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Board of Directors & Staff


Rachel Bevan, BSN, RN

Executive Director


Rachel Beven was the first paid employee to work for NMNPC and her employment is a testament to how much we've grown over the past few years. Rachel is a third-generation registered nurse, following in the footsteps of her mother and maternal grandmother. She received a BA in Communications in 2006 and a BSN in 2009, both from California State University, San Marcos. Rachel graduated magna cum laude from her BSN program. Following her graduation, she returned to New Mexico and began working in the NICU at Presbyterian where she worked until March, 2018. During her first year in the NICU, a patient’s family nominated her for the NM Nurse Excellence Advocate Award.

 Rachel believes it’s very important to have an organization that advocates for all nurse practitioners in the state. With a growing membership and annual conference, it was no longer possible for NMNPC to function on an all-volunteer basis and Rachel's nursing background combined with her technical computer skills gives her the basis for helping with much of the day-to-day work of the organization. She enjoys helping NPs navigate our website and membership procedures. A big part of her job is fielding questions about many organizational and practice issues and directing NPs to an appropriate source for information on those issues.

Rachel lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she was born and raised with her 5 older brothers. She’s married to Jared Bevan and they have 3 sons - Noah, Sawyer and Easton.

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 retired as a Colonel after serving many years in the Army National Guard, including a deployment in Iraq. She has served NMNPC in several capacities over her many years of membership before assuming her current position.

Lynda (Ann) Green, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

President Elect


Ann received her BSN from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana in 1984, her MSN in 1990 and her PhD in 2002, both from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi. She also completed a Post-Masters as a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner in 1992 from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi and her Post-Masters as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 1996 from Northwestern State University in Shreveport, Louisiana. Ann has practiced as an advance practice nursing for 25 years and was among the first 14 nurse practitioners in Louisiana to obtain prescriptive authority. In 2014, Dr. Green began serving on New Mexico Board of Nursing (NMBOD) Advanced Practice Advisory Committee beginning in 2014 and in 2016 Governor Martinez appointed her to the New Mexico State Board of Nursing. Recently the BON elected her as Chair of the Board. She currently practices at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque.

Nicole Williams, MSN, AGPCNP-BC



Nicole graduated from Western Michigan University in 2009 where she received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Aviation Science and Airline Administration with a minor in Psychology. She earned her MSN in 2014 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, with a specialty in Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. Nicole is currently a candidate for Fellow in the Wilderness Medical Society and holds Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine. Nicole has been working in her speciality for over a year in New Mexico. She currently serves as a member of the New Mexico Board of Nursing Advanced Practice Advisory Committee and as the Co-Chair for the New Mexico VA Advanced Practice Council. Prior to relocating to New Mexico, Nicole received education and professional experience in different states and different areas of the country, giving her a broad understanding of nursing education and practice.

Theresa Gutierrez, MSN, 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 one of five AANP fellows in the state of New Mexico.

Anita Ralstin, MSN, FNP-BC

Member at Large


Anita is a nurse practitioner at the New Mexico Heart Institute (NMHI) in Albuquerque and has worked as a nurse for over 41 years. Four years ago, after more than 20 years as an NP at NMHI, she founded Next Step Health Consultant, LLC and has continued to consult at NMHI in that position. Anita received her BSN from Washington State University in 1972 and her MSN from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1991. She completed her nurse practitioner program in 1995, also from Oregon Health Sciences University. Anita has been an active member of NMNPC for many years. She served as President and has also severed on the conference committee for many years. In 2013, Anita received the top honor from the Center for Nursing Excellence, being honored with the Distinguished Nurse of the Year Award that year. Anita serves as the NM State Representative for the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and will be leaving that position in June 2018 after serving for two years. Her ongoing interests are in health policy, preserving and improving the excellent NP practice environment in New Mexico, supporting NP education and NP mentoring. She believes that serving as Member at Large allows her to use her skills and expertise to support NPs in the state and our statewide organization.

Rose Saltclah, FNP-BC

Region 1 Representative


Rose lives in Farmington with her family. A Navajo, Rose is originally from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona in the Four Corners area. She started her nursing career in 1980 as a nursing assistant at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah, received her BSN in 1984 from the University of Utah, and her MSN/FNP from the University of New Mexico in 2001. Rose worked as a registered nurse for many years in the US Public Health Service/Indian Health Service on the Navajo reservation. As an RN, her diverse clinical experiences include inpatient, outpatient, emergency department and administration where she worked in hospital accreditation, strategic planning, case management, utilization review, and discharge planning. She also taught nursing at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, NM.

Following her graduation as an FNP, she continued to work for the Indian Health Service as a Commissioned Officer, where her ultimate boss was the US Public Health Service Surgeon General. Rose worked in primary care caring for acute, chronic and emergency patients at various hospitals and clinics including Fort Defiance Hospital, Tohatchi Clinic and Crownpoint Hospital. She was sometimes the sole primary care provider in rural clinics like Pueblo Pintado, Thoreau and Sanders. Rose says, “But, I survived!” Her nursing experiences all helped her in the NP clinical role and she has also precepted for nursing, NP, pharmacist and military medic students. Rose has a great love for the Native patients she served from 1984 to 2016 before retiring in 2016 as Captain, USPHS Commissioned Officer.

In July 2017, Rose began working part-time with Reliance Medical Group, a private practice in Farmington, primarily doing occupational health and urgent care. As a certified Medical Examiner for Commercial Drivers’ License she also performs CDL exams. Rose received multiple awards during her nursing career: 2007 Arizona Nurse Practitioner of the Year, 2012 Navajo Area Indian Health Service Provider of the Year, Outstanding Health Promotion, and numerous other awards from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corp including Achievement Medal, Commendation Medal, Outstanding Service Medal, Unit Commendation, and in 2005 a Special Assignment and Crisis Response Medal for Deployment to Hurricane Rita.

Rose says, “I’ve had excellent mentors as a child who motivated me to pursue a career that provides service with compassion, love and kindness. My late maternal grandfather (1868-1974) was a Navajo medicine man who was a devoted community doctor. An exemplary school nurse and a registered nurse in-law were also my mentors. I decided to study nursing when I was in the sixth grade and during high school in Bountiful Utah, I took science classes and graduated from Viewmont High School there.”

In her new role as Region 1 Representative, she hopes to provide a positive influence on nurses and new nurses across New Mexico. She says, “If I can do it, anyone can. This is a little girl that grew up on the Navajo reservation with limited resources. Look, listen and feel for the rich and positive influences from our elders, youth and others that can enlighten our life. Education is service. “

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

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

Kimberly Lopez, MSN, FNP-BC

Region 2 Representative


Kimberly is a family nurse practitioner at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Kimberly graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2016. She was a Sigma Theta Tau member and was the recipient of the Hillard & Nancy Travis Scholarship and the Godchaux Scholarship. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has been a member of NMNPC since 2016. Kimberly wants to improve the influence of NPs in New Mexico and believes that NMNPC provides the best means for the NP profession to represent itself. As a native of Santa Fe, she's committed to collaborating with all the counties within Region 2 to deepen their impact by providing a voice regarding the concerns of diverse colleagues in northeastern NM.

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 4 years of age 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 about her 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. Albuquerque Business Weekly listed her as one of their Top 40 Young Professionals Under 40 and she was 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


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