Juan Abeyta has over 40 years of experience in developing, coordinating and evaluating educational and social justice programs aimed at underrepresented minorities. He currently is helping to coordinate the Listo Nuevo Mexico campaign, a coalition of organizations dedicated to the full integration of immigrants in New Mexico by ensuring low-income immigrants access to social and legal services to obtain citizenship and administrative relief, fostering leadership development in the immigrant community and promoting economic and civic engagement. He also serves as coordinator for La Red del Río Abajo, a broad network of 11 community service organizations that have established a collective impact initiative in Albuquerque’s South Valley.
Guiovanna Aguirre is currently the Business Operations Manager at Centro Savila (CS), a local non-profit organization. Guiovanna provides administrative support to the CS staff, student interns, volunteers, and community. Guiovanna is a native New Mexican and has worked in the nonprofit community for several years. She received a MBA from the Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico. In addition to her administrative duties, Guiovanna has been co-managing the Outreach and Enrollment team at CS for the past three years. The team works together to educate and enroll monolingual Spanish speakers and mixed immigration status families in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas about their health coverage options. Working at CS has given Guiovanna a deep appreciation for how nonprofits seek to improve the quality of life for the communities they serve.
Theresa M. Dunworth
Theresa Dunworth is the Bookkeeper and Office Manager for Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network and Working Classroom. She graduated from UNM in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an Accounting Major. She previously held positions as Assistant Controller at New Mexico Finance Authority and Bookkeeper Assistant and Inventory Database Convertor at Automatic Electrical Service Inc. Theresa was also previously the Head of Compilation Department, and auditor and tax preparer for Lewallen & Co.
Fidel's farm Los Jardines de Moktezuma is one of the three founding member farms of the Agri-Cultura Cooperative Network (ACN), and he serves as the current President of the ACN Board of Directors. When Fidel first began farming he knew nothing about agriculture, he is completely self-taught and has learned through the process of farming. In addition he is a board member for the Downtown Growers’ Market.
Fidel currently participates in a program through American Friends Service Committee, training farmers to train the next generation of farmers. Fidel began studying music at the age of 15 years old, in Mexico City where he hails from. He is also an Aztec dancer.
Fidel centers his life and work philosophy around the concept of Gross National Happiness, which speaks of peace, and leading a balanced life where work does not overshadow the importance of family and pursuits of happiness.
Bernadette is from Albuquerque, and is a graduate of UNM with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Bernadette is Hispanic and Native American, and a member of the Navajo Nation. Her experiences growing up on her grandfather's small farm in the North Valley on Pequeño Road served as inspiration for the work she now does. Bernadette currently lives in the International District, where she is a Co-Coordinator for the International District Healthy Communities Coalition. She is also a member of Sunflowers for Change. She is an advocate for her community and the environment, and her coalition seeks out ways to improve the economy, health, and wellness of the community. Bernadette’s other titles include Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion at UNM, MATCH New Mexico Mentor coordinator, and FAFSA State Wide Workshop Coordinator at College Connect NM.
Dr. Kaufman is a family doctor, practicing primary care, at First Choice Community Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Community Health Center in the South Valley of Albuquerque, where he is also the Director of Community Health and Wellness. Dr. Kaufman is also the Associate Program Director for Population and Community Health at the University of New Mexico Family Medicine Residency. Having these two roles allows Dr. Kaufman to leverage the resources and expertise available at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center to bring those resources to bear on upstream drivers of health. This is done in partnership with individuals and community based organizations in Albuquerque’s historic South Valley. These roles also allow Dr. Kaufman to integrate learners, of all levels, into his community engaged work as he both models and mentors learners in the importance of such work to the next generation of primary care physicians. Dr. Kaufman completed Medical School at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Family Medicine Residency at The Lawrence Family Practice Residency (the first “Teaching Health Center” in the country) and then completed his M.P.H. in Family and Community Health at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Katherine is a master's candidate for the Occupational Therapy Graduate Program at the University of New Mexico. She is passionate about food and food justice, and has enjoyed putting her hands in the dirt since a young age. Katherine worked at the non-profit Mandy's Farm to share her passion for sustainable, organic food with adults with developmental disabilities, veterans, students and volunteers. Katherine was born and raised in New Mexico and respects the long agricultural history our land holds.