Tyleen Caffrey, LMSW, BA, CNP is currently a social work instructor at Eastern New Mexico University. She recently served as Vice-President for the NASW-NM Chapter, and previously served a term as President and Eastern NM representative. She is a Kansas native and also served one term on the NASW-KS chapter board. Tyleen has an extensive career in social work encompassing child welfare, youth services, mental health, gerontology and military social work. She received her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pittsburg State University in Kansas. She is also a certified Nonprofit Professional through the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Tyleen treasures being the recipient of the 2008 NASW MSW Student of the Year for the State of Mississippi. This dedication led to her current nonprofit organization. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Social Work in the inaugural program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. As a former foster youth and first-generation college student, her research interest surrounds underrepresented, first-generation and under-prepared social work students. In addition, she is conducting research on the implications of military stolen valor and impact on victimization.
Danielle Cossett, LCSW, CPC is a clinical social worker with 30 years’ experience working with adults, youth and families in a variety of settings. She is a graduate of Smith College School for Social Work (1990), a Nurtured Heart Approach® Advanced Trainer (2008) and a Certified Parent Coach (2010). She has been the Clinical Director at New Mexico Solutions, a Community Mental Health Center in Albuquerque/Santa Fe, since 2005 building and supervising a strong clinical team. She takes a developmental, humanistic approach in the treatment of trauma, addiction, grief & loss, parenting, as well as clinical supervision.
Danielle is committed to the field of social work and enjoys mentoring and training clinical staff, at all levels, to find compassion in their work with vulnerable people using a clinically informed, person- centered framework. She has a solid understanding of policy and systems, provides the New Mexico Social Work Board-approved training on Clinical Social Work Supervision and now offers strong leadership as the President-elect on NASW-NM’s Board of Directors.
Dominica Sisneros-Montano, LCSW was born and raised in Pena Blanca, New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2008 with her BA in Criminology and a minor in Psychology. In 2011 she graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with her MA in Clinical Social Work and earned an LCSW in 2019. She is also a certified forensic social worker with the National Association of Forensic Social Workers. Dominica is passionate about issue’s related to achieving equity and justice for all racial, gender, judicially involved, and SES communities in our state. She hopes to effectively collaborate with her peers of the NASW Board, and strives to have a meaningful and relevant impact on Social Workers in our state, as well as on policy and practice that is directly impacting our work. Through her experiences in forensic social work as a case manager, clinician, and administrative supervisor she believes she brings a unique and very timely pedigree to the NASW Board.
M. Christina Montoya, LMSW CJSOT, is a social worker, special education teacher, government relations specialist, and mother of two dynamic daughters. Social policy and advocacy at all levels (micro, mezzo, and macro) are her greatest passions. She earned her MSW from NMHU in 2016 and served as the NMHU Student Board Representative with NASW-NM. She is a licensed Sp Ed teacher, with experience as a Behavior Intervention Specialist and teaching English as a Second Language to students with disabilities. Christina has been recognized as a Behavioral Health Champion by the National Latino Behavioral Health Association and serves on the board of directors and as chair of their planning committee. Currently, she works as a licensed school social worker and special education teacher.
Christina serves on the NMPED Secretary’s Family Advisory Committee, NMHU Alumni Association Board of Directors, Advisory board for Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention: NM Chapter, and the advisory committee for the documentary film Hispanic America: The Untold Story.
Jenn Willis, LCSW has lived in NM for 12 years and is interested in getting involved in the NASW community in NM to become more aware of local issues and opportunities for collaboration and grassroots efforts in restorative justice and trauma related services. Since graduating from the University of Maryland with her MSW in 1999, she has worked in a variety of settings supporting children, youth and families, including schools, treatment programs, community programs, and private practice work. Jenn has enjoyed being a life-long learner and has invested her time in becoming a classroom teacher, school counselor, EMDR therapist, and School Administrator. These varied roles have helped her see the community she serves from multiple perspectives. She is interested in working with a collective of like-minded professionals to identify and address the needs of our communities.