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Amy Whitfield 

Executive Director

Amy Whitfield has had a strong career in social services.   She has served New Mexico for almost 20 years working in small non-profits serving numerous fields including:  anti-violence, substance abuse treatment, teen pregnancy and parenting, leadership mentoring, community organizing and non-profit program development.   She is the former Executive of the YWCA New Mexico and NM Domestic Violence Resource Center.   

 She also formerly served as the African American Health Specialist at the Center of Excellence in African American Health for UNM Community Health Program.  And, has served as adjunct faculty in social work for Central New Mexico Community College and New Mexico State University. 

Most recently, Ms. Whitfield served as the Special Projects Coordinator for the NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), responsible for planning and implementing projects that move forward the strategic plan goals.  In her role she developed a new Workforce Development Bureau, which builds the professional development of new and existing employees and builds pipeline programs to child welfare employment. 

 Ms. Whitfield also provides the staff support for the 2020 created Governor’s Advisory Council for Racial Justice.   

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Charles Reado 

Deputy Director

Charles Reado grew up in the small southern town of Alexandria, Louisiana. He is the twelfth sibling of thirteen brothers and sisters. He is married to Lynda of 21 years and they have 4 adult children combined and 5 grandchildren. He moved to New Mexico, “The Land of Enchantment” in 1987. He attended college at TVI now CNM then transferred to New Mexico Highlands University where he earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. He later went back to graduate school at the University of Phoenix and received a MBA (Masters in Business Administration).

 Most of his adult life has been dedicated to a career of public service, while leveraging his knowledge, skills and abilities to improve the lives of children, families, and communities. As a marine, he took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. As a law enforcement officer, he took an oath to protect and serve the community. As a firefighter, he took a pledge to demonstrate concern for the safety and welfare of all others in need. As a social worker for CYFD, he pledged to improve the quality of life for all the children in New Mexico. Likewise, as the new Deputy Director for the State Office of African American Affairs, he pledges to be transparent, truthful, and committed to be your advocate and voice for change.

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Andrea Tammy Watson 

Executive Assistant

Bio to come

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Chaslyn Wenze

Social & Community Outreach Coordinator

Chaslyn is a Wife and Mother of two. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM, and has resided in Albuquerque all her life. She has always had a passion for helping others, which lead her to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education. After earning her degree, Chaslyn taught in Albuquerque Public Schools before joining the State office of African American Affairs. In her spare time, Chaslyn loves spending time with family and friends. She also has a love for all things crafty. She hopes to continue using her gifts connecting, teaching, and helping others throughout her lifetime.

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Charlycia Strain

Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Charlycia Strain grew up in South Side Jamaica Queens, New York. She is the sixth sibling of ten brothers and sisters. She moved to New Mexico in 2005 after completing her first year in college. Charlycia describes her move as a pivotal moment in her life. A time when she discovered how she wanted to exist personally and professionally. Charlycia experienced homelessness for several months while trying to get settled. Charlycia states, “Someone had to help me or else I couldn’t get out of it.” Charlycia began volunteering around New Mexico with domestic abuse centers, gang intervention units, local churches, early childhood development centers, and before and after school centers with her new stability. Charlycia says that she wanted to serve the community because she realized how hard it was to get help when she was homeless, and now she wants to help.

Charlycia has completed two Associate’s degrees from Central New Mexico (CNM) and is scheduled to graduate with her BSW in Social work from Highlands University in 2023. Charlycia has worked as the Children’s Coordinator at Passion Church, as administrative director at Children’s Choice, youth care specialist at NM Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD); and most recently as a lead financial analyst at Human Services Department (HSD). In taking the position as Communications and Marketing Charlycia is looking forward to serving the African American community of New Mexico.