Flor Cano-Soto was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico to Mexican immigrant parents. She is the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work degrees from New Mexico Highlands University with a focus on Bilingual-Bicultural Clinical Social Work. She completed her practicums at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Young Children’s Health Center working with monolingual Spanish-speaking families and their children in the Zero-to-Three program as well as at Enlace Communitario working with monolingual Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and their children. Her clinical experience includes working with young adults with psychosis and severe mental illness, conducting tele-behavioral health services in tribal communities, bilingual groups, and individual therapy to perpetrators of domestic violence, and working with children, youth, and families in school and tribal communities incorporating equine therapy into traditional therapeutic models. Working with children and families in underserved communities has been a life-long passion for her.
Flor has been employed with UNM for over 20 years and currently works at the School of Medicine – Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences – Division of Community Behavioral Health (CBH). She is the Program Manager for a large federal grant addressing the opioid epidemic in the state. In this position, she has fostered close working-relationships with federal, state, county, local and tribal community partners. She has extensive administrative and financial management experience which she hopes to contribute to advance NMAIMH’s mission and goals.
Flor is a proud “Tia” to her nephew and niece and “Nina” to 6 (and counting…) Godchildren. When not working or volunteering, you will likely find Flor surrounded by her family and friends eating awesome Mexican and New Mexican food, in the kitchen baking up a sweet treat, or at the baseball park watching her nephew and niece play ball.