Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.


To live in a world that is just and without homelessness.

Over 7,000 people received services from AHCH in 2017. Encounters, contacts and visits exceeded 20,000. 63% of the clients served were male, 37% were female, and children/youth made up nearly 5% of those served.

Disclaimer: This health center is a Health Center Program grantee 42 U.S.C. 254b, and a deemed Public Health Service employee under 42 U.S.C. 233(g)-(n).

Our Principles

Save Lives

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Cause of Homelessness

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Homeless Bill of Rights

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Public Policy

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End Homelessness

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Challenge Oppression

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:15 pm. If you are interested in attending a meeting, please call 505-767-1178 to confirm meeting dates, times and location.

Committee Involvement: Executive Committee and Governance Committee
Ari is the Executive Director at Rio Grande Food Project, a nonprofit agency that provides food and emergency support to working families, seniors, and people in need. Ari is a native New Mexican. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and her Graduate work in Public Administration and International Studies at the University of Washington. After graduate school, Ari worked for a small Seattle-based agency focused on breaking the generational cycle of poverty for young women in Mali, West Africa. She lived and worked in Lugazi, Uganda for a short period before moving back to New Mexico. After nearly four years at United Way of Central New Mexico, Ari transitioned to her current role at Rio Grande Food Project. She loves hanging out with family, downtime with her husband, Sean, live music with pals, yoga and jogging with their pup, Rufus.
Ron retired from Sandia National Laboratories after a thirty-four-year career addressing national security problems in nuclear security, nuclear arms control and nonproliferation and nuclear counter-terrorism. He received his MS in Mechanical Engineering in 1980 from Stanford University. Since his retirement, Ron has volunteered with the United Way of Central New Mexico, the Albuquerque Community Foundation, the Albuquerque International Association, Assistance Dogs of the West, and TREC, an organization he founded to engage the intellectual capital of retirees to support small companies and startups. He also serves on the Albuquerque Academy Board of Trustees. Ron is married and has two children. Ron enjoys numerous hobbies including: reading; running; studying and investing in the stock market; working on various house remodeling projects; working on his pickup; and studying classical guitar.
Committee Involvement: Finance Committee
Rick is a member of the Finance Committee, has spent many years in CFO positions of various health care organizations and most recently was CFO in a workers’ compensation insurance business and is now looking for new professional challenges.
Committee Involvement: Governance Committee Chair, Executive Committee
Paul is a native New Mexican and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California School of Law, Los Angeles.
Committee Involvement: Governance Committee
Sig is retired after 25+ years in non-profit health care (FQHC) administration; 5 years in other non-profit administration and 12+ years practicing law - commercial, banking and real estate, primarily, and then health care. She is committed to fully subsidized healthcare, housing and education, to the extent one needs, for all residents of New Mexico and the United States and firmly believes they are a right, not a privilege.

