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
Jim Spadaccini, CEO & Creative Director of Ideum, Inc
Jessica R. Terrazas, Attorney at Rodey 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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Kim Posich


Mr. Posich has served as the Center’s Executive Director since 2002. He has over 27 years of experience in advocacy, lobbying, organizing, and non-profit management.

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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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Adrianne Turner

Supervising Attorney for Education

Ms. Turner joined the Center in 2014 and leads the Center's advocacy around improving New Mexico’s system of public education, with a focus on increasing opportunities for at-risk students.

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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 as part of its Healthcare Team. 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

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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Maria Griego-Paiz

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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Tim Davis

Staff Attorney - Workers' Rights

Mr. Davis is a staff attorney working on labor issues, particularly the enforcement of the court ruling that farmworkers are entitled to workers, compensation.

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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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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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