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Home Visiting Summit

The New Mexico Home Visiting Summit is a gathering of statewide early childhood professionals who work in and advocate for home visiting as an effective model to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families.

This two-day event, the first of its kind in New Mexico, shared knowledge and elevated the profession of home visiting, while bolstering family support systems throughout the diverse communities in our state.

Thursday, August 23 & Friday, August 24, 2018
Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North
5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

National and local speakers engaged our audience of 325 participants in presentations and collaborative discussions surrounding groundbreaking work within home visiting, with the goal to deepen our understanding of opportunities and challenges. Topic areas included trauma-informed practice, culturally relevant services, child abuse, substance use, family engagement, economic implications, and service provider self-care.

Day 1, featuring Frank René López and breakout sessions, was devoted solely to home visiting practitioners and program administrators

Day 2, featuring Ellen Galinsky and breakout sessions, was a continuation of the conference that is open to additional audience members in broader areas of early childhood education, childcare, and family support services and the general public. 

Registration & Fees: 

  • For Home Visitors, registration is FREE for both days, including Continuing Education Units. 
  • For the general audience (Day 2 only), registration is $25, including Continuing Education Units.

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Agenda & Breakout Sessions

(Information subject to change, speakers & facilitators TBA)

Day 1: Thursday, August 23, 2018, 1:00–4:30pm with Social Event 5:00–6:30pm 
For Home Visiting Professionals    

11:00am–1:00pm    Registration & Check-in  (lunch is not provided)

1:00–1:15pm    Opening Remarks: Anna Marie Garcia, Early Childhood Program Director, LANL Foundation and Rebecca Riley, Tribal Home Visiting Program Director, Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc.  (Ballroom)

1:15–1:25pm    Opening Prayer: Governor Kurt Riley, Pueblo of Acoma

1:25–1:55pm    Keynote Speaker: Frank René López, Director of New Mexico Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

1:55–2:00pm    Announcements: RJ Martinez, Early Childhood & Scholarship Program Associate, LANL Foundation

2:00–2:15pm    Break  (refreshments provided)

2:15–3:30pm    Breakout Sessions – Presentations  (see rooms below)

3:30–4:30pm    Breakout Sessions – Roundtable Discussions (same room)

Breakout Sessions: Presentations & Roundtable Discussions

  • Breakout Session 1 — Trauma-Informed Practice: Dr. Craig Pierce, Ph.D., LMFT, LPCC, Southwest Family Guidance Center and Institute (Yucatan)
  • Breakout Session 2 — Substance Use & Abuse: Dr. Leslie Hayes (Coronado/Cozumel)
  • Breakout Session 3 —Culturally Responsive Services: Unpacking Privileged, Learning About Ourselves When Working with Diverse Communities: Rebecca Riley, Tribal Home Visiting Program Director, Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (Cancun)
  • Breakout Session 4 — Homelessness & Families: New Mexico Families in a Housing Crisis: Roman Seaburgh, Director of Strategic Initiatives, New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness (Santa Fe/Las Cruces) 
  • Breakout Session 5 — Child Abuse & Neglect: CYFD & Transitions – Signs of Abuse & Neglect: CYFD Representative (Tampico)
  • Breakout Session 6 — Fatherhood Engagement: Working with Dads Panel Discussion: Johnny Wilson, Executive Director, Young Fathers of Santa Fe  (Taos) 

Day 2: Friday, August 24, 2018, 7:30am–4:30pm
For Home Visiting Professionals & General Audience

7:30–8:15am    Breakfast

8:15–8:30am    Opening Remarks  (Ballroom)

8:30–11:30am    Keynote Speaker: Ellen Galinsky, Chief Science Officer, Bezos Family Foundation; Executive Director, Mind in the Making

11:30–11:45am    Announcements

11:45am–12:00pm    Break

12:00–1:00pm    Lunch

1:00–2:30pm    Breakout Sessions – Presentations  (see rooms below)

2:30–3:45pm    Breakout Sessions – Roundtable Discussions  (same room)

3:45–4:00pm    Break

4:00–4:30pm    Closing Remarks  (Ballroom)

Breakout Sessions: Presentations & Roundtable Discussions

  • Breakout Session 1 — Trauma-Informed Practice: Historical Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care Through the Home Visiting Lens: Jennifer Nañez, MSW, LMSW, Health System Specialist, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service and Laura Rombach, LPCC, Senior Program Therapist, University of New Mexico (Santa Fe/Las Cruces)
  • Breakout Session 2 — Home Visiting 101: A Conversation & Introduction to New Mexico’s Home Visiting Programs: Home Visiting Program Directors/Managers (Ballroom)
  • Breakout Session 3 — Home Visitor Support: Weaving Reflective Practice into Our Work with Families  – The What, Why & How of It All: Jaci Imberger, RN, BSN, IMH-E® II, Program Manager, Taos First Steps Home Visiting (Kopopelli)
  • Breakout Session 4 — Family Engagement: Dr. Katherine Ortega-Courtney, PhD in Experimental Psychology (Tampico)
  • Breakout Session 5 — Service Provider Engagement: From Data to Action – Working with Healthcare Providers to Increase Referrals to Home Visiting Programs: Leona Woelk, MA, Associate Scientist and Dr. Theresa Cruz, Deputy Director University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (Taos)
  • Breakout Session 6 — Health Equity & Equality: Community Asset Mapping – Empowering our Communities to Greater Health: Shannon Fleg, Coordinator, Native Health Initiative (Coronado/Cozumel)

