Elena Rubinfeld, JD

Legal Director

Elena Rubinfeld (she/her) is the Legal Director for the Coalition, where she provides legal education and training to outside entities and survivors as well as direct legal services to the Coalition. In her career, Elena has worked on a variety of initiatives to prevent sexual assault and support survivors’ rights. Her work began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, where she trained young people on sexual health and healthy relationships. Since then, she has worked on the promotion of policies to support survivors, unique issues faced by immigrant survivors, Title IX compliance, and women and children’s rights issues.

Elena holds a B.A. in International Studies from American University and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law. In her free time, Elena serves on the Board of Directors of Cuidando Los Niños.

Kim Alaburda, BA

Executive Director

Kim Alaburda has provided leadership to the Coalition for 26 years. Her accomplishments include advocating for the policies, services and medical needs of victims of sexual violence in rural, Native, border and urban areas of New Mexico. She has increased the Coalition’s staff from 1 in 1985 to 13 in 2014, and the budget from $67,000 in 1985 to $3.2 million in 2014. Kim was able to use these increases to guide the Coalition’s substantial research efforts, create programming specific to people with disabilities and Native American communities, and more than double the state’s rape crisis centers, SANE units and prevention projects. Kim effectively collaborates with statewide agencies and non-profit organizations to ensure that there is ongoing policy enhancement and funding for sexual violence intervention and prevention efforts.

Christy Lucky, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Shantih Bisland, MPH

Statewide SANE Coordinator

Shantih Bisland is the Statewide SANE Coordinator with the Coalition. In this position, Shantih coordinates training, protocols, funding, and program development for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Programs throughout New Mexico. She joined the Coalition in 2019, and brings with her over 20 years of public health experience in working with vulnerable populations to improve health and life outcomes.

Betty Caponera, PhD

Director of Research

Dr. Betty Caponera joined the Coalition in 1996 and established the Interpersonal Violence Data Central Repository in 1999. As Director, Betty oversees statewide domestic violence and sexual assault data collection from law enforcement and service provider agencies and magistrate and district courts. She then distributes the findings in the annual Incidence and Nature of Domestic Violence in New Mexico report and the Sex Crimes in New Mexico report to inform prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment initiatives regarding domestic and sexual violence.

As a researcher on interpersonal violence issues, Betty conducted the Statewide Violence Victimization survey that produced baseline rates of domestic and intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and stalking in New Mexico. She also conducted a study of lifetime victimization experiences of women inmates in New Mexico to inform Corrections policies and rehabilitation programming. 

Marcie Davis, MS

Project Director, Underserved Populations

Marcie Davis joined the Coalition staff in 2002 and serves as the Director of the Underserved Populations project. For over 20 years, Marcie has focused her work on local, state, and federal program design and grant management, specializing in underserved populations. She has been recognized by numerous entities for her achievements and contributions and has been the recipient of many awards. Ms. Davis speaks nationally on a variety of victim service and disability related issues. She earned a master’s degree in library science from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Marcie is accompanied by her service dog, Whistle.

Kathleen Donlin, BA

HR Coordinator, Accounting Assistant, SAEK Coordinator

Kathleen joined the Coalition contractually in June of 2010 and became a full time staff member in 2018. In 2011 Kathleen assisted the Community Justice Project Director for the Legal Assistance for Victims Grant. During her time at the Coalition, Kathleen has done a variety of jobs from administrative to accounting to human resource tasks. This position has also allowed her to use her creative talents to help with everything “office” including brochures, signs, and helping with many conferences/trainings at our office or around Albuquerque. Kathleen also coordinates the production and distribution of the Sexual Assault Evidence Kits (SAEK’s) directly with the SANE Coordinator. Kathleen’s latest role of HR Coordinator has allowed her to use her over 15 years experience in office administration/management to do her work for the Coalition, its clients, and its staff.

