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Management

Brenda Barela

Brenda Barela

Executive Director
5308 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 356-0022
  1. Brenda has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business with the concentration on the public sector. She has years of experience with the development process of various programs, and the compliance segment stemming from an extensive background, from working within the nonprofit sector. Her passion is helping the community. Her belief is that people need people. People coming together can be powerful. She wants to see “Important things happen by growing relationships and collaborating with others to help meet the needs of the community”.
Phyllis Tabet

Phyllis Tabet

Program Director
5308 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
(505) 356-0022

Phyllis has 31 years of experience in non-profits as a program manager and quality assurance monitor for several Federal and State funded programs. She has managed 4 million + a year in revenue for these programs. These programs were working with USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), NM Supportive Housing and other federal programs.

She loves to help the client and is very dedicated to get whatever services she can for them. She also has raised 4 daughters as a single mom and is now enjoying watching her 12 grandchildren grow up.

Board of Directors

Noelia McNew Board Chair

Board Vice Chair Shary Casados

Melanie Carlson

Board Member

Board Member

John Matchison

John Matchison

Board Treasure

John has many years of experience with non-profit, John is the Former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at HELPNew Mexico, Inc. He studied MBA Finance at Capital University, Attended from 1977 to 1980. He served in the military, he is a Husband, Father and a Grandfather.

Miriam Brettner

Miriam Brettner

Vice Chair/Secretary

Miriam Brettner retired from HELP-New Mexico in 2016. She was the Agency’s Human Resources Administrator for 13 years.  Ms. Brettner received her bachelor’s degree in business with a concentration in Human Resources from UNM’s Anderson School of Business.  She also obtained the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from HRCI and SHRM-CP from the Society of Human Resources Management.  In her capacity as HR Administrator, she provided training to management on HR related issues and current regulations, women returning to the workforce, and newly formed non-profits.  Her skills include mediation, internal inquiries, policies and procedures, interviewing, and state and federal regulations.   In her capacity as HR Administrator, Ms. Brettner oversaw the daily management of HR for approximately 220 employees.

Staff

Judy Cole

Judy Cole

Receptionist

Receptionist

Natalia Belanger

Natalia Belanger

Dance Director/Teacher

Natalia is a dancer that does ballet, and jazz. She started attending PAPA (Public academy of performing arts) as a 6th grader. She started ballet during 9th grade and got into advanced ballet the following year which was 10th grade, she took jazz in 7th grade and got advanced jazz in 10th grade. Natalia studied ballet at PAPA, NDI, BRT (ballet repertory Theater), Keshet, and festivals (Advance classes). She will continue dancing on the side after graduation. Natalia is very outgoing and motivated to help anyone. Natalia has been dancing in the last 16 years, and attended 4 years of nutcracker, Coppelia, and extra shows. Natalia has work/help with many people since a young age and plans to keep working/helping with many people.

Regina Garcia

Regina Garcia

Client Representative Assistant

Regina Garcia was born and raised in Albuquerque. She started off as a Bridge to Success Volunteer. She is a mother of four. She loves helping the community. She is a strong believer in positive thinking, in and out of the workplace.