and others who have helped us
In 2010, four people, who had never made a film, came together to form a non-profit with the mission of making films about domestic violence. Lindarose Berkley, Lynette Montoya, Regina Ress and JoAnne Tucker envisioned making films about women who successfully left an abusive relationship and rebuilt their lives. They met David Lindblom and knew right away he was the filmmaker they wanted to collaborate with and to learn from. Since he was a teacher at NNMC, a special and important relationship with the college developed. Students of his were able to be interns on the films and related projects. Thank you to students: Samatha Herrera, Sharon Anne Henderson, Meghan Trujilo, Tai Shanna Sanchez, and Stephanie Martinez. Sandy Krolick, Creative Director, Communications and Marketing at NNMC, shared her talents in graphics, photography, and did the titles for seven of the films.
New Board members - Alicia Smith, Christy O'Neil, Lilliemae Ortiz, Crystal Sanchez, and Leona Stucky joined to add their expertise, enthusiasm and interest. Founding members Regina, Lindarose and JoAnne have collaborated intensively on One in 7 and will continue to oversee making HVPS films available for festivals and use by organizations.
Filmmaker and dance videographer Lynne Wimmer joined our efforts making two films both of which had dance as an important element. Nine women from Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe along with assistance from Aine McCarthy, Samari Rodriquez-Rios, Catharine Pilafas and Crytal Sanchez were integral to our film Through the Door: Movement and Meditation as Part of Healing. Inspired by an idea of Leona Stucky’s, Out of The Shadow brought together numerous people in nine sites across the US who developed Our National Day of Action Against Domestic Violence.
The talent of photographers Judy Naumburg, Sandy Krolick, filmmaker Shelene Bridges and musicians Karen Cunningham, Linda McDill, Jeannine Otis, Larry Marshall, "Zay" Santos, Daniel Carlton, Marsie Silvestro, and Newman Taylor Baker have all been part of this awesome journey. We are grateful for their willingness to share their talent on very low budget films.
For thirty years JoAnne was the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Avodah Dance Ensemble, a New York City based modern dance company. Avodah toured nationally and internationally presenting its repertory in diverse settings from theaters, synagogues, churches, college campuses, community centers to prisons. Reviewed by the NY Times, JoAnne was sited as "creating heart felt pieces." Now retired from directing the dance company she found that the work in women's prison still resonated strongly for her and served as motivation for founding Healing Voices - Personal Stories.
JoAnne brings a background of study at The Juilliard School as a dance major and a Ph.D. in Theatre from the University of Wisconsin. She is author of two books, Torah in Motion: Creating Dance Midrash and Creative Movement for a Song: Activities for Young Children as well as numerous articles for journals and magazines related to her work with Avodah. She has taught on college faculties including Hebrew Union College and the University of the District of Columbia. JoAnne has a blog called Mostly Dance where she writes about dance and her history with Avodah.
She moved to Santa Fe in 2009 and shortly after that she and other founding members started Healing Voices - Personal Stores. For ten years she divided her time between painting (mainly oils) and work in film from extra work to featured roles in student projects.
JoAnne now lives in Atenas, Costa Rica where she continues painting, working on social media for Healing Voices - Personal Stories and regularly writing her blog, Mostly Dance.
Lindarose is a Clinical Social Worker whose career was in a private practice setting treating individuals with psychiatric problems and couples with marital difficulties. She was on the Board of Directors for a local community mental health agency and for the Connecticut Society Clinical Social Work, where she worked on the successful establishment of licensing for clinical social workers. When she moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado fourteen years ago, she continued her professional work but developed a larger focus on nonprofit work.
She has been President of the Board of Directors for Yampatika, an environmental educational organization in Northwest Colorado. She worked to see this nonprofit agency transition into a successful, flourishing organization. She has also been the Coordinator for the Steamboat SpringsParkinson Support Group which started in August, 2012. She has most recently invested attention and energy into the development of Healing Voices - Personal Stories. She recognizes the destructive impact of violence and abuse and its interference with health and stability. Through the production and distribution of films created by this organization, she sees a path for community education and hope for those who have suffered from abuse.
Award winning storyteller, actor, writer, and educator, Regina has performed and taught from Broadway to Brazil, in settings from grade schools to senior centers, homeless shelter and prisons to Lincoln Center and The White House. She teaches storytelling for NYU's Program in Educational Theatre and Program in Multilingual/Multicultural Studies and produces a long-running storytelling series at the historic Provincetown Playhouse in NYC. She has performed and led workshops at women's prisons in NY, DE, CT and NM and for the Santa Fe Youth Shelters. In the aftermath of 9/11, under the auspices of Mercy Corps, she facilitated workshops for adults on the issue of children and trauma.
