Trainer Bios

Ginny Adame

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology

Certifications: Senior Certified Prevention Specialist (SCPS), Certified Public Official (C.P.O.)

Ms. Adame began her work in prevention in 1996 following her work as a Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate.  While working with people impacted by violence, Ms. Adame was drawn to the field of prevention in hopes of decreasing the number of youth and families impacted by violence and substance abuse in the future.  The unique thing about prevention is when it is practiced utilizing evidence-based prevention practices/theory it can have a wider than expected reach.  For example, work in Bullying prevention, which might focus on building social and healthy coping skills research has shown that this will not only impacts Bullying, but it can also impact substance abuse and other areas important to one’s overall health and wellness.   Evidence-based prevention which focuses on increasing resiliency and decreasing risk has many beneficial effects potentially producing a very broad reach with impact ranging from decreases in substance abuse, suicide, violence, teen pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency to increases in success in school, positive health outcomes, and connectivity to the community. 

Ms. Adame has been a Certified Prevention Specialist 2008 and has been working in field of prevention on and off for 15 years and is currently one of only (7) Senior Certified Prevention Specialists in the State of New Mexico.  Ms. Adame has worked extensively in community based prevention, serving on numerous local and state boards focused on health, safety, and wellness. 


Tracey M. Cordero

Degrees: MBA Syracuse University

Since 2012, Tracey has been working in tribal communities to develop culturally meaningful prevention strategies and systems. This work includes building community coalitions, gaining and sustaining tribal leadership buy-in and engagement, and developing community centered planning and evaluation tools. In recent years she has provided several trainings ranging in topics from building community capacity to delivering the 40-day Strategic Prevention Framework training. All of her prevention work has been in Tribal communities. As a tribal member from one of our local tribal communities, Tracey is able to provide a unique view of how traditional ways of life go hand in hand with prevention best practices. This unique point of view has allowed her to best guide communities that are striving to do prevention in a way that honors tribal life while at the same time incorporating evidence-based prevention practices.


Tonya Covington

Director of Mediation at Outcomes, Inc.

Tonya is a trained Mediator, Community Health Worker, and Health Educator. Tonya has been engaged in training, consulting and coaching on diversity, equity & inclusion for over 28 years and is an experienced "cultural humility" trainer.  She has skills in coalition building, program implementation, capacity building, facilitation, mediation and conflict resolution, program development and consensus building.


Leonel A. Diaz Jr.

Degrees: Bachelor of Art in Digital Arts; Master of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs; Ph.D. Candidate in Organization, Information, and Learning Sciences (expected Fall 2020)
Certifications: Mental Health First Aid

Unbeknownst to Leonel, his substance abuse prevention experience began in 2006 as a 2nd year college student and Resident Advisor at the University of California Santa Cruz, where his programming efforts included social norming and harm reduction. Throughout various roles in the years that followed, he continued to include substance abuse prevention education to high school and college students. His work includes educational campaigns on addressing sexual misconduct in relation to substance abuse, workshops on the harms of substance abuse on academic success, and research on responsible beverage server training for Spanish speakers. His substance abuse prevention work has primarily focused on educating college students about the risks of misuse and abuse and how they impact academic success. Recently, Leonel has received two small grants to help establish a Collegiate Recovery Center and conduct a vaping study of college students, both at UNM. Leonel’s student experiences spearheaded his career into higher education with a focus on student affairs, where he has taken roles in advisement, high school outreach, academic support, residence life, orientation, learning disability services, mentorship, leadership development, student engagement, retention, and research.  Leonel has worked with several student populations: middle school, high school, college, first generation, students of color, student veterans, international students, LGBTQ+, students with learning disabilities, and non-traditional students. These vast experiences provide Leonel a holistic understanding of students and how substance misuse/abuse impact their lives.


Paula Feathers

Degrees: BUS (Native American Studies/Psychology) and MA (Administrative Leadership)

Paula has been providing evidence-based prevention services for 10 years. Her experiences include providing in-school curricula to elementary through high school, family programs, and community coalition work. For the later part of her substance abuse prevention career, she has been providing technical assistance and training to tribes, states, and to federal agencies including the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. Paula is an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation and is also Keetoowah Cherokee. She was raised in the Zuni Pueblo.

