Desiree Woodland, Board President, lives in Albuquerque with her husband Gary, They have two children, Michelle, and Ryan. After Ryan’s suicide she wrote a book called, I Still Believe. After 19 years, she retired from teaching in the Albuquerque and Rio Rancho public schools to co-create and present the use of the Breaking the Silence NM curriculum, which teaches students mental illness and suicide awareness. She also serves on the Board for Survivors of Suicide Albuquerque. She facilitates a mother’s survivor group. Desiree holds a master’s Level Certificate in Grief and Loss and writes on suicide loss and grief.
Renetta Torres, Board Vice President, retired from Bernalillo County Government after 38 years of service where she held the positions Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Officer and Deputy County Manager of Administrative Services. She spent the last 17 years of her career as the Bernalillo County Human Resources Director. She is active in her community with issues of social justice. Renetta served on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council for 18 years as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Committee. She is a founding member of the Hispanic Women’s Council. Renetta is honored to be part of the very important work being done in the area of mental health awareness and to contribute to the eradication of the stigma associated with mental illness.
Bella White, Board Treasurer, has held a number of accounting roles from Controller to CEO for the past 35 years in both the private and public sector. Her latest focus has been supporting Breaking the Silence NM to improve outreach and long term business planning through her contributions as Board Treasurer. As a mother of four and grandmother of five, her passion is helping children and parents in dealing with today’s complex world and pressures. She currently serves the community as a facilitator, trainer, panelist and serves on a number of committees focused on mental health and homelessness
Larissa Willsey, Board Secretary, is a graduate of New Mexico Highlands University, where she earned a Master of Social Work in 2019. A lifetime New Mexico resident, Larissa is deeply committed to the people of this beautiful state. Having witnessed the impact of mental health issues on loved ones, Larissa is committed to breaking down the stigma that often accompanies those who live with behavioral health conditions. She is a strong believer in creating equity and access for all populations and pushes to create access to mental health services in communities across the state. Larissa is a firm believer in empowerment and works diligently to lift up everyone she works with through education, kindness, and love.
Kevin Rexroad, MD, Board Member, has been practicing psychiatry for 18 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico after completing his Psychiatric Residency at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and completing Medical School at the Marshall University School of Medicine. He has a wide range of experience in the psychiatric field, including his work at the Las Vegas State Hospital, Rehobeth-McKinley Christian Psychiatric Hospital and Lovelace Behavioral Health. Currently, he maintains a private psychiatric practice at New Mexico Insight Mental Health. He has been a previous board member for Casas de Vida Nueva, a proposed long-term care facility for people with chronic mental illness.
Rebekah Floryance, Board Member, is an Assistant Principal with the Albuquerque Public Schools. She has worked for APS for over 20 years and is currently at the Career Enrichment Center and Early College Academy High School. Rebekah is passionate about the future of our youth and community education. She believes in supporting student’s wellbeing through our city networks and organizations. Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Rebekah serves as a community builder, connecting youth with local resources to support the whole child and bring mental health awareness into schools and communities.
Scott Melton, Board Member, joined Bosque School in 2016 as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity. He is currently serving as full-time faculty for upper school English 11 and Film. Prior to Bosque, Scott taught English, IB German, and IB Theory of Knowledge at Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. He was formerly at Florida Atlantic University where he taught German. From 1997 to 2003, he served AARP as an issue expert on independent living, long-term care, end-of-life, caregiving, and aging workforce issues. He has a passion for teaching and for the social emotional well-being of his students. “Taking care of the whole person allows for emotional, spiritual, and intellectual growth and is paramount in their individual and community success. “
Jodie Hix, Board Member, trained as a lead facilitator with Breaking the Silence New Mexico in 2012. As the result of her compassionate work with BTSNM in middle and high school classrooms, she trained to present Professional Development to counselors, teachers, and school based health centers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and Santa Fe. Because Jodie has multiple family members living with a mental illness, she is strongly motivated to educate youth and adults about mental illness and suicide and to offer resources to people who are struggling.