Officers/Executive Committee

Liz Martinez, LMSW, IMH-E
Liz Martinez, LMSW, IMH-EBoard President
Liz Martinez serves as the Director of Mental Health for the YDI Early Childhood Education and Family Development program. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Social Work degree from New Mexico Highlands University. She has worked continuously in Early Childhood Education since 2001 and is CLASS Reliable in Infant, Toddler, and Pre-K. This lifelong resident of New Mexico was raised in Roswell and now lives with her husband and daughter in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Join her someday on the softball field or on a walk with her dogs to the Rio Grande.
Flor Cano-Soto, LCSW
Flor Cano-Soto, LCSWBoard Vice-President
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.
Jonetta Martinez-Pacias, BA
Jonetta Martinez-Pacias, BABoard Secretary
Membership/Nominating Committee
Jonetta was born and raised in Northern New Mexico.  After graduation Jonetta attended Northern NM Community College and the University of New Mexico.  Jonetta received her degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology.  Jonetta is married to Louis, her husband of 24 years.  She has 2 grown children , Román and Amanda and 2 grand children Ida,6 and Zoe 2.  
Jonetta dedicated her first years out of college working with adjudicated youth with Youth Development, Inc (YDI).  In 2004 Jonetta made a change in her career and accepted a job with YDI as a Center Director for Head Start.  This was the door for Jonetta that opened up a whole new world of Early Childhood. 

Jonetta worked for Head Start in different capacities, Center Director, Education Manager, and Associate Director, for 8 years.  Jonetta then accepted a job with the State of New Mexico’s Family Infant Toddler Part C Program working with children and families 0-3 with disabilities.  In her role as Program Coordinator, she collaborated with the state’s Part B program coordinator to define a seamless transition for our children and families transitioning out to FIT to the Part C public school program.  Jonetta guided statewide programs providing Part B services on the importance of early detection and early intervention of developmental delays and disabilities and how early detection and early intervention makes such a positive difference in the child and family’s lives.  
Jonetta is currently employed with the University of New Mexico, Early Childhood Services Center as a Training & Development Consultant.  She presently serves as a coach to ECECD FOCUS and PreK programs.  
Jonetta has served as a member of the NMAIMH Board since 2013.  Her knowledge spans in early childhood development and intervention.  Jonetta educates on the importance of family involvement, child/parent interactions, and child development.  Jonetta recognizes the impact that early childhood trauma and generational trauma have on the healthy development of the child and the family as a whole.  Jonetta understands the importance of recognizing the effects of early-onset trauma in families and getting them the support to help them and their child reach their full potential. 
Carolyn A. Newman. Ph.D
Carolyn A. Newman. Ph.DBoard Treasurer
Membership/Nominating Committee
Carolyn Newman has been a member of the NMAIMH Board of Directors and has served as chair of the Nominating committee since 2012. She presently is working on endorsement in category IV.
 Following retirement as a Professor of Early Childhood Education from New Mexico Highlands University, she has been teaching classes at Santa Fe Community College. In addition, she serves on the New Mexico Education of Young Children’s (NMAEYC) annual conference committee and is a member of the leadership team for the Early Childhood Mentoring Network.
 Carolyn received her BA and M.Ed. from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA from New Mexico Highlands University.  Her prior work experience includes teaching 2 & 3 year-olds, pre-K, kindergarten, bilingual first grade, early childhood special education, and school principal. 
Carolyn became interested in infants as a research assistant to Dr. Greta Fein at the University of Maryland. While living in Austin, as a Post-Doctorate intern, she had the opportunity to work with Medically fragile infants (Aids & HIV) and spent time in the neo-natal nursery with Premature babies. 
Carolyn has 4 grown children and 11 grandchildren.  Her interests are travel, reading, cooking, gardening, needle work, music and piano.

