Secretary, Regina Ress
For thirty years JoAnne was the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Avodah Dance Ensemble, a New York City based modern dance company. Avodah toured nationally and internationally presenting its repertory in diverse settings from theaters, synagogues, churches, college campuses, community centers to prisons. Reviewed by the NY Times, JoAnne was sited as "creating heart felt pieces." Now retired from directing the dance company she found that the work in women's prison still resonated strongly for her and served as motivation for founding Healing Voices - Personal Stories.
JoAnne brings a background of study at The Juilliard School as a dance major and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin. She is author of two books, Torah in Motion: Creating Dance Midrash and Creative Movement for a Song: Activities for Young Children as well as numerous articles for journals and magazines related to her work with Avodah. She has taught on college faculties including Hebrew Union College and the University of the District of Columbia.
Now living in Santa Fe she divides her time between painting (mainly oils) and work in film from extra work to featured roles in student projects. Check out her art website. She sees her role with Healing Voices - Personal Stories as that of a producer/co-director, fundraiser and overseeing administrative responsibilities.
Board Member, Lilliemae Ortiz
Board Member, Crystal Sanchez
Crystal Sanchez is the founder of Believe Bliss, a platform for domestic violence survivors to share stories, heal wounds, and find their way back to themselves. She is a Soul Nurturer and Healing Coach who supports women on their journey to healing and wholeness.
Crystal works with survivors of domestic violence and women who have created a cycle of powerlessness in their lives. She is deeply passionate about her mission because as a survivor turned thriver, she truly believes when women personify a deep sense of self-love, self-acceptance, and self-belief, they become unstoppable. She's made it her life's work, to be the voice for victims and survivors who don't have a voice.
Crystal is a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post. Thought Catalog, and Medium. She is also currently working to pass legislation in New Mexico that would add a layer of protection for victims whose abuser violates an order of protection. Her website iswww.BelieveBliss.com
Alicia Smith spent her career engaged in public policy with a focus on human services. She served in a variety of positions in the consolidated human services agency in Florida during the 1970s and 1980s and then spent a decade working with the nation’s Governors assisting them in developing human services policy and representing their interests before Congress and the various Administrations.
In 1993, Alicia started a consulting firm dedicated to working with states to develop and finance their Medicaid programs. She started a second firm in 2000 and sold the company in 2011. Now retired, Alicia is living in Santa Fe and working with different non-profit groups. She sits on the Board of Futures for Children, a New Mexico based mentoring program for Native American children.
Her interest in domestic violence stems from her years of work in human services where she saw the devastating impacts on both the victims and their families. She is excited to be working with Healing Voices—Personal Stories.
Board Member, Alicia Smith
Lynette Montoya has been actively involved in the building and business sectors on the local and national levels for more than 20 years. Lynette began her career as Marketing Director for an architectural firm. She was the founder of the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served as its Executive Director. She has also held the position of Director of Economic Development for the City of Santa Fe and was instrumental in the city's adoption of the 2030 Challenge. Working with HUD, Ms. Montoya facilitated a partnership among HUD, the Enterprise Foundation, Rural Community Assistance Corporation and The Housing Assistance Council to provide affordable housing services to the citizens of New Mexico.
As President of Global Hotel for 12 years, Ms. Montoya worked with clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her volunteer work includes co-chairmanship of the Buckaroo Ball, which raises and distributes funds to non-profits serving Santa Fe's youth. Lynette also served for twelve years on the Board for Youth Shelters and Family Services.
Board Member, Lindarose Berkley.
Vice President, Lynette Montoya
Lilliemae Ortiz has over 26 years of experience in the New Mexico State Government which includes being a Senior Executive Budget Analyst and then director of the Administrative Services Division of the Department of Finance and Administration.
She served for 12 years as a local elected school board member. During part of that time she was President of the Pojoaque Valley School Board and President of the state wide New Mexico School Board Association. She has also served as President of the NSBA Hispanic Caucus.
Lindarose is a Clinical Social Worker whose career was in a private practice setting treating individuals with psychiatric problems and couples with marital difficulties. She was on the Board of Directors for a local community mental health agency and for the Connecticut Society Clinical Social Work, where she worked on the successful establishment of licensing for clinical social workers. When she moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado fourteen years ago, she continued her professional work but developed a larger focus on nonprofit work.
She has been President of the Board of Directors for Yampatika, an environmental educational organization in Northwest Colorado. She worked to see this nonprofit agency transition into a successful, flourishing organization. She has also been the Coordinator for the Steamboat SpringsParkinson Support Group which started in August, 2012. She has most recently invested attention and energy into the development of Healing Voices - Personal Stories. She recognizes the destructive impact of violence and abuse and its interference with health and stability. Through the production and distribution of films created by this organization, she sees a path for community education and hope for those who have suffered from abuse.
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Treasurer, Christy O'Neil
Christy has over fourteen years of experience in the non-profit world, and six years of experience working in Domestic Violence. She worked with the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence for over two years as the finance director. She previously worked at Esperanza Shelter for Battered Families in Santa Fe, New Mexico as the Finance Coordinator, Assistant Director and Interim Director. Her previous professional experience includes Finance Director for the Monterey History and Art Association in Monterey, California and the Finance Director for the national Steinbeck Center in Salinas, California.
She is currently the Accounting and Human Resources Manager for the Life Link in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Award winning storyteller, actor, writer, and educator, Regina has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, in settings from grade schools to senior centers, homeless shelter and prisons to Lincoln Center and The White House. She teaches storytelling for NYU's Program in Educational Theatre and Program in Multilingual/Multicultural Studies and produces a long-running storytelling series at the historic Provincetown Playhouse in NYC. She has performed and led workshops at women's prisons in NY, DE, CT and NM and for the Santa Fe Youth Shelters. In the aftermath of 9/11, under the auspices of Mercy Corps, she facilitated workshops for adults on the issue of children and trauma.
Regina was a longtime Board Member of the New York Storytelling Center and the New York Metro Liaison to the National Storytelling Network, which in 2003, awarded her an Oracle Award in the Regional Leadership and Service and in 2015 an Oracle Award for performance. She has published numerous articles including "Her Story, Your Story, Our Story: An Afternoon with Women who Have Escaped the Troll" in Diving in the Moon, an on-line journal published by the Healing Story Alliance. Her CD, "New York & Me" won a 2014 Storytelling World Award. Regina currently serves on the Board of the Storytellers of New Mexico. www.ReginaRess.com
President, JoAnne Tucker, Ph.D.