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Board of Directors

 

Chair

Lissa Knudsen, MPH

Phone: (505) 218-5115 (doesn't accept messages, so please text)

Email: lissa@breastfeedingnm.org
 

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.

 

Secretary

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.

 

Treasurer

Andrea Vaughn, BBA

 
Andrea Vaughan has spent 13 years working in finance and accounting; specifically working with grants and non-profit entities.  She is finishing up her MBA in the spring of 2017. She is the mother of 2 breastfed children and passionate about encouraging breastfeeding among New Mexican moms. 
 
 

Finance

Tisha Hudetz

 
A working student and mother of two, Tisha Hudetz spearheaded the new CNM Lactation Station Initiative to provide safe, sanitary spaces to support healthy moms and healthy babies. Tisha Hudetz is currently a student at CNM studying accounting, with the intention of continuing into government and non-profit work. Tisha was selected by the National Campus Leadership Counsel to represent New Mexico at the White House in 2015 for student advocacy. Tisha is an active member of the Albuquerque chapter of the Association of Govenrment  Accounting (AGA), as well as the current President of the Executive Council of Students (ECOS) at CNM. Tisha looks forward to helping support the valuable mission of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force, and all of its advocates.

 

American Academy of Pediatrics, NM Chapter, Liaison

Emilie A. Sebesta, MD, JD

Email: emilie@breastfeedingnm.org

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.

 

Tribal Liaison

Rebecca Riley

 
Rebecca Riley is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Acoma and mother of three children who currently resides in the city of  Albuquerque. Ms. Riley breastfed each of her children for various lengths of time while a student and/or working as a full­time mother and continues to breastfeed her infant today.  Throughout the 10+ year span of motherhood, she has become more aware of the comprehensive and complex challenges and successes regarding the unique issues that Native women face surrounding breastfeeding. Ms. Riley has been a meeting attendee to the NMBTF for several years, and attended various trainings and conferences that speak to  Native women and breastfeeding. She received her degree from the University of New Mexico in Community Health  Education with a minor in Native American Studies. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood for the past 7 years through tribal Head Start Programs on the Pueblo of Isleta and Pueblo of Acoma reservations, and currently serves the Tribal Home Visiting program as the Program Director. Ms. Riley remains an active participant in her community where her passion to improve the health and wellness of Native communities stems from. Her interest remains to positively contribute and impact the overall quality of life for Native women and children and their families through mindful and best­practices that are reflective of tribal community goals and efforts.

 

Health Care Provider Liaison

Claire Bettler, CNM

 
As both a midwife and a mother of two breastfed children, Claire believes that breastfeeding can change communities and - yes, even the world! She has had the honor of working as a midwife in a variety of settings: a community health center in Zuni NM, birth centers in the Rio Grande Valley, Virginia, and Guatemala, various hospitals, and homes in different parts of the US - and has seen how breastfeeding builds not only solid mother-child bonds but also strong, healthy families and communities. Claire believes passionately in providing respectful home-based, community-oriented healthcare and strives to incorporate these values into the care she provides as both a midwife and a hospice nurse. She is deeply committed to supporting women and midwives around the world and is actively involved with Midwives For Haiti and Maya Midwifery International. In 2015, Claire and her family returned to Albuquerque and she began the process of growing a small homebirth practice, Anidar ABQ Midwifery. Claire feels it is an honor to join the work of providing expanded birth options and supporting breastfeeding initiatives and families in New Mexico’s many unique communities.
 
 

Northwest Representative

Philippa "Pip" Howard RN, IBCLC, LCCE, CPST

Email: pip@breastfeedingnm.org

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.

 

Southwest Representative

Angie Sanchez Corral

Email: angie@breastfeedingnm.org

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.

 

Central Representative

Liat Trujillo

Email: liat@breastfeedingnm.org

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.

 

Communications Specialist

Alison Grady

Email: alison.g@breastfeedingnm.org

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. 

 

Member-at-Large

State Coordinator NM WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program

Elsa M. Quintana, BA, BCJ, IBCLC, RLC, CLEPO 

Email: elsa@breastfeedingnm.org

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.

 

Member-at-Large

Carrie Murphy

Email: carrie@breastfeedingnm.org

 

Member-at-Large

Candice Rae Padilla

Email: candice@breastfeedingnm.org

 
 

Ex Officio

Carol L'Esperance

Email: carol@breastfeedingnm.org

Carol is a mother of 3 breastfed children and 5 breastfed grandchildren. She has over 25 years of
experience as a Lactation Consultant in the hospital and as a private Lactation Consultant. She has
published peer-reviewed articles on Lactation and has been a speaker throughout New Mexico and in other states. She was part of the core team at Presbyterian hospital that helped the hospital achieve Baby Friendly Designation in April 2015. Her passion for helping mothers with breastfeeding has also been community focused. She was one of the founding members of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce, has volunteered as their Treasurer since its beginnings and has worked on many of their projects over the years including Conference Coordinator for its first ten years.