Anna Nelson, LISW, Executive Director
I'm the Executive Director of the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community, a statewide network intermediary that supports the healthy development of youth throughout New Mexico by supporting the field of youth development, its' youth-serving organizations and youth development practitioners.
A few people know about my love of art, poetry, and photography, where I have a dream of someday having a casita on a beach where I can solely dedicate my time to artistic pursuits. One of my favorite poets, Khalil Gibran, penned this quote that inspires my work daily, "A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle." ~Khalil Gibran.
Curtis Flakes, Program Director, Public Allies New Mexico
I am the Program Director for Public Allies New Mexico. I bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community.
Though I possess many talents, a most prized talent is my self proclaim as New Mexico's Best Southern Cook and I'm always open to a challenge. I'm interested in working with young athletes from various ages. I enjoy passing on the information that was given to me by my dad Curtis Sr. and my former high school coach the late John Outlaw. I take pride in not building better athletes, but revealing better men and building character from within them. I consider myself to be "one big party." With that said, I proudly say I have no one memorable moment because every aspect of life is a memorable moment. A quote that inspires me daily is, "Say that I was a Drum Major, Say that I was a Drum Major for Justice, for Peace, and for Righteousness and all of the shallow other things don't matter" ~Martin Luther King Jr.
Jasmine Cuffee, Program Manager, Public Allies New Mexico
A native of Albuquerque’s South Valley, I have been active in the Albuquerque arts community for nearly 10 yrs. My passion for poetry has led me to the social justice world and I find myself right at home at the New Mexico forum for Youth in Community with the Public Allies New Mexico program.
My talents include writing, critical thinking and public speaking. A quote that inspires me daily is “Don't gain the world and lose your soul, wisdom is better than silver or gold...” ~Bob Marley
Moneka Stevens-Cordova, Program Director, New Mexico Youth Alliance
Growing up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I had the opportunity to be exposed to community development initiatives. This experience inspired me to be a servant leader. In 2000, I attend the University of New Mexico where I received my Bachelors in University Studies with a concentration in Health Education, Family Studies, and Community and Regional Planning. I have worked in community based organizations such as the UNM’s Service Corps supporting university students in, instilling the love of learning in children residing in disenfranchised communities. In 2012, I will receive my Masters' in Community Regional Planning from UNM with a focus in Youth Planning and Youth Policy. I serve as a board member for SafeTeen New Mexico, New Mexico Civic Engagement Partnership, and William W. & Josephine Dorn Charter School. As the Director of the New Mexico Youth Alliance (a statewide youth council), I oversee youth representatives (ages 14-24) to make recommendations to state lawmakers to create/refine policies to better support youth outcomes in New Mexico. Additionally, youth members also engage in developing and implementing community impact projects focused on social justice issues.
I am a youth advocate and youth organizer working toward promoting Positive Youth Development for over 10 years in New Mexico. We often hear youth are leaders of the future and I go beyond that and say youth are leaders of today. They are dedicated to making a difference now in their communities. I am truly inspired daily by the positive impact youth are contributing to youth thriving in our state. ‘ “Youth are the future” is all adults seem to say, but adults can’t seem to surpass the age factor and won’t see us the same way. If youth are the future, then hear our voice the same, and here our thoughts on everything because we are also affected by the decisions that are made.’~Ricardo Astorga Youth Alliance Alumni
Adrian Carver, Program Manager, New Mexico Youth Alliance
A native of Albuquerque, I have been involved in the non-profit sector in the state since high school, I served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community, was a founding member of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, served on the SafeTeen Board, am an AmeriCorps Alumni and have been involved with organizations such as One Million Bones, Amnesty International, the NM Alliance for Fathers and Families, and the NM Men's Council for Boys and Young Men.
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of New Mexico. I am currently the Program Manager of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, and the Coordinator of the New Mexico Adolescent Health Action Council.
Rita Rogers, Finance Director
I am the Director of Finance at the New Mexico Forum for Youth in Community since April of 2011. I am a native New Mexican, having lived in Albuquerque and Cedar Crest my entire life. I bring 35+ years of finance and accounting experience and knowledge from various business and not-for-profit corporations in New Mexico.
I am married going on 15 years now. My oldest son is attending New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMTECH) in Socorro for a Mechanical Engineer Major and Explosives Minor, and is engaged to be married to my future daughter-in-law, who is a Chemical Engineer Major at NMSU. My youngest son is in his 4th year in the U.S. Air Force, is an Electronic Aviation Warfare Technician, and just celebrated his 2nd wedding anniversary to my daughter-in-law who is studying to be a teacher at Oklahoma University. I'm proud to be an Air Force mom. Last but not least, my nephew lives with me, is a Senior at Digital Arts and Technology Academy and would like to pursue Architecture as a career. We also have two beautiful, loving mixed breed dogs as members of our family.
My favorite saying is, "BS&S (Be Safe and Smart) or SS&S (Stay Safe and Smart)."