Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Liz McGrathLiz McGrath, JD – Chair

Until her retirement in mid-2017, Liz was the Executive Director of Pegasus Legal Services for Children. She founded Pegasus with co-director Tara Ford in 2003. Liz has spent her career working on behalf of individual children and youth, and advocating for legislative and policy changes that benefit children, youth and their care givers. She was instrumental in the conception, drafting, and passage of the 2001 Kinship Guardianship Act. Liz graduated from Hampshire College in 1981 and UNM School of Law in 1987. Currently, Liz’s work focuses on supporting Pegasus through grant writing and fundraising, serving as Vice-Chair of the Commission on Access to Justice, and other projects.

Deanna ArchuletaDeanna Archuleta, PhD – Vice Chair

Deanna currently leads a consulting group working with private and nonprofit entities, helping them navigate both federal and state and local government systems with a focus on Environmental issues related to water and energy. Deanna served in the US Department of the Interior from 2008-2012. She served as a Chair and Member of the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility from 2008-2009 and also served as a Bernalillo County Commissioner from 2005-2009. Deanna has a master’s and PhD (ABD) in Sociology from the University of New Mexico.

Andrea LohseAndrea Lohse, MA – Secretary

Andrea is a program manager and communications strategist with 20 years’ experience in DC, Chicago, and now New Mexico nonprofits in the civil rights, science, and healthcare spaces. A longtime volunteer for social and political causes, Andrea began her work with Crossroads while in recovery from trauma-related and postpartum depression after the death of her first baby daughter. She knows that access to resources determines outcomes and believes in de-stigmatizing mental and behavioral health treatment. Born in St. Paul, MN, and raised in Littleton, CO, Andrea got her undergraduate degree in sociology and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado, Denver, and continued graduate work in social inequality and race relations at The George Washington University in Washington DC. Andrea lives in Placitas with her husband, daughter, 3 dogs, and 2 cats.

Mary MalwitzMary Malwitz, BA – Treasurer

Mary Malwitz is a Senior Tax Manager at BPW&C. She joined the firm in December of 2000. Mary has seventeen years of extensive experience working in tax preparation and planning for both businesses and individuals.  She specializes in oil and gas, construction, restaurants, service industries and  individuals.  She has also helped both business clients and individuals being audited by the Internal Revenue Service and New Mexico Taxation and Revenue. Mary is an active member of PEO International, Chapter AD and is also is a former Board Member for the Rape Crisis Center of NM. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of New Mexico.

Virginia Printz-FeddersenVirginia Printz-Feddersen, MSN

Virginia was raised on a farm in rural WI and attended a diploma nursing program in Madison, WI. She eventually attained a BSN and MSN from UNM. Over forty years in nursing provided opportunities to work in many clinical nursing settings including education, neurosurgery, pain management, and operating room. She earned certifications in Medical-Surgical, Neuroscience, Operating Room and Pain Management specialties and worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist prior to retirement.  Virginia has served on multiple boards and as an officer in professional organizations. She was on the Board of Directors for the Nancy Floyd Haworth Foundation (3 years) and Menual School (6 years) as vice chair, chair of Governance, Development and a member of the Finance and Strategic Planning Committee. Virginia is a volunteer for Presbyterian Hospital, currently at the Kaseman Cancer Care Resource Center.

Bio Image_Coming SoonKim Zamarin, MPH

Kim has worked with nonprofit organizations and campaigns for over 25 years, and has directed policy, political, programmatic and organizing campaigns, with a focus on social and economic justice issues.  Working with Pacific Institute for Research & Evaluation, she manages a restorative practices study in ABQ middle schools and provides technical assistance and evaluation support for community-based substance abuse prevention programs in rural, Native American and Hispanic and Latino communities in NM.  Kim is a member of Delta Omega Gamma Epsilon, UNM’s Public Health Honor Society Chapter, and was a founding Board member of EmergeNM. Kim has a MPH from UNM and a BA from UCLA.

Crossroads for Women Staff

John RossJohn Ross, BA – Executive Director

For over 40 years, John has served the nonprofit, for profit and government sectors working for children, their families, the elderly and the community. In the nonprofit sector he has seen the industry from many angles:  he has worked with United Way, served in a wide range of agency leadership positions, chaired and/or participated in numerous community collaborations, successfully developed and implemented public policy agendas and has provided consulting services to more than 75 nonprofit and for profit organizations.

Cory Lee_WebsiteCory Lee, MA – Director of Therapeutic Services

Cory Lee is the Director of Therapeutic Services. She has over six years’ experience working with women dealing with issues including substance abuse, poverty, and domestic violence. She developed an interest in women’s issues after interviewing a number of women dealing with substance abuse while attending graduate school. Cory holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.

Kelly GilbrethKelly Gilbreth, LPCC – Director of Clinical Services

Kelly Gilbreth, LPCC is an inheritor of the Anishinaabe culture from White Earth Ojibwe and is the Director of Clinical Services at Crossroads for Women. She received her Bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and her Master’s Degree from Roosevelt University in Chicago. She has been in New Mexico going on 11 years and has become a definite Chile fanatic! She has spent the last 5 1/2 years developing and working with the Sacred Circle Program which serves incarcerated youth with a specific emphasis on the vital importance of culture within wellness and healing. She has served many organizations in her time in Albuquerque, from Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, to the Native American Community Center to First Nations Community Healthsource. She has an awareness of how generational and historical trauma impacts substance abuse and cycles of violence. She strives to allow space for women to break cycles of abuse and violence and identify their own powers for healing and grow

Kay GirdnerKay Girdner, AAS – Chief Financial Officer

Kay Girdner is a New Mexico native with over 12 years of experience in finance and accounting in the non-profit sector. She is passionate about improving her community and the lives of the people who live in that community. When she is not making the financial machinery of Crossroads for Women go, she spends her time gardening, cooking, and reading. Family is vitally important to Kay. When she is not with her Crossroads family, she enjoys spending time with her husband, three adult children, four grandchildren, and a large extended family.

