Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join or Register as Non-Member
Community Search
Board of Directors


Amanda Conley, MSN, FNP-BC



Sam received her postmasters as an FNP from the University of St. Francis in Albuquerque, NM in 2007. She worked in ENT at the VA caring for general ENT patients as well as head/neck cancer patients before retiring in January 2017. Sam is also a retired Army Colonel. She has served NMNPC in several capacities over her many years of membership before assuming her current position.

Clare (Beau) Romero, MSN, FNP-BC


Clare graduated with a BSN from the University of Texas in 2004. She joined the Army and was stationed in Germany, working on a medical/surgical unit caring for injured soldiers for three years. She deployed to Iraq and provided detainee care at Abu Ghraib for a year. Following her deployment in Iraq, she was stationed in El Paso, Texas. She became certified in medical/surgical nursing and became the Assistant Head Nurse on a very busy Medicine/Telemetry unit. She moved to Albuquerque in 2009, transferring into the New Mexico National Guard. She worked at United Blood Services as a therapeutic pheresis nurse and shortly after, started the Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of New Mexico, completing her MSN in 2011. Ms. Romero currently works at the VA Medical Center.

Theresa Gutierrez, FNP-BC


Theresa Gutierrez is a native New Mexican with over 20 years of nursing experience. She received her BSN from UNM in 1996. Theresa has experience is cardiology, women’s health, occupational health, and academia. Currently, Theresa works at Lovelace Bariatrics where her focus is maximizing her patient’s health by targeting obesity, diabetes and hypertension. Aside from positively impacting the lives of her patients, her other passion is in academia. Theresa cherishes her experience working as adjunct faculty at both CNM and Brookline College of Nursing. She plans to pursue her DNP with the desire to return to educating nurses at both the BSN and MSN level in the near future. Theresa has a passion for her profession and believes that practicing NPs should share their knowledge and support NP students by becoming preceptors; she models this belief by being an active preceptor to FNP students and finds this experience to be enriching and rewarding. As a professional in the field of nursing, Theresa believes it is imperative that all NPs become involved in NMNPC so they can become active leaders and advocate for political changes which have the potential to positively impact the profession of nursing. She is excited for the opportunity to serve on the Council as treasurer. When Theresa is not busy with work, she enjoys spending time fishing and camping with her two adult children and her husband of 29 years.


Member at Large

Joyce has been actively involved with NMNPC for many years, initially as treasurer for two terms, then as our AANP representative for four years. She continues to represent  NMNPC, most recently speaking to the NP classes at UNM regarding the benefits of professional organizations and serving on various committees. She has been an NP for the past 20 years, certified in Family Practice and Acute Care. She retired from the VA after 21 years, then worked for UNM for one year and is currently working part time for EMSI doing in-home Medicare physicals. Joyce is also one of five AANP fellows in the state of New Mexico.

Catherine L. Wisner, PhD, FNP-BC

Member at Large

Cathy Wisner is a certified family nurse practitioner with a PhD in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration. She received her MSN from Vanderbilt University and her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Wisner is currently the Chief Clinical Officer for Advance Health, a company she co-developed in 2011. Advance Health is a national company with a presence in over 30 states, and hires nurse practitioners to complete in-home assessments (wellness visits) for health plan members. She currently manages a clinical staff of over 600 nurse practitioners.  Prior to joining Advance Health, Dr. Wisner served as the Chief of Clinical Operations for Health Right, Inc. and Director of Quality Management for Amerigroup. Dr. Wisner was formerly the Senior Nurse Practitioner Health Policy Fellow in the Office of the US Surgeon General and served as Vice President of Operations and Clinical Quality for MinuteClinic, Inc., growing MinuteClinic from a small regional company to a major division of CVS/CareMark with over 500 NPs under management. Dr. Wisner is well versed in healthcare policy and has authored several publications.

Melissa Rietz, MSN, FNP-BC, BC-ADM

Region 1 Representative

Melissa received her BSN in the Second Career program at the University of Michigan in 2007. She completed her Master of Science degree (2012) in Community Health Nursing with a concentration in Occupational Health Nursing and a certificate in Nursing Education. During her time at the University of Michigan, she worked as a graduate student instructor in both pediatric and obstetric nursing in the BSN and Second Career programs. In 2013 she moved to Farmington, New Mexico to work at a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center (FQHC). She now works at Piñon Family Practice in Farmington and Southwest Women's Health Associates in Durango, CO specializing in Women's Health and Integrative Wellness.  She also continues to perform examinations for Sexual Assault Services in Farmington. Melissa has practiced yoga for more than 20 years and in 2015 she completed her 200-hour teacher certification through YogaDurango. Ms. Rietz has an extensive list of publications and presentations on a wide variety of topics; her current focus is on the integration of holistic health into the clinic setting through nutrition, breath work, essential oils and movement. She is a member of Sigma Thea Tau, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, NMNPC and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. In 2015, Ms. Rietz passed her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) through AADE. In addition to her service on the NMNPC Board, Melissa serves as the "Yoga Coach" and as a board member for the Four Corners Aquatic Team.

