Our Team

Board of Directors

Peter Mallery, Board President Executive Director of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association
Justice Richard Bosson, NM Supreme Court, Retired
John Boyd, Attorney at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A.
Regis Pecos, Co-director of the Leadership Institute
Gwendolyn Perea Warniment, Director of K-12 Programming at the LANL Foundation
Jim Spadaccini, CEO & Creative Director of Ideum, Inc
Jessica R. Terrazas, Attorney at Ortiz & Zamora Law Firm


Edward Tabet-Cubero

Executive Director

Mr. Tabet-Cubero joined the Center in June 2016. He has nearly 20 years of experience in the education and non-profit sectors. Throughout his career, he has focused on improving outcomes for New Mexico children and their families.

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Gail Evans

Legal Director

Ms. Evans has been the Legal Director of the Center since 2004. She has 25 years of legal experience, all of which has been devoted to representing low-income individuals and families.

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Stacey Leaman

Director of Development

Since joining the NM Center in 2004, Ms. Leaman has contributed to the Center’s administrative, communications, research, fundraising, and program work.

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Maria Archuleta

Communications Strategist

Ms. Archuleta joined the Center in March 2017 to support the organization’s expanding communications efforts.

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Sireesha Manne

Supervising Attorney for Healthcare

Ms. Manne joined the Center in 2008 and has worked extensively on healthcare advocacy, including leading the Center’s successful campaigns to improve Medicaid coverage in New Mexico.

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Sovereign Hager

Supervising Attorney for Public Benefits

Ms. Hager joined the Center in 2013 and leads the public benefits team, supervising two attorneys. Her work focuses on improving access to food and cash assistance for New Mexico families.

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Elizabeth Wagoner

Supervising Attorney for Workers' Rights

Ms. Wagoner leads the Center’s efforts to strengthen public enforcement of the minimum wage and overtime laws in New Mexico.

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Preston Sanchez

Staff Attorney - Education

As an attorney at the Center since 2013, Mr. Sanchez is focused on making a systemic change to the current quality of public education for at-risk students in New Mexico.

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Lauren Winkler

Staff Attorney - Education

Ms. Winkler joined the Center in 2015. Before joining the Center, Ms. Winkler worked for DNA-People’s Legal Services in Tuba City and Flagstaff, Arizona.

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Christopher Sanchez

Staff Attorney - Education

An attorney with over 15 years of experience in state and federal courts, Mr. Sanchez joined the Center’s Education Team in 2016 to help address the constitutional insufficiency of New Mexico’s public education system.

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Abuko Estrada

Staff Attorney - Healthcare

Mr. Estrada joined the Center in 2013 and currently works on issues of health access, including increasing enrollment in Medicaid and improving access to its services. Additionally, he works to empower New Mexico’s tribal health care systems through education.

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Mandisa Routheni (Bradley)

Institute for Policy Studies Healthcare Fellow

Mandisa Routheni (Bradley) is the Institute for Policy Studies Healthcare Policy Fellow at the Center. Ms. Routheni is focused on engaging New Mexico’s communities and policymakers on healthcare solutions through education and communications, as well as policy research.

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Maria Griego

Staff Attorney - Public Benefits

Ms. Griego joined the Center in 2014. Her primary areas of work include promoting health access and strengthening safety net services for all low-income New Mexicans. Previously, she worked in a private law firm with a focus on family law.

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Stephanie Welch

Staff Attorney - Workers' RIghts

Ms. Welch is a staff attorney working on labor issues, particularly to strengthen public enforcement of the minimum wage and overtime laws in New Mexico and to improve farmworkers’ pay and working conditions.

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Juan A. Martínez

Staff Attorney - Workers' RIghts

As a staff attorney on the Workers' Rights team, his primary areas of work include increasing public enforcement of state and local minimum wage laws and wage theft laws in New Mexico.

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Lindsay Cutler

Staff Attorney - Predatory Lending

Ms. Cutler joined the Center in 2017 as a Public Service Law Fellow focused on addressing predatory lending practices and protecting the rights of borrowers in New Mexico. 

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Kelsey O’Keefe

Development Associate

Ms. O’Keefe was a non-profit arts administrator before making the switch to civil legal services in 2014.

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Cynthia Kolson


Cynthia has over twenty-five years of experience in the management of complex litigation matters and has supported attorneys in over 30 trials.

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Veronica Rosales

Office Manager

As the Office Manager, Veronica is responsible for the smooth operation of the office. Her voice is usually on the other end of the line when you call us!

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Kateri Eisenberg

Office Assistant

As the Center's Office Assistant, Kateri helps around the office where ever she is needed. 

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