The New Mexico Chronic Disease Prevention Council (CDPC) is governed by a volunteer board of directors made up of representatives from our various membership categories. Board members set the strategic direction and establish policy to guide CDPC in meeting its mission to provide a united voice for people with chronic diseases and disabilities and their family caregivers.
Valerie is the Director of Community & Clinical Linkages at Community Health, with Presbyterian Healthcare Services. Her skills are proficient in the psychology of human interaction and human communication. These skills have been instrumental in the implementation of Change Theory within healthcare systems by strengthening and developing relationships, facilitating collaborations, ensuring clear communication, and building consensus. Valerie orchestrates linkages between Presbyterian, FQHCs, and community wellness programs to create a shared operations model that improves access to nutritional food and safer physical activity opportunities for Hispanic, Latin, and Native American residents of Bernalillo County.
Ray has recently taken on the role of Montañas del Norte Area Health Education Center Director. He is a graduate of West Las Vegas High School (Class of 2000) in addition to being a student-athlete for the school. He was also a member of the New Mexico Highlands University Football Team where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from NMHU in Health Promotion with a minor in History (2009) and a Master of Arts Degree in Human Performance and Sport with a concentration in Sport Administration (2014), also from NMHU.
Consuelo has been involved in finance and administration with both the private and public sectors for over 18 years. Since 2016, she has served as the Deputy Director for the State of New Mexico’s Behavioral Health Services Division in Santa Fe. Before that, Consuelo served as Financial Manager for the State Engineer’s Water Resource Allocation Program (WRAP) for 4 years. She brings a wealth of experience to our Board in strategic planning related to policy, procedures, processes and performance improvements.
LoriAnn Rangel is a passionate leader and Human Resources Manager for Taos Ski Valley (TSV). A former office manager at TSVI, LoriAnn returned in 2020 bringing back to New Mexico her more than two decades of hospitality operations, event management, and human resources experience. Most recently, she served as the Corporate Human Resources Director for Heritage Hotels & Resorts, helping to lead multiple properties through the pandemic. Prior to returning home, LoriAnn worked for Edward Thompson Hotels, The Jonathan Club, Marriott International (formerly Starwood), and Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in Southern California.
Mrs. Slama is currently the Statewide Training/ Certification Coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) Office of Community Health Workers (OCHWs). Jamie has been with the Department of Health for seven years, before working for the state she was a nationally certified medical assistant with ABQ Health Partners. She graduated from Wayland Baptist University with her bachelor’s in human services. She currently is the lead trainer for the Office of Community Health Workers. She and her colleagues have worked diligently on locating and certifying as many Community Health Workers in New Mexico.
Jennie is a registered dietitian and Director of Community Health Programs at Presbyterian Healthcare Services Community Health Department. She leads a team responsible for implementing and measuring evidence-based programs that improve healthy food access, nutrition and active living, and prevention and management of chronic health conditions. She has been with Presbyterian for eleven years, previously working at Employee Wellness and The Solutions Group, where she developed numerous wellness programs based on the needs of large and small employer groups throughout New Mexico. Programs included cooking classes, healthy weight, mindful eating, and health coaching. Prior to joining Presbyterian, Jennie was the Wellness Manager at Albuquerque Public School district for nine years. There, she established nutrition services for students with special healthcare needs, collaborated with School-based Health Centers, and most notably successfully led efforts to improve nutrition and physical activity opportunities for NM youth through NM Action for Healthy Kids state-wide advocacy and policy, and district-level action facilitating community health advisory councils. For several years, Jennie volunteered her time and expertise to develop and co-manage Live Fit Family Challenge, a community-based, family-focused childhood obesity prevention and intervention program in Albuquerque.
Jesse practices primarily in the areas of health law, real estate, and commercial litigation. Jesse is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.
As a member of Sutin’s health law team, Jesse represents a variety of healthcare providers, from small practices and dental offices to hospitals, nursing homes, and FQHCs. He advises and represents healthcare clients in regulatory and compliance matters, fraud and abuse, False Claims Act (FCA) and New Mexico Fraud Against Taxpayers Act (FATA) matters and litigation, government investigations, billing and payment issues, payor auditing, credentialing, licensing, contract formation, and purchasing and procurement.
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CDPC is adding leaders to its BOD who have skill sets and perspectives that align with our organization’s strategies, goals, and needs — not just now, but into the future. We believe it’s not just about recruiting one great individual: it’s about having the right blend of skill sets, expertise, community connections, and diverse perspectives and spheres of influence across the board as a whole.