Jade Richardson Bock began volunteering as a bereavement facilitator for the Children’s Grief Center in 2003. She served on the staff of the CGC from 2005-2018 and returned in March of 2020 to to support the organization through a period of growth and change. You can learn more about her grief and loss experience at www.learningaboutloss.com
Suzie Blake, MPNL, CFRE moved to New Mexico from Michigan in 2019 and quickly fell in love with all New Mexico offers, especially the outdoors. With over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Suzie earned her Masters in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Grand Valley State University in Michigan and is a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE). Contact Suzie to learn more about how you can support grieving children and adults in New Mexico.
Development & Outreach Associate
Jorie Weyer works closely with the Director of Development to achieve annual fundraising goals in order to provide CGC services at no cost. She manages donor relations, writes grants, manages CGC’s social media, and leads the CGC’s Community Alliance Committee of volunteers. Jorie volunteered at the CGC for 3 years before joining the staff in 2017 and holds a degree in Business Administration with a Marketing focus.
Mia Mendoza, MSW brings over a decade of experience in non-profit management, volunteer support and coordination, and mental health. Her passion for creating healthy communities has been at the center of her work. Before coming to CGC, she led a successful non-profit supporting young people through psychosocial interventions, education, and mentorship. Her life and career are driven by the power of storytelling and the resiliency of the human spirit.
Cynthia Florence works closely with the Program Director coordinating volunteers and support groups for children and their families. As a retired teacher and early childhood educator, she has over 35 years of experience with children. She volunteered as a bereavement facilitator at the CGC for 5 years before coming on staff in 2014. Cynthia is a member of the National Alliance for Grieving Children.
Liz Bowes, originally from Chihuahua Mexico, attended Texas Tech for her undergraduate work in Human Development and Family Studies. After graduation, she relocated to Denver to work as a Child Life Specialist at a Regional Level One Trauma Center, providing psychosocial support to children and families in thirteen different departments. Ms. Bowes is experienced in managing diverse teams of skilled volunteers and serving families experiencing trauma and death. Please contact her for information regarding grief support services and volunteering as a Bereavement Facilitator.
Amanda Leslie holds a Masters of Legal Studies in Church and Ministry Management from Trinity Law School in Southern CA. Ms. Leslie manages the Center for Hope and Healing, the home of the Children’s Grief Center. Before coming to CGC she worked at an ABQ local nonprofit serving the homeless population. She has a heart for people and a passion for seeing nonprofits flourish.