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The Health Action New Mexico Team

Barbara K. Webber

Executive Director

Barbara K. Webber is a gerontologist by training. She began her career working on rural health and development issues in rural Brazil and West Africa. She has worked as a strong advocate for women's issues including administering a rape crisis center, a county wide domestic violence program with a shelter, a pioneer women's health center which included on-site birthing center and full reproductive health care options. She has been part of the management team for a nonprofit hospice and a nonprofit hospital's OB/GYN clinic. Before working at Health Action New Mexico, Barbara was an analyst at the New Mexico Health Policy Commission.

Gabriella Rivera

Communications/Policy Analysis

Gabriella Rivera started with Health Action in 2018 as a summer intern. That fall, she took on a more permanent role as bookkeeper and policy assistant, and has now transitioned to a full-time roll as Policy and Communications Coordinator. She graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2019 with Bachelor's degrees in Political Science, International Studies, and Honors Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts. In 2021 she received my Master's of Public Policy, also from UNM. While pursuing her Master’s she also worked as a research assistant, helping complete a multi-year evaluation of a CYFD domestic violence program. Outside of all this, she also loves to play rugby and is very involved in efforts to grow the sport in New Mexico, and ultimately hopes to play at the national level.

Melissa Bernardin

Coalition Manager, NM Consumers for Affordable Prescriptions

Melissa has nearly two decades' experience in public policy advocacy and voter engagement on health, economic, and environmental justice campaigns. She brings her background in grassroots organizing, state legislative lobbying and advocacy capacity building to her role as coalition manager for NM Consumers for Affordable Prescriptions. Originally from New Hampshire, she has recently made the Albuquerque area her home.