Learn about who we are and where we come from! Our staff members are responsible for the development and implementation of our initiatives and contracted work. If you would like to work with our team, you can learn about the services we provide here and contact us here.

Lilly Irvin-Vitela

President and Executive Directorlilly@nmfirst.org(505) 225-2140

Lilly Irvin-Vitela was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Part of her family has been in New Mexico since prior to statehood and others came in the 1940s. She has over 25 years of experience working for private and public community-based and state-level organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of individuals, families, and communities. She formerly served as the president of her private consulting practice, and executive director of the Wisconsin Head Start Association, Supporting Families Together Association, and New Mexico Center for Dispute Resolution. Lilly attended the University of New Mexico as a Presidential Scholar and graduated with honors with a B.A. in philosophy and political science. Lilly also earned a Masters in Community and Regional Planning from the University of New Mexico. Lilly now lives in Peralta, NM with her family and is the mother of two adult children.

Wendy Wintermute

Share NM Directorwendy@nmfirst.org(505) 225-2140

Wendy sees her current role with SHARE as the culmination of a career helping communities come together to support healthy families, vital communities and supportive institutions. Wendy has an MA degree in Family and Community Relations from Columbia University Teachers College, an MSW and Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan. She has decades of experience in community outreach and development. She spends the majority of her time ‘in the field,’ engaging with and learning from SHARE’s current and potential community partners.

Sharon Berman

Strategic Civic Engagement & Policy ManagerSharon@nmfirst.org(505) 225-2140

Sharon Berman joined New Mexico First as staff in 2013. She has a background in education, anthropology and music. After moving to Corrales with her family in 2004, she managed a museum-on-wheels program for the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, designed education curriculum, and co-founded a charter school in Albuquerque. Sharon holds a M.A. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Montreal and a M.A. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Southern California.

Theresa Cardenas

Strategic Civic Engagement & Policy Managertheresa@nmfirst.org(505) 225-2140

Theresa is a native New Mexican born and raised in Santa Fe with a passion to serve her community. Her farming, ranching and native family roots date to the original New Mexico settlements. She has over 25 years of dedicated experience working as a social entrepreneur as a social worker, home builder and as a science advocate to improve and sustain the natural, cultural and built environment for future generations. She has expertise in public policy at the local, state and federal level at the intersection of air, water, climate, electricity and resiliency. She formally served as a climate and energy outreach consultant to the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role she worked in partnership to use independent science, analysis and effective advocacy to create practical solutions to make New Mexico resilient and sustainable. Theresa is a 2013 fellow at the National Hispanic Leadership Institute in Washington DC and Harvard Kennedy School, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a masters of sustainability degree from Arizona State University with a concentration in water resources. In 1990 she was a citizen ambassador to Russia with the Citizen Ambassador Program, Design for Health Care Delegation.

She is an avid hiker, gardener, flamenco artist and researching her particular family ancestry for a legacy museum collection on New Mexico families.

Tamara Lucero

Finance ManagerTamaraL@nmfirst.org(505) 225-2140

Tamara Lucero earned her Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting from the Anderson School of Management at The University of New Mexico in 2004. She has a varied background in accounting, including financial, tax and nonprofit. In her role as Accountant, she is responsible for maintaining the accounting system, overseeing the budget preparation, maintaining internal controls, and aiding with the preparation of audit and tax return.