Counties comprising Region 1 (for a map, click here):

  • Cibola
  • Los Alamos
  • McKinley
  • Rio Arriba
  • Sandoval
  • San Juan
  • Valencia

Abby Rodriguez, MSN, FNP-BC

Region 2 Representative

Abby received her BSN at the University of Iowa in 2006 and her MSN from the University of New Mexico in May, 2014. When she received her license as a Family Nurse Practitioner in New Mexico and became a full member of NMNPC, the Board of Directors appointed her to fill the vacant Region 2 Representative position. Abby joined NMNPC as a student member and volunteered to fill this position before her graduation. She currently works in primary and urgent care at the Aspen Medical Center in Santa Fe. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a registered nurse on a medical/surgical unit at Los Alamos Medical Center, and was the charge nurse in labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe. In addition to being a member of NMNPC, Abby is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Safe Kids Worldwide, where she serves as a certified National Child Passenger Safety Technician. Since 2011, Abby has participated in Child Safety Seat Community Clinics with Safer New Mexico Now.

Counties comprising Region 2 (for a map, click here):

  • Colfax
  • Curry
  • Guadalupe
  • Harding
  • Mora
  • Quay
  • San Miguel
  • Santa Fe
  • Taos
  • Torrance
  • Union

Elicia Currier, MSN, ACNP-BC

Region 3 Representative

Elicia felt called to nursing at age 4 by her awe for the human body and compassion for people. She received her BSN at New Mexico State University in 2006 and her MSN as an adult and geriatric acute care nurse practitioner from the University of Texas El Paso in 2013. As an RN she worked in intensive care and long-term acute care while also serving as part-time clinical nursing faculty at Doña Ana Community College. Her NP experience includes pain management, family practice and acute care inpatient practice. She currently works in cardiology, both inpatient and outpatient. Elicia is excited to take on her new role as Region 3 Representative.

Counties comprising Region 3 (for a map, click here):

  • Catron
  • Dona Ana
  • Grant
  • Hidalgo
  • Luna
  • Sierra
  • Socorro

Shawnna Read, MSN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC

Region 4 Representative

Shawnna began her nursing career as an LPN following her graduation from New Mexico Junior College in 2002. She continued her education there, receiving her AAS in 2003 and becoming a registered nurse. Shawnna subsequently received her BSN in 2004, her MSN as a family nurse practitioner in 2008 and her post-masters certificate as an acute care nurse practitioner in 2010, all from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center. Her NP employment experience includes working with a general surgeon, providing PRN coverage in the ED and urgent care, as well as serving as a hospitalist. Shawnna currently works at several dialysis centers serving patients with end stage kidney disease in Lea and Eddy counties. She served as Region 4 Representative for two previous terms from 2011-2015. 

Counties comprising Region 4 (for a map, click here):

  • Chaves
  • DeBaca
  • Eddy
  • Lea
  • Lincoln
  • Otero
  • Roosevelt

Michelle Peacock, MSN, FNP-BC 

Region 5 Representative

Michelle Peacock is a family nurse practitioner at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Ambulatory Care Clinic. She is Board Chair of the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Committee and was awarded Albuquerque Business Weekly's Top 40 Young Professionals Under 40 and honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for Women Veterans in 2013. Michelle is also a member of the Women Veterans of New Mexico and was the acting Executive Director and member of American Women Veterans, a national organization that works in advocacy on behalf of service women, veterans and their families. She is a graduate of the New Mexico Emerge program, a group dedicated to changing the face of New Mexico politics by identifying, training and encouraging women to run for office, get elected and seek higher office. Currently Michelle is the president of the Board for Cuidando Los Niños, a nonprofit dedicated to ending childhood homelessness where she serves on the Executive and Finance committees. Michelle is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

County comprising Region 5 (for a map, click here):

  • Bernalillo

more Calendar

Clinical Training Program for NEXPLANON

4/26/2018 » 4/28/2018
EXHIBITOR/Sponsor: NMNPC 2018 Annual Conference

4/26/2018 » 4/28/2018
NMNPC 2018 Annual Conference

4/26/2018 » 4/27/2018
Webinar - NMNPC 2018 Annual Conference

Members on the 2018 Ballot
Lynda Ann GreenRunning for President Elect
Andrea OwensRunning for Member at Large
Kathy Lopez-BushnellRunning for Nominating Committee
Nicole WilliamsRunning for Secretary
Kate GoldblumRunning for Nominating Committee

Click Below to Access the 2018 NMNPC Ballot
Association Management Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal