Our Team

Board of Directors

Gwendolyn Perea Warniment, Board President, Director of K-12 Programming at the LANL Foundation
Peter Mallery, Immediate Past 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.
Justice Edward Chavez, NM Supreme Court, Retired
Regis Pecos, Co-director of the Leadership Institute
Jim Spadaccini, CEO & Creative Director of Ideum, Inc 


Sireesha Manne

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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Sovereign Hager

Legal Director

Ms. Hager has more than 10 years of experience working to advance economic and social justice. As an attorney at the Center, she has worked extensively to increase access to public benefits through administrative, legal, and legislative advocacy.

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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 Director

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

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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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William Townley

Staff Attorney - Healthcare

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

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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.

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Monica Ault

Staff Attorney - Public Benefits

Ms. Ault has dedicated her career to the pursuit of Social Justice Lawyering.

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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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Katrina Rost

Office Manager

Ms. Rost joined the Center in 2018 as the office manager. Before coming to New Mexico, she worked at the International Rescue Committee, the Excellence Center in Palestine, and the Pluralism Project through Harvard.

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Jasmine Yepa

Policy Analyst, Native American Budget and Policy Institute

As a tribal member of the Pueblo of Jemez, Ms. Yepa works on policy and legal issues through the context of Native American culture, language and tradition.

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