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Elizabeth Vincent

Elizabeth Vincent, Executive Director, brings over 35 years of business and management experience to Breaking the Silence NM — the last 25 being in the nonprofit sector.  Her prior posts include President and CEO of a chapter affiliate for a national nonprofit and multiple roles heading Development efforts across an array of missions.

In 2017, Liz founded Apogee Development Consulting after seeing the large network of small nonprofits needing guidance, infrastructure building and fundraising support but who grapple with the cost of that assistance.

Prior posts include Regional Director of Major Gifts for the East Coast with Feed the Children in Oklahoma City, where she managed an 11-state territory before being promoted to Sr. International Program Officer, managing 13 country directors. This post included international travel for program funding and strategic partnership procurement. To date, she has raised over $20 Million for various nonprofits.

A Connecticut native, Liz has lived all over the country — from North Carolina and California, to Texas, Oklahoma City and Albuquerque. She feels that one of her strengths is her ability to communicate with and connect to people from all walks of life. 

She is thrilled to be back in beautiful Albuquerque and is excited to meet our donors, partners, volunteers, but most especially, the children and families whose lives we so greatly impact.

Ysidra Tellez

Ysidra Tellez, Program Manager, brings 5+ years of experience in program management and 8 years of experience working with Behavioral Management in the Mental Health Field. Ysidra received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. During that time, she also spent two years in research with the Pediatric Neuropsychology lab at UNM. She is a member of the American Counselor Association and currently pursuing her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. She was raised in the small town of San Jon, NM. Ysidra has been a resident of Albuquerque for over 9 years and enjoys being a part of the community. Ysidra’s personal connection to the mission of BTSNM is from not only living with her own mental health challenges but also losing her sister at the age of 14 to suicide. Ysidra believes that proper education and openness around mental health is one of the many steps needed to break stigma and make greater change in people’s lives.

Kelly Geib-Eckenroth

Kelly Geib-Eckenroth, Head of Curriculum and Lead Facilitator, directed programs at Children’s Grief Center of NM for 10 years, prior to coming onboard this year. She was also Children Grief Center’s Camp Director for their 3 day/2 night bereavement camp, Camp Corazon. She has over 19 years experience as an early childhood educator and administrator. In 2019, she shared her story of living with OCD, as part of Minds Interrupted. Kelly believes her life might have had a more positive trajectory had a program like this existed when she was an adolescent, and is honored to help young people know “they are not alone.”

Talking Mental Health Program

Sandra Staplehurst

Sandra Staplehurst (Sandy), Lead Facilitator/Trainer and Outreach Coordinator, has spent a majority of her adult life helping youth. She has spent many years coaching youth soccer and was responsible for putting together a soccer pilot program for physical and mentally impaired youth in the Albuquerque area. In 2015 she trained as a facilitator with the stigma-busting program “Talking Mental Health” after the death of her son by suicide in 2014. She is passionate about engaging youth and educating them to help improve their lives. Her strong commitment to BTSNM continues with her role as a Lead Facilitator for middle and high school classroom presentations and adult community forums as well as coaching adults to facilitate BTSNM.

Carmen Jefferson

Carmen Jefferson, Facilitator, taught preschool at La Puerta De Los Ninos for 25 years, and has an Associate Degree in Early childhood Multicultural Education, {an almost} BS degree in Criminal Justice {emphasis in Human Services}. She has an up-close and personal relationship with Mental Health: her own anxiety/depression has taught her to speak openly about mental health. This is one of many reasons why she is working with Breaking The Silence to help advocate/educate, opening the conversation about mental health.