Dr. Sophie Peterson
Dr. Sophie Peterson is an obstetrician and gynecologist at Presbyterian where she provides routine gynecological care, prenatal care, minimally invasive surgery, and care for a variety of gynecological issues. She has a strong interest in minimally-invasive surgery, breastfeeding medicine, and the art of managing labor and birth. Dr. Peterson is medically fluent in Spanish and is a strong physician advocate of the Baby Friendly initiative.
Sophie grew up in northern New Mexico, earning her bachelor’s degree in biology at UNM and her medical degree at the UNM School of Medicine. Spurred by an early introduction into the natural birthing movement and supportive breastfeeding practices by the local midwifery group, Sophie developed a keen interest and passion in women’s health which she pursued through her medical education, completing her OB/GYN residency at the University of Florida in Jacksonville.
Sophie’s practice has been influenced by time spent in the Philippines and Guatemala working with underserved and indigenous women. She continues to pursue her interests in public health, including teen pregnancy prevention, family planning, and breastfeeding advocacy. She is board-certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Fellow of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She is a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and has provided educational sessions throughout New Mexico.
Prior to her election as Board Chair in September 2018, Sophie actively participated in the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force for four years as a physician advisor, committee lead for the Clinical Education Committee, and member of the Data, Advocacy, and Hospital & Clinics Program Committees.
One of the roles Sophie is most proud of is being a mom to two very energetic breastfed boys who keep her heart full and her floors filthy. In her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her boys and husband, dancing, bike riding in the Bosque, reading historic fiction, creative writing, and searching for ways to make a difference in New Mexico.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Dr. Melissa Riley
Melissa Riley (Mescalero Apache), Ph.D., is the owner/principal of Native Community Development Associates. Dr. Riley is also a consultant to several national/state/tribal agencies and public/private organizations.
Dr. Riley has managed federal projects within the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) such as the national Counseling & Faith-Based Services for Crime Victims in Indian Country (CFBSCV-IC) Training and Technical Assistance Grant and the Children’s Justice Act (CJA) Partnership in Indian Country Training and Technical Assistance Grant. The two DOJ, OVC-funded projects involved assessing grantee needs, evaluating training and technical services, and recording/analyzing performance measures for project sustainability. Dr. Riley has authored national, produced training and technical assistance videos, and published training guides for the CFBSCV-IC and CJA Projects. She has also serves as a technical consultant for the DOJ, OVC, Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC) in areas of evaluation and crime victim services.
Dr. Riley has developed curricula for the New Mexico Department of Health, Gallup Indian Health Services, University of Texas at Arlington, and other organizations. She has also developed sexual assault protocols, behavioral health/social service policy and procedures, and other tribal multi-disciplinary policies and procedures that enhance victim service response and increase prosecution.
Dr. Riley’s experience with research includes her role as a field interviewer for the NIJ funded VAIW National Baseline Pilot Study and lead field investigator and researcher in her graduate studies, as well as the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) Research Project. Additional experience in research includes Institution Review Board (IRB) applications, National Institutes of Health (NIH) certification, establishing research protocols, conducting research, and using digital equipment such as Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) and Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI).
Dr. Riley has also been responsible for developing and implementing wrap-around services for tribal programs that serve community members impacted by alcohol/substance abuse, crime, and other social issues. She also serves as a direct service provider for several New Mexico Tribal communities, including providing counseling, social work, home evaluations, guardian ad litem services, and family conferencing. She is an adjunct faculty member for New Mexico Highlands University, School of Social Work and serves on the committee for the Native American Social Work Studies Institute.
Dr. Riley also volunteers and offers her skills, knowledge, and abilities to local organizations such as the Roadrunner Food Bank, Joy Junction Homeless Shelter, and Child of All Nations, to name a few. She also is a sitting board member of Paralegal Group Services and has served as a board member to other local, state, and national boards.
A Mexican American, Hispanic General Practitioner with a Master’s in Public Health (MD, MPH). She has worked in the area of Public Health for more than 20 years. Committed to improve the health of US- Mexico border residents and believes that we need to change the way we approach “mothers to be” in the area of breastfeeding not only to we need to increase knowledge but also create the environments that foster breastfeeding.
Has worked for more than 18 years in the area of diabetes and believe that if we could only do one thing to prevent diabetes and chronic diseases it is to breastfeed. She is a mother of two, a 20 year old boy that I breastfeed for 2 years and a 9 year old girl that I breastfeed for 4 years.
A founding member of the Binational Breastfeeding Coalition, established in 2012 its mission that all children born across the US- Mexico Border have an opportunity to be breastfeed. To achieve this we have been creating support networks for mothers to breastfeed such as mother friendly establishments, mother friendly worksites, mother friendly hospital. We do considerable amount of promotion and awareness including the Big Latch On.
Founding member of the Latina Breastfeeding Leader’s (LBL), the group’s goal is to connect with other Latina leaders around the country in order to increase breastfeeding among Latinas.
She received a grant from the New Mexico State University/ Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center partnership to conduct a pilot study to measure increase in the intent to breastfeed among Hispanic women of childbearing age (18-44 years) that receive a brief education intervention that focusses on the important relation between breastfeeding and breast cancer. Initial analysis show that the Hispanic women participating in the BFBCCP learned more about the importance of breastfeeding, particularly as it relates to Breast cancer prevention, reported greater levels of intent to breastfeed, and reported more positive attitudes towards breastfeeding in the workplace compared to the control group.
She was selected by the Center of Social Inclusion to be part of a cross section of breastfeeding leaders, to effective build alliances across divisions and in delivering the message that racial equity impacts and can truly benefit all communities.
She currently works for the Alliance of Border Collaboratives, this non- profit has been designated as a mother friendly worksite by the State of Texas. She has worked extensible with Community Health Workers, and with Coalitions to improve health outcomes in both Texas and the Southern part of New Mexico.