Paula is a seasoned facilitator who has facilitated everything from small community meetings to national and regional events. Paula uses a combination of experiential learning, interactive learning activities, and facilitated group discussions in her sessions. Paula has experienced the power of facilitation and shares her passion for it with people who attend her sessions.


Jorge Gonzales

Jorge Gonzales is a graduate of the College of Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM. He has worked in the nonprofit sector for the past fourteen years, mostly with Northern New Mexico youth. He provided substance abuse prevention to adolescents in Española Valley and Pojoaque Valley using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) model programs, Project SUCCESS, Focus on Families, Guiding Good Choices and Project Venture curriculums for youth and families in Santa Fe, Pojoaque and Española. Mr. Gonzales is a member of several coalitions which focus on reducing substance abuse among youth and adults in northern Santa Fe County and Southern Rio Arriba County, and strengthening collaboration among all sectors of communities in those two counties. He has been a facilitator in the field of Experiential Education since 2006.


Lynn Komer

Lynn Komer established PK Public Relations in 1998 and has 30 year’s experience providing executive level strategic counsel and developing integrated outreach campaigns for public and private clients. PK Public Relations helps build constituencies to advance projects and initiatives that serve the public interest. PK Public Relations understands the complex dynamics that are driving rapid changes in healthcare access and prevention. She has provided leadership and counsel to the NM Office of Substance Abuse Prevention on the Dose of Reality prescription painkiller campaigns. Policy makers, businesses, the media and the public are increasingly interested in the complex issue of prevention.  Effectively navigating the issues requires a depth of issue understanding and the ability to frame and convey complex communications.


Adrien Lawyer, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

Degrees: B.S. Education

Adrien has offered transgender and LGBT trainings throughout the state of New Mexico and beyond, to audiences ranging from public safety, law enforcement, and corrections to medical and behavioral health. The transgender population struggles disproportionately with substance use and misuse, and in ten years of running a non-profit he has gained a lot of experience in the trauma history, discrimination and violence that seems to fuel these issues. His training experience and history are the primary qualifications that he puts forward. Secondly, he is a transgender man and has struggled himself with these issues.


Tiffany Martinez-Durant

Degrees: BSHED, MS In Progress
Certifications: CPS

Tiffany has worked in prevention in multiple capacities since 2004. Starting as a high school student working with New Mexico Highlands University, she advocated for alcohol prevention in middle school and high schools across New Mexico. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree from The University of New Mexico, she educated UNM students on multiple substance abuse prevention facets working boots on the ground to ensure students had the tools to live a healthy and smarter lifestyle. She then became the grant manager for the entire New Mexico Higher Education Prevention Consortium, assisting universities across the state in fulfilling their grant objectives including the development of coalitions, creation of objectives and contracts, and as technical assistance support. She currently works at UNM’s Student Health and Counseling center as their health promotion manager covering all aspects of health prevention for the student body. Tiffany’s experiences bring a unique outlook to her facilitation style as she can bring insights from all aspects of her past to better help her learners understand material. She is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure everyone’s’ needs are met.


JoAnn Sartorius

Degrees: Masters in Clinical Social Work MSW
Certifications: ACSW

JoAnn is a consultant, trainer and program manager focusing on suicide prevention and brings decades of experience from throughout New Mexico and the Southwest. Her work with the NMDOH as well as with many school districts and tribal entities reaches primary care and behavioral health workers, educators, parents, community members, and youth—children starting at age 9 through high school. Suicide and substance abuse are closely tied and are naturally woven in suicide prevention models. Substance abuse prevention IS suicide prevention. In JoAnn’s prevention work as well as her long history of crisis response work, substance abuse is a key factor.  Substance abuse is an element often encountered when responding to a suicide death, complicating the grief for loved ones left behind.


Brian Serna

Degrees: BA-Psychology from NMSU; MA-Counseling from UNM
Certifications: Master Addictions Counselor (MAC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC)

Brian has been involved in the treatment and prevention of substance abuse for the past ten years. He has provided direct prevention services while working for the South Valley Male Involvement Project in Albuquerque. Currently he is the clinical supervisor for Isleta Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) and as such has helped the IBHS prevention program implement evidence based practices and experiential education.

Mr. Serna is a nationally recognized trainer for evidence based practice for the treatment of substance abuse issues, cultural issues in the helping professions and is a professor in the substance abuse studies program at the University of New Mexico. He has provided training on drugs of abuse for various professionals, parents and certified preventionists in New Mexico and Oregon.

 


 

 

 


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