Jenny) Ramo and University of New Mexico Pediatrics Professor Dr. Andrew (Andy) His as co -chairs of the Health and Human Services Committee. The individuals named today will work with these Co-chairs on their Agency review efforts.

Below is a list of members of Governor-elect Lujan Grisham’s agency transition teams for the Aging and Long-Term Services Department, Children Youth and Families Department, Department of Health and Human Services Department:

 Aging and Long-Term Services Department

  • Arthur Alpert, Founder, Prime Time Magazine 
  • Dede Feldman, Former State Senator
  • Dolores Gonzales, Special Projects Manager, North Central New Mexico Econ Development District
  • 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:

  • 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 
  • 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:

  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Roberta Rael, Early Childhood Health Expert
  • Clifford Reese, 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

  • 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
  • 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