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Board of Directors


Lissa Knudsen, MPH

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


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

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. 



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.

Medical Liaison



Tribal Liaison



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.

CHW/Promotora Liaison

Maribel Lemus


Maribel Lemus is a licensed midwife, community health worker and CLC who has been working in maternal and child health since 2003 and is a former promotora with experience working with and serving multiethnic communities of color. Originally from Denver Colorado, she has lived in New Mexico for 4 years and her father's family hails from northern New Mexico outside of Mora. A mother of 4 girls and 2 grandchildren. She
is committed to helping women and mothers feel empowered throughout their pregnancies and postpartum period including throughout their breastfeeding journeys.  She volunteers at the Santa Fe jail providing prenatal and breastfeeding classes support to inmates.

Northwest Representative

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.


Southwest Representative

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.


Central Representative

Liat Trujillo


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

Sarah M. Amador-Guzman


Sarah is originally from El Paso, TX. She has experience in management consulting, specializing in non-profit fundraising. She has worked as a program evaluator and a fiscal analyst for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, and the Legislative Education Committee at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Spanish from New Mexico State University, and Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.  She currently works for New Mexico Legal Aid in Santa Fe, as the Grants & Data Analytics Manager for the program statewide. Prior to her current position, she worked as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for a year with the Santa Fe WIC program. She thoroughly enjoyed that experience and is a strong advocate for breastfeeding our children, especially in marginalized communities where poverty and a lack of education create barriers to breastfeeding. Sarah proudly continues to breastfeed her youngest daughter and nursed her oldest until her new daughter allowed. 



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.



Carrie Murphy




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