Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Kathleen Winslow, President
Cynthia Alcala, Vice President
Mary Malwitz, Treasurer
Angelica Anaya Allen
CRFW Fundraising Committee
From top left: Amanda Douglas, Kathleen Winslow,
Jess Fulton, Sabrina Barunda, Cynthia Alcala, Margie Lang,
S.G., Ashley Taylor. Bottom left: Zsa Zsa, Jackie, Carolyn Johnson
Crossroads for Women Staff
To contact any of the Crossroads staff call (505) 242-1010, and dial the extension listed below.
To contact the staff at Maya’s Place, please call (505) 266-0110.
KC Quirk, Executive Director, LMSW – ext. 19
KC, a social worker by education, is the CEO of Crossroads for Women. In collaboration with the Board of Directors and the staff, KC’s job is to ensure the legal, ethical and financial integrity of the organization. She brings over twenty five years of human services experience including management and leadership, designing and developing progressive direct services, outreach and countless hours of teaching, training and guest lecture experience. KC cherishes the opportunity to be a part of supporting the women in making their dreams into reality.
Jennifer Gardner, Chief Financial Officer, BS – ext. 21
As the Chief Financial Officer at Crossroads Jennifer is responsible for the financial management of all grants, daily operations, contractual agreements and corporate compliance. She is a native of the southwest and has lived in Albuquerque for 20 years. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration and brings over 20 years of nonprofit, government, and corporate business experience to her work, with an emphasis on operations and finance. She brings over 10 years of experience in social justice and is passionate about the important work at Crossroads and related community organizations.
Pam Mulhall, Client Systems Analyst, AA – ext. 10
Pam began her work with Crossroads for Women as an Encore Fellow after retiring from Intel. Following the one year fellowship she transitioned to the Client Systems Analyst responsible for client census database and HMIS, HUD reviews, behavioral health billing and administrative duties. She is currently taking classes at CNM working toward a degree in Social Work. Pam has been a resident of New Mexico since 1987 having previously lived in Texas and Illinois. She and her husband, Michael, have 4 dogs: Rocky, Sophie, Daisy and Jax. Pam makes her own soap, lotions, lip balm and other natural homemade products.
Amanda Douglas, Resource Development Coordinator, BA – ext. 13
Amanda has over 12 years experience in the field of human services and has been with Crossroads for Women since July of 2008. As the Resource Development Coordinator, Amanda oversees the recruitment and management of volunteers, serves as a liaison to donors and community supporters, plans and coordinates client-oriented special events, maintains the website and social media platforms, facilitates the production of the agency’s newsletter and works directly with clients on projects that foster skill building and confidence in creative expression. Amanda is proud to be the “unofficial” photographer for Crossroads for Women.
Jess Fulton, Resource Development Assistant, BA – ext. 12
Jess was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts; and has roots there as well as in North Carolina, where her mother lives. Following her heart, Jess moved to New Mexico after graduating college in 2009 and it has become her home. Jess’s college degree was in Sociology, but her time in New Mexico has got her working on a degree in LIFE! She is eternally grateful for everything life offers, especially for her friends and for the expressive arts. Jess is honored to be working with Crossroads, a place that reflects her belief in everybody’s creativity and everybody’s ability to heal. Jess’s favorite part of her job is getting to know and laugh with the many volunteers who come through the door.
Elizabeth Alonso, Clinical Director, LISW – ext. 16
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Elizabeth studied for two years in New York before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2002. Elizabeth has over 20 years of experience working with families and individuals who have experienced trauma, substance abuse and mental health issues and have also been affected by poverty and other social issues. Passionate about gender equality and gender specific approaches to treatment, Elizabeth believes “people and especially women don’t heal in isolation; we need the love, acceptance and embrace of family, friends and community.” She has an MSW from NM State University and a BA in psychology from Universidad Santo Tomas, Colombia. Elizabeth is also a certified EMDR therapist.
Joe Puleo, Day Program Coordinator, MA – ext. 14
Joe was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to New Mexico via Colorado in 1999. Joe has a M.A. in counseling (Contemplative Psychotheraphy) from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Joe’s motto: “Everyone is basically good”. Joe facilitates, Recovery Group and Life Skills Group at The Crossroads and Relapse Prevention Group at Maya’s Place. He fields inquiries about the program and maintains the application waiting list.
