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.
THE ACHR FAMILY
Annette Vigil, Executive Administrator
"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
Mikayla has strong Albuquerque roots and has been with Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery for over a year as a CPSW and Job Developer. She finds meaning in assisting those encountering employment barriers for numerous reasons. She is passionate about encouraging recovery and instilling a new sense of hope in our community members. Mikayla also closely relates to those in recovery for both mental health and substance use as well as returning citizens.
Mikayla Truijillo-Baxter, CPSW,
"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 abuse, 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 just under 2 years of sobriety. I am proud to start this new journey as a Peer Support Worker with ACHR."
Catherine Trujillo is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico who earned her BA in Psychology from UNM. Trujillo is a Business Consultant with SER Jobs for Progress, Inc. who specializes in workforce development as a liaison between employers, employees, and job seekers to help lower Albuquerque’s unemployment rate, increase job retention and promote economic development. In addition to serving on the Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery Board, she also serves as the Vice President of the Taylor Ranch Neighborhood Association and also serves as a Board Member for the Domestic Violence Relief Fund.
Ms. Trujillo brings great insight to the ACHR Board of Directors and is an up and coming community leader. We are blessed to have her guiding our Board and look forward to great things to come.
Johnny Armijo, CPSW, A2A Lead
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.
Evan Voth, CPSW, Associate Director