Melissa Ewer, JD

New Mexico Children's Alliance (NMCA) Director

Melissa joined the Coalition in 2019 as the New Mexico Children’s Alliance (NMCA) Director. She has spent her professional career over the past two decades advocating for survivors, working in the non-profit, academic, and government sectors to create positive change, earning local, state, and national recognition for her work. She provided free legal services to adult and child immigrant survivors of abuse for over fifteen years before transitioning to statewide federal grant oversight for non-profits and government agencies serving victims of crime in New Mexico. She holds a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Currently, Melissa administers and implements the goals, objectives, and policies of the NMCA, which serves as the leading resource within the state for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs). She provides leadership, training, and technical assistance, and works in partnership with NMCA member programs to increase visibility of and support for the NMCA and CACs while also promoting awareness about child abuse and the CAC model.  

Stella Gallegos, MSW, LISW

Director of Training

Stella Gallegos has been working in the field of Sexual Assault for the past thirty five years and has been with the Coalition since 1993. She travels extensively throughout New Mexico providing training, technical assistance and support to professionals who work with victims and offenders of sexual abuse.

Carla Gallegos Ortega, BBA

Project Manager and PREA Coordinator

Carla Gallegos-Ortega joined the Coalition in 2006. She has written and managed several VAWA grants that provide specialized training for tribal law enforcement and prosecutors training on sexual assault in Indian Country. She has also provided statewide training for sexual assault investigation for law enforcement, sexual assault prosecution for prosecutors, scholarships for law enforcement officers and prosecutors to attend national trainings on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and teen dating violence cases as well as provided equipment to law enforcement agencies to aid in the investigations of these crimes. In 2015 Ms. Gallegos-Ortega took an interest in PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act). She focused on writing VAWA grants for PREA training for county detention centers, NMDOC, and youth detention centers. In 2017 Carla became one of the PREA Coordinators for the Coalition. She also assists in logistics for all Coalition hosted trainings.

Ellen Gatewood

Contract Manager, Medical Billing Coordinator

Ellen Gatewood began working with the Coalition in 1988. She is the program coordinator for the sexual assault medical bill program that provides payment for the medical exams for all sexual assault victims following an assault or the discovery of abuse. She has managed VAWA grants to provide trainings to rural law enforcement officers and prosecutors on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking crimes. Currently, Ellen manages subcontracts with sexual assault nurse examiners programs, sexual violence prevention programs, and rape crisis centers. Ellen also coordinates the Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment training project, which provides training for therapists and other professionals who work with adolescent sex offenders.

Lisa Meyer

Project Coordinator, Research Assistant, Contract Manager

Lisa Meyer joined the Coalition contractually in 2004 and has been a staff member since 2009. Through the years, Lisa’s position has evolved to include many facets of support, from data and reports to administrative, technical, and subcontract management. Several challenging and enjoyable projects accomplished include 1) Creating online training modules replete with previously unknown PHP programming and 2) Working as part of a team to guide a competitive grant process through the creation of innovations such as an electronic application, Mini-Grant options, and a Pre-Proposal Webinar and then providing technical assistance to successful applicants. Lisa looks forward to ongoing professional development and to being a part of the Coalition’s important work.

Baily Oliva

Contract Manager/Administrative Support

Baily Oliva began working with Sexual Assault Service Providers in 2016 in her role as Operations Coordinator at Albuquerque SANE. During that time she also provided direct services while participating as a research assistant in the Better Tomorrow Network’s “Women’s Health Study.” In October of 2019 Baily joined the coalition team and began her role as contract manager for Sexual Assault Service Providers and Children’s Advocacy Centers across the state.

Alexandria Taylor, MPA

Deputy Director

Alexandria Taylor (she/her), Niecy as her beloved community knows her, is the Deputy Director at the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, where she supports the services provided by the thirteen rape crisis centers in New Mexico, as well as the 32 sexual assault coordinators within community mental health agencies across the state. In her role as Deputy Director, Alexandria provides technical assistance, develops training, provides leadership on community-based initiatives and policy efforts. Alexandria also coordinates the Institutionally Underserved Workgroup, which is a collaboration between advocates working with institutionally underserved communities within New Mexico. Prior to joining NMCSAP, Alexandria was the Executive Director of Valencia Shelter Services in Los Lunas, NM. Alexandria Taylor has keynoted and trained statewide and nationally on anti-oppression and institutional bias in social services. Alexandria serves on the Board of Directors for the ACLU-NM and is currently attending the Columbia University in New York, NY. Born and raised in New Mexico, a major portion of Alexandria’s existence is spent contemplating and living out radically mothering her son.