Doña Ana Communities United

Vision Statement

Our vision is a vibrant Doña Ana County in which all residents share their gifts and attain their own visions of health.

Mission Statement

Doña Ana Communities United is an affirming nonpartisan community-based organization. DACU is rooted in the gifts and needs of those whose voices often go unheard. We carry out creative community-driven projects to eliminate structural barriers that often prevent residents from reaching their full potential. In partnership with decision makers, DACU aims to forge equitable public policies and participation processes.

Doña Ana Communities United Updates:

Contact Info

Doña Ana Communities United
151 S Walnut St Unit B13
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

facebook: DACUnited

Contact Person

Kari Bachman, Doña Ana Communities United Coordinator



(575) 496-4330

In The News

Tue 27

Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2018
Dec 06

A Gathering for Building an Environmental Public Health Network in New Mexico

December 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
University of New Mexico Central Campus
(505) 277-2903

Doña Ana Communities United Community Partners:

  • City of Las Cruces: Economic Development & Revitalization Department, Parks and Recreation Department
  • Colonias Development Council
  • Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico
  • Court Youth Center
  • Con Alma Health Foundation
  • Doña Ana County: Community Development Department
  • Healthy Kids Healthy Anthony (City of Anthony, NM)
  • Ngage NM
  • La Semilla Food Center
  • New Mexico Department of Health, Public Health Division
  • New Mexico Health Equity Partnership
  • New Mexico State University: Department of Anthropology, Department of Educational Management and Development, and Borderland Center for Educational Studies (BoCES)
  • Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice
  • Office of U.S. Senator Tom Udall
  • Paso del Norte Health Foundation
  • Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Shakti Rising
  • Southern New Mexico Promotora Committee
  • The Great Conversation
  • UP! Unified Prevention Coalition for a drug free Doña Ana County

Community Based Collaborations:

  • Land Use Tool Kit: A collaborative project of the Bernalillo County and Doña Ana County teams, supported by a Con Alma Health Foundation Mini-Grant, the goal of this collaboration is to create a “Land Use Tool Kit,” designed for community members and public health advocates in Bernalillo and Doña Ana Counties to participate in the decision-making process around the built environment.
  • The Great Conversation:  Supported by a Con Alma Health Foundation Mini-Grant, the Doña Ana County team, The Great Conversation, and the Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice are working collaboratively to host 15 conversations throughout Doña Ana County around the topic of health.  These conversations are open to all community members and are a way to continually engage community members in our respective work.
  • Ignite for FUN!:  Supported by the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the Ignite for FUN! project is a collaboration between the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico, Court Youth Center, Doña Ana County team, and the Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice.  This project aims to engage disconnected youth in communities around the county integrating a health policy, civic engagement and arts curriculum.
  • Doña Ana County Health Council: In collaboration with the Empowerment Congress of Doña Ana County and the New Mexico Department of Health, the Doña Ana County team is an active partner in the development of a community led Health Council.

photo from a site visit to Silver City, NM

Doña Ana County Team:

Doña Ana County (DAC) is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico.  We believe it is important to think about where people live, work, and play, and how these places influence and impact communities’ health. DAC highly prioritizes intersectoral collaboration to strengthen our work. Our partners include health based organizations, County and City officials, NMSU researchers, non-profits, and community members. We all have the same goal, to create a healthier community!

Doña Ana Communities United Team Members:

Jorge CastilloDawn Sanchez
Mary Alice ScottMichelle Valverde
Andrew BencomoMarisol Diaz
Lorenza DoradoRandy Harris
Annaliza GourneauFacundo Ruiz
María GallegosMelanie Goodman
Janet FloresKirsty Nichols
Mary BallardCarli Romero
Kari BachmanJenna Kendall

Kari Bachman
Doña Ana Communities United Coordinator

Kari Bachman is the team coordinator for Doña Ana Communities United. Her previous job experience includes coordinating the Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition Program at NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, working as a farm educator, and serving in the Peace Corps. Kari’s passion for social justice is marked by her commitment to practice participatory facilitation methods and her respect for multiple perspectives. She has advocated for health-promoting policies including a healthy food zone ordinance, competitive foods rules, and Child Nutrition reauthorization. Kari obtained her bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College in political science and her master’s degree from NMSU in Agricultural and Extension Education. She is currently pursuing a PhD in rhetoric and professional communication at NMSU. In her free time, Kari enjoys collecting oral histories, exploring foodways, experiencing other cultures, and participating in almost any kind of physical activity.



Doña Ana Communities United
151 S Walnut St Unit B13
Las Cruces, NM  88001


(575) 496-4330