Dan Frampton, Board President, has been an activist and an organizer for 30 years; and has worked on issues ranging from students’ rights while in college back in Pennsylvania to issues with homeless youth and homeless veterans here in Albuquerque.
Dan has been a school social worker since 2011 and has worked with at-risk youth for over 20 years. He has undergraduate degrees in Government and Sociology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and completed his MSW at New Mexico Highlands University in 2011.
Since 2010 Dan has been a leader with Albuquerque Interfaith and is chairperson of AI’s Behavioral Health action team. Dan is also secretary of the board for the Southwest Educational Partners for Training.
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.
Amy Vialpando, Board Secratery, lives in Albuquerque with her husband, Johnny, 2 daughters, Alexis and Mariah, and 2 dogs, Teddy and Tila. Amy previously served in the Military Police Corp. of the United States Army. During those four and half years she had her first experience with losing a friend to suicide as well as the stigma around mental health. Following her military service she devoted her education to the study of psychology in the hopes of being able to help people overcome their personal struggles within the mental health sphere. She studied psychology and got her counseling degree at the University of New Mexico. During her education she worked in the field of substance abuse treatment within Bernalillo County’s Department of Substance Abuse programs as a Substance Abuse Tech and Community Case Manager. She currently works in private practice as an outpatient clinical counselor at Age to Age Counseling, PC. Amy is motivated to be a part of the work being done in the area of mental health awareness, generating access to resources and education, as well as eliminating the stigma associated with mental illness.
Philip Varnum, Board Treasurer, lives in Bernalillo with his partner Richard Valenzuela and their Great Pyrenees Keeva. Philip retired in 2019 after a 25-year career in nonprofit management and relocated to Bernalillo from Portland, Oregon. His family has lived in New Mexico for more than 100 years. He served as the chief financial and administrative officer at The Lemelson Foundation, a private family foundation, headquartered in Portland, Oregon for 12 years. In his nonprofit career, Philip also served as the chief financial officer for an Cascade AIDS Project, a grants manager for the Ryan White AIDS CARE Act, and as the chief financial officer for Portland State University Foundation. In his corporate career, Philip served as senior vice president for two commercial banks and a financial institution consulting firm.
Philip served as the Board treasurer for Quest Center for Integrative Health in Portland. Quest’s mission is to provide integrative healthcare services, education, and inclusive community support to people seeking a wellness-focused approach to fully living. He also served as the Board treasurer for p:ear which mentors Portland’s homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create healthier lives and communities. p:ear’s first step with a new homeless youth is to create a safe place. At present, Philip serves on the boards of the Bodhi Manda Zen Center in Jemez Springs and Norlha, a company headquartered in Tibet that that provides livelihoods and social services for Tibetan nomads.
Philip is a passionate supporter of educating youth about mental illness and mental health services, particularly LGTBQ youth. He thinks about how different his life would have been if he had the support of an organization like Breaking the Silence when he was a youth.
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.
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.
Dr. Rhoshel Lenroot, Board Member, University of New Mexico, Tenured Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Medical Director of UNM CONNECT Program for youth at risk of psychosis.
Manual Pino, MBA, Board Member, Growing up in Socorro, NM granted Manuel Pino the opportunity to gain an appreciation for his community, family and heritage. With an appreciation for the small town community perspective he strives to incorporate those principles into his daily interactions. He believes in helping people and strives to continue to support others in their success and endeavors.
He has dedicated his career to healthcare and has worked for Presbyterian for 25 years. Throughout that time he has worked in the capacity as an RN providing direct patient care and for the last 21 years has been in management. He current serves in the capacity as the Senior Director of Practice Operations for Primary Care which allows him the opportunity to strategically plan for primary care operations and growth potential while additionally oversee the financial and operational management of Presbyterians Southern Central Delivery System Clinics.
Manuel earned his BSN-RN from UNM and went on to pursue an Executive MBA from the Anderson School of Management. Manuel enjoys spending time with his family and nurturing and guiding his three children to take pride in their community and foster a social conscience of excellence and giving.
Desiree Woodland, President Emeritus, 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.