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


Sireesha Manne

Interim Executive Director

Ms. Manne joined the Center in 2008 as an attorney and has been a key part of its leadership team over the last decade, engaging in the Center’s legal and advocacy work, strategic planning and management.

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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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Sovereign Hager

Managing Attorney

Ms. Hager is a managing attorney at the Center, supervising the workers' rights and public benefits team leaders.

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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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Abuko Estrada

Supervising Attorney for 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

Supervising Attorney for 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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William Townley

Staff Attorney - Public Benefits

Mr. Townley joined the Center in 2017 and is a staff attorney working on public benefits issues.

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Stephanie Welch

Supervising Attorney for Workers' Rights

Ms. Welch works to strengthen public enforcement of the minimum wage and overtime laws in New Mexico, promote worker protections such as paid sick leave, and 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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Christopher Sanchez

Supervising Attorney for Fair Lending

Mr. Sanchez draws upon his extensive experience with consumer protection issues to address predatory lending practices in New Mexico.

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Lindsay Cutler

Staff Attorney - Fair 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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