You can reach the Task Force at (505) 395-MILK (6455)
Interim Executive Director
Tabatha Bennett, a born and raised New Mexican, is passionate about improving the health and wellness of her community. Prior to joining the NM Breastfeeding Task Force as Interim Executive Director, Ms. Bennett was a Senior Manager at Roadrunner Food Bank. Her focus was on health and outcomes services and she worked to build partnerships with various individuals in the healthcare and nonprofit industries to create innovative programs. She believes that the health of the individual and community are intrinsically related and that to improve either, you must address both. Ms. Bennett is committed to reducing the inequities that women and people of color face. She strives to serve as a positive role model and aspires to dismantle systemic barriers to success. She is a graduate of the Emerge NM program and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico.
Chapter Engagement & Outreach Manager
A lifelong commitment to social justice and equity has fueled Sunshine Muse’s work over the last 20 years. Using lived experience along with academic and professional training and passion; she designs and helps implement programs and curriculum for community, non-profit, university and social service interventions. Having worked in public health for 20 years she has: co-authored legislation, worked to reduce sexual assault at an Ivy League university, served as an instructor for the School of Nursing at Columbia University, designed curriculum for the department of probation in New York City and served as the deputy director of a domestic violence intervention program at the largest social service agency in the country. Her current work focuses on advancing group health care, addressing health disparities, improving maternal and child health outcomes and exploring the place where health meets joy. Sunshine is pleased and proud to serve as the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force’s Chapter Engagement Manager where she works with, and learns from, an awesome team of contractors, board members and everyday women from across the state who are committed to making breastfeeding a respected and supported cultural norm in this country again.
Heidi Fredine, MPH, serves as the Data and Evaluation Coordinator for the NM Breastfeeding Task Force supporting the organization’s evaluation needs and measuring its successes. In addition, she works as an epidemiologist at the University of New Mexico’s Center for Development and Disability coordinating and analyzing research data for a multitude of state and federally funded research. Her research interests include breastfeeding, oral health, transforming data into action, health care disparities, and access to health care for underserved populations. Heidi also tends to the care and feeding of her three school-aged children, whom she proudly breastfed for over six years in total.
Workplace and Education Programs Manager
Monica Esparza has been working as a breastfeeding peer counselor for over 6 years providing one-on-one support to breastfeeding mothers through the WIC program. She was part of the Hospital Pilot program which incorporated Breastfeeding Peer Counselors in the hospital setting and is now currently, Lead BPC for the Metro Area. In 2013, she established and served as co-chair of the Greater Albuquerque Area Chapter of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Taskforce. Monica also served on the Board of Directors as Regional Representative. She assisted in establishing the Workplace Liaison Project and has been a Regional Coordinator for the past year. She believes in supporting communities in becoming baby friendly and establishing support where all families can be able to achieve their own breastfeeding goals. She is a wife and mother of two, who loves to cook, scrapbook, and garden
Tami Roebuck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has served the diverse families of New Mexico for the last 17 years, specifically in the Albuquerque and Farmington areas. She has worked mostly with individuals and families and is excited to apply her skills on a community level. Tami discovered her passion for supporting breastfeeding in New Mexico when she became a breastfeeding mother herself. After facing and working through numerous breastfeeding challenges, she knows how important support and advocacy are to a successful breastfeeding relationship. She is a strong advocate for normalizing breastfeeding and in supporting women and families to be successful in their breastfeeding journeys. Tami enjoys playing softball, camping, hiking, and spending time with her supportive husband and beautiful three-year-old son.