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 meaning 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 way that honors tribal life while at the same time incorporating evidence-based prevention practices. 

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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.


Adrian 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, discriminationd 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.


Donna Marie Lucero

Degrees: BA Psycology, MA Counceling
Certifications: LPCC

As a native New Mexican and a woman of color, born and raised in Albuquerque my teaching approach is always influenced by who I am and where I come from. Additionally, working in my community for 28+ years has given me some insight into our New Mexico cultural diversity. Further, trauma impacts everyone differently despite culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, level of ability, economic status, etc. All those factors are important and must be considered and honored, and still trauma's impact is varied person to person, child to child and family to family.

Donna Lucero is the Clinical Director at All Faiths, a native New Mexican, a University of New Mexico graduate (BA in psychology, with a minor in family studies; MA in Counseling). With over 28 years of experience working with kids & families who have experienced trauma, mental health issues, poverty and adversity, Donna strongly believes in the critical nature of early childhood development and the importance of healthy brain development, attachment & relationship for kids to grow to be healthy, productive adults.  She believes strongly in the critical importance of family, community and social support, healthy relationships, movement, music, nature and activity, not only helping people heal, but eradicating violence and harm in our families and communities, and resources to facilitate healing, mastery and integration over trauma.

Donna has extensive training working with youth who have engaged in sexual harm and children with sexual behavior problems.  Extensive training in early childhood development and various intervention models including the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics; Attachment, Regulation and Competence; Practice Self-Regulation, Circle of Security; Nurtured Heart; Nurturing Parenting and Brain Gym.


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 education and outreach manager covering all aspects of health prevention for the student body. Most recently, Tiffany completed her graduate studies in community health with an emphasis in public health disparities. Shortly after, she obtained her Master Certified Health Education Specialist certification. 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 everyones’ needs are met.


Antonia P. Montoya

Degrees: MSW Clinical Social Work, MS Health Education
Certifications: Certified Health Education Specialist

 Antonia has worked in substance abuse prevention since 2006 and has been a trainer and facilitator since 1995. Antonia is grateful to have many years experience working with Tribal communities in New Mexico as a preventionist, facilitator and coach. Antonia is a lifelong learner and has recently begun a new career as a mental health therapist walking alongside clients through grief, loss, addiction, and challenging life transitions. Antonia is excited to combine knowledge of substance abuse prevention and mental health to offer a training environment that is trauma-informed to ensure that participants are able to get the most out of the training.


Alyssa Myrick

Degrees: Two Associates Degrees of Science, BS in Public Health

Alyssa Myrick is passionate about taking collaborative approaches to address health needs in New Mexico communities and has hands on experience working with a diverse set of community stakeholders. She has 2 Associates Degrees of Science (December 2016) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health from New Mexico State University (May 2019). After interning with the organization during the last semester of her Bachelors program she was hired by CHI as a Program Specialist in April of 2019. She was given a position as interim department manager in January 2020 and was officially promoted to department manager in July 2020. She was born and raised a New Mexican and has been working in the states rural and urban areas for 15 years. Alyssa currently oversees 4 staff members and several contractors to ensure quality program administration. Her strengths include oversite of Botvins Live Skills Curriculum delivery, training, meeting facilitation, print and digital media development, implementation of evidence-based medi campaigns, community engagement, coalition management, budget management, program focused oversite, data collection, reporting and systems design.


Alex Ross-Reed

Degrees: BA, University of New Mexico, MFA, Vermont College of Fine Art
Certifications: NM Teaching Certificate

Alex Ross-Reed has been working in tobacco prevention for 6 years creating targeted messaging to priority populations. She has worked in coalition of other tobacco prevention specialist on the New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco, first as a member, and for the last 3 years as a Co-chair. Alex has assisted in educating lawmakers about public policy that reduces tobacco dependance in New Mexico. Alex has attended national conference on tobacco prevention and keeps abreast of current research and trends in tobacco and nicotine use and prevention.

