Please meet the NMHEP Network Steering Committee Members:
Michael Barrio is a communications and public affairs specialist with extensive experience in the credit union, entertainment, and high-tech industries. He is Managing Partner & Vice President, Public Affairs for Leverage Point, an Albuquerque-grown communications & public affairs firm. He spent several years in Los Angeles, CA and gained extensive expertise in corporate human resources, organizational development & alignment, and media relations during his tenure at The Walt Disney Co. and Yahoo!, Inc.. Further, Michael taught at New Mexico State University as an adjunct professor in Business & Professional Communication, Technical & Scientific Communication, and Contemporary Identity Politics. He is passionate about professional and corporate ethics, and remains a continuing Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Fellow and advocate. Michael received his MA in Rhetoric and Professional Communication from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and was born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Michael is an active and involved member of the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (for which he serves on the Economic Development and Entrepreneurship committees), the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the Public Relations Society of America and its New Mexico chapter, serves as President of Albuquerque Rotary del Sol, and serves as a member with the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Yolanda Cruz lives in the beautiful, and snowy Sangre de Cristo Mountains with her family and pets. She has always played an active role in her community, listening, learning and assisting with many initiatives. Much of the work Yolanda has done has focused on social and health equity and has led to her working, increasingly, on substance abuse issues and systems change. Yolanda has coupled her extensive experience in grant writing, project/program development and implementation and strong leadership skills with her commitment to building equity by working in an area that can be very punitive. By working with her team, community partners, and stakeholders, including those who have been both impacted by and committed DWI, she has introduced an equity lens in the work needed to help communities become safer and healthier.
Taylor is a 2012 UNM Alumni with a degree in English-Liberal Arts, she is also a certified Infrared Thermographer and copy writer. She is from Carlsbad, NM, has 13 years experience in Service & Hospitality Management and is currently the Office Manager for Fix My Roof in Santa Fe and a 2017 Graduate of Leadership Santa Fe. Taylor enjoys skiing Santa Fe each winter, golfing, fishing and gardening with her dog Bert the rest of the year. Taylor’s passion for improving her community stems from her family, who taught her at young age that she should work hard to put herself in a position, to better the lives of those around around her. She is an advocate for the Human Rights Campaign and social justice for New Mexicans.
Joseph has spent his entire adult life serving families and communities. He holds undergraduate degrees in human services and ministry and is currently pursuing his MBA. Joseph believes his community leadership experience, and direct work with marginalized and ignored populations, enables him to inspire, educate, learn from, and collaborate with those who long for positive change.
Currently, he coordinates and facilitates collaborative efforts among public, private and non-profit groups and organizations to meet the wellness needs of Southwest NM through the National Center for Frontier Communities and the Southwest Center for Health Innovation. Joseph works directly with the communities to improve access to services, reduce disparities, prevent substance abuse, assist state and local governments in the development of policies, and advocate on behalf of the underserved. Amongst those endeavors he also serves as the pastor of a local church.
Joseph happily lives in Lordsburg, New Mexico with his wife, four children, and 2 dogs
Born and raised in Ecuador, Maria Perez immigrated to the United States in the 1990s to pursue a B.S. in Biology and later a M.S. in Chinese medicine. She is currently an MPH candidate from New Mexico State University.
Maria has crafted a career guided by her passion to address social disparities. With 18 years of experience working on equity and equitable health policy, she is a seasoned organizer, facilitator, health care practitioner, advocate, coalition builder and a firm believer in the power of people coming together to address complex social problems.
As a health care practitioner, Maria spent over ten years serving uninsured and underinsured populations. She is also a health educator, having served in faculty and curriculum development roles for community health workers and Chinese medicine students. Maria spent several years deeply involved with Affordable Care Act outreach, education and enrollment, and legislative work in the state of New Mexico. She spent the past three years working on place-based health equity initiatives in the Bay Area, where she supported collaborative groups in planning and implementing campaigns around issues of health access, education, economic opportunity, and housing. Maria recently relocated back to New Mexico to join FairVote, a non-profit organization that seeks to make democracy fair, functional, and more representative.
Anastacio Anastacio Trujillo is the Development Coordinator with Homewise Inc. He received his B.B.A., Business Management from New Mexico Highlands University and an A.A.S., Accounting from Santa Fe Community College. He has worked for local financial institutions for 16 years.
Anastacio uses his financial services background as a tool for helping communities grow and thrive. He is an advocate for responsible community development and accountable decision making. He has served on multiple non-profit boards and has been a member of multiple local business networking groups, including the Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He has volunteered for anti-domestic violence non-profits in Santa Fe, NM, including Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families and One Billion Rising Santa Fe.
Anastacio has an appreciation for New Mexico and the state’s traditions, values and diverse history. He is a well-meaning man who hopes to contribute and witness the merging of that diversity within all New Mexico communities.
Anastacio is a resident and native to Santa Fe, NM and lives with his wife Jessica Montoya Trujillo, also from Santa Fe. They share a pet cat named Dulce.
Fatima van Hattum
Fatima was born and raised in Abiquiu, New Mexico. She has a BA in Arabic and Development Studies and an MSc GLobalisation and Development from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. She has a background in international development, food justice, gender and labor rights. She is the Program Manager of NewMexicoWomen.Org and is committed to working towards social justice in New Mexico.
With a passion for public policy and strong values for health, justice and equality, Susan Wilger began working for policy change at the local, regional and national levels over 25 years ago. Throughout her career she has served as a leader, developer, advocate and teacher in the fields of behavioral and primary health care, child care, prevention and domestic violence services. Susan has worked for the past 15 years with rural and frontier communities throughout the U.S. on various community development and equity issues. She has served as a consultant with the National Center for Frontier Communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National REACH Coalition and other entities. Her areas of interest include empowering rural and frontier communities to improve local conditions of health and well-being. Susan recently served on the Board of Trustees for the National Rural Health Association and as a board member of the New Mexico Alliance for School Based Health Care. Ms. Wilger received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.