Our Team

Board of Directors

Jim Spadaccini, CEO & Creative Director of Ideum, Inc. – Board President
Justice Richard Bosson, NM Supreme Court, Retired – Board Vice President
Shammara H. Henderson,  Attorney at Freedman Boyd Hollander Goldberg Urias & Ward, P.A. – Board Treasurer
Casey Douma, Attorney for Pueblo of Laguna
Jeneva Martinez, Founder of Roswell Homeless Coalition
Regis Pecos, Co-director of the Leadership Institute


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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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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Tim Davis

Staff Attorney - Public Benefits

Tim is a staff attorney working in the area of public benefits. Prior to joining the Center, Tim represented injured workers in private practice.

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Teague González

Staff Attorney for Public Benefits

Teague González brings twelve years of experience directly representing homeless and disabled adults and children to the Center's public benefits team.

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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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Felipe Guevara

Legal Analyst

As a legal analyst on the Workers’ Rights team, Felipe Guevara works to improve farmworkers’ pay and working conditions, promote worker protections such as paid sick leave, and strengthen public enforcement of the minimum wage and overtime laws in New

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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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Verenice Peregrino Pompa

Corinne Wolfe Fellow for Transformative Advocacy

Verenice Peregrino Pompa is the Center's Corinne Wolfe Fellow for Transformative Advocacy. Her fellowship focuses on language access barriers faced by New Mexican families who speak a language other than English.

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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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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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Paloma Mexika

Communications Associate

Paloma Mexika joined the Center in 2019 as a Communications Associate. She is passionate about dedicating her life to New Mexico’s future.

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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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Partners and Co-Counsel

Gail Evans

Ms. Evans is a committed, passionate, and effective lawyer-advocate with over 25 years of legal experience and 20 years of experience working with non-profit organizations providing services to very low-income individuals and families.

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Daniel Yohalem

Mr. Yohalem's law practice focuses on first amendment, civil rights, open government, employment, and class action cases for plaintiffs, particularly in the areas of equal pay for women, whistleblower, discrimination, and retaliation claims.

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Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks

Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks (Tlingit-Tsimshian) directs the Native American Budget and Policy Institute, which conducts research, budget and policy analysis, social justice advocacy, and litigation to empower Native American communities to create self-determined and systematic change that will improve their health, ...

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Christy Chapman

Christy joined the Center under NABPI in 2019. She brings an indigenous lens to address transforming education, promoting health sovereignty, and empowering Native communities to thrive economically. 

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