Sample Bios




Abhishek Ahuja, MD, is a Family Practice Resident at the Southern New Mexico Family Practice Program in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Mr. Ahuja received his Master in Public Health, epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Massachusetts.

Attila Bality is the current Outdoor Recreation Planner for the National Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Mr. Attila has served on several national committees developing and implementing the National Park Services, “Pathways to Health” initiative. This initiative brings together trails and open space planners with public health advocates, to develop trails and greenways for increased physical activity. Attila holds his Masters of Arts, Recreation and Planning from the University of New Mexico.

Shawn Blaisdell, FNP, is a Certified Nurse Midwife who has worked in adolescent and women’s health care for nine years. Ms. Blaisdell lives in Albuquerque with her husband, two children and a menagerie of pets. Ms. Blaisdell spends much of her time working at Albuquerque High School, in the School-Based Health Center and moonlighting at Lovelace as a midwife.

Theresa Belanger, MA, BSW, is currently with the Children’s Medical Services as a social worker. Ms. Belanger has approximately 23 years of social work experience with special focus on medical social work, disability/developmental disability and Native American culture.

Barbara Berger, MS, RD, is the Health and Nutrition Specialist for Las Cruces Public Schools. She has been a Registered Dietitian involved in community nutrition for 26 years.

Karen Chambless, LPCC, is a licensed therapist and Truancy Coordinator for the prevention task force for Taos County. Ms. Chambless is also the founder of The Challenge Group a non-profit organization that provides educational and therapeutic river trips for people facing significant challenges. Karen specializes in behavior modification modalities focusing on self esteem improvement. Karen is a Why Try Program Trainer, as well as a Critical Incident Stress Management Trainer.

Jennie Charrette, is the Program Coordinator for the University of New Mexico’s School Based Health Center. She has been with the SBHC for twelve years. Currently, Jennie works with seven SBHC sites with plans of opening two more in the fall. Jennie also works at East San Jose Elementary as a Clinical Assistant.

Phillip Contreras is a public speaker and trainer on issues of inclusion, rights of individuals with disabilities, and disability sensitivity training. He lives in an assisted living household and works at the Bernalillo District Court as a Mail Runner.

Thomas Cordova, MA, NCC, LPC, has been an Elementary Teacher and Counselor for over 12 years. Mr. Cordova is the founder of Children Advocates for Peace, a program designed to teach children Rights, Respect, and Responsibility; as well as alternatives to violence. Mr. Cordova is also the vice president of New Mexico Survivors of Homicide, a non-profit organization that supports families and loved ones of homicide victims.

George Davis, MD, is a Child Psychiatrist for the ZIA Behavioral Health, as well as the Director of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Davis’s areas of interest include medical and psychiatric care, delivery systems for children and adolescents, adolescent development and the effects of early abuse, adolescent forensic psychiatry and correctional systems for juvenile offenders, and affective disorders in young children.