WHO WE ARE...

Julie Bau, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Program Manager julie@taosalive.org

Julie Bau is a lifelong resident of Taos. In 2001 she received an Associates of arts in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from UNM Taos and in 2005 graduated with a Bachelor of University Studies with an emphasis in Health Education and New Mexico Studies from the University of New Mexico. In 2002 Julie began working in the prevention field with Tri-County Community Services as a full-time Preventionist. In 2004 she left Tri-County Community Services to work with both Taos Municipal Schools Tobacco Prevention Program as a Preventionist and Clean Air Works in Taos County as a Community Liaison. In 2008 she earned a certification with the New Mexico Behavioral Health Board as a Prevention Specialist. Julie currently works with Taos Health Systems / Holy Cross Hospital as the Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager. She also sits on the Juvenile Justice Board as the Vice Chair and a member of the Taos County DWI Council. Julie’s passion for the prevention field came from her life experience with people close to her who suffered from addiction, many whose addiction ended in death and some in incarceration. This gave her a deep desire to help improve the health of her community through work in the prevention field. She has seen how hard it has been for people in her life to go into and stay in recovery and she felt the best way she could help is by helping the youth before they begin. She also realizes how important of a role parents, family, and the community play in these children’s lives and their decision not to start using. She believes that as our community becomes healthier that we create an environment where anyone can be healthy.

Sue Givens- Mulvaney, Taos Pueblo Drug Free Coalition Mentee Coordinator susan@taosalive.org

Ms. Sue Givens- Mulvaney has served the Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse field for over 30 years. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1973 from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Psychiatric Nursing from Emory University in 1977. Her combined clinical and administrative roles have incorporated career experiences as a Nurse Educator, Director of Nursing, Accreditation Consultant, Psychiatric Nurse Clinical Specialist, Operations Director, Executive Director and Vice President of Residential Services for a 3 county Community Mental Health Center. Currently Sue is working in conjunction with Taos Community Foundation/Taos Alive and focusing on prevention work in the areas of suicide and substance abuse. Her passion lies in serving her community. Sadly, Sue watched many of her family members succumb to the ravages of alcoholism. She is committed to working with projects promoting behavioral health/substance abuse systems designed for prevention and sustainability. Sue has been a resident of the Taos Community for ten years.

Alana Lee, alana@taosalive.org

Ashleigh Grycner, Community Alcohol Policy Coordinator ashleigh@taosalive.org

Ashleigh Grycner is a Taos native passionate about helping those in her local, and global, community make the changes they need to in order to experience the harmony, peace, and joy that is humanity's birthright. She sees addiction and substance abuse as a key piece in this puzzle and therefore is happy to work with Taos Alive to coordinate monthly alcohol policy coalition meetings and to further the community organization necessary to help Taos County become more and more free of alcohol abuse and addiction. This includes ongoing recruitment, working with local high school and middle school students, and soliciting support from various initiatives and sectors within Taos County. "

 

Andy Jones, Rx Drug Prevention Coordinator andy@taosalive.org

Andy Jones, Taos Alive’s new Prescription Drug Abuse/Misuse Work-group Coordinator, is a veteran journalist with more than 15 years of experience. As a graduate student at the University of New Mexico, studying Community and Regional Planning, Jones is transitioning to a new role in community organizing and outreach. During a brief stint with The Waite Company, Jones worked in the developmental stages on a statewide campaign for the New Mexico Department of Health to spread awareness about the state’s opioid — specifically prescription opioids — crisis. He is looking forward to this opportunity to strengthen Taos Alive’s coalition work on this issue. 

 

Monica Trujillo Thomas, School Substance Abuse Preventionist monica@taosalive.org

Monica Trujillo Thomas is 25 years old, born and raised in Taos. She is the mother of two children and a recent college graduate. In 2016, she graduated from UNM Taos with an associate’s degree in Education. She then continued her education at Highlands University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in health and human performance, with concentrations in nutrition and physical education. Some of the work completed in college was promoting youth wellness in schools. Monica’s focus has always been to enforce good daily habits and influence a happy, nourishing lifestyle to our youth. Much of her work was directed towards the importance of physical activity in all aspects of life. This included mental and emotional health as well. As a school preventionist with Taos Alive, she is excited to take on a new but similar aspect of health. She desires to be not only an educator but also a support to our community. Substance abuse is a current issue that needs to be addressed and the best way to enforce prevention is to educate at a young age. Monica is pleased to be a part of an organization that implements and supports a drug free safe community for our young and their families.

Maya Anthony, Media and Promotions Specialist maya@taosalive.org

Maya Anthony was born and raised in Taos. She studied at UNM in Albuquerque where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design. After deciding to return to her hometown, the opportunity to join Taos Alive became a way for her to stay involved in the community and work towards helping youth thrive in a safe, drug free Taos. It is her hope to operate Taos Alive’s media as an outlet for community connection and supportive messages and resources.