UNITED: Invigorating partnerships to prevent commercial tobacco use for a healthier New Mexico

We are bringing the 2020 NMACTion Conference online! The Conference is so meaningful not only for the tremendous workshops and activities being done, but also for the networking that is facilitated – our industry doesn’t often have this opportunity to come together for this degree of diverse education topics and discussion.

So get ready for some great keynotes, like Ernie Tsosie who is back by huge demand. We also have Leo Manzano as a featured speaker this year.

We have three specialty tracks which will include CEUs, these are:

Youth & Families: Promoting the impact youth and families have on tobacco policy and community engagement.

Behavioral Health:  Insightful workshops with content on nicotine addiction treatment, trauma informed care, and the opportunity to learn more about other support quit methods.

LGBTQ: Featuring Trans 101, Nonbinary 101, Bi+ identities, and Beyond inclusivity: Making environments welcoming to queer and trans people.

Note: The awards luncheon recognizing our state’s tobacco control leaders will be scheduled at a later date, post-Covid19.

For more information about the conference or sponsorships, or if you need assistance registering, please contact:
Devona at devona@chronicdiseasenm.org or Trish at trish@chronicdiseasenm.org

Click here for a copy of the Program brochure.


The goals of the 2019 NM ACTion Conference are:

  • To engage non-traditional community partners in tobacco control policy efforts state-wide.
  • To understand how public health models can be utilized in tobacco control policy efforts in New Mexico.
  • Share promising practices, experiences and recent research to accelerate the reduction of smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use and their consequences.
  • Build a network of individuals who can share experiences and advocate for communities free from the toll of smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use.
  • Update skills in behavioral interventions for tobacco treatment.
  • Identify current trends in medications for tobacco dependence.

Further, each session has its own objectives:

1) Hear about up-to-date research on prevalence and relative risks of tobacco, e-cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and together non-combustible tobacco products.

2) Discuss clinical strategies for treating tobacco use disorder within the context of rapidly evolving nicotine delivery products.

3) Describe effective models of community and public health interventions to provide accurate education and address the evolving tobacco epidemic.

4) Focus national attention on smokeless tobacco and emerging products as critical public health issues.

5) Integrate and increase health equity approaches to positively change community norms-surrounding smokeless and non-combustible tobacco use in vulnerable populations.

6) Build a community of individuals who can share experiences and advocate for communities free from the toll of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco emerging products.

For more information about these goals, please contact Trish Garduño at Trish@chronicdiseasenm.org.


2020 NM ACTion Conference Agenda

NMACTion Conference Agenda


The New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco is pleased to announce our presenters for the 2020 NM ACTion Conference:


Leo ManzanoLeonel “Leo” Manzano

United States where he was raised in Granite Shoals, Texas. Leo’s passion and love for running came at an early age and developed throughout high school as he attended Marble Falls High School. Leo won a total of nine Texas 4A state championships in track and cross country with record prep bests of 1:50.48 (800m), 4:06.29 (1600m), and 9:07.18 (3200m).  Upon graduating from high school, the Marble Falls standout took his talents to the University of Texas, Austin. Despite always being the underdog because of his size (5’ 5”, 125 lbs), Leo consistently proved himself on the track, winning a total of five NCAA National Championship titles, earning All American eleven times, and culminating in his senior year with the Men’s Track Athlete of the Year award from the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).  These achievements lead up to the 2012 Olympics in London, where Leo won the silver medal in the 1500 meters, becoming the first American to medal in that event since Jim Ryun in 1968.

Leo continued on to win more titles at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championship and even achieved a personal record of 3:30.98 at the Diamond League Herculis Monaco soon after. In 2015, Leo competed in the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and World Championships in Athletics - Men’s 1500 meters.  The opportunity of a third year at the Olympics came for Leo, however he ended up placing 4th at the 2016 United States Olympic Trials.  Leo is the first Longhorn to make the US Olympic team in the 1500 meter and remains the most decorated athlete in Track and Field at the University of Texas, Austin, with school records in the indoor mile (3:58.78), 1500 meter (3:35.29), and indoor and outdoor distance medley relay.

Leo has been invited to speak at some of the world’s most well known companies and has been featured on hundreds of media outlets, including the cover of Latino Leaders, Sports Illustrated, and Austin Fit Magazine, where he has been called the embodiment of the American Dream.  Following a legendary athletic career, Leo announced his retirement from competitive running on July 28, 2019 due to a calf injury earlier that year and a desire to spend more time with family.

