Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:15 pm. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please call 505-767-1178 to confirm meeting dates, times and location.


Committee Involvement: Executive Committee Chair, Policy Committee Chair

Walt is Principal of AlliedOne Advising, a boutique consulting firm providing services to assist small businesses and executive leaders to improved performance and efficiency. He currently sits on the Board of Managers for the Advanced Care Hospital for Southern New Mexico (Las Cruces). Walt was President and CEO of Delta Dental of New Mexico for sixteen years before retiring in 2016. In addition, he has significant experience in the health industry working for two hospital systems and a health plan. A native of Salt Lake City, he has BS (Communication/Political Science) and MS (Human Resources/Labor Relations) degrees from the University of Utah. He and his wife Celia have two grown children living in Salt Lake and Atlanta. Walt has served on the following community boards: Special Olympics, Leadership New Mexico, and Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI).


Committee Involvement: Executive Committee

John has lived in Albuquerque since 1995 and brings a background in education, social work and business administration.  His commitment to non-profit organizational support and development in the community started in 2010 with United Way.  He has a passion for serving the community and healthcare needs of the underserved.


Committee Involvement: Finance Chair, Executive Committee

Rick is a member of the Finance Committee, has spent many years in CFO positions of various health care organizations and most recently was CFO in a workers’ compensation insurance business and is now looking for new professional challenges.


Committee Involvement: Client Leadership - Chair, Executive

Following retirement she produced and hosted a radio show, became a Chaplain at Overlook Medical Center in NJ, and graduated from the NY Theological Seminary. She holds a Level 1 ACPE certification and has a MA in Pastoral Care & Counseling and 27 years of experience in prison ministry.


Committee Involvement: Executive, Governance, Policy

Sig is retired after 25+ years in non-profit health care (FQHC) administration; 5 years in other non-profit administration and 12+ years practicing law - commercial, banking and real estate, primarily, and then health care. She is committed to fully subsidized healthcare, housing and education, to the extent one needs, for all residents of New Mexico and the United States and firmly believes they are a right, not a privilege.


Committee Involvement: Finance 

Senior Manager of Implementation and Consulting, Rhodes Group,   a subsidiary of TriCore Reference Laboratories.  Specializing in implementation of  applications for Clinical Laboratory testing, billing and healthcare information systems interfaces.  Shirley was raised in  Albuquerque, New Mexico and obtained her BS Medical Technology degree from the University of New Mexico with a Specialty in Clinical Microbiology. She managed a clinical microbiology laboratory  for 18 years before transitioning to  Information Technology.  Shirley and her husband have a daughter who is completing her MBA at UNM.  They love gardening and attending music and art events.


Committee Involvement: Program Review Committee

Arlaina has lived in Albuquerque for over 20 years. She became involved in ArtStreet through a friend in 2001, then returned in 2016 after pursuing other endeavors, such as earning her BA from UNM and working. Besides serving on the Board of Directors, she also volunteers at UNM Psychiatric Center as a peer support worker and is in the process of being certified as a peer support worker.



Committee Involvement: Finance Co-Chair, Governance

Laura is a native New Mexican who attended the University of New Mexico -  College of Nursing.  She has worked in various nursing and administrative positions; currently at Presbyterian Healthcare Services.  Laura has volunteered with AHCH for many years.


Committee Involvement: Policy

Ari is the Executive Director at Rio Grande Food Project, a nonprofit agency that provides food and emergency support to working families, seniors, and people in need. Ari is a native New Mexican. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her Graduate work in Public Administration and International Studies at the University of Washington. After graduate school, Ari worked for a small Seattle-based agency focused on breaking the generational cycle of poverty for young women in Mali, West Africa. She lived and worked in Lugazi, Uganda for a short period before moving back to New Mexico. After nearly four years at United Way of Central New Mexico, Ari transitioned to her current role at Rio Grande Food Project. She loves hanging out with family, downtime with her husband, Sean, and baby, Iris, live music with pals, yoga and jogging with their pup, Rufus.


Committee Involvement: Program Review

 Jalene Herron (Yup’ik) was raised in Bethel, Alaska and is currently a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at the University of new Mexico.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology at Gonzaga University.  She completed the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship for Tribal Policy & Governance at the National Congress of American Indians, focusing on voting rights.  Prior to moving to Albuquerque, Jalene worked on substance use treatment research with American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.  She enjoys hiking, fishing, knitting and is passionate about cultural and language revitalization with Native communities.


Committee Involvement: Fund Development - Chair

Evelyn is a former consumer who now serves on the ArtStreet Consumer Advisory Council, the Policy Committee, serves as the Fund Development Committee Chair, and is a member of the National Consumer Advisory Board. Evelyn traveled the world as a military dependent and landed in New Mexico in 2013. With her background in horticulture she is looking forward to exploring more of her new home state. She has been inspired by AHCH to learn more about and to do the work to end homelessness and provide support for the programs offered.


Committee Involvement: Client Leadership

Raised in a military family, Mickey was born in Texas, lived in a number of states across the country, and has made Albuquerque his home, off and on, since 1974.  A former custom home builder, Mickey came to AHCH first as a consumer and has remained involved as a volunteer on the Client Leadership Committee and now on the Board of Directors.  Mickey’s interests have led to be a volunteer in many settings, including swim teacher, little league coach and Sunday School teacher.


