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Board of Directors Biographies
Board of Directors Biographies
Ginny Adame, Chair
Ginny Adame works for the Village of Los Lunas/Valencia County DWI Program as the DWI Coordinator. In her capacity as the DWI Coordinator, Ms. Adame provides: general program oversight, coordination, planning, and evaluation and budgetary management and oversight of the Local DWI, Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP), and Police Athletic League (PAL) Grants. In addition to the general duties required of a DWI Coordinator, Ms. Adame focuses on evidence based substance abuse prevention; practices, policy, programing and activities within the community. Ms. Adame assists in the coordination, planning, budgetary oversight and operations of the Underage Drinking Taskforce which is inclusive of all (5) of the local law enforcement agencies, with the addition of Los Lunas School’s School Resource Officers, Juvenile Probation, and the New Mexico State Police. Ms. Adame also serves as: the President for New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals. Prior to working for the Village of Los Lunas, Ginny has worked in Victim Advocacy, Crisis Counseling, Violence Prevention Education, Violence Prevention curriculum development, Community Crisis Intervention, and the Criminal Justice System. Ginny also has an extensive background in, and passion for, community collaboration. Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Psychology from the University of Maryland European Division (2003) Certifications: New Mexico Certified Public Official (2017), Senior Certified Prevention Specialist (2010) New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist (2008) through the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium and the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals.
Diana Good, Vice Chair
As our Health Promotion Specialist with the Department of Health, Ms. Good provides the Community Wellness Council with technical assistance and hands-on consultation as she helps link Valencia County residents to the resources available. She is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and is available to provide the community with this invaluable tool to know how to reach out to those in crisis. Ms. Good has worked as a contractor with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and has served individuals and groups that live with severe mental health issues. She has also worked for Los Lunas Public Schools as a Computer Lab Assistant and prepared our youngest community members with the skills they need to navigate our technology infused society responsibly. Ms. Good is an executive member of the Valencia County Juvenile Justice Board, Valencia Community Action Network and a general board member for United Way of Central New Mexico. Ms. Good holds a Bachelor of University Studies with a Minor in Human Services and is a recent graduate from the Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership.
Carol Claus B.A., Treasurer/Secretary
Carol Claus has lived in New Mexico since 1993, and began getting involved in the community immediately. Ms. Claus first became interested in community health promotion while working with the welfare to work program at The University of New Mexico – Valencia Campus, and witnessing firsthand the socioeconomic disparities, especially as associated with access to healthcare. Ms. Claus has worked for the Adult Education Center on campus for the past 8 years, and holds an Associate’s Degree in General Studies, while continuing to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. While an active member of the VCP, Ms. Claus was the point of contact for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Health Action Team, advocating on a subject she is passionate about. She has also served continuously on the Board of Directors of the Tierra Grande Improvement Association since 1999.
Peggy Gutjahr, Secretary/Treasurer
Peggy Gutjahr is a community health advocate with over 40 years as a practicing registered nurse in many health care arenas. Community health has always been and continues to be her passion. She recently retired from her position as Health Services Director for Belen Consolidated Schools. During the 17 years of services to the schools, Ms. Gutjahr initiated the Student Assistance Program, GRADS program and Day Care, established a nurse at every school, counselor led support groups, programs to address drug and alcohol issues plus other health/support programs. Ms. Gutjahr has been in Belen for over 25 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Science in Community Health Nursing. She is a past president of the Pilot Club of Belen, an advisory board member of the Valencia County Resiliency Corps, and is a member of the St. Vincent’s de Paul in Tome. -- Both organizations provide services to the community. Ms. Gutjahr is one of the original founders of the VCP and is a councilwoman for the City of Rio Communities.
The Rev. Robert L. Mundy, Board Member
Father Mundy cares very deeply about our community and demonstrates this commitment with his consistent presence on this and many other community serving entities including Juvenile Justice Board, Adult Education Advisory Board, Rural Committee and many others. He brings a compassionate sense of morality to all of his work and has the ability to see the big picture and how community health is affected.
Bart Regelbrugge, Board Member
Mr. Regelbrugge is an active member of Valencia County and sits on the Juvenile Justice Board, Valencia County Kiwanis Board and provides fatherhood classes to community members and groups including The Men's Recovery Academy and Carenet Pregnancy Centers. He is passionate about Early Childhood development and is well versed in the research in this field. Bart has been instrumental in getting "Kids at Hope", a cultural framework introduced to Valencia County and beyond.
Linda Montano, Board Member
Linda Montano works for the Village of Los Lunas/Valencia County DWI Program as the Office of Substance Abuse Program Coordinator. She is currently serving on entities including, the Juvenile Justice Board, NM Mid-West Cap Head Start, VLL/VC Police Athletic League, Senior Volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol and a part of our Counties Emergency Preparedness, Communities Readiness Initiative.
Linda enjoys working within our community and has a passion for being a part of bringing wellness and quality of life to our community.