Alex Ross-Reed currently serves as co-chair for New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco, working with community members and tobacco control specialists to promote public policy changes to reduce the burden of tobacco and nicotine on New Mexicans. Alex looks to the wealth of research on best practices and evidence-based strategies when educating about tobacco and nicotine control policies. Alex also leads Health Equity Alliance for LGBTQ+ New Mexicans (HEAL+ NM) in supporting health and wellness for the queer and transgender communities.


Barbara Plested

Degrees: BA, MA, PhD

Barbara has served as director of a jail based program in Detroit Michigan as well as director of outpatient services for Indian Health Care Resource Center’s Community House, a treatment program serving Native people residing in Oklahoma. She has also been a therapist for Jack Brown Treatment Services, a youth substance abuse treatment facility operated by the Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service. She has 25 years of experience in substance use treatment and prevention as well as having been co-principal investigator of the American Indian Drug and Alcohol study, an epidemiology study that tracked youth drug and alcohol use for over 50 years. Certainly her experience described above makes her qualified to lead substance use prevention training, however, the training that will be conducted is focused on building the capacity of tribal communities to address the related social issues. Dr. Plested is one of the core developers of the Community Readiness Model, the topic of the training to be presented and has presented throughout the world as well as published extensively on community, culture, substance use, and a variety of other related topics.


Pamela Jumper Thurman

Degrees: BS, MS, PhD

Dr. Thurman is a Clinical Psychologist and has served as Director of Indian Health Care Resource Center’s Community House, a treatment program serving Native people residing in Oklahoma. She has also been a therapist for Jack Brown Treatment Services, a youth substance abuse treatment facility operated by the Cherokee Nation and Indian Health Service and a therapist at Children’s Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has 35 years of experience in substance use treatment and prevention, program evaluation and has been a co-principal investigator of the American Indian Drug and Alcohol study, an epidemiology study that tracked youth drug and alcohol use for over 50 years. The experience described above makes her qualified to lead substance use prevention training, however, the training that will be conducted is focused on building the capacity of tribal communities to address the related social issues. Dr. Thurman, along with Dr. Plested is one of the core developers of the Community Readiness Model, the topic of the training to be presented and has presented throughout the world as well as published extensively on community, culture, substance use, and a variety of other related topics.


Susan K. Wilger

Degrees: MPA

Susan is passionate about working to promote public health, public policy and equity through community engagement. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 30 years with expertise in organizational systems, public policy, resource development and program management. Her work has focused on underserved and underrepresented populations and communities, especially rural and frontier area. Susan is a skilled trainer and facilitator who has worked throughout New Mexico and nationally. She has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National REACH (Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health) Coalition, and others as a grant recipient, contractor or consultant. Over the years she has served on numerous local, state and national boards, advisory committees and policy committees. Susan is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Health Innovation, New Mexico’s Public Health Institute. She is the former director of the National Center for Frontier Communities, serves as past Chair of the New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council and is a member of New Mexico’s Public Health Association’s Policy Committee. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree in public affairs from the University of Texas-Austin


Kim Zamarmin

Degrees: MPH

I have worked as a member of the Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation (PIRE) team responsible for statewide evaluation of New Mexico Human Services Department Office of Substance Abuse Prevention contracts for five years. In that role, I work with local prevention programs to build capacity for effective implementation and data-informed planning and assessment for environmental strategies to reduce prescription painkiller (opioid) misuse and underage drinking. Additionally, as a local evaluator for OSAP-funded contracts, I work with community coordinators and preventionists and their coalitions on planning, developing protocols for data collection in schools and communities, annual data collection, data analysis, data presentations to community members and policy-makers, reporting on progress towards annual goals, and technical assistance regarding implementation of evidence-based practices with fidelity.

I have worked for over 20 years as a program director, local evaluator, organizer and campaign manager. I have conducted public policy, public education, prevention and organizing campaigns on issues ranging from Medicaid and behavioral health to community schools and the Hispanic educational achievement gap. I have trained hundreds of youth and adults in New Mexico and nationally on a wide variety of issues and approaches to improving community health, and social and economic justice.


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