Pam WisemanExecutive Director
Pamela Wiseman, MA, became the Executive Director the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2009. For 20 years prior, she served as executive director of Safe Passage, an Illinois domestic violence and sexual assault agency. There Ms. Wiseman led efforts to develop a statewide position on improving court response, and was principal author of the paper Achieving Accountability in Domestic Violence Cases: A practical guide for reducing domestic violence. Working with the Illinois Coalition, she helped develop court watch programs, which rely on volunteers to observe proceedings and recommend improvements, to make courts more responsive to citizens. Ms. Wiseman now provides assistance on the development of court watch efforts to New Mexico communities, and conducts trainings on organizational dynamics for domestic violence agencies throughout the state. Ms. Wiseman also developed a major national conference hosted by NMCADV, Message Matters, focused on effective messaging about violence and abuse. Author of the best-selling book Ditch That Jerk: Dealing with Men Who Control and Abuse Women, her work has been featured in local and national media, including Cosmopolitan magazine, the Domestic Violence Report, radio and television.
Lisa WeisenfeldPolicy Coordinator
Lisa Weisenfeld earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies and is an attorney licensed to practice in New Mexico and California. Since moving to northern New Mexico, Lisa has had the privilege of serving as a Tribal Prosecutor, prosecuting domestic violence offenses in tribal courts; an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting domestic violence offenses in state courts; and a Victim Advocate in the Pueblo of Nambe before moving to her current position of Policy Coordinator at the NMCADV. She is a professional lecturer in the area of domestic violence as well as an Adjunct Political Science Professor at Northern New Mexico College.
David RiverDeputy Director of Program Development
DAVID B. RIVER is the Assistant Director of New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, where he oversees training, grants, and a variety of projects. He previously directed the Santa Fe Coordinated Community Response Council (CCRC), addressing systematic response to domestic and sexual violence in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to work in the domestic violence field, David had a private mediation practice with a focus on family and workplace conflict situations. David is a former Director of Education for the New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution, directed a juvenile victim/offender mediation program, and was an Associate Mediator with Diane Neumann & Associates in Boston, Massachusetts. He holds a degree in Peace Studies and a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. David is the proud father of a four-year-old daughter.
Janell DuPontDirector of Operations
Alisha ChavezCommunications and Membership Coordinator
Alisha Chavez earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Southern California. She previously worked at the USC Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research as a Research Assistant and Data Manager. Since moving back to her native New Mexico, she began working at the coalition first as a Training Assistant, then progressed to Event and Production Manager, overseeing the coalitions various events and projects. She is now the Communications and Membership Coordinator and in which she works managing NMCADV communications, promoting both the work of NMCADV and its members and coordinating and supporting coalition membership.
Shana AldahlProject Coordinator – Children’s Capacity Building ProjectCompanion Animal Rescue Effort (CARE)
Shana Aldahl is a Licensed Social Worker in New Mexico and the Special Projects Coordinator for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence, managing both the Animal Protection Project and the Children’s Capacity Building Project. Shana has worked in the field of domestic violence for nearly ten years in various capacities including working as both an Advocate and Interim Manager of a local domestic violence shelter. Shana completed her internship through the Bridge to Safety Program at Christus St. Vincent’s Hospital, where she provided crisis intervention services to Survivors of domestic violence involved in the health care system and facilitated domestic violence awareness trainings to medical staff. Shana has also worked in state government, overseeing contracts and providing technical assistance for substance abuse treatment and outreach programs throughout New Mexico. She currently serves as a member on the Forming Positive Links Committee, helping to raise awareness about the connection between animal abuse and human violence.