Our Team

Staff

Antoinette Villamil, Executive Director

Antoinette Villamil holds an MFA in creative writing from New Mexico State University. She has taught high school and college level writing classes, most recently at IAIA and New Mexico School for the Arts. She has spent the last fifteen working in community and education-based nonprofits in Northern New Mexico, including Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council and NewMexicoWomen.Org. As part of her commitment to health equity, Antoinette is currently a member of Santa Fe County’s Health Policy & Planning Commission. Antoinette was named one of the “Ten Who Made a Difference” by the Santa Fe New Mexican in 2020 for pivoting the work of Many Mothers to address the needs of families in crisis. She is the proud parent of a lively eight-year-old son who is a student at Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences.

 

Kai Forsley, Associate Director

After completing her BA in English from the University of Illinois, a deeply fulfilling volunteer opportunity led Kai to work in the social service realm. Originally from Chicago, Kai spent the last 14 years in the sublime city of San Francisco, working in the areas of literacy, governmental accountability, and foster youth advocacy as well as volunteering on various boards and commissions. Due to her fervor for libraries, systems management, and information organization, Kai obtained her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. After working as a librarian, in addition to a stint as a natural resources manager in a national park, her devotion to empowering others led her back to working with children and their families. Kai was recognized by Ayesha and Stephen Curry’s Eat.Learn.Play. Foundation for exceptional community service. Kai loves spending time with her family. Her hobbies include real estate investing, hiking flatlands, and watching copious amounts of how-to videos on YouTube.

 

Marissa Visscher, Program Manager

After obtaining a BS in Community Health Education, Marissa served for two and half years in the United States Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan as a health education volunteer. This experience instilled a passion for serving community, in particular the wellbeing of women and children. Marissa continued her higher education by obtaining an MPA with a nonprofit concentration from the University of Colorado, Denver and subsequently worked for the State of Colorado in an administrative role. Marissa grew up in Albuquerque and has returned to the Land of Enchantment to raise her son among family and friends. When not working, Marissa loves to be in nature with her husband and son, creating herbal medicines, cooking new recipes, and making her family laugh.

 

Anita Castillo, Volunteer Coordinator

Anita is a native New Mexican, happy wife, and proud mama to two daughters. She earned a BA in Organizational Communication from UNM and is also a photographer. Her background is in project management and marketing, but her calling and passion is in working to make a positive impact in the lives of families and children in our community. Anita is an active member on the PTC board at her daughters’ school and also volunteers with various youth sports groups. When she is not at work or behind the camera, you can find her playing in the mountains with her family, studying American Sign Language, or cooking in the kitchen with her girls.

 

Sarah Cheney, Program Coordinator

Sarah, a New Mexican native, was raised in the southern part of the state, before settling in Santa Fe in 2010. Following her studies of Graphic Design, she found herself drawn into the nonprofit sector. In her previous roles, Sarah worked as a respite provider and served over two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Her work as a VISTA focused on sustainability and positive outcomes within the birth to career spectrum for Santa Fe’s children. Sarah hopes that her past work will strengthen her in her new role of supporting families as they navigate their new journey as parents. Outside of work, Sarah dedicates copious amounts of time to playing with her two poodles, attending concerts, and indulging in her love of anime, manga and other nerdy interests.

 

Teresa Flavia Schum (Villarroel-Delgado), Home Visitor

Teresa was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia and moved to Santa Fe in 2007. She has worked with many New Mexican parents providing care and love for their children. In 2020, she earned a certificate as a Home Visitor-Community Health Worker with high honors from Santa Fe Community College. Teresa believes that families receive the most benefit when they are seen individually. She is pursuing an Associate’ degree in Early Childhood Education at SFCC and plans to enroll in the Infant-Family Studies Programs. Alongside her husband and daughter, Teresa enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, baking, taking naps, and fostering cats and kittens.

Board of Directors

Jeanne Du Rivage, MA, OTR/L, President

Jeanne has lived in New Mexico for over 26 years and has worked with families both as a direct care provider as an occupational therapist and in program management. She has been on the board of MM for over 5 years. She is passionate about supporting families of young children as they are not only the backbone of our society but the future of our community.

 

Dennis Jung, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Vice President

Dennis originally hails from the Texas Hill Country by way of Hawaii. He holds undergraduate degrees in anthropology and nursing from the University of Texas and a graduate degree in nursing from the University of Hawaii.

He was employed as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for forty years and recently retired after 27 year stint with Arroyo Chamiso Pediatrics here in Santa Fe. While he no longer works in the health field, he continues to have an active interest in Maternal-Child Health.

He has been one of our board members since 2019 and a volunteer since 2018. He also serves as a volunteer at the Food Depot. He is also a prolific writer in his spare time and has published eight novels with a ninth in progress.

 

Maxine Swisa, MA, Treasurer

Maxine Swisa is an educator, author, mindfulness and yoga instructor and former C-Level Executive. She created a unique course called BREATHE, using brain-based learning theories that focus on fostering positive emotions. Her work incorporates mindfulness, effective communication techniques, and unconditional positive regard to create  a collaborative, caring community that enhances personal
well-being.

Ms. Swisa has worked with professionals using these techniques in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

 

Dr. Ellen Pope, OTD/OTR, Board Member

Ellen has practiced as an occupational therapist for over 4 decades. Her Occupational Therapy practice has focused on using a family centered, coaching approach to support families with children with feeding issues, fine and gross motor issues, sensory processing issues, self-help skills, sleep and social emotional concerns. As part of an interdisciplinary team, she supports the Center for Ann Sullivan Peru (CASP) for persons with differing abilities.

She has her clinical doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy, and in addition to her practice in Pediatrics, she was an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is certified by the Family Sleep Institute as a Child Sleep Consultant and is also the owner of small sleeper, LLC.

 

Patricia Reifel, Board Member

Patricia Reifel (she, her, hers) became a Many Mothers volunteer in 2017 and was appointed to the Many Mothers Board of Directors in 2020. Retired since 2016, her background is in education, counseling, grant proposal writing, and volunteering.

Patricia and her husband have been happily married for 42 years and have a grown son and daughter. She is affiliated through her mother’s family with Santa Clara Pueblo and has recently become a tribal member. Patricia loves to volunteer: helping families through Many Mothers, assisting the Director with grant proposal writing, sewing and donating face masks, and knitting breast-replacement “Knitted Knockers” for breast cancer victims.

 

Eva Borins, Board Member

Eva is now retired after 35 years of bookselling in Toronto, Canada and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the former owner of Garcia Street Books.

Eva began volunteering with Many Mothers after her children were grown. She also decided to challenge herself in the swimming pool, resulting in medaling at the State Senior Olympics as well as the National Senior Olympics. She is serving as a board member for The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and recently finished a six -year term as Treasurer and President of the New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is now also enjoying The Santa Fe Rotary Club.

 

Bernadette Freeman, Board Member

Bernadette Freeman is an established artist in Santa Fe and joined Many Mothers as a volunteer in 2018. She holds her degree in English (Writing) and was a Management Consultant with a small international Chicago-based firm, specializing in the environmental division, working closely with the U.S. EPA. She left active practice in that field to pursue her career in art, which allowed her to volunteer in many capacities in schools, religious groups, and art, including the Art Institute of Chicago.

She moved from Chicago and established her studio in Santa Fe in 2010. She is the proud mother of two creative young women.

Supporting Our Community

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