Board of Directors

Alison B. Pauk
Alison was born and raised in El Paso, Texas but has spent most of her adult life in New Mexico. She graduated with Highest Honors from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management and received her J.D. at the University of New Mexico. For more than eleven years, Ms. Pauk has represented juveniles in their delinquency cases as an Assistant Public Defender in Albuquerque. In this capacity, Ms. Pauk has witnessed first-hand how Pegasus has helped some of New Mexico’s most vulnerable children, and she is honored to serve on Pegasus’ Board. Additionally, Ms. Pauk is the Chair of the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Children’s Court Rules Committee, and she is also a Commission Member and Co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Committee of New Mexico Children’s Court Improvement Commission. She has been a Board Member of the Children’s Law Section of the New Mexico State Bar since 2009 and runs their annual Art Contest for at-risk youth. In addition to her public defender and committee work, Ms. Pauk has been a faculty member at the University of Phoenix for over seven years where she teaches criminal justice and business law.
Matthew Loehman photo Matt Loehman, MBA
Matt is an Albuquerque native. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2009. After graduation, Matt returned home to Albuquerque during the depth of the Great Recession to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer for two years through HELP-New Mexico, a statewide nonprofit. Afterward, Matt continued to work in the local nonprofit sector as the Development and Special Projects Director for The Loan Fund, while also obtaining his MBA in 2014 with a concentration in Finance from UNM’s Anderson School of Management. In May 2018, Matt became the Executive Director of Horizons of New Mexico, a nonprofit that negotiates and manages state and local government contracts on behalf of small businesses and nonprofits to support meaningful employment opportunities for New Mexicans with disabilities.
Aja Brooks photo 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.
Dan Shapiro photo 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.


  Eva Buchwald
Eva Buchwald is a social worker with the Juvenile Division of the Law Office of the Public Defender.  In this role she serves as a member of a multidisciplinary team whose focus is representing young people charged with delinquent offences.  She is based in Albuquerque and works on cases throughout the state.  Eva is the chair of the conditions of confinement workgroup and participates on other groups as part of the juvenile detention reform initiative in Bernalillo County.  Her career has been devoted to working with young people in the juvenile justice and protective services systems.  Eva has worked in Florida, New York and California.  She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Ann Arbor in Michigan.  She received her undergraduate degree in socio-cultural anthropology from UCLA.  She is the proud mom of a 14 year old daughter.