Board of Directors

Inez Ingle, M.ED., DSIII, IMH-E
Inez Ingle, M.ED., DSIII, IMH-EBoard Member
Endorsement Committee
Inez Ingle has been on the Board of Directors and a member of the Association since 2009. Currently, she is serving as Chair on the Endorsement Committee. Inez has been endorsed as Infant Mental Health-Clinical since 2009. Inez graduated from Bennington College with a major in Psychology and a minor in Anthropology then 10 years later received a Master’s in Early Childhood/Special Education from Lesley College. Living full-time in New Mexico since 1982, Inez has worked primarily as an Early Childhood Interventionist mostly in Rio Arriba County. Currently, direct service to infants and toddlers and their families continues to be Inez’s focus, and uses her strengths. In addition, her growing edge for the last 5-6 years has been in the provision of Reflective Supervision.  Some words which guide Inez in her work and personal life are: Cooperation, Collaboration, Communication, and Respect, the building blocks of relationship-based work; in addition, slow down and reflect are important actions as she works with others.
Jenae Sanchez
Jenae SanchezBoard Member
Promotion Training and Website Chair
Jenae Sanchez is a proud tribal member from the Pueblo of San Felipe. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and returned to her community to work with tribal elders and community members to establish Project KEVA Home Visiting, (the tribe’s first home visiting program) which supports parents and children birth to three. Jenae has extensive experience developing and implementing programming to improve health outcomes for tribal populations, adapting evidence-based programs for cultural and linguistic context, planning and conducting evaluation and continuous quality improvement, and developing and organizing collaborative community workgroups. She served on the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center Steering Committee for six years, growing the field of early childhood research through methodical and culturally appropriate, and community-based participatory research. 
Presently, Jenae works on behalf of the Pueblo of San Felipe as a Director for the Systems of Care programs, managing service and research grants all with a common emphasis on mental health through a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens. Through her organization, she seeks to elevate the health and wellness of Native people by strengthening access to culturally appropriate behavioral health services across the life spectrum. She is motivated by the resiliency and strength of her ancestors, and she is committed to dismantling social and racial inequities. 
Diana O'Brien, M.S.,LMFT,IMH-E
Diana O'Brien, M.S.,LMFT,IMH-EBoard Member
Membership and Nominating Chair
Diana O’Brien is the Director of Development and Community Engagement for Jardin de los Niños. She is also a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and adjunct faculty for the College of Education at New Mexico State University. Diana serves as a Co-Lead Ambassador for the Doña Ana Early Childhood Education Coalition and is a member of LC3 Behavioral Collaborative and Doña Ana Resilience Leaders. She received her Infant Mental Health Endorsement I in 2021.
In her work with Jardin, Diana oversees the Flourishing Families Parent Mentoring Program which provides the opportunity for parents of Jardin to gain skills that will support them both personally and professionally through a strong mentorship experience. Additionally, she coordinates the Infant Mental Health Program. This program helps to ensure staff and families are provided the resources and skills they need to foster healthy development and healthy engagement.
Throughout her career, Diana has worked with individuals and families across the lifespan. Her focus in her work is to provide access and opportunity for all children and families in order to support them and move them along the prenatal to career pipeline. Her passion is helping others to see their strengths and feel empowered to set and achieve their goals.
Diana resides in Las Cruces, NM with her husband and two dogs. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and the New Mexico mountains, sunrises, and sunsets.
Diana believes in the power of kindness and is the founder of the Random Acts of Kindtrip- a project developed in 2015that’s focus is to make the world better, safer, and kinder through acts of kindness and compassion. She is a proud New Mexican and is passionate about serving her community. 
Judy Hudson, PhD
Judy Hudson, PhDBoard Member
Dr. Hudson holds a BS from Kansas State University in Family and Child Development; a MS from Emporia (Kansas) State University in Early Childhood Education; and a doctorate from NMSU in Curriculum and Instruction.  Her research focused on advocacy as the purpose of the NM Early Childhood Higher Education Taskforce members from a post-modern perspective. 
Hudson’s work career has included teaching in preschools for developmentally challenged preschoolers, dual immersion kinder and preschool, and eight years of home visiting experience. She recently retired from her position as Director of Teacher Education at San Juan College, Farmington, NM.  She was chair of the Education, Languages, and Communication Department at San Juan College and served on a wide variety of committees there. 


Katrina Castillo, M.Ed, IMHE
Katrina Castillo, M.Ed, IMHEStaff
Endorsement Coordinator
Katrina has been a lifelong resident of Las Cruces, New Mexico and has always been committed to the Early Childhood field.  She has a passion for direct service while contributing to the field as a Master II State Approved Trainer.  Katrina attended New Mexico State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master of Arts degree in Special Education with an emphasis in teaching the visually impaired.  She has worked with NM GRADS since 2006 as a Director of a Focus 5-Star Center and as a child care mentor and statewide trainer. Katrina has been Infant Mental Health Endorsed since 2014 and has been part of the NMAIMH since 2016. Personally, she is a mom of 7, has welcomed many additional children into her family as a Treatment Foster care parent, and enjoys CrossFit for self-care.


Executive/Finance/Grant Committees

It consists of not less than five and not more than nine persons, including the officers of the association. The Executive Committee may exercise all powers and authority of the BOD in management of the association between meeting of the BOD’s (within limits prescribed by law) or may have such specific powers and responsibilities as determined by the BOD’s. The President shall act as Chairperson of the Executive Committee. Individuals who are neither directors nor members may participate in Executive meetings upon the invitation of the Chairperson.

Membership/Nominating Committee:

Consists of not less than 3 individuals, of whom one shall be a director who will serve as chairperson. This committee assists with Membership promotion and BOD Nominations: call for nominations to the Board of Directors (Follow up on applications, references, create voting ballots, etc).

Promotion/Training/Website Committee:

Assist with promotion of IMH and IMH Endorsement, Coordinate Trainings, Update Website as needed.

Endorsement Committee:

 (Currently full).  The NMAIMH Endorsement Committee’s role is the “keeper” of the copyrighted materials, ensures IMH requirements are being adhered to, and assists with all decisions regarding IMH Endorsement.  All committee members must be endorsed and must be recommended by existing committee members (no open invitations).