Advocate and mother Lissa Knudsen is a PhD candidate at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where her studies focus on breastfeeding policy and communication. While working on her PhD, she serves as an adjunct instructor at Central New Mexico Community college teaching classes in public speaking and interpersonal communication. In 2007, she won the National Public Health Association Inaugural Trong Nguyen Memorial Award for Student Leadership in recognition of her policy work to get the New Mexico ‘Breast Pump Use in the Workplace’ bill signed into law. That same year Lissa also received the UNM Student Volunteer of the Year Award. From 2009-2011 she served as the UNM Graduate & Professional Student President, where she advocated on behalf of graduate student mothers and blocked increases in student fees. Lissa has been an active member of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force since 2007. In addition to spearheading the Breast Pump Use in the Workplace effort, she has served as the Baby-Friendly Hospital Project Director, and she currently chairs the Advocacy & Policy Committee, the NMBTF Legal Committee, and the Breastfeeding Behind Bars Committee. Born in San Luis Obispo, CA, Lissa received a bachelor of science in health science, and a masters in public health, graduating with distinction, from California State University, Northridge in 2005. She currently lives in downtown Albuquerque with her 13-year-old daughter, two backyard chickens, two dogs, a cat, and a gecko.
Kymba Halliday Clear
Kymba Halliday Clear has 36 years of healthcare experience with 25 years encompassing program and project development. She has been a registered nurse in New Mexico since 1993 and has worked in various specialties to better the health of our community and its members. Working in nonprofits, she has written grants for materials used in program growth and managed the outcome reporting necessary for granted funds. Kymba currently works at a facility undergoing it’s baby-friendly journey and manages the lactation team and prenatal education programs. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, bonus mom, and wife. Kymba and her family are active in animal rescue, homeless outreach and in PTSD awareness/treatment for first responders.
Andrea Vaughan has spent 15 years working in finance and accounting, specializing in grants, contracts, and budgeting in both governmental and nonprofit entities. She received her BBA in 2007 and her MBA in 2017. She has two children, ages seven and two, who were both breastfed. She strives to support the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force to promote and normalize breastfeeding among all New Mexican mothers.
As both a midwife and a mother of two breastfed children, Claire Bettler believes breastfeeding can change communities and yes, even the world! She has had the honor of working as a midwife in a variety of settings: a community health center in Zuni NM, birth centers in the Rio Grande Valley, Virginia, and Guatemala, various hospitals, and homes in different parts of the US, and has seen how breastfeeding builds not only solid mother-child bonds but also strong, healthy families and communities. Claire believes passionately in providing respectful home-based, community-oriented healthcare and strives to incorporate these values into the care she provides as both a midwife and a hospice nurse. She is deeply committed to supporting women and midwives around the world and is actively involved with Midwives For Haiti and Maya Midwifery International. In 2015, she began the process of growing a small home birth practice, Anidar ABQ Midwifery. Claire feels it is an honor to join the work of providing expanded birth options and supporting breastfeeding initiatives and families in New Mexico’s many unique communities.
Sarah M. Amador-Guzman
Sarah M. Amador-Guzman is originally from El Paso, Texas. She has experience in management consulting, specializing in nonprofit fundraising. She has worked as a program evaluator and a fiscal analyst for the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, and the Legislative Education Committee at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Sarah has a bachelor of arts in government and Spanish from New Mexico State University, and master of science in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She currently works for New Mexico Legal Aid in Santa Fe, as the Grants & Data Analytics Manager for the program statewide. Prior to her current position, she worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor with the Santa Fe WIC program. She thoroughly enjoyed the experience and is a strong advocate for breastfeeding our children, especially in marginalized communities where poverty and a lack of education create barriers to breastfeeding. Sarah proudly continues to breastfeed her youngest daughter and nursed her oldest until her new daughter allowed.
Angie Sanchez Corral
Angie Sanchez Corral has been a strong border-community leader and a health advocate for the immigrant population in Southern New Mexico for more than 10 years. She is currently the community development coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Health, Office of Border Health. She is fluent in Spanish and is responsible for providing support and technical assistance to county health councils, municipal and county governments, and binational health councils in the border region, to incorporate border health issues and action agendas into their work plans. Angie works with the Paso Del Norte Binational Health Council and Red De Promotora Network and other U.S. and binational community organizations in their efforts to improve health education and access to health services along the US-MX Border region. She assisted in the development of two community health workers (CHW)/promotora networks, in Palomas, Mexico, and northern New Mexico to expand the educational opportunities for CHW’s. Prior to this position, Angie worked with Memorial Medical Center, Respiratory Department as a respiratory therapist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in community health with a minor in environmental health from New Mexico State University.
Originally from England, Pip Howard has lived in the Four Corners area for the last 30 years. With a lifelong interest in health and birth, she is very happy to work professionally teaching prospective parents about healthy birth practices and assisting new parents in reaching their breastfeeding goals. She is the mother of two grown children who were each breastfed for a year.
A working student and mother of two, Tisha Hudetz spearheaded the new Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Lactation Station Initiative to provide safe, sanitary spaces to support healthy moms and healthy babies. She is currently a student at CNM studying accounting, with the intention of continuing into government and nonprofit work. Tisha was selected by the National Campus Leadership Council to represent New Mexico at the White House in 2015 for student advocacy. She is an active member of the Albuquerque chapter of the Association of Government Accounting (AGA), as well as the current president of the Executive Council of Students (ECOS) at CNM. Tisha looks forward to helping support the valuable mission of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force and all of its advocates.
