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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

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



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.

Amanda Conley, MSN, FNP-BC

Past President


Sam began her nursing career following her graduation from the University of Albuquerque and continued to augment her education over the years. She received her post-masters 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. Most recently, she served as President from 2017-2019. Sam now assumes her current position where she will continue to offer her expertise and historical knowledge about our organization to the current president.


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 is a native New Mexican with over 22 years of experience in the field of nursing. She earned her BSN from the University of New Mexico and her MSN/FNP from the University of St. Francis. As a native New Mexican, Theresa enjoys being able to give back to the community by helping families improve their health. She works with patients and families to manage their chronic health issues as well as to develop new goals to continue improving their overall health and wellness. In her spare time, Theresa prefers to be off the grid, enjoying the beauty of New Mexico by fishing and camping with her husband of thirty years and her adult children. Theresa is very passionate about her profession and feels fortunate to serve on the NMNPC board of directors She looks forward to many more years serving NMNPC in any capacity.



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.

Michael Archuleta, APRN, DNP, AGACNP-BC, NE-BC 

Member at Large


From a young age, Dr. Archuleta knew he would choose a path of serving others. Over the past eighteen years he has grown to appreciate the opportunities the nursing profession has afforded him, and continues to afford him, including the opportunity to serve the great people of New Mexico and his nurse practitioner colleagues as a board member on the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council. From humbling beginnings, Dr. Archuleta is a New Mexico native, born and raised in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Dr. Archuleta is the youngest of seven siblings and was the first and only to pursue secondary education. He’s board certified as an Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and as a Nurse Executive. He has 18 years of nursing and healthcare quality improvement experience across various settings that included acute, long-term and managed care settings. Dr. Archuleta is a proud alumnus of the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico having obtained a Doctorate in Nursing Practice and Post-Doctorate Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certificate. He obtained a Master of Science in Nursing from Loyola University New Orleans and holds a national certification in Healthcare Quality by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. Dr. Archuleta has been with Health Care Services Corporation for two years as a Sr. Director for Quality and Accreditation. He most recently worked as a Corporate Quality Director for a managed care organization that covered five million Medicaid members, across 12 states including the territory of Puerto Rico. Dr. Archuleta currently provides leadership and oversight on health plan accreditation efforts and quality program activities. Since becoming board certification, he also works to provide much needed primary care to individuals in his hometown of Las Vegas as a nurse practitioner. Dr. Archuleta volunteers his time to assist disabled and elderly individuals obtain items during food pantries events.

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 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 at Las Cruces Cardiology and cares for both inpatients and outpatients. She also works with the Mountain View Regional Medical Center Resident Program and Borrell College of Medicine with Axel Zagler, MD. They have residents and medical students rotating through the practice and that allows Elicia increased opportunities to help provide education regarding collaborative care management with NPs. She also precepts NP students and finds that this helps keep her sharp and up to date on practice changes. 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

Lisa Meyer, DNP, ANP-BC

Region 4 Representative


Lisa’s nursing career began in a way she never expected. Growing up she always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian and her love for animals never diminished. Then, during Thanksgiving break of her freshman year of college, she came home to find her single mother gravely ill. Following a devastating cancer diagnosis, her mother passed away five weeks later. Lisa quit school to return home to be the legal guardian of her 16-year-old sister. She knew she had to figure out what she wanted to do with the rest of her life and realized how inspired she was by her mother's nurses. Lisa says she can still smell the hospital and feel the cold of the Midwest winter when she thinks about that time, but what stands out even stronger to her are the memories of how caring the nurses were, not only to her mother, but to her sister and her. They instilled hope that throughout the darkest time she had yet to experience, there was light.

Lisa enrolled in a local community college nursing program. She became a licensed practical nurse and began working while continuing with the ADN program. Throughout the years, she worked to obtain various degrees and has worked in various areas of nursing. She believes that this is one of the many beauties of the nursing profession – learning never stops and there are a variety of settings where nurses can work with constant opportunities to grow. In 2016, Lisa completed her DNP degree at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The program taught her a lot about nursing policy, state laws and regulations. She’s currently completing the PMHNP program at the UNM College of Nursing.

Lisa has come to appreciate the uniqueness and challenges associated with living in a rural community. Access to healthcare is an issue many New Mexico residents face. She’s worked for the past three years in the ECHO program with Dr. Sanjeev Arora and his team at the University of New Mexico in treating hepatitis C in residents of southern New Mexico. This program has been changing the ways in which people in rural areas can receive specialized care and provide essential education and training for health care providers providing care in these regions.

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


Newsletter 2019 Q2

Click below to read the June issue, featuring a new series of articles.

Research Findings on Effect of ACA Released at American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference
  • Increased access to care
  • Decreased racial disparities
  • Earlier diagnosis & treatment in cancer


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