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Committee Involvement: Ad Hoc Business Planning Work Group
Walt is Principal of AlliedOne Advising, a boutique consulting firm providing services to assist small businesses and executive leaders to improved performance and efficiency. He currently sits on the Board of Managers for the Advanced Care Hospital for Southern New Mexico (Las Cruces). Walt was President and CEO of Delta Dental of New Mexico for sixteen years before retiring in 2016. In addition, he has significant experience in the health industry working for two hospital systems and a health plan. A native of Salt Lake City, he has BS (Communication/Political Science) and MS (Human Resources/Labor Relations) degrees from the University of Utah. He and his wife Celia have two grown children living in Salt Lake and Atlanta. Walt has served on the following community boards: Special Olympics, Leadership New Mexico, and Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI).
Committee Involvement: Finance Committee Chair
Ken is a graduate of the University of New Mexico's Robert 0. Anderson School of Management and an accomplished banker with nearly three decades of experience in community and business banking, wealth management, and external regulatory supervision. Ken is the current Chair of AHCH's Finance Committee and has been a member for over 16 years. He is also a long-term board member, development and program committee member with El Ranchito de Los Nino's, a children's home in Los Lunas, NM.
Nandini has worked at various levels of health care for over 25 years. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in Health Administration from the University of Minnesota. Her health care experience includes 10 years in hospitals in California and 16 years of international work experience in health care in Australia and Canada. She and her husband returned to the US (New Mexico) in 2003, and she worked as a private consultant with a focus health policy, program evaluation, and using health data for monitoring care systems for quality and/or output. She has worked with various branches of the New Mexico Department of Health, multiple non-profit groups in Albuquerque and was founding President of the Board of New Mexico Health Connections, a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan. She retired from her consulting business last year but remains active in promoting access to and lowering costs in health care.
Committee Involvement: Client Board Advisory Committee and Fund Development Committee
Evelyn is a former consumer who now serves on the ArtStreet Consumer Advisory Council, the Client Board Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Consumer Advisory Board. Evelyn traveled the world as a military dependent and landed in New Mexico in 2013. With her background in horticulture she is looking forward to exploring more of her new home state and learning about New Mexico’s unique plants.
Committee Involvement: Program Review Committee
David is a clinical psychologist and executive director of New Mexico Solutions. He has directed New Mexico Solutions since 2004 and helped grow the company into a large community mental health center offering behavioral health services to over 3,000 people a year. Dr. Ley is on the mental health advisory committee for the Albuquerque Police Department and has been involved in healthcare and system development in New Mexico for many years. He earned his PhD from the University of New Mexico psychology department. He has lived in New Mexico since 1995 with his wife, a native New Mexican and their two children, who both attended Albuquerque schools. Dr. Ley is a writer, public speaker, and holds a black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. He has participated in the AHCH Program Review Committee since 2014.
Committee Involvement: Fund Development Committee, Client Board Advisory Committee
Jimmy is a past consumer, a member of the ArtStreet Community Advisory Council, and active mentor in the ArtStreet Program. Jimmy, a native New Mexican, who ran a family business in northern New Mexico for many years, is a very talented artist and musician.

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Committee Involvement: Client Board Advisory Committee Chair, Governance Committee and Executive Committee
Carmón is a native New Mexican, past consumer, who currently volunteers her time with Street Safe New Mexico (Safe Sex Works), the Department of Health (DOH)’s needle exchange program and APD Forward. She previously assisted in developing the Building Bridges With Law Enforcement training program in Nashville, TN, a program that was successfully implemented within the Nashville Police Training Academy that teaches the new recruits trauma-informed methods of dealing with people experiencing homelessness and mental illness in their community, and worked with the Nashville Homeless Power Project, a non-profit organization of homeless and formerly homeless people focused on advocating for the rights of the homeless. Carmón is currently working with other homeless and formerly homeless individuals to begin a similar project here in Albuquerque.
Committee Involvement: Finance Committee
Todd is the President and co-owner of Scientific Technologies Corporation (STC) – a privately owned software and consulting company focusing on public health solutions including immunization registries, disease surveillance and case/outbreak management. Todd joined STC 1998, merging his business with his STC business partner, Mike Popovich. Todd is originally from Farmington, New Mexico and obtained his degree in Industrial Engineering at New Mexico State University. He and his wife raised their two children in Albuquerque, where they have lived for the past 25 years. Todd has spent the majority of his career in information technology focusing on the health care sector.


Management & Senior Management Team


Jennifer Metzler
Chief Executive Director
Anita Córdova
Chief Advancement Officer
Terri Ellis
Behavioral Health & Social Services Director
Trish Grand
Chief Finance & Administration Officer
Debbie Hussey
Chief Operations Officer
Sandra Lee
Human Resources Director
Venita Pine
Chief Health Officer
Chuck Frink
Facilities Manager
Rachel Smith
Policy Director

Primary Health Service Team


Sara Doorley, MD
Medical Director
George Mercer
Behavioral Health Program Manager, Clinical Director
Erik Watson, DDS
Dental Director
Sylvia Vigil
Business Systems Manager
Christina Montoya
Charge Nurse
Kendra Burghardt
Health Access Coordinator

Social & Behavioral Health Service Team


Richard Reed Russell
Social Services Manager
Shawn Fricke
Case Management Program Coordinator
Mindy Groossberg
ArtStreet Program Coordinator
Kevin Santry
Harm Reduction Outreach Program Coordinator
Dustin Tidwell
Social Services Coordinator