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2019 Annual Conference

Sponsors & Exhibitors - 2019 Annual Conference

2019 Winter Conference Speakers
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Michelle Lujan Grisham

Michelle Lujan Grisham is the 32nd governor of New Mexico. She previously represented NM’s 1st congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2018. On November 6, 2018 she became the first Democratic woman elected as governor of New Mexico, as well as the first Democratic Latina elected state chief executive in the history of the United States. Lujan Grisham previously served as Secretary of Health of New Mexico (2004–2007) and Bernalillo County Commissioner (2010–2012). She was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2012 election. In 2016, Lujan Grisham was selected as the Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.


Lt. Governor
Howie Morales

Howie Morales an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who currently serves as the 30th lieutenant governor of NM, since January 1, 2019. He previously served as a member of the NM Senate, representing the 28th District which includes Catron, Grant, and Socorro counties from 2008 to 2019.


Rep. Deborah Armstrong, JD

Deborah Armstrong, JD, was first elected in 2012 to the NM House of Representatives, representing District 17 in Albuquerque. She is the current Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee and the Interim Bicameral Health and Human Services Committee. She is also the Executive Director of the NM Medical Insurance Pool, the State’s high-risk insurance pool. Having served in that capacity for ten years through a contract with her consulting company, Delta Consulting Group. Prior to starting her business, she served as Cabinet Secretary of the NM Aging & Long Term Services Department. Deborah has more than 40 years experience in health care in the areas of rehabilitation, home health, hospice, long-term care, community health centers, aging and health insurance. Ms. Armstrong is a former physical therapist and attorney, with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in 1975 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of NM in 2001.


Rebecca Dow

Rebecca Dow is the co-owner of Dow Technology. Rebecca has served on various commissions, councils & task forces for Governors (including Business Friendly Task Force, CYFD and HHS transition teams), and currently serves on the Early Learning Advisory Council. In her experience she: was a featured speaker for the Assoc. of Christian Schools International; presented & testified at both state and national levels for the Natl. Association for the Education of Young Children as well as the Natl. Child Care Association; was actively involved in the legislation working to to draft and pass multiple bills/memorials impacting D-38; is the recipient of the 2008 Governor’s Award for Outstanding NM Woman and a Leadership Award from the Natl. Childcare Association. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood from Tulsa Community College and a bachelors in Business Management from Oral Roberts University.


David Abbey

David Abbey - The Legislative Finance Committee (LFC) was first established as a fiscal and management arm of the New Mexico Legislature in 1957. Since its inception the committee’s role in the state budget process has grown as the complexity and size of the budget has increased. The committee makes budgetary recommendations to the whole legislature for the funding of state government, higher education and public schools. The committee also prepares legislation addressing financial and management issues of state government.



David Scarse, MD

David Scarse, MD is Secretary of Human Services Department, one of the state’s largest agencies with more than 2,000 employees. HSD administers the state’s Medicaid program and programs for New Mexicans with mental illness and addiction issues. Scrase is a professor at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and the section chief of geriatrics at the UNM Health Sciences Center.
Elizabeth Armijo Elizabeth Armijo is an independent contractor specializing in project management, marketing, and public relations. She is also a principal agent with ORG Agents, LLC. and provides creative consultation to a wide variety of diverse businesses for large and small initiatives. Her career has been rooted in promoting health and wellness through education and resources and eliminating barriers to accessing health services. Currently her other board affiliations include the NAACP Albuquerque Branch, the Albuquerque Public School Board, and Southwest Learning Centers.
Joie Glenn Joie Glenn spent 25 years as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Association for Home and Hospice Care (NMAHHC), Ms. Glenn retired/stepped down and assumed the contract lobbyist role for Advocacy for Home and Hospice Services of New Mexico. She continues to work in that capacity as well as serving on several local, regional and national boards, commissions and task forces.
Nick Seabrook

BlackTree Healthcare Consulting

Nick Seabrook is a Managing Director and cofounder of BlackTree Healthcare Consulting, which provides revenue cycle, outsourcing, and clinical consulting services to the healthcare industry. With more than 16 years of experience, Nick specializes in taking a consultative approach towards improving the daily operations of agencies throughout the country. More recently, Nick has become a frequent contributor to industry forums, where he speaks at state association events, as well as national conferences
Benito Garcia
Benito Garcia is a former Army Chemical Operations Specialist E-5 (Sgt). Worked with nuclear, biological and chemical warfare, identifying potential catastrophic threats, and provided decontamination of equipment and personnel. Served 2 oversea tours in Iraq. Worked as a healthcare professional with Developmentally Delayed patients as a Quality Assurance and Training Coordinator. Also, worked in criminal justice settings as a Misdemeanor offense Probation Officer specializing in DWI and Domestic Violence Compliance. Also worked with Juvenile Justice Services with the State of NM working with minors in state custody. Currently, Program Operations Program Manager for Non Long Term Care.
Jessica Madeler Jessica Madlener is the Health Services manager for the Program Operations Bureau. She has been in the position for about 2 months, prior to that she was the Review/Enforcement and Training Supervisor. Initially she began with the Department of Health as a Long Term Care Surveyor and she loves working with the facilities in New Mexico. She has been with the state of New Mexico for 14 years working in Department of Health and CYFD. Jessica has a Bachelor’s in Sociology.
Eugene “Tim” Dodson Eugene “Tim” Dodson is a Registered Nurse with the Department of Health, Division of Health Improvement (DHI). He has been in the medical field for over 10 years, and holds an associate’s degree in Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in nursing. His professional experience is in critical care and sub-acute care. Tim currently has personal experience as a family living care provider for his family member, as well as personal experience in caring for a terminally ill parent. He believes is It is an honor and privilege to be with NMAHHC at the conference.
Pecola Chase Pecola Chase has served as the Health Education Specialists at ZHON Healthcare in Gallup New Mexico where she has worked for 11 years. ZHON serves some of New Mexico’s most vulnerable clients. Pecola has years of experience training direct caregivers including, 9 years as a certified trainer in the Direct Care Worker Principles of Caregiving curriculum. This year Pecola joined the NMAHHC board.
Jill Dyer Jill Dyer is a Home Health Care Consultant with experience in Clinical Quality Assurance, Regulatory Compliance, Coding Compliance, and Webinar Development and Presentations. She is an accomplished nurse with 30+ years of experience including: Home Health Administrator & Director of Nursing; hospital staff nurse, cardiac rehabilitation nurse, nurse /teacher, and Nurse Consultant for home health. She also led a management team from a startup company to one of the largest independently owned and operated Therapy Based Home Health Care companies in Houston with an annual revenue of over $7 million. The agency was named to Home Care Elite 2009, 2010 and 2011. As a consultant Jill has provided webinars and on-site education/evaluation on subjects from OASIS, ICD-10, Compliance, Back office efficiency, and the new Home Health Conditions of Participation. She holds certifications in Home Health Coding and OASIS.
Meg Pekarske
As chair of Reinhart’s Hospice and Palliative Care Practice Group, Meg leads a team of seven who are devoted to serving the ever-changing legal needs of the hospice industry. Working with hospices across the country as well as national and state hospice associations, Meg and her team are intimately familiar with the operational challenges of hospices and have the experience to address the full spectrum of legal issues facing the industry, from routine regulatory compliance issues, internal investigations, repayments, to all types of government audits. In the past year, she and her team have successfully defended countless audits and winning over $80 million dollars for hospices. Meg was recently honored as a 2016 “Woman in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal. This annual award honors outstanding achievement by the top Wisconsin women in the practice of law. She has also been selected as a Super Lawyer and Best Lawyer in America.


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