We have had reports of cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) and demanding that citizens pay money for fines or fees in cases involving relatives. These calls are not valid. New Mexico Courts will never call citizens to ask for payments of any kind.

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Commission Members

Roster for the New Mexico Children’s Court Improvement Commission

Updated June 1, 2015

Hon. Jennifer E. DeLaney, Co-Chair
Sixth Judicial District Court

Ezra Spitzer, Co-Chair
Director, New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks

Hon. Marie Ward
Incoming Chair (Jan.1, 2021)

Justice Barbara J. Vigil
New Mexico Supreme Court

Secretary Brian Blalock
Children, Youth, and Families Division

Marianne Padilla
Director of Children’s Cabinet

Secretary Dr. David Scrase
NM Health & Human Services Division

Secretary Ryan Stewart
NM Public Education

Senator Linda M. Lopez
NM State Senate (Majority Party)

Vacant
NM State Senate (Minority Party)

Representative Susan K. Herrera
NM House of Representatives (Majority Party)

Vacant
NM House of Representatives (Minority Party)

Designation Pending
New Mexico Court of Appeals

Hon. Bruce C. Fox
Tribal-State Court Consortium Representative

Shelly Bucher
Substitute Care Review Board

Leslie Jones
Respondents’ Attorney Representative

Beth Gillia, Director
Corrine Wolfe Children’s Law Center
University of New Mexico – Institute of Public Law

Krystal Goolsby
Youth Advocate representative

Loren Lujan
Foster Parent Representative

Nick J. Costales
Juvenile Justice Services 
N.M. Children, Youth & Families Department

Vacant
​Youth Attorney Representative

Alison B. Pauk
​Public Defender

Vacant
District Attorney

Shantell Gallegos
Foster Youth Advocate

Vacant
Behavioral Health Youth Advocate

Rebecca Liggett
Chief Children’s Court Attorney
Children, Youth, & Families Department

Lt. Nicholas Sanders
Law Enforcement Representative (APD)

Hon. Angie K. Schneider
Children’s Court Judge (12th Judicial District)

Hon. Bradford J. Dalley
Children’s Court Judge (11th Judicial District)

Designation Pending
Children’s Behavioral Health Division
N.M. Children, Youth & Families Department

Designation Pending
CYFD Protective Services Division

Marty Braniff
Community Partner Representative

Honorable James Starzynski
Guardian ad Litem

James R. Sumrow
Parent Representative

Vacant
Court Appointed Special Advocate

Vacant
Youth Attorney

Vacant
Council of School Superintendents

Vacant
Statewide Education Representative