Board of Directors

The New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force Board of Directors promotes the vision and mission of the Task Force. The board meets quarterly, the morning prior to the statewide quarterly membership meeting. In addition, periodic conference calls are sometimes held.

Board members will serve for three years with the last year acting as the support for newly elected officers. Each person elected shall hold only one office at a time. Each person can serve two consecutive terms in the same office.

Officers will submit written quarterly reports. Board members shall perform the duties assigned to them in the bylaws or other duties as applicable.

Board members are elected at the September quarterly meeting by the membership of the NMBTF.

If interested, send a picture, bio, and short campaign statement to the Board Secretary at kymba@breastfeedingnm.org.

Please welcome our new board members and thank our exiting board members!

Our election results are as follows:

  • Chair
    • Dr. Sophie Peterson
  • Northwest Representative
    • Pip Howard
  • Central Representative
    • Perla Gonzalez
  • Southeast Representative
    • Rosalba Ruiz
  • Southwest Representative
    • Lisa Peña
  • Tribal Representative
    • Dr. Melissa Riley

Message from Dr. Sophie Peterson, Board Chair
Thank you to all members who participated in last month’s election. We had a record turnout which has given us valuable information about the direction our Task Force should take in the upcoming years.

Thank you to our past Chair, Lissa Knudsen, for her years of dedication and hard work, particularly for her work with our state legislature and our mothers behind bars. Her passion inspired changes that will have lasting impacts on our community.

As your Board Chair, I am excited and honored to work more directly with all NMBTF members. Together, we can continue collaboration between our medical communities and you, the community leaders promoting breastfeeding.

I promise to solicit your advice about areas that are not my expertise and to be a sounding board for you. Our Task Force is turning a corner towards increasing stability, endurance, and partnerships, so we can ensure every mother or parent has the opportunity to reach personal breastfeeding goals and together promote breastfeeding as a cultural norm in our state.

Please feel free to reach out to me at any time with concerns or suggestions. Thank you very much for the opportunity to work for all of you, I look forward to starting!