New Mexico ATODA Prevention Workforce Training System

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. 


Linda L. Atkinson

Executive Director, DWI Resource Center/NM Victims Rights Project

Linda Atkinson has been active in DWI prevention and victim advocacy since she began as a volunteer in 1987. In 1992, she co-founded the Center and has been the Executive Director since 1994. She is recognized as one of the foremost experts on DWI issues in New Mexico. Over the years she has held several Governor-appointed positions in a variety of fields – Highway Safety, Judicial Standards, Ignition Interlock, the Governor’s Alliance for Victims Rights and the Liquor Control Task Force. She has researched and published a community field guide on DWI prevention as well as studies on DWI issues in the District, Metro, municipal and magistrate courts. Ms. Atkinson has advocated for DWI legislation and victims’ rights over the years, at the state and federal level, in the courts and state agencies. Under a federal Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance grant, she began the NM Victims Rights Education and Enforcement Project in 2002 which evolved into the current NM Victims Rights Legal Assistance project.


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.


Rebecca Jo Dakota

Degrees: BS, Sociology, University of Redlands, MA, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

Ms. Dakota is an advocate for LGBTQ health and a cultural competency trainer for healthcare providers.
Health and well-being have been the focus of Dakota’s career, including serving as the Coordinator of Fierce Pride (a non-profit grassroots health advocacy group for LGBTQ people) for 9 years. Fierce Pride has successfully conducted counter-marketing against tobacco use, along with research and educational campaigns across the state of New Mexico. Dakota has presented on LGBTQ health and cultural competency at local, state and national conferences. Other groups for whom she has worked on health-related issues include women, families experiencing poverty, and American Indian children.

She has lived in New Mexico since 1980, working in government, business, nonprofit agency management, workforce development, health, and grant administration.


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.


Jermaine Galloway

Degree: B.A.
Certifications: POST certified Law Enforcement Instructor, Advanced Certificate. Adjunct Professor, Northwest Nazarene University

Officer Jermaine Galloway is the presenter of the course “High in Plain Sight: Current Drug & Alcohol Trends”. Officer Jermaine Galloway is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, national award winner and author of several articles.  Officer Galloway has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997 and has more than 14 years’ experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement and prevention.  Officer Galloway has dedicated hundreds of hours to community scans, research and substance abuse identification in communities across the country.
Officer Galloway currently provides nationwide training to coalition members, law enforcement, educators, youth, counselors, probation, treatment, health professionals, judges and community members.  Over the last three years, Officer Galloway has trained more than 100,000 people nationwide.  Once in a specific community, Galloway trains on several different alcohol and drug topics, including: drug trends, alcohol and energy drinks, underage drinking, synthetic drugs, marijuana concentrates / dabbing, popular culture music, EDM events, inhalants, substance abuse, party patrols, fake ID’s, e-cigarettes and vaporizers, party drugs, over-the-counter drugs, cough medicines, herbal drugs, designer drugs, physical signs and symptoms, popular culture phone apps, the influence of drug legalization, marijuana edibles, stash compartments, drug concealment methods, alcohol and drug clothing, logos, and identifiers.  
In 2007, Officer Galloway created the Northwest Alcohol & Substance Abuse Conference.  This is now a nationally recognized conference has quickly grown with attendees representing 40 different states and 2 countries. In 2009, Officer Galloway received the national underage drinking law enforcement officer of the year award from the OJJDP (Officer of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) for his efforts and strategies in underage drinking education and enforcement.  In 2010, Officer Galloway received the national “Mickey Sadoff” underage drinking prevention award from MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) for his efforts in education and enforcement. In 2015, Officer Galloway received an international award from AAMVA (American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators) for his efforts in Fake ID identification, education and enforcement. Officer Galloway is an Idaho POST certified instructor and holds a BA from the University of San Francisco.

Officer Galloway has been an Idaho law enforcement officer since 1997 and has more than 14 years’ experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement and prevention.  Officer Galloway has dedicated hundreds of hours to community scans, research and substance abuse identification in communities across the country.