Laura Chavez, Vocational Coordinator, BS – ext. 11
Laura holds an Associate’s Degree in Child Development and Family Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Socio-Cultural Studies and Pre-Law with a Minor in Communications. Laura aspires to attend Law School in the future with a concentration in Family and Poverty Law. Her background includes 10+ years working in psychiatric inpatient and social services settings. Before coming to Crossroads she owned a business providing training and continuing education to service providers state-wide. Laura has one son whom is active in baseball, plays the guitar and loves skateboarding. Together they enjoy playing with their two labradors, camping and following their favorite sports teams. Laura is happy to have joined an agency whose values align with her own philosophy, which encompasses both compassion and dignity.
Stacey Byard, Case Manager, MS – ext. 18
Stacey was born in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to New Mexico with her family at the age of 6. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminology, and a Masters in Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Crossroads team, Stacey worked directly in the criminal justice and corrections system. She has over 5 years of experience working in behavioral health research and case management. Stacey is “continually thankful for the opportunity to work with such amazing women and is inspired by their strength, resiliency and passion for life.”
Denise is a native New Mexican and is passionate about partnering with women to break the cycles of poverty, substance abuse and domestic violence. Denise holds a BS degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice and has years of experience advocating for children in foster care. She believes random acts of kindness can spark positive changes in the lives of many and that no act is too small. Denise and her husband have 3 children, 1 dog and 18 chickens. Denise enjoys country life, hiking, gardening and spending time with family.
Claudia Timmons, Pathways Navigator, CCJA, CFAE– ext. 21
Having been at Crossroads for about six months, I’m looking forward to continued work and putting my social services experience to good use in the newly-implemented Pathways Navigator/Community Health Worker position. I’ve lived in Albuquerque for about 11 years and have worked with the underserved populations in various capacities during that time. I hold two accreditations from the American College of Forensic Counselors – Certified Forensic Addictions Specialist and Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist. My hope is always that I can make a difference in peoples’ lives. I use my personal journey to teach and guide, but mostly to be a role model, and show people that if I can do it you can do it.
Patty Pesantez, Family Specialist, LMSW – ext. 17
Patty Pesantez, Family Specialist at CRFW, enjoys working with the women of Crossroads and their families. She believes in providing a warm, supportive environment for women and children to feel safe, secure and encouraged to reach their goals. Patty’s personal philosophy is to be present with each client. “Let them know that you are there to support them and to help guide them on their journey. Always allow the client to be who they actually are, and embrace that. Always show them that you support them in accomplishing their goals and milestones.” As Patty says, “It sounds simple, but just be kind and understanding.”
Cory Lee, Maya’s Place Program Coordinator, MA
Cory Lee is the Case Manager at Maya’s Place, Crossroads for Women’s congregate housing program. Cory has three years’ experience working with women dealing with issues including substance abuse, poverty, and domestic violence. She developed an interest in women’s issues after interviewing a number of women dealing with substance abuse while attending graduate school. Cory holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.
Tory Aragon, Maya’s Place Case Manager
Tory was born in Winslow, AZ and lived there for the first several years of her life. When Tory was 5, her family moved home to the Acoma Pueblo Reservation located 60 miles West of Albuquerque along I-40, where she grew up with her parents and 9 brothers and sisters.
Tory formerly worked for an assisted living program associated with a hospital that provided treatment for men and women with addiction issues until it closed due to funding issues. In 2012, Tory moved home to New Mexico to be closer to family. She is currently living in Albuquerque and is very happy to be back in the field she loves, working as a case manager at Maya’s place.
Mary Rose Nichols, Maya’s Place Clinician, LCSW
Mary Rose is very new to New Mexico, from Minnesota via Oregon. She has many years of experience in social work with a focus on addictions and is pleased to be part of Crossroads for Women. She performs various clinical responsibilities and leads client groups at Maya’s Place on Mindfulness Meditation, Seeking Safety and Yes I can. She enjoys walking all over ABQ, hiking, x-country skiing, reading, listening to live music and exploring her new home. She lives with her spouse and dog Ruby who is hoping to meet all of the women (dog, not spouse!)