Board of Directors

Betul Ozmat photo Betul Ozmat, MSW
Betul Ozmat and her family moved from St. Louis to New Mexico in 2011. While in St. Louis Betul served as an Assistant Dean at Washington University where she has continued as a consultant. She also served as Vice President for the Metropolitan Association for Philanthropy, a regional coalition comprised of foundation, corporate and nonprofit executives dedicated to promoting and increasing philanthropy and later served as Executive Director of the Whitaker Foundation, a private foundation based in St. Louis. She has also been an adjunct professor at Washington University’s George Warren Brown School of Social Work, where she earned her Masters in Social Work.
Michael Mulliniks photo Michael L. Mulliniks
Michael is currently Vice President of Commercial Lending with First Citizens Bank. He began his banking career as a Bank Examiner with the FDIC in 2000, and served in this capacity until 2006. After leaving the FDIC he has been involved in commercial real estate lending. Michael is a native New Mexican and grew up in Las Cruces, NM. He was a police officer with the Las Cruces Police Department for six years before obtaining a Bachelors of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University.
Kathryn Terry photo Kathryn Terry
Kathryn Terry practices family law with a passion for the welfare of children. Although she has handled all types of family law cases, Katie is at her best when she’s giving a voice to children – making sure their best interests are fully considered during family law proceedings. In addition to her work at Walther Family Law, Katie is leading a charge to improve the Children’s Court system. To that end, she accepted a NM Supreme Court appointment to serve as Chair of the Children’s Rules Committee, serves on the boards of The Children’s Law Section of the State Bar and Pegasus Legal Services for Children, and is frequently appointed as Guardian ad Litem in Bernalillo County abuse and neglect cases and in high conflict custody cases. Her zealous advocacy for New Mexico’s children just earned Katie a place among New Mexico’s 2013 40 under 40, a highly competitive honor bestowed by NM First on the top 40 young professionals making a difference in New Mexico.
Jorge Alvarado Jorge Alvarado, Esq.
Jorge Alvarado was born in San Jose, Costa Rica to California and raised in the Los Angeles area from the age of four. He is married to his college sweetheart for over thirty years and has two adult children. In 1982 he attained his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in Iowa. After admission to the California Bar, he settled in his wife’s home town in Ventura County, California practicing primarily in criminal defense. He relocated to the County of Riverside in January 2000 to become the Deputy Chief Public Defender. After retiring in 2009, he relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico to become the Managing Attorney of the Albuquerque office of New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc. He was appointed the Chief Public Defender for the State of New Mexico in November 2013. He provides executive leadership of the largest law firm in the State of New Mexico with an operating budget of $44.5 million employing 411 staff members including 226 lawyers and contracting with approximately 150 independent private attorneys to provide indigent defense services in approximately 70,000 cases representing the citizens of New Mexico accused of crimes in juvenile and adult misdemeanor and felony cases including representation in appellate courts. He has always been involved in civic and community activities and most recently he serves as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Sentencing Commission and the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Review Commission as well as a member on the New Mexico Supreme Court Access to Justice Rules Committee. He continues to participate in the Law-La-Palooza Free Legal Community Fairs, the NM Hispanic Bar Association’s Summer Law Camp and serves on the Board of Directors of Pegasus Children’s Legal Services as well as the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association and is a member of their MALSA Mentorship and the Advocacy Committees.
The Hon. Susan Conway Aja Brooks
Aja Nicole Brooks is a native New Mexican, born in Hobbs, New Mexico. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish. She attended the University of New Mexico School of Law and graduated in 2008. She currently works as a criminal defense attorney for the New Mexico Public Defender Department and is the president of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association.
Ian Esquibel, MBA Ian Esquibel, MBA
Ian Esquibel was born and raised in New Mexico. He graduated from APS before attending college in Arizona. Ian returned home in 2008 with a vested interest in the health and well-being of our local communities. He earned his MBA from UNM, concentrating in nonprofit management, to better support social service organizations.
Ian brings professional experience in education, philanthropy and nonprofits to his Board service. Personally, his top core value is family happiness. Each day, he is grateful to be married to Katie, his wife.
Maria T. Griego Maria T. Griego, Esq.
Ms. Griego is a 2011 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. She is currently a staff attorney with the New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty. Her primary areas of work include promoting health access and strengthening safety net services for all low-income New Mexicans. Prior to joining the Center on Law and Poverty, Ms. Griego worked in a private law firm with a focus on family law issues including child support, child custody and kinship guardianship. In 2011, Ms. Griego was awarded the University of New Mexico School of Law Award for Excellence in Family Law Advocacy. She also served for three years as a volunteer family law settlement facilitator with the First Judicial District Court of New Mexico.
Dan Shapiro Dan Shapiro, J.D., M.D.
Dan Shapiro is a graduate of MIT, Harvard Medical School and UNM Law School. He has practiced largely in medical malpractice, representing patients since 1977. He currently is in sole practice.

He has been a director of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association, and currently is the president of the governing council of Cesar Chavez Community School and is on the Board of Cornucopia Adult Day Services. He is also a court-appointed advocate for abused and neglected children.

He is married with one son, a psychiatrist in Los Angeles who refuses free home care for his parents. He also has an 8 month-old granddaughter who is charming.

Dan Shapiro Jeanine R. Steffy, JD, CPA
is an attorney at Steffy Law Firm, P.C., practicing primarily in the areas of estate planning, business planning, tax planning, elder law and benefits, nonprofit law, and probate. Ms. Steffy received her Masters in Accounting, as well as her J.D., from the University of New Mexico. She is a Certified Public Accountant and a former Adjunct Professor at UNM Anderson School of Management where she taught managerial, financial and tax accounting at the undergraduate and graduate levels over the past decade. She has written and presented to professional audiences on topics which include estate planning basics, advanced estate taxation, elder benefits, and nonprofits. Ms. Steffy is a member of the Elder Law Section and Tax Section of the New Mexico State Bar (Chair-Elect), the New Mexico Society of CPAs, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Estate Planning Council, the Santa Fe Estate Planning Council (Past President), the American Academy of Attorney-CPAs, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.