BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Paul Pino, President. Paul was raised on a homesteaded family ranch near Carrizozo, New Mexico. President of his high school graduating class, the day Paul turned 18, he enlisted in the US Army serving during the Vietnam war. He earned a BA in Education and an MA in Public School Administration from the University of New Mexico, supported through the GI bill, grants, and a part time job at the New Mexico Children’s Psychiatric Center. Upon graduation, Mr. Pino began as a special education teacher, advancing to head teacher and then principal for Albuquerque Public Schools Transition Services, a nationally recognized program in the area of young adult transitions. After 27 years in public education, Paul chose to focus his creative energy to founding and promoting the Tone Daddies, a popular Americana/Americano dance band. Paul also serves on the steering committee for the Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium.
Regina Red, Secretary-Treasurer. Regina, as secretary-treasurer of Healthy Futures, is well suited to the role, enjoying more than ten years of management and organization experience in business and non profit entities. Currently, Regina serves as the volunteer coordinator for Habit for Humanity (ABQ), where she uses her proven management and organizational skills as a team leader, coordinating all volunteer recruitment and orientation. Prior to her job at Habit for Humanity, Ms. Red was Supervising Case Manager of the youth mentoring program at First Nations Community Healthsource where she managed the recruitment and supervised the matching of adult mentors with underserved youth in Bernalillo County. Regina enjoyed additional management experience with Bank of American as a customer service manager.
Tyanne Benallie. Tyanne enjoys a deep understanding of the economic, environmental, health and social issues in the Native American and other underserved communities throughout New Mexico. As the Campaigns Director for Conservation Voters New Mexico, Ty overseas regional environmental strategies and programs that focus on public awareness and advocacy for both community and tribal organizations. Previously Ms. Benallie served as the Program Coordinator for America Corps at the Santo Domino Pueblo. Ty received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fort Lewis College and a master’s in International Development and Social Change from Clark University. She is fluent in English, Navajo, and Spanish.
Nancy Duhigg. Nancy is a highly skilled medical professional with significant experience in both cardiology and emergency medicine. Nancy currently serves as a Physician Assistant at Presbyterian Hospital in Cardiology. She was previously employed at the NM Heart Hospital. Ms. Duhigg gained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Saint Francis, and her bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí. Nancy loves dancing, dogs and is passionate about the diversity that New Mexico personifies.
Kamini Patrick-Heisler. Kamini currently serves as Case Manager and Therapeutic Support Specialist for Catholic Charities, addressing skill building, enhancing peer and family relations for clients, as well as supporting strategies to empower independent living of underserved families. Ms. Heisler enjoys many years of diverse experience in case management, educational instruction and social work across several domains. In addition to her board service with Healthy Futures, Kamini serves as a Board Member/Advisory Council Member of Meritus Hospital. Her commitment to service is embodied in her years of community service, as well as promoting educational initiatives to provide free education for children in underdeveloped countries. Ms. Heisler has a bachelor’s degree in Health and Human Services and a Master of Arts in Education-Family Welfare and Community Service.