While the competitive running days are behind him, Leo is still active in community events. Leo serves as brand ambassador for the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon, Manzano Mile and high school coach in Austin, as well as nationally for HOKA ONE ONE, the New Mexico Department of Health Anti-Tobacco Campaign, Polar, Correr Sin Fronteras Magazine, IAAF Athlete Representative, and Motivational Speaker.

Ernie TsosieKeynote:

Ernie Tsosie
Award-winning Actor, Comedian, and Motivational Speaker

Ernie Tsosie is an award-winning actor, comedian, and motivational speaker. Ernie has been a professional presenter and performer since 1996, when he appeared in his first professional acting job for the Actors Theater of Phoenix. Since then Ernie has gone on to work as a professional performer and presenter in films, television, theatre, stand-up comedy and radio, as well as in Native American events, communities, schools and wellness programs.
Ernie is the founder of Near Water Theatre Troupe and Near Water Enterprises, Inc. a company that produces original theatrical, comedy and motivational presentations with a positive message. He is also co-founder and owner of the popular and award winning “James & Ernie Comedy Duo” and the super duper Native American comedy show case “49 Laughs Comedy”.

Ernie’s acting credits include appearing in two episodes of the highly acclaimed A&E TV show “Longmire” and “Drunk Town’s Finest” an official Sundance Film Festival selection executive produced by Robert Redford.

Ernie is proud to be a sober and drug free Native American performer and motivational presenter but more importantly he is a sober and drug free husband, father and Native American man.
Ernie performs and presents acting and comedy with a positive message and the performing arts serves as the vehicle to help pass along these most important of messages. One of his weapons in this war against suicides, depression, alcoholism, addiction and bullying are his own personal testimony of beating the odds himself against these issues.
Humor and laughter along with acting are not only medicine for the soul, they’re also amazing and powerful tools! Tools that can be used to gain the trust, confidence, and the attention of people and Ernie does just that, making him a great addition to your project or event as an actor, comedian, motivational speaker, school and conference presenter, and event entertainer.
“It is great to be a Native American but it’s even greater to be a sober and drug free Native American!” – Ernie Tsosie


Molly AdlerMolly Adler, LCSW
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

Molly Adler is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Molly works in her psychotherapy private practice Sex Therapy New Mexico with folks on sexuality and gender issues, relationships, healing trauma, and life transitions. She loves working with clients who identify under the LGBTQ2S+ umbrella, people who are polyamorous, and clients who are kink-identified. Molly believes in a holistic approach to wellness through personal empowerment and uses body-based mindfulness throughout her work. In 2007, Molly co-founded Self Serve Sexuality Resource Center, New Mexico’s first education-based, award-winning, sex-positive shop. Find out more at SexTherapyNM.com or on Instagram @SexTherapyNM.


Dr. BachyryczDr. Amy Bachyrycz, Pharm.D.
Assistant Professor
University of New Mexico Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences

Amy Bachyrycz, graduated from the University of Connecticut College of Pharmacy in 2004 and went onto complete a General Pharmacy Practice Residency at the New Mexico VA Health Care System in Albuquerque. She went onto become the Shared Faculty at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and Walgreens Patient Care Center. She is currently and Assistant Professor with the University of New Mexico Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administrative Sciences and the trainer for the New Mexico Pharmacists Association Prescriptive Authority for Tobacco Cessation.

Staci FatemiStaci Fatemi
Pronoun Zine

Stacy Fatemi (they/them) is a 23-year-old queer nonbinary educator, musician, vlogger, language lover, and real-life trans person from Albuquerque, NM. They are the author of the Pronoun Zine: a compact, easy-to-read guide on the importance of pronouns and how to respect them, which can be found at pronounzine.com.

Carlye HausbeckCarlye Hausbeck, MSW
Sr. Program Manager
Evolvement New Mexico and Next Era Louisiana
Rescue Agency

Carlye Hausbeck is the Sr. Program Manager for Evolvement New Mexico and Next Era Louisiana through Rescue Agency.  She has worked at Rescue Agency on the Youth Engagement Policy team for two years. During her time at Rescue Agency, she has led youth engagement programs and policy change across multiple states. Evolvement New Mexico trained over 350 youth throughout the state this year and is the largest youth-led movement in the state. Prior to her work at The Rescue Agency, Carlye led programming from at-risk youth in her home state of Michigan. She holds a Master of Social Work Degree and studied Policy Change and Innovation. Carlye currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

HoangEsther Hoang, MPH
Cessation Specialist
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program

Esther has over 10 years’ experience working in primary care and ocular health settings and has 8 years’ experience in public health with a primary focus on tobacco use prevention. Her public health work began at the New Mexico Asian Family Center educating the community on the harmful effects of tobacco use. She moved on to working for Optum as a Health Systems Change Specialist working closely with various provider champions from FQHC, rural clinics, critical access hospitals, Indian Health Services and oral health clinics to develop policies, protocols, and a robust tobacco treatment referral system to the QUIT NOW and DEJELO YA services. In 2017, she joined New Mexico Department of Health’s Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program as the Cessation Specialist overseeing both the Nicotine Addiction Treatment Services and Health Systems Change Training & Outreach Program. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Kansas in 2007 and a Masters degree in Public Health at New Mexico State University in 2013.