Committee Involvement: Program Review Committee Chair

David is a clinical psychologist and executive director of New Mexico Solutions. He has directed New Mexico Solutions since 2004 and helped grow the company into a large community mental health center offering behavioral health services to over 3,000 people a year. Dr. Ley is on the mental health advisory committee for the Albuquerque Police Department and has been involved in healthcare and system development in New Mexico for many years. He earned his PhD from the University of New Mexico psychology department. He has lived in New Mexico since 1995 with his wife, a native New Mexican and their two children, who both attended Albuquerque schools. Dr. Ley is a writer, public speaker, and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. He has participated in the AHCH Program Review Committee since 2014.


Committee Involvement: Program Review

Ron retired from Sandia National Laboratories after a thirty-four-year career addressing national security problems in nuclear security, nuclear arms control and nonproliferation and nuclear counter-terrorism. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 from Stanford University. Since his retirement, Ron has volunteered with the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Albuquerque International Association, Assistance Dogs of the West, and TREC, an organization he founded to engage the intellectual capital of retirees to support small companies and startups. He also serves on the Albuquerque Academy Board of Trustees. Ron is married and has two children. Ron enjoys numerous hobbies including: reading; running; studying and investing in the stock market; working on various house remodeling projects; working on his pickup; and studying classical guitar.


Committee Involvement: Fund Development

Mary Ann’s has worked as a social worker in the health care field with a focus on direct care, program planning, policy development, community assessments, advocacy, program evaluation and fund/resource development.  Her active 45 year professional career has has given her experiences from community, regional and national levels. 


Committee Involvement: Policy

Kristin manages strategic relations and engagement at PNM Resources and has a Master's degree in Psychology with a media specialization. She was a social worker, journalist, and legislative assistant in a former life and worked in: program management, counseling, supervision, and case management for diverse social programs. She supported individuals and families from zero to 100 struggling with extreme poverty, addiction, mental health, and re-entry.


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Management & Senior Management Team


Jennifer Metzler
Chief Executive Officer
Anita Córdova
Chief Advancement Officer
Terri Ellis
Chief Program Officer
Trish Grand
Chief Finance & Administration Officer
Debbie Hussey
Chief Operations Officer
Nadia Fazel
Chief Clinical Officer
Shawn Fricke
Chief Human Resources Officer
Briony Jones
Human Resources Manager
Rachel Biggs
Chief Strategy Officer
Chuck Frink
Facilities Manager
Leon Paboucek
Finance Manager
Helen Dwight
Quality and Compliance Manager
Autumn Porter-Watkins
Development Officer
Chris Ruggeri
IT Manager

Primary Health Service Team


Open Position
Medical Director
Michelle Martinez
Business Systems Manager
Larry Lovato, PHC
Brandi Peres
Access Manager
Open Position
Practice Operations Manager

Social & Behavioral Health Service Team


Richard Reed Russell
Social Services Manager
Byron Akin
Case Management Program Coordinator
Allie Busching
Harm Reduction Outreach Program Coordinator
Matt Frahm
Resource Center Coordinator
Open Position
Behavioral Health Clinical Director



Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.


To live in a world that is just and without homelessness.

Over 7,000 people experiencing homelessness received services from AHCH in 2020. That includes 16,198 health center encounters and 10,000 contacts made through outreach services and  drop-in/Recourse Center visits.

  • 22% stay at shelters, 18% in an other locations (campers, cars, vans, jails, hospitals etc.), and 20% on the streets. The reminder are in unstable or transitional housing or unreported.
  • 64% of the clients served were male, 36% were female, and children/youth made up 3% of those served.
  • 50% identify as Hispanic. 42% identify as White, 8% as African American, 11% as Native American/American Indian, 1% Asian/Pacific Islanders and the remainder are unknown or unreported.

Disclaimer: This health center is a Health Center Program grantee 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Our Principles


Save Lives

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#Save Lives

When you support AHCH you are saving lives. Your donations to AHCH provide our clients with access to care including treatment for chronic illness. Our clients are able to set up recurring appointments to help manage their care.


Cause of Homelessness

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#Cause of Homelessness

Homelessness in the US is caused by oppression, structural factors (lack of affordable housing etc.) and personal vulnerabilities (trauma, Mental illness, addiction etc)


Homeless Bill of Rights

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#Homeless Bill of Rights

Every person has the right to adequate food, housing, clothing, and health care. All people have the right to participate in the decisions affecting their lives.


Public Policy

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#Public Policy

Contemporary homelessness is the product of conscious social and economic policy decisions that have retreated from a commitment to ensuring basic life necessities for all people. Good public policy can reverse this trend.


End Homelessness

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#End Homelessness

Ensuring safe, decent, and affordable housing, health care, education, and living wage and/or adequate income supports, will go a long way to end homelessness.


Challenge Oppression

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#Challenge Oppression

We have the responsibility to challenge oppression based on racism, sexism, classism, and other biases/stereotypes within ourselves and our community and society.



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We collaborate with public and private sector organizations to ensure the best care for our clients, and to address the systemic causes of homelessness.



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Including homeless people in our policy-making, listening to their needs, recognizing their disenfranchisement and isolation from society, and promoting their empowerment towards self-sufficiency.