Commissioners

Our commissioners represent each region of New Mexico. They come from a variety of professional backgrounds and all share a passion for social justice and the advancement of women in our state. 

Lisa Curtis

                 Lisa Curtis

                              Chair
Lisa Curtis, 28-year trial lawyer/business owner, married mother of four, Zane, India, Paris, and Alexandra Vigil/grandmother of three, women and children’s advocate, on Citizen’s Redistricting Committee, former State Senator (D-ABQ).

Erin Armstrong

             Erin Armstrong

                         Vice Chair
Erin Armstrong, proud auntie, sister, and daughter. Longtime advocate for healthcare access, and recognized policy expert with a focus on women’s health and rights (D-SF).

Maryann Ustick

             Maryann Ustick

                         Treasurer
Maryann Ustick, spent her entire career working in government and recently retired from her position as City Manager for the City of Gallup. She is a married mother of two, grandmother of four, big proponent of women in government (I-Gallup).

Christina Herrera Furst

Christina Herrera Furst

                         Secretary
Christina Herrera Furst, is a teacher at Amy Biehl High School, a social-justice and service-focused charter school in downtown Albuquerque. She serves on the board of Organizers in the Land of Enchantment/OLE 501(c)3. She is a New Mexico native, with family roots tracing back to the Atrisco land grant. Christina is the mother to two inquisitive elementary-aged kids. (I-ABQ)

Leigh Ana Eugene

             Leigh Ana Eugene

Leigh Ana Eugene, decade long social justice advocate, served victims of crime and their families on the Eastern side of New Mexico as the director of a rape crisis center and child advocacy center. Currently serving military service members and their families heading up the social resilience pillar of an integrated resilience team. Wife, mother, daughter, with the deepest passion for change and inclusion (R-Clovis).

Brenda Saiz

               Brenda Saiz

Brenda Saiz is the Co-Managing Director of the Saiz, Chanez, Sherrell & Kaemper law firm, where she focuses on professional malpractice and personal injury litigation. She’s also a mom of three boys and serves as an adjunct professor and lecturer at the University of New Mexico UNM School of Law. (R-ABQ)

Gabrielle Begay

             Gabrielle Begay

Gabrielle Begay from Silver City, NM. Educator and ready to help all women be successful and confident (D-Silver City).

Denise Torres

              Denise Torres

Denise Torres, 13-year Member, 10-year Chair of Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, National Mediator for complex litigation, attorney, ranching family from Southern New Mexico (R-ABQ).

Mary Lane Leslie

             Mary Lane Leslie

Mary Lane Leslie, married, grandmother of 2; 25-year Taos resident and attorney. Developing a lower income housing project in Taos. Also serving on the NM Commission on Human Rights and the Taos Soil and Water Conservation District (D-Taos).

Songtree Pioche

           Songtree Pioche

Songtree Pioche (she/her/auntie) is Taos Pueblo & Oglala Lakota married to Sanchez Pioche Sr. (Navajo) Songtree is mother to Cheyenne, Cash, and Sanchez Jr. She is an educator and community leader. A proud UNM Lobo with a degree in Native American Studies (Magna Cum Laude) She is committed to equity and inclusion in education. Songtree also serves as the Chair of the Native American Democratic Caucus of NM and Secretary of the Aztec Baseball Board. She enjoys traveling with her family to sporting events and lake days with friends. (D-Bloomfield)

Celina Gerese Bryant

           Celina Gerese Bryant

Celina G. Bryant resides in Artesia, NM. She is the executive director for Grammy’s House Artesia Domestic Violence Shelter Inc. She is a community leader as well as an educator. She is a part of the adjunct faculty for Southeastern New Mexico College-Carlsbad (SEMC) as well as New Mexico State University. She serves as the chair for the SENMC advisory board. She earned her doctoral degree in social psychology. Her dissertation was a qualitative study on help-seeking behaviors of female survivors of domestic violence. She enjoys traveling abroad and spending quality time with husband of 35 years as well as her labradoodle, Bentley. (R-Arteisa)

Celina Gerese Bryant

        Melissa Lopez-Sullivan

Melissa Lopez-Sullivan, MBA, serves as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Doula Association, a birth and reproductive justice focused, membership-based association; by and for community-based doulas. Melissa remains a service provider in her local community and owns and operates multiple businesses. (I-LC)

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Commissioners represent women from across every region of New Mexico.