KaraKara Kikuchi, ND
Manager of Training and Outreach Programs

Dr. Kara Kikuchi has over 13 years of experience in tobacco cessation and control. Serving as Manager of Training and Outreach Programs since 2015, she is responsible for the development and implementation of new programs and leads a team of System Change Specialists to meet training and outreach contract requirements. Kara is a supervisor, primary care physician, and educator. She earned a Naturopathic Doctorate from Bastyr University and Bachelor of Sciences degrees in Biology and Anthropology from the University of Utah.

Adrien Lawyer

Adrien Lawyer
Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico

Adrien Lawyer co-founded TGRCNM in 2008 with Zane Stephens to be a clearinghouse of service provision, education, and advocacy for the transgender community in New Mexico. He has facilitated over 1,200 Transgender 101 training sessions throughout New Mexico, including training every corrections department in the state, numerous district attorney offices, police departments, public and private schools, healthcare and social service facilities, and countless businesses, nonprofits, and other entities. Adrien has led successful advocacy efforts for model transgender student policies, gender-neutral restrooms, trans inclusion in social service facilities, statewide bullying prevention, and most recently, birth certificate gender marker change.

On a national level, Adrien presents and consults on many issues impacting the trans community, including TGRCNM as a successful model for local service provision. He has been recognized with the Jose Sarria Into the Light Award for community service and the Vincent R. Johnson Model of Hope Award for LGBTQ role models. In 2019, Adrien won the Advocacy In Action (AIA) Professional Innovation in Victim Services Award presented by the New Mexico Crime Victims Reparation Commission (CVRC).

Adrien is a trans man and father. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar with A Band Named Sue.


Lesley MeyerLesley Meyer, MBA
Community Health Program Manager
KERES Consulting, Inc.

Lesley Meyer is the Community Health Program Manager at Keres Consulting, Inc. (Keres). At Keres, Lesley manages two statewide tobacco control contracts including one for secondhand smoke protections in Native American communities, Smoke Free Signals, which Keres has held since 2015 offering community presentations, education, and policy support for commercial tobacco free initiatives; and for tobacco prevention and intervention strategies for young adults, No More NM, in which Keres strives to engage and encourage all New Mexicans ages 18 to 29 to live nicotine-free lives through outreach, with an emphasis on technology.  Additionally, she has managed projects including statewide grant oversight for the NM Indian Affairs Department Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program, emerging tobacco products education in Native communities, tribal food sovereignty, addressing food deserts in Native communities, conducting a statewide urban Indian community health assessment, and program development and management of data and health indicators for tribal communities. Lesley is also the Co-Chair of the New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco (NM ACT) and holds an Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Keres is a Native American-owned consulting company headquartered in Albuquerque, NM.

Mary MorganMary Morgan, MPA
Contract Monitor
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program

Mary Morgan, MPA is a contract monitor with the NMDOH Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program. She is also a part-time professor at Doña Ana Community College teaching government and political science. She has been in tobacco prevention since 1997 and teaching since 2002. She holds bachelor degrees in both criminal justice and Psychology from NMSU and a master’s degree in public administration from Troy State University. Since 1999, she has made smoke-free Doña Ana County her home. She is a strong advocate for protecting children and families throughout New Mexico.

Rebecca PadillaRebecca Padilla
National Manager, Tobacco Programs
American Lung Association

Rebecca is passionate about promoting lung health, specifically through eliminating commercial tobacco product use and tobacco related diseases. Rebecca oversees national projects that support tobacco product cessation efforts across the country in both clinical and community-based settings. Rebecca manages a 5-year cooperative agreement from the CDC to offer technical assistance and support of tobacco cessation and health systems change through 2024. Additionally, has managed American Lung’s signature programs in New Mexico, including Freedom From Smoking, Better Breathers Clubs, Asthma Basics and Open Airways for Schools, and is a certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist through the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Arts, and is currently pursuing her master’s in organizational leadership, with a concentration in industrial and organizational learning science.

