Our Staff

Adrienne Smith

Adrienne R. Smith

President and CEO

Adrienne R. Smith is Founder, President and CEO of the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition, a statewide organization that advocates for and advances the professional development and workforce issues of New Mexico’s direct caregivers.

Ms. Smith has owned and operated a consulting firm since 2001, Education and Workforce Consultants, LLC, for which she worked for international, national and state clients in the areas of youth development, youth employment, workforce development, resource development and advocacy. Her work includes development of national strategies to serve in-school and out-of-school youth in Honduras, Brazil and Indonesia through U.S. Agency for International Development.

Prior to 2001, Ms. Smith served as founding director of a national academy for training youth workers for executive positions, assisting a Board and the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) in development, recruitment, selection and curriculum design of that academy. She developed a first academy for training Youth Opportunity (YO!) directors, grantees of $4-$12 million community-wide programs funded by the US Department of Labor. Adrienne’s work also includes four years as Vice President of the national Jobs for America’s Graduates, building program capacity within in affiliated states and initiating programs in eight new states over a four-year period.

Adrienne served as a lead planner for data gathered to equalize school finance funding in Texas in the landmark state Supreme Court education finance lawsuit. She served Governor Ray Mabus of Mississippi from 1989-91 as advisory on literacy, education and the state’s first Commission on Workforce Excellence.

She has served on the Board of the Latin American Youth Center; the New Mexico Forum on Youth in Community; the National Youth Employment Coalition; and as Committee Chair for the American Association of University Women.

Adrienne has a Bachelor’s in Biology and a Masters in Public Policy and International Administration. She seeks opportunities for work and play with like-minded organizations and people.


Dana Howarth

Program Manager

Dana Howarth has been a member of the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition (NMCC) team since early 2015. She is a native New Mexican who received her Bachelor's degree in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2013 and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration. Dana is young-at-heart. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and watching movies.

As the Program Manager for NMCC, Dana is a busy bee, always working on multiple coalition projects, including managing training programs and keeping the website up to date. She has always enjoyed being involved with organizations that were created to help others and continues to be thankful to have the opportunity to make a difference in the state of New Mexico through her position with NMCC.


Denise Garcia

Program Assistant

Denise is the Program Assistant for the New Mexico Caregivers Coalition (NMCC). She was born and raised in New Mexico and just recently obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Interpersonal Communications from The University of New Mexico. She is now continuing on to pursue her Master's Degree in The Organization, Information and Learning Sciences Program. Denise has a passion for helping people and learning something new every day.


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Laurence Nguyen 

Office Assistant & Data Entry Specialist

Laurence Nguyen is New Mexico Caregivers Coalition's resident data entry expert. He uses his strong organizational skills and attention to detail to help NMCC keep track of training related data. He holds an associate's degree in Integrated Studies and a certificate in Computer Information Systems from Central New Mexico Community College.