Donato Velasco, PSW, A2A
A 27-year resident of New Mexico, born in Colorado to a family of 7 children, Annette managed to avoid substance use but battled depression most of her life. Her sensitivity to the human emotion adds to her own attempt to emotional wellbeing. Since childhood, Annette had an interest in psychology and social service issues for those unable to fight for themselves. She worked in social services in Long Term Care facilities and is a Court Appointed Special Advocate in New Mexico Children's Court.
Evan Voth, CPSW, Associate Director
I am grateful to be a part of the ACHR team. I began my journey with the Center as the very first
ACHR intern. I have observed and participated in the growth of our organization. I feel a strong
commitment and look forward to the continued expansion of services ACHR will provide for our
clients. I consider the ACHR staff and clients, family. It is my honor to serve as the Board
President providing any assistance I can for the betterment of our community.
Wes was born in Keams Canyon, AZ (which is on the Hopi reservation) and grew up on three
different reservations (Laguna, Hopi and Navajo) and learned that each one presented its own
challenges for him as a child. He moved to NM when he was 7 years old and started living in
Albuquerque at the age of 15. He joined Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery in January 2021 after interning with them the previous year. Wes has lived experience overcoming alcoholism and substance use over the past 10 years and has dedicated his life to helping others achieve the best for themselves in recovery. “Had I succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged.” J.K. Rowling
Kelley McCall, ACHR Board of Directors President,
My name is Genna, I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am grateful to be a part of the team here at Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery as a peer support worker. I am also in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. I started here at ACHR as a member of Addict to Athletes in March 2020, and became a member of the team in January 2021. I am focused on helping people in the community achieve a positive life change through peer support in a safe environment, and through my lived experiences. I want to help individuals focus on personal responsibilities and show that recovery is possible.
"I’ve been with A2A for just under 3 years, and it has totally changed my life. I’ve used drugs and alcohol for a number of years and have tried a number of programs, nothing has worked. I’ve even done programs while I was in prison, still nothing. I was introduced to the Addict 2 Athlete program after a DWI and it just clicked for me. I participated in the 8-week curriculum driven class, and the workouts that totally kicked my a##. It is exactly what I needed to put me on a successful road to my sobriety. I have 2 years of sobriety and now employed by Albuquerque Center of Hope and Recovery as a Peer Support Worker. Now able to coach the A2A program that saved my life. If I could do it anyone can do it." #BEASTMODE
As a peer in recovery, Evan has experienced the discrimination of those working through substance use disorders, mental health issues
and homelessness and has focused his career on developing leaders in the community and advocating for those in recovery through
education, peer support and workforce development. Evan appreciates opportunities to serve on advisory groups, provide direct service as a Certified Peer Support Worker and strives each and every day to pay back those who supported him on his recovery journey.
Genna Kreutzer, PSW, Pathways Navigator
THE ACHR FAMILY
Johnny Armijo, CPSW, A2A Lead
"Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, I had a great upbringing and attended St. Michael’s Catholic High School. Shortly after graduating I was introduced to alcohol and it was all downhill from there. With just under 10 years of alcohol use, mental health issues and 2 DWI’s I decided enough was enough. I needed to take action and make the change for a better life. Through hard work, dedication, and unconditional support I now have 2 1/2 years of sobriety. I am proud to start this new journey as a Peer Support Worker with ACHR."
Annette Vigil, Executive Administrator
Wesley Sinquah, PSW, Pathways Navigator