Staff + Board

 Staff

Terrelene Massey, Executive Director

Terrelene holds a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation. Terrelene most recently served as the Executive Director of the Navajo Division of Social Services. She was appointed by the President of the Navajo Nation, and confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council. She served in this capacity from May 2015 to January 2019. Prior to her appointment with the Navajo Nation, Terrelene was employed as an attorney at Johnson Barnhouse & Keegan, LLP, in Albuquerque. She also served as a staff attorney at New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc., where she provided legal services to low income clients regarding federal Indian law, family law, and tribal law matters. Terrelene previously worked as the Tribal Liaison for the New Mexico Human Services Department where she managed tribal related projects impacting Native American health and human services programs. Terrelene also served as the Associate Director of Honoring Nations at the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, Harvard University, where she co-authored reports and case studies evaluating tribal sovereignty programs and governmental best practices. Terrelene is originally from Pinon, Arizona and is a tribal member of the Navajo Nation.

Sydney Tellez, Policy Avocate

Sydney has been working within the political and advocacy community for over three years. A graduate from the University of New Mexico, lifelong New Mexican, and Chicana, she is passionate about subverting systems of oppression that have worked to marginalize and disenfranchise generations of New Mexicans. Sydney believes that intersectional advocacy and policy is crucial to building and sustaining strong communities in the face of adversity. Her passion for culture and community is intertwined with a strong desire to increase and develop leadership opportunities for young people, especially young people of color. An Emerge New Mexico graduate, Sydney believes in empowering and equipping all women with the tools and support to advocate for their healthcare, quality of life,culture, and civil liberties. In her free time, Sydney enjoys the arts, especially performance art, and uses her multifaceted skills to increase revenue and funds for various community non-profits.

Pearl Clark, Office Administrator

 

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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

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.