Board of Directors
Lissa Knudsen, MPH
Lissa Knudsen, NMBTF Chair, is a Program Manager, PhD Student, advocate, and mother. In 2007, Ms. Knudsen won the National Public Health Association Inaugural Trong Nguyen Memorial Award for Student Leadership in recognition of the policy work she did to get the New Mexico ‘Breastpump Use in the Workplace’ bill signed into law. That same year Lissa also received the University of New Mexico (UNM) Student Volunteer of the Year Award. From 2009-2011 she served as the UNM Graduate & Professional Student President, where she advocated on behalf of graduate student mothers and blocked increases in mandatory student fees. Ms. Knudsen has been a member of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force since 2007. In addition to spearheading the Breastpump Use in the Workplace effort, she has served as the Baby Friendly Hospital Project Director, and she currently chairs the Advocacy & Policy Committee and the Breastfeeding Behind Bars Sub-Committee. Born in San Luis Obispo, CA on August 31, 1974, Ms. Knudsen received a B.S. degree in health science, and a Masters in Public Health degree, graduating with distinction, from California State University, Northridge in 2005. She is currently a PhD Student in the Communication and Journalism Department (focusing on Health Communication) at the University of New Mexico, and she lives in downtown Albuquerque with her 11 year old daughter.
Kymba Halliday Clear, RN
Kymba has 36 years of healthcare experience; 25 of these years encompassed program and project development. She has been a Registered Nurse in New Mexico since 1993 and has worked in various specialties to better the health of our community and its members. She has worked in non-profit and has written grants for materials used in program growth and managed the outcome reporting necessary for granted funds. Kymba currently works at a facility undergoing it’s Baby-Friendly journey, manages the Lactation Team and the Prenatal Education programs. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, bonus mom and wife. Kymba and her family are active in animal rescue, homeless outreach and in PTSD awareness / treatment for first responders.
Andrea Vaughn, BBA
American Academy of Pediatrics, NM Chapter, Liaison
Emilie A. Sebesta, MD, JD
Dr. Sebesta is an associate professor in the General Division of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. She has co-directed the Mother Baby Unit and Newborn Nursery since 2010 and has been instrumental in improving support for breastfeeding mothers, including spearheading the effort to make UNMH a Baby Friendly designated hospital. Dr. Sebesta practiced poverty law in South Texas before attending medical school at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completing a residency in pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. She breastfed her 3 biological children for 2-3 years each and wished she could have breastfed her adopted child.
Health Care Provider Liaison
Claire Bettler, CNM
Philippa "Pip" Howard RN, IBCLC, LCCE, CPST
Pip Howard is originally from England; she has lived in the Four Corners Area for the last 30 years. She has always been interested in health and birth; she is very happy to be able to work professionally teaching prospective parents about healthy birth practices, and assisting new parents to reach their breastfeeding goals. She is the mother of two grown children who were each breastfed for a year.
Angie Sanchez Corral
Angie Sanchez Corral has been a strong border-community leader and a health advocate for the immigrant population in Southern New Mexico for more than 10 years. She is currently the Community Development Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Health Office of Border Health. She is fluent in Spanish and is responsible for providing support and technical assistance to county health councils, municipal and county governments, and Binational health councils in the border region, to incorporate border health issues and action agendas into their work plans. Ms. Corral works with the Paso Del Norte Binational Health Council and Red De Promotora Network and other U.S. and Binational community organizations in their efforts to improve health education and access to health services along the US-MX Border region. Ms. Corral assisted in the Development of two Community Health Workers (CHW)/Promotora networks, in Palomas Mexico and the other in Northern NM to expand the educational opportunities for CHW’s. Prior to this position, Ms. Corral worked with Memorial Medical Center, Respiratory Department as a Respiratory Therapist, specializing in Respiratory Therapy. Ms. Corral holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Health with a Minor in Environmental Health from New Mexico State University.
Liat is a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Doula, and Mothering Arts Leader. She lives in Albuquerque, NM with her amazing husband and three bright, adorable sons. She loves tie dying, knitting, baking, and reading. Liat is from Tucson, enjoys Latin dancing, spending time with her family, and being involved in the community. Breastfeeding is one of her greatest passions. After struggling to breastfeed her first son, successfully breastfeeding her second son for a year brought Liat so much joy and pride. She has been a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for over a year and is becoming certified as a Breastfeeding USA Counselor. Liat is always learning as much as she can about breastfeeding. In the future, she hopes to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Alison Grady is a mom of 6, who has breastfed for a combined total of eleven years. She became interested in helping others with breastfeeding after seeing the challenges that many of her friends and acquaintances encountered when breastfeeding. She was accredited by La Leche League International as a Volunteer Group Leader and Counselor in 2008 and an IBCLC in 2011. She has been an active member of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force since 2014 and believes strongly in the Task mission to improve breastfeeding in New Mexico through supportive environments. Inspired through her work with moms and babies, she looks forward to serving in her community for years to come.
State Coordinator NM WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program
Elsa M. Quintana, BA, BCJ, IBCLC, RLC, CLEPO
Elsa M. Quintana is a proud mother of 3 healthy, productive, breastfed adult sons. She's been happily married for 35 years to a wonderful hardworking Southern New Mexican man. She is a lifelong resident of New Mexico and proud to live in the South for English was her second language. Elsa has been described by her peers as a mover and a shaker throughout NM & TX. She's been an active member of NMBTF since 2002 and has spear-headed the establishment of several NMBTF breastfeeding chapters in Southern NM. She is passionate in her involvement in women’s health issues, veteran affairs, community mobilization, and my Christian faith. Elsa is currently the State Coordinator for the NM WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program. She retired from NM state government in 2013 after 25+ years of public service in various capacities and departments from clerk to managerial positions. Elsa possesses a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM (Go AggiesJ). She also possesses professional certifications as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), NM Public Health Medical Interpreter, and in Mental Health First Aid. Elsa looks forward to representing the SW Region of New Mexico as a member-at-large to safeguard the health of New Mexico by providing the lactation support required to grow healthy families and communities.
Candice Rae Padilla