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About Us


Vision | Mission | History

Youth Heartline's Vision is: healthy families, healthy children.

Formed 1991, Youth Heartline's mission is to improve positive long-term outcomes and access to services by reducing risk factors and barriers for underserved children and families in the 8th Judicial District of New Mexico (Colfax, Taos, and Union Counties).


First incorporated as Tri-County Children's Advocates, Youth Heartline is the first and only Court Appointed Special Advocates program for the Eighth Judicial District.  Since that time, the organization was renamed Youth Heartline, in recognition of an expanding array of services.  Youth Heartline operates offices in Raton, NM and Taos, NM.



Colleen Shaughnessy, Executive Director

Gerard Jones, Director of Operations


Community Programs

Feliz Medina, Community Programs Director

Court Programs

Katherine Peralta, Colfax & Union Counties Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation Monitor

Leslie Warnick, Taos County Safe Exchange and Supervised Visitation Monitor

Nathalie Bertoncin, Taos CASA Staff Advocate & Outreach Coordinator

Valerie Alderette, Raton Programs & CASA Manager

Yasmin Haque, CASA Director

Stability Programs

Jayda Cordero, Raton Youth Transitional Housing  Youth Services Specialist

Jolene Archuleta Duran, Raton Youth Transitional Housing Case Manager

Meesha Evans, Taos Pueblo Family Navigator

Misty Gomez, Colfax & Union Counties Housing and Family Navigator

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Board of Directors

Alice Morillon, Secretary, Taos County

Brandy Thompson, President, Union County

Christine Autumn, Director, Taos County

David Elliot, Director, Taos County

John Shafto, Treasurer, Taos County

Kristen Forrester, Director, Colfax County

Mary Esther Winters, Director, Taos Pueblo, Taos County

Terry Kamm, Vice President, Colfax County

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