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

Development Director

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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Lauren Winkler

Attorney - Education

Lauren Winkler is an attorney at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and is a member of the legal team for the Yazzie Plaintiffs in Yazzie/Martinez vs. State of New Mexico.

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Molly Graver

Healthcare Director

Ms. Graver’s work at the Center focuses on advancing health equity and health care access for all New Mexicans.

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Teague González

Public Benefits Director

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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Tim Davis

Attorney - Public Benefits

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

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Stephanie Welch

Workers' Rights Director

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 - Workers' Rights

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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Maria Griego

Economic Equity Director

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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Lindsay Cutler

Attorney - Economic Equity

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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