ASSOCIATE TRAINER PROGRAM
Program Description: The NMCADV Associate Trainer Program is part of the basic infrastructure of delivering advocacy training statewide. We aim to reduce the cost of the “40-Hour” training to coalition members by providing frequent, cutting-edge, regional trainings during the year. The Associate Trainers are under the management of the Director of Training, and have been selected from around the state based on region, experience, interest, and recommendations.
Celina G. Bryant MSW, LSAAExecutive Director Grammy’s House
Celina is the Executive Director for Grammy’s House domestic violence services in Artesia, NM. She has worked in the field of domestic violence for the past eight years. She began as an MSW intern at Grammy’s House and worked up to her current position. She finds the experiences gained at her job are invaluable and life changing, and has a passion for working with victims and survivors of violence. She is also an instructor in the field of psychology and social work. Currently pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology, she plans to conduct her dissertation research on existing service gaps between health care and ethnically diverse and minority female victims of violence. She is honored to be a part of the NMCADV associate training team and believes that we never stop learning, especially in the domestic violence field. She believes strength comes in numbers and we truly have a unified cohesive training team that intends on making a difference.
Opal Cole MS.EDExecutive Director Family Crisis Center
Opal Cole moved to Farmington approximately thirteen years ago. She was born in Jamaica, West Indies and raised in New York City where she attended college and graduate school. Opal has a Masters of Science degree in Education with a specialty in Guidance and Counseling. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Family Crisis Center (FCC), a position she has held for eleven years. FCC provides shelter along with individual and group services to all members of families experiencing issues with Domestic Violence. Prior to her position with Family Crisis Center, she was responsible for assisting TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) recipients in returning to the world of work. This was accomplished by the provision of personal, vocational and academic counseling. Additionally, Opal taught a 9 week Success Skills Class which provided participants with the necessary tools to enter the world of work. She has worked with families in an attempt to keep children out of the child protective services system, as well as with college students as they navigate the world of higher education. She has held the titles of Supervisor, Assistant Director and Executive Director at various times throughout her career with a major part of her responsibilities being to train and evaluate staff.
Opal has carried on the tradition of Coalition membership begun at its inception with Family Crisis Center’s founding Executive Director. Her interest in becoming an Associate Trainer for the Coalition stems from the fact that she believes quality training helps to ensure quality services to the consumers we serve.
Her interests outside of work include reading, sewing, photography, art, music and traveling.
Perry D. Lawson M.S.Community Education and Outreach Director Center of Protective Environment (COPE)
Perry is the Community Education and Outreach Director for COPE (Center for Protective Environment) in Alamogordo, NM. At COPE he provides consultation, community outreach, education, training, and technical assistance related to domestic violence and other forms of relationship violence. He also administers and conducts orientations, workshops, and training seminars to civic groups, schools, business, law enforcement, medical personnel, and United States government. Perry holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Psychology from Park College and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy State University. Prior to his current position he served as an Equal Opportunity and Treatment/Human Relations Education Instructor for the US Air Force before retiring in 1992 after 20 years of service.
Joyce LloydGrammy’s House
Joyce Lloyd is the Adult Intervention Program Manager at Grammy’s House in Artesia, NM. Her background consists of working with at-risk youth and she has an A.S. Degree in Medical Administrative Assisting. Joyce enjoys working in the offender treatment program because it enables her to be an agent of change. She thinks it is an amazing encounter when you see the change occur in thought and behavior of the offender, allowing a family structure to be changed and strengthened for the best. As a survivor of domestic violence, she believes that one way to fight domestic violence is by training or re-training the offender. She knows that by educating the offender, whether male or female, that she is changing the lives of not only the direct victim and loved ones of the victim, but the community in general. Most offenders, just as most victims, have grown up in violent homes and mistake violence for love. She believes through education, tools and consistency that “love doesn’t have to hurt.”