Melinda Garcia

Degrees: M.Ed. (Counseling & Consulting Psychology in 1980 from Harvard University), and Ph.D.  (Clinical Psychology in 1988 from the University of Southern California).

Dr. García is a licensed clinical, community, and organizational psychologist of Latin American Indigenous, European and African descent.  She has almost 40 years experience in mental health with a focus on culturally competent healing for individuals and communities and critical transitions across the life span. This includes substance abuse, domestic violence, prejudice, inter-generational trauma, children, the elderly and medically fragile, gay and lesbian issues, chronic mental illness, spiritual emergencies, community healing from disasters, resolution of community conflicts, and community based participatory research. She does not like to hear "it can't be done", and has repeatedly started and gotten funding for community programs.

She has taught at the community, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels. She has started and run many community programs. To honor her elders and ancestors, she is a mentor, a musician, a seamstress, a beader, a writer, a story-teller, an activist and tries to be a gardener. She is in independent practice in Albuquerque, NM.


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.


Christina Lessau

Degree: BSW

Christina Lessau has 10 years of experience in developing and delivering training. She has first hand knowledge and skill in providing prevention services for nonprofit agencies and public school districts. In the field, Christina taught high school students about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs in addition to using evidence based programs. Christina's experience providing preventions services make her a valuable resource to participants.


Frank G. Magourilos

Degrees: MPS: Master of Prevention Science from the University of Oklahoma. BA: Psychology BA: Communication & Journalism
Certifications: IC&RC Certified Prevention Specialist; IC&RC Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist; NMCBBHP Sr. Certified Prevention Specialist

Frank Magourilos, SCPS, is a Sr. Certified Prevention Specialist with an academic background in Behavioral Psychology and Intercultural Communication. He is also the Executive Director of the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals (NMCBBHP) www.NMCBBHP.org. Mr. Magourilos is also the Founder of the New Mexico Prevention Network (NMPN) www.NMPreventionNetwork.org. Additionally, he oversees all the Prevention Programming for the Santa Fe County DWI Program.

Frank has been immersed in the field of prevention, and especially, substance abuse prevention for the past 11 years. He has been doing extensive research, and is very well informed on the CSAP, NIDA, SAMHSA, and CDC prevention principles and foundational components. Additionally, he has substantial experience, knowledge, and expertise in teaching this particular course over several years now.


Concha Montano

Degrees: BA (Sociology and Christian Ministries and graduate studies in the Philosophy of Psychology)

Ms. Montaño is an independent consultant with 25 years experience in training and managing diverse organizations. She is a former Training Coordinator for Circle Solutions, Inc., former Director of the University of New Mexico Tri-Cultural Substance Abuse Prevention Program and the former Director of the Drug Free Schools Communities Project at New Mexico Highlands University.

Ms. Montaño served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps in 1975-1978. She is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant for diversity training, substance abuse prevention, strategic planning, community development, organizational development, evaluation, youth leadership, and team building. She is proficient in proposal writing, curriculum development, and program evaluation.


Laura Ramnarace

Degrees: Masters of Conflict Resolution, Antioch University
Certifications: General Mediation certification from the University of New Mexico School of Law; certification for Mediation in Cases of Abuse and Neglect through the Administrative Office of the Courts.
 Laura Ramnarace has managed Substance Abuse Prevention grants for many years in addition to being an active coalition member. She currently coordinates an Office of Substance Abuse Prevention contract for the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in Taos. 

Laura has spent a significant amount of time honing her conflict resolution skills. She has a Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution in addition to a General Mediation certification from the University of New Mexico School of Law and a certification for Mediation in Cases of Abuse and Neglect through the Administrative Office of the Courts.