Heather Hawkins_WebsiteHeather Hawkins, MA – Director of Operations

Heather is a native New Mexican with an interest in social and policy issues affecting women and children. She has a M.A. degree in U.S. History from the University of New Mexico and is completing a PhD in U.S. legal and policy history from the University of Minnesota.  Heather came to Crossroads as a volunteer writer for the newsletter and fell so in love with the work she decided to join the team full time. In her role at Crossroads Heather is responsible for compliance requirements for our housing program, client files, facilities, office management, data management and many other administrative details.  She likes dinosaurs and spends her free time catering to the whims of her beloved dog.

Joe Puleo, MA – Program Director, The Crossroads

Joe was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to New Mexico via Colorado in 1999. Joe has a M.A. in counseling (Contemplative Psychotheraphy) from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Joe’s motto: “Everyone is basically good”.  Joe facilitates Recovery Group and Life Skills Group at The Crossroads and Relapse Prevention Group at Maya’s Place. He fields inquiries about the program and maintains the application waiting list.

Claudia Timmons

Claudia Timmons, CCJA, CFAE – Program Director, Hope House

Claudia serves as the Program Director at Hope House. She’s lived in Albuquerque for about 11 years and have worked with the underserved populations in various capacities during that time. She holds accreditation from the American College of Forensic Counselors – Certified Forensic Addictions Specialist and Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist. Her hope is that she can always make a difference in peoples’ lives. She uses her personal journey to teach and guide, but mostly to be a role model, and show people that if she can do it they can do it.

Pelatia TrujilloPelatia Trujillo, MBA – Program Director, Maya’s Place

Pelatia is a born and raised New Mexico resident. She holds an MBA in Business Administration  with a concentration in Organizational Development, HR Management and International Management and a minor in psychology. Her passion for community development has blessed her with extensive volunteer and employment opportunities in the public health, substance use, harm reduction and homeless sectors. Pelatia is dedicated and passionate about creating opportunities to strengthen the  community using empowerment and support as her key drivers.

Heather HustonHeather Huston, BA Program Director, The Pavilions

Heather was raised in Texas but found her home in the Land of Enchantment seven years ago. She holds a BA in Psychology from the University of New Mexico with a focus on community-engaged psychology from a strengths-based perspective. Heather has worked extensively with at-risk populations of women and children. She is passionate about creating solidarity and inclusion in NM communities through innovative approaches to social services, drawing inspiration from the work of Gregory Boyle and Paul Farmer. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing, camping, growing food, and cooking.

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Clarissa EarlClarissa Earl, MA – HR & Communications Specialist

A Pacific Northwest native, Clarissa moved to New Mexico and joined the Crossroads family in 2016. She has an MA in Journalism from DePaul University and BA in English from Utah State University. Clarissa has always been drawn to work in the nonprofit sector and feels fortunate to be part of an organization dedicated to transforming individual lives in the community. In her free time, she enjoys doing freelance writing projects, finding new ways to incorporate green chile into her cooking, and spending quality time with her husband, two stepsons, and yellow lab.

Dalilah Naranjo

Dalilah Naranjo, BA – Community Engagement Coordinator

As the Community Engagement Coordinator, Dalilah is responsible for the agency’s volunteer program, community outreach, special event coordination, recruiting and training community service workers, handling all in-kind donations, and serves as the Chair of the Crossroads for Women Fundraising Committee. She started at Crossroads as a VISTA Volunteer through the AmeriCorps program and has a passion for ensuring that all women and children throughout the state have the equitable support needed to break the cycles of poverty, incarceration, and stigmatization. With a BA in Sociology from the University of New Mexico, she works to create solidarity in a community where a beautiful and celebrated life for each of our clients is possible.

Program Staff

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The Crossroads

Joe Puleo – Program Director, Jess Fulton – Vocational Services Manager, Valerie Gurule – Housing Specialist, Brandee Gutierrez – Family Specialist, Jeanette Carver – Senior Case Manager, Dominique Santistevan – Case Manager, Amanda Sanchez – Case Manager, Lorraine Anderson – Case Manager, Dawn Cannon – Pathways Navigator, and Martha Montez – Pathways Navigator.

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Hope House

Claudia Timmons – Program Director, Mary Rose Nichols – Clinician, Denise Shirley – Family Specialist, Tory Aragon – Case Manager, Starr Luevano – Community Support Worker, Olivia Vasquez – Resident Adviser, and Tammy Shaw – Resident Adviser.

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Maya’s Place

Pelatia Trujillo – Program Director, Aubrey Kopczynski – Clinician, Catherine Dowling – Vocational Specialist, Riqui Alvarez – Family Specialist, Kelli Allen – Case Manager, Ashley Sena – Case Manager, Samantha Zillich – Community Support Worker, Maria Garley – Resident Adviser, Verlena Tso – Resident Adviser, and Marina Hernandez – Resident Adviser.

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The Pavilions

Heather Huston – Program Director, Sheila Ciminera – Clinician, Jennifer Garcia – Vocational Specialist, Letta Kanapilly – Family Specialist, Lydia Valenzuela – Case Manager, Josie Chavez – Case Manager, Megan Colwell – Case Manager, Blenda Harlow – Resident Adviser, Russell Santillanes – Resident Adviser, Valerie Gabaldon – Resident Adviser, Tiffany Picerno – Resident Adviser, and Max Maes – Facilities Manager.