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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 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.


Melissa Rietz, MSN, FNP-BC

President Elect

Melissa Rietz received her BSN in 2007 and her master’s degree in 2012 from the University of Michigan. She is a certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (AANC) as a family nurse practitioner. A returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she is fluent in Spanish and has been providing care to Spanish speaking patients since receiving her BSN. She has been involved in the education of nurses and nurse practitioners (NPs) as an instructor and preceptor for many years and is currently an Adjunct Instructor for the University of New Mexico. She is a trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner and performs all delayed examinations for Sexual Assault Services in Farmington, NM. Melissa is also a Certified Yoga Teacher.
Melissa 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 and movement. In addition to being a member of the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council (NMNPC), Melissa belongs to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and is Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) through AADE. Melissa is the current State Representative for AANP and was the past Region 1 Representative for NMNPC.
Melissa has served the AANP New Mexico State Representative for the past two years. In that role, she helped build membership in the state and acted as a contact person for anyone with questions or concerns impacting the role of NPs in New Mexico. During 2017 to 2019, she served on a number of committees for NMNPC. She currently serves as co-chair and active participant on the Education Committee, ensuring that NMNPC has dynamic and educational fall and spring conference each year. Melissa has also served in an elected capacity on the Nominating Committee and worked to promote NMNPC and ensure that the organization seeks out NPs in New Mexico who are interested in volunteering and serving NMNPC. She is the Vice President of the Four Corners Aquatic Team, also an elected position, serving in this role for the past four years. Melissa was recently nominated to serve on the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee to represent a local middle school.


Linda Tylka, MSN, FNP-BC


Linda Tylka, MSN, FNP-BC works for Lovelace Medical Group in Rapid Care, treating patients’ urgent needs. Her prior NP experience includes working in emergency departments and occupational medicine. Her experience has given her the opportunity to pursue skills in occupational health, urgent care and emergency medicine. She is currently certified in CPR, PALS and ACLS.
Linda started her nursing career in 1978, obtaining her diploma in nursing from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing. She continued her nursing education by earning a bachelor’s of science degree from Purdue Calumet Campus in 1984. Linda’s professional nursing education also includes an MSN and post master's FNP certificate from Valparaiso University in 2000. Her MSN project was a chart review of hepatitis C in the HIV population. Her poster won recognition in her graduate work and she presented her project at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners annual conference in 2001. Linda was the NMNPC Region 5 Member Spotlight in February 2020.


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.

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.

Gloria Doherty, ACNP, FNP-BC

Member at Large

Gloria began her nursing education by completing the ASN program at Palm Beach College (Florida) in 1991. She advanced her nursing education with a BSN at Lynn University (Florida) in 1998 and MSN degrees in Adult Health in the Clinical Nurse Specialist program (2000) and Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (2001), both from the University of New Mexico. Gloria is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy through Walden University.
She currently works with the cystic fibrosis population as an intensivist/hospitalist NP for inpatient care at UNMH, managing referrals, ongoing care, admissions, emergencies and the referral line from rural areas to accept patients in transfer. Prior to this Gloria was an intensivist in the department of surgery in the Trauma Surgical ICU for 14 years.  In addition, Gloria is an expert witness for medical-legal cases through Doherty Consulting and has completed many papers and presentation on a wide variety of topics.
Gloria is a member of the American Nurses Association, the New Mexico Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the NMNPC and the Gamma Sigma Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau. She has served on numerous committees and in various positions through her employment and professional organizations, including serving as NMNPC President Elect, President and Past President from 2014 to 2017.


Heidi Ruybalid, FNP-C

Region 1 Representative

Heidi began her nursing education by completing an ADN at San Juan College in 2009 she continued her education by earning a BSN (2014) and an MSN (2016), both at Chamberlain College of Nursing. She currently works full time as a family nurse practitioner, seeing 20 to 25 patients a day and providing primary care services for patients of all ages from newborn to the elderly. Heidi is a member of the American Nurses Association, the New Mexico Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and NMNPC. Heidi was the NMNPC Region 1 Member Spotlight in January 2020.
When she's not working, Heidi enjoys being outdoors with her family, including her husband, three children and three dogs. She's also a parent volunteer with both Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America.

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 and Ambulatory Care Services, Nurse Practitioner Supervisor at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center in New Mexico. She re-wrote the New Mexico Veteran's Administration Health Care System (NMVAHCS) by-laws to reflect full practice authority and worked to change the credentialing process to reflect the licensed independent provider status for nurse practitioners in the NMVAHCS. Albuquerque Business Weekly listed her as one of their Top 40 Young Professionals Under 40, a Woman of Influence in 2018 and she's a White House as a Champion of Change for Women Veterans (2013). Michelle has been active on several boards in addition to serving NMNPC as the Region 5 Representative.

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

  • Bernalillo


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