Sindy Sacoman

Degrees:  B.S. in Biology with a specialization in Microbiology and an MPH in program design and evaluation

Sindy has worked in the area of program development and evaluation for the past 14 years. Sindy brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience in many areas including: international health, teen pregnancy prevention, HIV prevention, women and male reproductive health, and parenting of young children 0-5. She has also worked with state and federally funded communities implementing SPF SIG grants for the past 7 years. Over the years Mrs. Sacoman has worked with clients who needed creative methods to collect data, and collaboratively, she was able to create evaluation tools that met their needs.


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.


Pat Serna

Degrees: BA (Sociology), MSW

Patricia Serna was born in Alamosa, CO and raised in Denver, CO. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Sociology and from the University of Denver with a Master's degree in Social Work.

She moved to Santa Fe in 1979 when she married Richard Serna. She worked in Santa Fe as a clinical Social Worker in an outpatient mental health program; as the Deputy Director of the Governors Committee on Concerns of the Handicapped; and as the Director of the Medicaid Waiver program for the Elderly and Physically Handicapped.

Pat has over 30 years experience working with Hispanic and Native American peoples in New Mexico. She has provided training on suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention to communities in New Mexico, Arizona, and Alaska, as well as presenting at local and national conferences. She has also been a consultant on issues of child abuse, substance abuse, and violence prevention.

She co-founded the non-profit organization, North Central Community Based Services, in 1994 to galvanize resources for northern Rio Arriba County. She is currently the Executive Director of North Central Community Based Services.


Natalie Skogerboe

Degree: Master's of Public Administration with a Health Policy Concentration

Natalie currently evaluates several community-based projects related to substance abuse prevention, and adult human services. She has worked as a program coordinator and consultant in the substance abuse prevention, positive youth development, early childhood, and behavioral health fields for over a decade. She is a trainer, researcher, grant writer, program planner, and evaluator. She has a Master’s in Public Administration with a health policy concentration and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Third World Development and she was a Certified Prevention Specialist from 2003-2017. Natalie is a specialist in health policy, evidence based behavioral health programs, and community coalition building, and is an advocate for public health and safety.

Natalie helped coordinate the Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant and the Statewide Epidemiological Workgroup from 2006-2014 and helped write several federally funded substance abuse prevention grants for New Mexico. She was a Certified Prevention Specialist from 2003-2017 and helped the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention design prevention curriculum and provided technical assistance to communities around the state.


John Steiner

Degrees: BA (Psychology/Biology) and MPH (Epidemiology)
Certifications: Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)

John Steiner, MPH, CPS has been working in the Substance Abuse treatment, prevention, and research field since 1996. He is currently the Project Director for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Services-Office of Substance Abuse Prevention grant at the UNM Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (COSAP). His public health experience includes epidemiology, program evaluation, health education, quantitative and qualitative research, program development, and website prevention projects. He has contributed to COSAP's winning several awards for its prevention efforts including the New Mexico College and University Drinking and Driving Prevention Award from AAA New Mexico and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.


Jill Anne Yeagly

Degrees: BS (Psychology) and MSW
Certifications: Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LADAC)

Jill Anne has worked in the substance abuse field for over 30 years, with 18 years devoted specifically to primary prevention. As manager of the UNM Campus Office of Substance Abuse Prevention from September 1999 to January 2011, Jill Anne designed and implemented a wide variety of prevention programs for college students, developed and advocated for university policies intended to reduce alcohol access and abuse, and provided related training for resident advisors, student leaders, and campus gatekeepers.

In 2009, Jill Anne was selected to serve as a Fellow for the U.S. Dept of Education's Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. In addition to providing consultation and training services through the Higher Education Center, Jill Anne's experience includes training educators to implement substance abuse prevention curriculum in elementary and secondary school settings, presenting successful prevention initiatives to colleagues at national and state prevention conferences, and providing prevention-related training for the NM Office of Substance Abuse Prevention Training system. Jill Anne's extensive experience with substance abuse treatment and prevention, coupled with her involvement in co-creating the “Emerging Drug Threats” training, makes her ideally qualified to present this module.