Board Member - New Mexico
Jeanette has over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field with people from birth to death through non-profit agencies, hospitals, and the police department. An independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Jeanette focuses her work and her advocacy around issues dear to her heart. She specializes in working with the LGBTQIA+ community, healing trauma work, intersections of identities, first responders, and military veterans. As the Director of Clinical Services of Behavioral Medicine at Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, established a Mental Health Court and Partial Hospitalization Program. In 2020, Jeanette began working at the Alamogordo Police Department as the CIT Clinical Director and co-created the Mobile Crisis Response Team.
Jeanette serves as the Vice President for the Otero County Community Health Council, the Behavioral Health Sector Lead for the Otero County Anna Age 8, 100% Otero Community Initiative, and on the 100 % Otero Community Initiative Board of Directors. She was previously the Vice President for the National Alliance of Mental Illness-Southern New Mexico (NAMI-SNM) Board of Directors. Jeanette is a team member representing Otero County for the New Mexico Education Judicial Committee for the Summit on Improving the Court and Community Response to Those with Mental Illness Summit.
Throughout her career, Jeanette has facilitated trainings and workshops throughout New Mexico and Washington on topics including Cultural Awareness, Race, Class and Gender, LGBTQ+, and Microaggressions. She has presented at the PSRANM Conference, NM Immigrant Law Center, Santa Fe Community College, Gender Odyssey International Conference, Americorps, the Washington Play Therapy Association, and several non-profit agencies throughout New Mexico and Washington. As a Mental Health First Aid and Crisis Intervention Training Facilitator Jeanette has trained over 300 professionals and community members in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) in Otero County. While living in Seattle, WA, Jeanette was a trainer for the Seattle Race and Social Justice Committee’s program “Race, Are We Really All That Different?” She also served on the 2017 Gender Odyssey International Conference POC Advisory Committee and implemented programming for POC at the conference.