Albuquerque, New Mexico (PRWEB) July 16, 2012
Futures for Children is pleased to announce our New President & CEO Teresa C. Gomez (Isleta Pueblo) effective August 6, 2012. Teresa Gomez was most recently the Native American Services Manager at Presbyterian Medical Services. She formerly worked for the State of New Mexico in various capacities including Deputy CEO of NM Behavioral Health Purchasing Collaborative, Deputy Cabinet Secretary of NM Dept. of Workforce Solutions and NM Indian Affairs Dept. Prior, she was the Deputy Director and Acting Executive Director at the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). Teresa has a MA in Political Science and a BA in Political Science (Magna Cum Laude) and Sociology from the University of New Mexico. She is a lifetime AISES member, and a current member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Advisory Committee -Ladder to Leadership, and has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout her career.
Back in 1998, Teresa Gomez was the main staff member along with Vicente Silva, Director of Program Support & IT, to pilot Futures for Children’s Youth Leadership Program at Bernalillo High School. Today, the Youth Leadership Program is our most thriving program affecting 1,000 students each year. The Youth Leadership Program is part of Futures for Children’s three-pronged approach to self-sufficiency in Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo and Mescalero Apache communities in Arizona and New Mexico as well as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. The other two programs include Mentorship/Friendship and Families in Action. Futures for Children’s founder Dr. Richard P. Saunders’ vision lives on today and has for 44 years – “to build communities empowered by self-reliance.”
Now, Teresa Gomez will lead Futures for Children to new heights with all of our programs. “It’s a full circle, indeed. I used much of what I learned at Futures for Children in my other capacities. I am thrilled to be coming back home,” said Teresa Gomez.