Sara Martinez is the Prevention Director at Community Against Violence (CAV) in Taos, NM. Sara grew up in rural northern New Mexico and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from New Mexico State University. She went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies in Fort Collins, CO. After college, Sara worked as a Marriage and Family Therapist, counseling adolescents and their families and has also worked as a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher. Currently, her job at CAV involves running prevention programs across Taos County, including CHANGES Batterer’s Intervention Program. Sara has found while working in the domestic and sexual violence field that she is passionate about engaging and educating men in the cause to end violence against women and children. Sara believes that as men recognize their privilege and the part they play in a violent society, they are compelled to create happy and healthy families.
Doug SouthernSouthern Counseling
Doug Southern is the Director of Clinical Services at the Roswell Refuge in Roswell New Mexico. He is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Nazarene University, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma City University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has 13 year experience working with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence as supervisor of a batterer’s intervention program, Shelter Manager, Executive Director and Director of Clinical Services. He specializes in treatment of anxiety and trauma issues. Doug has been married for 19 years and has a 12 year old daughter. He also maintains a private practice.
Alexandria TaylorExecutive Director Valencia Shelter Services
Alexandria is the Executive Director of Valencia Shelter Services in Valencia County. Alexandria, a New Mexico native, comes to VSS after building her career as an advocate and fundraiser in Maryland. She received her Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore and taught as an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Stevenson University. Since returning home in 2009, she has worked with many of New Mexico’s non-profit organizations to raise funds necessary to carry out their missions. She has a passion for advocating and empowering individuals affected by domestic violence.
Rachell Tenorio MSWAlbuquerque Area Indian Health Board
Rachell Tenorio is an enrolled member of the Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico and is a proud mother of two wonderful boys, Nathaniel and Dominic. Rachell received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico. She also earned a Master of Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University in 2012. Her internships during her graduate program provided her with valuable experience that continues to shape her career. At the Domestic Violence Resource Center her role as a victim advocate and grant writer provided much needed assistance to domestic violence survivors. Another internship at the UNM Center for Rural and Community Behavioral Health helped her gain valuable experience in providing technical assistance and consultation to Southwest Native American agencies and communities.
Her past involvement in professional activities include serving as a consultant for the Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Initiative Grant at Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos Inc., chairing the Native American Professional Parent Resources Policy Council, and proudly served as a tribal grant reviewer for the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s Tribal Personal Responsibility Program.
Since 2010 Rachell has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers of New Mexico Native American Task Force. Currently she serves as co-chair supporting Native American social workers in New Mexico providing training, collaborative opportunities with tribal programs, and outreach on issues affecting Native communities. She is also a representative member of the Section 904 Violence Against Women in Indian Country Task Force. The task force was established by the Attorney General in March 2008 pursuant to Section 904 of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act. Task force members provide recommendations on research studies conducted on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women in Indian Country
Rachell is currently employed as a Research Assistant at the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) for the administrative core and student development. The Southwest Tribal NARCH partners with tribal communities to conduct public health research on existing and persistent American Indian health problems. In her current position, Ms. Tenorio works on the Adverse Childhood Experiences feasibility study taking place in southwest tribal communities. She is also the administrative coordinator for the Southwest Tribal Institutional Review Board.
Rachell continues to maintain strong ties to her pueblo through traditional activities and advocacy. Never forgetting the importance of her children, family, and her pueblo, Ms. Tenorio strives to adhere to the values she has learned through compassion and commitment to excellence.
Julie Kay V. RomeroCommunity Against Violence
For the past six years, Julie Kay Vigil-Romero has worked as a Director/Forensic Interviewer of The Taos Children’s Saferoom, a program of Community Against Violence, a non-profit agency that serves victims-survivors of domestic and sexual violence in Taos, NM. Previously she served as the Family Advocate/Liaison between CPS/CAV, working collaboratively with both agencies to ensure the best possible outcome for these families. Mrs.Vigil-Romero attended Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs and received an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood in 2004, as well as director certification, infant toddler certification and a child development associate. She is currently attending the University of New Mexico. Mrs. Vigil-Romero previously served as the scribe for Children’s Advocacy Centers of New Mexico and held this position for three years. She is currently an active member in her community serving as a 4-H leader in Taos.