Regina was a longtime Board Member of the New York Storytelling Center and the New York Metro Liaison to the National Storytelling Network, which in 2003, awarded her an Oracle Award in the Regional Leadership and Service and in 2015 an Oracle Award for performance. She has published numerous articles including "Her Story, Your Story, Our Story: An Afternoon with Women who Have Escaped the Troll" in Diving in the Moon, an on-line journal published by the Healing Story Alliance. Her CD, "New York & Me" won a 2014 Storytelling World Award. Regina currently serves on the Board of the Storytellers of New Mexico. www.ReginaRess.com
Lynette Montoya is a founding member of Healing Voices - Personal Stories. She is currently the President of the Latino Hotel Association. She has been actively involved in the building and business sectors on the local and national levels for more than 20 years. Lynette began her career as Marketing Director for an architectural firm. She was the founder of the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served as its Executive Director. She has also held the position of Director of Economic Development for the City of Santa Fe and was instrumental in the city's adoption of the 2030 Challenge. Working with HUD, Ms. Montoya facilitated a partnership among HUD, the Enterprise Foundation, Rural Community Assistance Corporation and The Housing Assistance Council to provide affordable housing services to the citizens of New Mexico. As President of Global Hotel for 12 years, Ms. Montoya worked with clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her volunteer work includes co-chairmanship of the Buckaroo Ball, which raises and distributes funds to non-profits serving Santa Fe's youth. Lynette also served for twelve years on the Board for Youth Shelters and Family Services.
Thank you to the following Board Members who contributed to Healing Voices - Personal Stories growth over the years,
Alicia Smith spent her career engaged in public policy with a focus on human services. Her interest in domestic violence stems from her years of work in human services where she saw the devastating impacts on both the victims and their families.
Christy has many years of experience working in the non-profit world with over six years of experience in Domestic Violence. Her areas of expertise is in accounting and finance.
Lilliemae Ortiz has over 26 years of experience in the New Mexico State Government Management. She served for 12 years as a local elected school board member. During part of that time she was President of the Pojoaque Valley School Board and President of the state wide New Mexico School Board Association.
Crystal Sanchez is the founder of Believe Bliss, a platform for domestic violence survivors to share stories, heal wounds, and find their way back to themselves. She is a Soul Nurturer and Healing Coach who supports women on their journey to healing and wholeness.
A psychotherapist for more than thirty years, UU community minister, post-graduate teacher, clinical supervisor and AAPC Diplomate, Rev. Dr. Leona Stucky recently became an author by turning the mirror inward to reveal her own personal story. Her website is www.LeonaStucky.com
David brings an outstanding background having worked as a director, cinematographer and editor. His credits include working on a number of documentaries and feature films two of which were with Martin Scorsese.David has also worked as an editor for television programs such as ABC’s soap opera, “One Life to Live,” PBS projects, and “Code Blue” series for New York Times Television.
David is a professor at Northern New Mexico College in the Film/Digital Media Arts Department. He is also the creative programmer for Canal Seis, the community television station in Espanola. David's film LAND WATER PEOPLE TIME, won Best Documentary Film in the New Mexico State Film Festival.
Lynne was a professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at the University of South Florida where she taught modern dance, choreography, kinesiology and Laban Movement Analysis. She received a BFA from the Juilliard School in New York City and an MFA from the University of Utah. Her professional career includes nine years as a member of the Utah Repertory Dance Theater. In May of 2010, she retired from the University of South Florida in Tampa Florida where she had been on the faculty of the School of Theatre and Dance for 27 years. Her current research and work lies in the fields of dance for camera and documentary video. She currently resides in Salt Lake City Utah.
Recent projects include: "For the Love of Dance" - celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Repertory Dance Theatre; Florida Waterworks Dance Project; and "In Perilous Time" - a documentary video celebrating the lives of WWII veterans for Jewish Family Services or Utah.
Joseph Lea holds a BA in Economics (St. Anslem College), a JD in Law (Catholic University) a LLM in International law (University of Notre Dame), and Connecticut teaching certifications in History/Social Studies and as a Library Media Specialist. He began his education career at the York Correctional Institution for women as a teacher in 1995 and became the library media specialist in 2003. At York CI, he has also coordinated the arts programming at the prison.
Peggy was the subject of Healing Voices - Personal Stories first film, "Peggy's Story". At that time she was a Development Fundraiser at Esperanza Shelter in Santa Fe, NM.
Lynette Montoya is a founding member of Healing Voices - Personal Stories. She is currently the President of the Latino Hotel Association.
Christy has been a board member/treasurer of Healing Voices - Personal Stories and now continues on the advisory board. She has over fourteen years of experience in the non-profit world, and six years of experience working in Domestic Violence. She is currently the Accounting and Human Resources Manager for the Life Link in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Rev. Marsie Silvestro is an internationally known author, composer, artist, motivational speaker, counselor, spiritual director and consultant. She is recognized locally and nationally for her leadership positions in non-profit, business and politics.
Alicia Smith spent her career engaged in public policy with a focus on human services. Her interest in domestic violence stems from her years of work in human services where she saw the devastating impacts on both the victims and their families. S
Henry Valdez is the director of the Administrative Office of the District Attorneys. Prior to this for 16 years, Henry held the office of District Attorney of the 1st Judicial District which encompasses Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Los Alamos Counties.