THE NMWRC BOARD MEMBERS

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Natasha Garcia, CPSW, BBA
 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I am someone in long-term recovery from substance use disorder, I have spent many years in and out of the justice system. I have been in recovery for the past six years, Suboxone saved my life and ACHR was one of the first programs that helped me with job development. I am blessed to be here today and living in my truth.  As the Executive Director for the New Mexico Women’s Reentry Center, I wanted to build a program that will empower, inspire and provide our women with skills and opportunity. I will continue to advocate for peer support, change and  to stop stigma around substance use and mental health issues. I am a mother of two beautiful girls, my favorite author is Brene Brown, and I love RED Chili.
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Joseph Shaw


VICE PRESIDENT 
A lifelong Albuquerque resident. Joseph is the current Director of Non-Profit Operations for a local Non-Profit based here in Albuquerque called Fathers Building Futures (FBF). FBF’s mission is to help parents experiencing the barriers of incarceration receive the best opportunities for stability emotionally, socially, and financially. They provide their clients with Peer lead vocational opportunities in the woodshop and soon will include welding. On the program side of FBF they offer parenting classes, financial education peer support, life skills training, and much more.  Mr. Shaw started with FBF as a client when he was released from incarceration in Dec. 2012 and stayed with the organization to better himself to keep him from going back to the old lifestyle he used to live including drugs, violence, and repeatedly going in and out of Jail. Mr. Shaw also the former Executive Director of FBF has obtained multiple certifications to better himself and pass on to the clients in their program including a Class A&B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). An OSHA 10 and OSHA 30, 40 hours of NCCER Basic Construction Safety training he was a certified CPR First Aid & AED Instructor and is also has a certification to Train the Trainer in Passenger Securement. Over the past 8 yrs, Mr. Shaw has had the opportunity and privilege to work side by side with over 400+ fathers returning home from prison. Currently, Joseph sits as a Board Advisor for VIANTE NM and also has a seat on the Albuquerque Community Foundations Community Impact Committee.
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Maura Schanefelt
BOARD MEMBER

Maura Schanefelt, Operations Manager at Four Corners Detox Recovery Center, received her Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and her BA in Sociology with a minor in Women’s Studies from UNM. She has been a client-focused program manager with extensive experience in both nonprofit and local government roles.

 

Developing a diverse skill set that includes client advocacy, crisis management, and emergency response in addition to program management and staff leadership, and a continuous improvement mindset. She is excited to continue assisting with improving treatment program accountability, building partnerships among state, local, and tribal agencies to provide comprehensive services and social networks for historically underserved clients, and advocating for a diverse range of clients, including domestic violence survivors, Alzheimer's patients, recovering substance users, and more.


Born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, Maura grew up with Diné and New Mexican traditions that she credits for shaping her passion for helping others.

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Elise Padilla, MSW, MBA
 BOARD MEMBER
While I work professionally in organizational development for a National agency, I believe that working with NMWRC will allow me the opportunity to put my professional knowledge into practice to serve my local community. As my resume will show, I have over 10 years of experience in behavioral health and peer recovery; a degree in Social Work and Business Administration; and proven leadership and success as the Director of a peer-run nonprofit organization. I believe that we need to sow into our community in order to reap the benefits of a healthy society, and I embrace opportunities to be a servant leader. I look forward to working with you all further and am available to discuss the opportunity to serve the Women of New Mexico.
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Laurie Kerr 

BOARD MEMBER 

I am one of two partners at ENVIVE Solutions, providing strategic management and project management services in the human services arena. I am a certified Project Management Professional with experience successfully leading a wide range of complex projects - from IT projects to substance use treatment program implementation.

I am a firm believer in being of service to our communities. Previously I have served as a mentor to kids ages 11 to 14 and taught virtue-based classes to preschoolers. I am thrilled to support the New Mexico Women's Reentry Center and our clients, and serve alongside this amazing team!

I am a Southern California native and have lived in Albuquerque for over a decade - long enough to develop a love for red chile. I love to travel and explore New Mexico with my husband and daughter. 

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Michelle Williams 

BOARD MEMBER 

I am Michelle Williams, a certified nurse midwife and women's health nurse practitioner and I currently work for Bosque Women’s Care. I moved to Albuquerque in early 2020 but now I’m rooted down. My husband and I recently purchased a home in the historic Barelas neighborhood, where we live with my two stepkids and a dog. I have always been passionate about advocating for women in need, which is why I was drawn to the NM WRC. I believe every individual has the chance to succeed when they have support and equal access to resources and education. I am all about empowering women!