Jen PanhorstJen Panhorst, LCSW, MSW
Division of Community Behavioral Health
UNM Department of Psychiatry

Jen Panhorst, LCSW, graduated with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Nevada Reno in 2007 and has done clinical work with adolescents and their families in a wide range of settings. Jen has a specialization in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-spirit, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQ2IA) communities. Her work in this area has included completing a master’s project exploring the experiences of people who are transgender; leading a support group for LGBTQ+ teens for 2 years in southeast Michigan; co-leading the National Association of Social Workers New Mexico (NASW-NM) LGBTQ Task Force for 3 years; and running trainings on LGBTQ+ topics throughout New Mexico. Jen currently works at the Division of Community Behavioral Health in UNM’s Department of Psychiatry as a supervisor, trainer, and clinician.

Alex Ross-ReedAlex Ross-Reed, MA

Alex Ross-Reed (she/her/hers). Alex leads the Fierce Pride network of LGBTQ+ volunteers dedicated to LGBTQ+ health advocacy in New Mexico. Alex has worked with Fierce Pride for 6 years creating health messaging by and for the LGBTQ+ community about tobacco and health resources. Alex is also the co-chair of New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco, and is committed to centering those most impacted by tobacco through coalition building, training, and policy advocacy. Alex holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a MA from Vermont College of Fine Art.

ScoutScout, MA, Ph.D
Deputy Director
National LGBT Cancer Network

Scout is the Deputy Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network and the principal investigator of the CDC-funded LGBTQ tobacco-related cancer disparity network. In this capacity he spends much of his time providing technical assistance for governmental tobacco and cancer focusing agencies expanding their reach and engagement with LGBTQ populations. He leads a team of specialists in the Rhode Island office who focus especially on building tools and sharing strategies across state departments of health. Scout is also an expert cultural competency trainer and sought after public speaker. He has a long history in health policy analysis and a particular interest in expanding LGBTQ surveillance and research. His work has won him recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, two state governments, and many city governments. Scout is an openly transgender father of three, a vegetarian, an avid hiker, and is currently training for a half marathon.

Kyle Smith
UNM Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA)

Kyle Smith has been working with the University of New Mexico for the past eight years. He has worked with National Indigenous communities teaching and implementing community health assessment aimed at addressing social determinates of health for improved health outcomes. A standout ability of Kyle’s is designing curriculums in university and grassroots-based learning environments. From March 2017 to June 2019, Kyle led New Mexico’s first ever comprehensive tobacco-free campus policy implementation among university and college campuses. He was responsible for building the UNM Student Health Ambassadorship, building UNM student & departmental capacity, and enforcing UNM Policy 2250 (Tobacco-Free campus). During this time period and with the help of newly engaged levels of support, Kyle was able to lead UNM from a 22.5 percent tobacco-use rate in 2017 down to a 13.7 percent in August of 2019. The frameworks and experiences were utilized into developing Tobacco-Free Campuses New Mexico (TFCNM), a statewide network of colleges and universities implementing or contemplating tobacco-free policy. Today, Kyle works for the UNM Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) on Clinical Trails Network 0096 where is helping to Culturally Center Medications for Opioid Use Disorder with American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. In addition, he is a Consultant with Keres Consulting continuing to lead the UNM Student Health Ambassadorship and is engaging colleges and universities to adopt tobacco-free policy. In his spare time, Kyle is also a facilitator, trail runner, Muy Thai kickboxer, and outdoors adventurist.

Nic SedilloNic Sedillo, LPCC
Clinical Director
Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico

Nic L. Sedillo, LPCC is a mental health provider and Clinical Director at the Rape Crisis Center of Central NM, in Albuquerque, NM. Nic and the team of therapists at RCCCNM strive to provide trauma informed care in all aspects of serving anyone impacted by sexual violence.

David TompkinsDavid Tompkins
Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) Program

David is Program Manager for Community Health Initiatives for the New Mexico Department of Health Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) where he facilitates statewide partnerships to maximize the reach and effectiveness of comprehensive tobacco control in New Mexico and attributes its success to solid research, creativity, and teamwork among TUPAC and its community partners. He has worked in tobacco control for over 20 years. Prior to his work in tobacco control, he worked as an educator and addiction specialist on the Northern Cheyenne reservation in Montana for 25 years, including 10 years as the Director of Alcohol and Drug Studies at Dull Knife Memorial College.



The New Mexico Allied Council on Tobacco and our partners are pleased to recognize the efforts of leaders in tobacco control.  The awards luncheon recognizing our state’s tobacco control leaders will be scheduled at a later date, post-Covid19.


Our live online 2020 NMACTion Conference is brought to you via Zoom. 



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