Staff + Board

 Staff

Jenifer Getz, Interim Director

Elinor Rushforth, Senior Staff Attorney

Ellie received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Spanish from the University of New Mexico and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arizona College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Virginia and California. As the Senior Staff Attorney at the Southwest Women’s Law Center, Ellie’s work focuses on helping the Law Center continue to develop innovative collaborations through policy and advocacy work that has the power to transform communities. Ellie is particularly passionate about advocating for equal access to healthcare and protecting women’s access to reproductive justice, progressive pregnancy accommodations and policies that protect the economic security and well-being of families.

Prior to joining the Southwest Women’s Law Center, Ellie worked as an attorney with OneJustice, a nonprofit organization that that developed policies in response to the needs of vulnerable, targeted communities. While in law school, Ellie served as a law clerk with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Tucson, AZ. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys yoga and backpacking in national and state parks.

 

Pearl Clark, Office Administrator

 

Rachel Brasell, Community Outreach Coordinator

Rachel is currently working towards her Bachelor of Social Work because she wants to continue to work towards influencing policy to increase equality for women and children in New Mexico. A lifelong New Mexico resident, Rachel has worked in the non-profit sector for twelve years–first as a two-year old teacher teacher at a nature-based, non-profit preschool, later as the program coordinator of a statewide pay supplement program for early childhood educators, and finally at the Southwest Women’s Law Center. She is passionate about politics, social justice, and economic equity.

In her free time, Rachel likes to embroider, write, and add to her record collection.

 

Board of Directors

Officers

Mary Clark, Board President 

Mary is the first sustainability manager at the University of New Mexico  overseeing the Office of Sustainability. Her other areas of expertise include recycling, campus community gardens and greenhouse gas inventory. Mary is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Economics and European Studies.

Directors

 

Ashley Carter, JD

Ashley is an attorney working in Federal government in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She previously worked as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Illinois representing state employees in federal civil rights lawsuits. Ashley graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has previously served in board and leadership positions with the American Constitution Society, the Secular Student Alliance, and volunteered with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance.

Eunjin Choi, JD

Eunjin received a BA in English Literature from Andrews University and a JD from Boston University School of Law. She is a licensed attorney in the state of New York. Before coming to Albuquerque, NM in Spring 2017, she worked as a foreign legal counsel for a couple years at an international law firm in Seoul, Korea. During law school, she participated in a number of clinical and internship programs through which she represented international clients to help them secure legal status as well as their basic human rights. She also volunteered at ACCION International, The Refuge Pnan, and Shelter Legal Services during law school. Eunjin is fluent in Spanish and Korean and currently volunteers at the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. She intends to pursue her passion and purpose in providing legal assistance and representation to the marginalized populations. In her free time, Eunjin enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking and yoga.

 

Meagan Muñoz, Law Student

Meagan graduated from The University of New Mexico in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology before moving back to her hometown of Hobbs, NM to become an educator in 2013. She served as a teacher and coach in the Hobbs Municipal School District before becoming a law student at The University of New Mexico School of Law in 2017. Her experience has led her to a passion for women’s rights issues and continued involvement in her community. In her free time, she enjoys sports competitions and time spent with family.

 

Janice D. Paster, JD – Recruitment Committee Chairman

Janice is a retired attorney and non-profit activist. She practiced law for twenty-two years before serving for eleven years as one of three trustees of a small family trust managing real estate. In the fall of 2015 she joined the boards of ADL New Mexico Region and the Jewish Community Foundation of New Mexico. Recently she accepted an invitation to join the ADL Civil Rights Committee. Ms. Paster has served as Chair of the Board of the National Hispanic Cultural Center Foundation and the Jewish Federation of New Mexico. She also served as Vice Chair of the Board of New Mexico Voices for Children.

From 1988 until 1996 Ms. Paster was a member of the New Mexico State Senate. She is the only woman to serve as Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and she also chaired the Interim Health Care Task Force, leading the passage of legislation to update New Mexico’s health law. She is a long-time advocate for reproductive freedom, quality child care, and equality for women and girls in other areas.

Janice earned a BA from Northwestern University and an MA from Tufts University. Ms. Paster also has a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

 

Moyna Robeson, Administrative Officer, Pediatric Shared Services – UNM  

Moyna is a retired Air Force Veteran. During her service, she served as a Paramedic in the US. Europe with medical missions in Africa.  She received a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Policy from the University of New Mexico and is the Administrative Officer for the Department of Pediatrics.  Her compassion is Health Care for everyone without bias.  Moyna currently serves as the Administrative Officer for Pediatric Shared Services at the University of New Mexico.