Michael’s wide variety of interests and social and political philosophies have culminated into a strong reverence for his community. At Ngage NM, Michael primarily coordinates early childhood programs as a part of an education initiative called the SUCCESS Partnership. He also serves on policy council for the Las Cruces Public Schools Head Start Program and is an avid supporter of local art and music. Michael received his bachelors from New Mexico State University, where he studied analytic philosophy, the fundamentals of which have provided Michael with strong critical thinking skills and a proclivity for creative and logical approaches to program management and problem solving.
Claudia Ocon joined Ngage as a Program Coordinator in October, 2017. She graduated from New Mexico State University in 2004 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and a Minor in Early Childhood Education. Claudia has worked in the non-profit sector her entire career, over 13 years. She began her career in Early Intervention as a Family Service Coordinator and Developmental Specialist. During her tenure as a Family Service Coordinator; Claudia worked in the rural areas of northern and Southern Dona Ana County, worked with the GRADS Teen Parenting Programs, facilitated collaborative outreach and screening efforts and served as a mentor and trainer for other Family Service Coordinator’s. As a Developmental Specialist, she completed comprehensive developmental evaluations to determine eligibility for Early Intervention Services and provided developmental supports to children and families. She also has experience as a Preschool Teacher, having taught one semester as a Pre-K teacher for the NM Accredited Pre-K Program. After 10 years in Early Childhood, she went on to work in Behavioral Health for 3 ½ years, where she worked in Treatment Foster Care as a Treatment Coordinator, Parent Training Coordinator and SAFE Home Study Writer. Claudia also loves being involved in community work and has volunteered her time in various community events, such as March of Dimes, C.A.R.E Dance for a Cause and the Toys For Kids Motorcycle Parade & Event; where she currently sits on the committee. Claudia was drawn to Ngage because of their collective impact approach; bringing people together to make a county wide difference in the lives of children in Dona Ana County.
Lynda Garcia is the Communications Coordinator at Ngage New Mexico. She was raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico and has a passion to assist her community through her work. In 2009 she graduated from New Mexico State University with her bachelor’s degree in Education. She has taught multiple subject areas in grades k-12, including: information literacy, language arts, history, algebra, technology and cooking. In 2014 Lynda received her master’s degree in Corporate Communication and Public Relations from Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut. After years as an educator in New Mexico, Connecticut and Texas, the mission and values of Ngage New Mexico attracted her to work collaboratively to improve education in Doña Ana County.
Lori Martinez joined Ngage New Mexico as the Assistant Director in March 2017. Before coming to Ngage she worked at NMSU for 9 years overseeing the Social Work Services program and Aggie Cupboard food pantry under Counseling and Campus Health. She previously worked in Early Intervention providing Family Therapy and Social Work services.
Lori received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work from NMSU. She serves as an Assistant Professor and Certified Field Instructor for the NMSU School of Social Work. She is a certified trainer in suicide 1st aid using the ASIST model of suicide intervention.
Having worked for years in Dona Ana County providing direct services, Lori became familiar with many of the challenges our county faces. She has experience working in early childhood, individuals with developmental disabilities, suicide prevention and intervention, mental health counseling, case management, program development, hunger/food insecurity, and inpatient psychiatric services. She was drawn to Ngage because of the collective impact approach utilized by the SUCCESS partnership and is thrilled to be serving Dona Ana County with Ngage NM.