Keynote Speaker, Day 1: 

Frank René López is director of New Mexico programs at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) in Battle Creek, Michigan. In this role, López provides leadership and oversight of the foundation’s investments in the state, ensuring all children, families and communities—regardless of race or income—have opportunities to reach their full potential. López actively guides the integration of the foundation’s grantmaking priorities in New Mexico, in collaboration with grantees and other external partners in the region, as well as WKKF staff.
Prior to joining the foundation, López served as the executive director for Ngage New Mexico in Las Cruces, a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the well-being of all people in Southern New Mexico. López served as a coach mentor for the New Mexico cohort of the foundation’s inaugural Class One - Community Leadership Network program.
In previous roles, López led his own consulting business focused on strategic planning, social enterprise, board and fund development, sustainability, donor cultivation, and nonprofit governance. At the Nonprofit Enterprise Center, he was the co-founder and served as executive director.

López has worked with communities in areas such as early childhood education, leadership and social justice, community partnerships, and diversity and cultural competency. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley; Golden Gate University; University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University School of Law; and New Mexico State University.   
López received his Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and his Juris Doctorate at the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg and is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the U.S. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. 

WKKF works throughout the U.S. and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success, including Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans, Mexico, and Haiti. For more information, visit

Keynote Speaker, Day 2: 

Ellen Galinsky is the chief science officer at the Bezos Family Foundation where she also serves as executive director of Mind in the Making. In addition, she is a senior research advisor for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She also remains president of Families and Work Institute. Her life’s work revolves around identifying important societal questions as they emerge, conducting research to seek answers, and turning the findings into action. She strives to be ahead of the curve, to address compelling issues, and to provide rigorous data that can affect our lives.

In the 1970s while on the faculty of Bank Street College, she researched and co-authored a book about exemplary child care, The New Extended Family: Day Care That Works, then used the lessons learned to help found the Family Center at Bank Street and then to conduct a series of 
studies on the impact of interventions to improve the quality of child care and children’s development.
In the 1980s, she studied how parents grow and change as adults and then wrote the now-classic Six Stages of Parenthood. The findings from that initiative led to a series of studies on parent-professional relationships. These studies inspired her to work toward redefining parent engagement—away from a standard of professionals as experts and parents as the recipients of this professional expertise—toward building genuine partnerships where parents and professionals learn together.
Seeing how important work-life issues are, she helped to establish the field of work-life in the 1980s and co-founded Families and Work Institute (FWI) in 1989, becoming its president in 1996. Since the 1990s, Ms. Galinsky has directed or co-directed the most comprehensive ongoing studies of the U.S. workforce and workplace as well as When Work Works, an award for workplace effectiveness, now in all 50 states. In 2016, these programs became a part of SHRM. In 2017–2018, SHRM will release 10 new reports based on these studies of the workforce and workplace.

In early 2000, Ellen Galinsky became concerned that far too many young people were dropping out of learning and turned to investigating how to keep the fire for learning burning brightly in children’s eyes. The resulting research journey led to her best-selling book, Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. In March 2016, Mind in the Making (MITM) became a program of the Bezos Family Foundation. Its mission is to promote life skills that are based on and promote executive functions. Projects include Learning Modules, now in 20 states and communities; a library of videos; and Skill Building Moments—tip sheets that reframe discipline from managing discipline problems to giving children the skills they need to thrive. She is currently at work on a book about adolescence that extends the work of MITM into the adolescent years.

Her career highlights include writing more than 100 books and reports and over 300 articles, serving as a child care expert in the TV series What Every Baby Knows with Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, serving as a parent expert in the Mister Rogers Talks to Parents TV series, being the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, being elected as a member of National Academy of Human Resources, receiving a number of awards including the Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College, and speaking at five White House conferences on children and family issues. In 2017, Exchange magazine honored her as a Doyen in the early childhood field—a special group of leaders held in high regard with a place of respect as mentors to our generation. In 2018, the Work and Family Researchers Network announced that the Ellen Galinsky Generative Researcher Award will be given on an ongoing basis to recognize a researcher who has contributed breakthrough thinking to the work-family field of study with theory, measures, and data sets from innovative studies. She was selected by her peers in the Work and Family Researcher Network as a 2018 Top Ten Extraordinary Contributor to Work and Family Research.

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