THE NMWRC TEAM
Natasha Garcia, CPSW, BBA
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.
Elise Padilla, MSW, MBA
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.
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.
Though adopted from Central America, Megan grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had been facing a 9-year prison term had she not successfully completed her probation sentence. After making the decision to complete an 18-month therapeutic community in Denver, she is now thriving with success at two and a half years clean. Currently attending school for a Bachelor of Science in Counseling her emphasis is in Addictions, Chemical Dependency and Substance Abuse. She maintains a 4.0 GPA, while also maintaining a full-time job in the recovery field. Her experience in the field of addiction aside from her life experience, includes being Administrative Assistant at several well-known organizations in the recovery community throughout Colorado and New Mexico. Her passion for empowering other women seeking recovery is shown through each action she takes. She leads by example through her resilience and love for her own recovery. Aside from being an active member of the recovery community, Ms. Marshall has been a Senior Company member of Festival Ballet Albuquerque and Dance Theater of Southwest for well over a decade. She believes in the mission of the New Mexico Women's Reentry Center and is honored to serve her fellow women in recovery as a board member.
Lily is a widowed mother of two teenaged boys. After losing her husband and father unexpectedly in 2016, she decided to address her substance use specifically to prescription opioids. In her 4 years of continued recovery, she has discovered a new purpose in serving her community by being of service. She has attended to her grief and recovery the same way: with love to herself.
Her display of self-love has extended to returning to school for her Bachelor’s in Psychology and Spanish. Her goal is to help address and destigmatize mental health within the LatinX community.
She is currently using her experience and skills as a social media content creator and management to help promote NMWRC.
Lucy Justice is a native New Mexican and the Owner of Lucy! Justice Life Coach, where she provides coaching services to women in recovery to not just recover and survive but recover and thrive so that they can create the lives they want to lead!
Lucy began her coaching journey in 2018 after 6 years recovery when she realized she was not living her best life. She is now a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) through iPEC.
Prior to committing to her business full-time she was an OPRE CPSW and worked for the NM Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement as the Training Coordinator.
In another life, for over 30 years Lucy worked in the Aerospace/Defense