A desert girl since birth, Danielle Adams was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she earned her bachelor's in English from New Mexico State University. Prior to working with the Task Force, Danielle was communications administrator at Kesselman-Jones, where she spent her days immersed in strategic event planning and marketing for the company and clients. Passionate about her community, she has helped organize the Las Cruces Toys for Kids Motorcycle Parade for as long as she can remember. She currently serves on the board of the Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery and volunteers with Friends for the Public Library.
Maria Teresa Bautista Cassidy-Begay has worked as a nutritionist dietitian for more than 25 years in the Philippines and New Zealand and has always been an advocate for breastfeeding. She would love to do the same in her new home, the United States of America, specifically here in northwest New Mexico, specifically as a breastfeeding workplace liaison. She enjoys working with moms and their babies and feels it has been a huge blessing to teach moms and help them and their babies stay healthy.
Kelly Camden has served families as a doula, educator, and midwife. She is committed to improving health outcomes in our community through education, advocacy, and access to care.
Monica Esparza has been serving families as a breastfeeding peer counselor for more than six years, providing peer to peer support to breastfeeding mothers through the WIC program both individually and in the hospital setting. She has served as co-chair of the Greater Albuquerque Area Chapter and on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force and helped establish the Workplace Liaison Program to support businesses to become Family Friendly. She believes in supporting communities and establishing a supportive system where all families are able to achieve their own breastfeeding goals.
Christine Kamm is an accounting professional with over thirty years of experience in financial and regulatory reporting and analysis. She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a BS in business administration with a concentration in accounting. She worked in public accounting for the first five years before taking a year off with her first child and went back to work part-time as finance director for YWCA of Albuquerque. In 1999, Christine established a home-based accounting firm, specializing in financial consulting and reporting for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Born and raised in northern new Mexico, Bianca Kertson now resides in southern New Mexico.
She received her bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and her master’s in public health from New Mexico State University. She speaks Spanish, is very knowledgeable about her community and is passionate about increasing breastfeeding support in the workplace.
Jessica Marquez loves the idea of helping families reach breastfeeding goals to be healthier. Her passion for breastfeeding began while working as a nutritionist for the WIC Program at her local clinic. She served her community as team leader for two peer counselors, giving her the opportunity to work with breastfeeding needs at different levels. She enjoys sharing her knowledge to assist in normalizing the idea of breastfeeding within all cultures and communities. She has three wonderful kids of her own. Born and raised in the southwest, Jessica is very familiar with those communities. She has bachelor's in community health from New Mexico State University. Jessica has been with the Task Force since October 2016, supporting the southern region and chapters.
A lifelong commitment to social justice and equity has fueled Sunshine Muse’s work over the last 20 years. Using lived experience along with academic and professional training and passion, she designs and helps implement programs and curriculum for community, nonprofit, university, and social service interventions. Having worked in public health for 20 years she has: co-authored legislation, worked to reduce sexual assault at an Ivy League university, served as an instructor for the School of Nursing at Columbia University, designed curriculum for the department of probation in New York City and served as the deputy director of a domestic violence intervention program at the largest social service agency in the country. Her current work focuses on advancing group health care, addressing health disparities, improving maternal and child health outcomes and exploring the place where health meets joy. Sunshine is pleased and proud to serve as a project manager with the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force and is passionately working to help make breastfeeding a respected and supported cultural norm again in this country.
Karla Radosevich has been a postpartum and newborn nurse for more than 10 years and works as a certified maternal newborn nurse and clinical practice leader on the mother/baby unit for Presbyterian Hospital. She has been in lactation services for more than three years, serving as a lactation consultant for two. She is a baby-friendly champion for Presbyterian Main Hospital, a designated baby-friendly hospital since 2015, and assisted with training processes for the baby-friendly designation. As a New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force clinical consultant, she promotes hospitals in the state of New Mexico to expand training and achieve baby-friendly status. She has been with the New Mexico Breastfeeding Task Force for three years as a committee member for the annual conference, as well as baby-friendly staff. She is attending graduate school for a master's in nursing education and plans to graduate in 2018. She has two daughters that were both breastfed and a passion for educating communities about the benefits of and normalizing breastfeeding.
Siboney A. Rodriguez, LMSW, has proudly lived and grown up in New Mexico, surrounded by culture and diversity. As a mother of three boys and approaching a total of six years breastfeeding, Siboney is passionate about familial health and bonding. Siboney was accepted into the advanced standing program at New Mexico Highlands University and graduated in 2013 with her master’s degree in clinical social work. After spending much of her college internships in clinical settings, Siboney developed her desire for working with infants and their families. Siboney has been working with a local hospital for the last four years as a licensed master social worker, primarily in the Family Birthing Center and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Siboney feels internally inspired to contribute towards the development of community encouragement and support for breastfeeding. She is currently in nursing school, with an anticipated graduation date of 2019.
Kimberly Smetzer, RN, IBCLC, started working with new breastfeeding mothers and after her daughter Tiffany was born. Breastfeeding was much harder than she had imagined and she really thought of giving up. The amazing support she received while breastfeeding her children is the driving force behind where she is today. Since graduating from nursing school in 1999, Kimberly has worked in two countries and four states while accompanying her military spouse. She has had the privilege of working in mother/baby, labor and delivery, and transition nursery positions. Kimberly is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, (IBCLC) and has been able to use that knowledge in all of her positions. Kimberly and her husband moved to Las Cruces in the summer of 2008. Since then, she has worked as a lactation consultant and nurse manager at Mountain View Regional Medical Center with a wonderful group of people that believe in the same principles. They are proud to one of eight baby-friendly hospitals in the state of New Mexico while setting a standard that makes baby-friendly and ten steps to successful breastfeeding the norm rather than the exception.