Maribel Lemus is a licensed midwife, community health worker and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) who has been working in maternal and child health since 2003 and is a former promotora with experience working with and serving multiethnic communities of color. Originally from Denver, Colorado, she has lived in New Mexico for four years; her father's family hails from northern New Mexico, outside of Mora. A mother of four girls with two grandchildren, she is committed to helping women and mothers feel empowered throughout their pregnancies and postpartum period including throughout their breastfeeding journeys. Maribel volunteers at the Santa Fe jail providing prenatal and breastfeeding classes support to inmates.
Dr. Abraham Lichtmacher received his medical degree from New York Medical College. He received his post-graduate training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and he is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Dr. Lichtmacher began in private practice of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Hartford, Connecticut. He was the Lead Physician of Greater Hartford Women’s Health Associates part of Physicians for Women’s Health, one of the largest single specialty group practices in the United States devoted to women’s health. He was a member of its Board of Directors. He was a Senior Attending as well as the Associate Director of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, a large tertiary care referral and teaching hospital and one of the first hospitals in the US to achieve Baby Friendly designation He held an academic appointment as Assistant Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Connecticut, School of Medicine.
He then joined the Lovelace Health System and served in numerous leadership positions with Lovelace including Chair of Women’s Health of the Lovelace Clinic and later ABQ Health Partners, Chairman of the Board of Governors for the ABQ Health Partners, and Chief of Staff at Lovelace Women’s Hospital. He held an academic appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of New Mexico, School of Medicine.
He returned to upstate New York as the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Rochester General Health System which includes Rochester General Hospital, a major teaching hospital. The hospital was also the first to achieve Baby Friendly designation in New York state and was nominated for national awards for its work in treating women with disabilities, as well as developing innovative patient safety programs. He held an academic position as Associate Professor of OB-GYN at University of Rochester School of Medicine.
In 2013, he returned to Albuquerque as the Chief of Women’s Services for the Lovelace Health System where he is responsible for the development and oversight of clinical programs for the system.
Dr. Lichtmacher’s non-clinical activities and interests are in the areas of patient safety. He has worked with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists on a local, regional and national level with its The Voluntary Review of Quality Care hospital review program. He has served as a reviewer, national program director and as faculty in training new reviewers. He has also served on ACOG’s national committees including Committee on Patient Safety and Quality Improvement as vice-chair, Gynecologic Practice Committee, and Editorial Committee for Guidelines for Women’s Healthcare as the chair of the committee.
Dr. Lichtmacher has been in clinical practice for over 30 years in various capacities and has been involved in clinical research and has presented on various women’s health issues.
Carrie Murphy is a member at large on the board of the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force. Originally from Baltimore, MD, she is a birth doula and freelance writer living and working in Albuquerque. Carrie has a BA in English from the University of Maryland and an MFA in creative writing (poetry) from New Mexico State University and is in the process of completing a certificate in Maternal Child Health at UNM/NMSU. Passionate about equity and diversity in reproductive health, she's honored to be able to work to support the birth and breastfeeding goals of New Mexico families.
Candice Rae Padilla
Elsa M. Quintana
A lifelong resident of New Mexico, Elsa M. Quintana is described by her peers as a mover and a shaker throughout New Mexico and Texas border region. She's been an active member of NMBTF since 2002 and has spearheaded the establishment of several NMBTF breastfeeding chapters in southern New Mexico. She is passionate about her involvement in women’s health issues, veterans affairs, and empowering & mobilizing communities especially along the US/Mexican border. She retired from state government in 2013 and is now on contract with NM WIC as the state coordinator for the NM DOH/WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program. She possesses a BA in psychology and a BCJ from New Mexico State University and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), CAPPA Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), NM Public Health Medical Interpreter, and is certified in Mental Health First Aid. Elsa is honored to represent the Southwest Region of New Mexico as a member-at-large to safeguard the health of New Mexicans by providing the lactation support required to grow healthy families and healthy communities in New Mexico.
Emilie Sebesta, MD, graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2001 and completed her pediatric residency at the University of New Mexico in 2004. She is a professor in the General Division of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of New Mexico. She has co-directed the Mother Baby Unit and Newborn Nursery since 2010 and has been instrumental in improving support for breastfeeding mothers, including spearheading the effort to make UNMH a Baby-Friendly designated hospital. She is the American Academy of Pediatrics Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator for New Mexico and has worked with the NM Breastfeeding Task Force for many years to help support breastfeeding families and provide breastfeeding education to medical providers.
Liat Trujillo is a breastfeeding peer counselor, doula, and mothering arts leader. She lives in Albuquerque, NM with her amazing husband and three bright, adorable sons. She loves tie-dying, knitting, baking, and reading. Liat is from Tucson, enjoys Latin dancing, spending time with her family, and being involved in the community. Breastfeeding is one of her greatest passions. After struggling to breastfeed her first son, successfully breastfeeding her second son for a year brought Liat so much joy and pride. She has been a WIC Breastfeeding peer counselor for more than a year and is becoming certified as a Breastfeeding USA counselor. Liat is always learning as much as she can about breastfeeding and hopes to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in the future.