Adelita Michelle Medina, returned to Alianza as Executive Director in April 2010. She had previously served as Executive Director of the organization from February 2000 to November 2008.
Ms. Medina has more than 30 years of experience working in a wide-range of fields in both the private and public sectors. She has worked as head administrator for numerous non-profit organizations at the local and national levels in New Mexico, New York City, and Washington, DC, as well as for the State of New Mexico and City of New York. Before her first stint at Alianza, Ms. Medina was a private consultant for several years, and in that capacity helped raise funds for various non-profit organizations serving women, children and families, including several that addressed domestic violence. She worked for the Sister Fund as editor of its newsletter and for the Ms. Foundation for Women, where she was a Program Officer in charge of the Women’s Safety and Girls Empowerment areas.
Throughout her career, Ms. Medina has been a keynote speaker at various local, state, and national forums and conducted various training workshops both within and outside the domestic violence field. She has also published numerous articles on a variety of topics ranging from worker, immigrant, veterans' and women's rights, to women's health & safety, business, and arts and culture.
She holds an M.S. degree in Journalism from Columbia University's School of Journalism and a B.A. in English and Art from New Mexico Highlands University. She lived and worked in New York City for 30 years and returned to her native New Mexico in December 2004. She has one son, one grandson, and one granddaughter.
Rita Sanchez started with Alianza as a contractor in July 2011 and was hired as the organization’s Fiscal Officer in November 2011. Rita sincerely appreciates the opportunity to contribute and be a part of Alianza in serving the Latino community in its work against domestic violence.
Rita brings extensive knowledge in the audit and accounting fields where she has worked during the past 25 years. Rita brings experience implementing and managing financial and accounting systems for small privately owned businesses. Rita has extensive experience tracking grant funding, inventory tracking and financial reporting. She started her career as a bank auditor and was eventually promoted to Vice President for a small bank in Espanola, New Mexico.
On her personal time, Rita is very involved with her children and volunteers in community activities such as her school’s PTA where she has served as the School PTA Treasurer for two consecutive years from 2008 to 2010. Rita has lived in the Middle East and enjoyed traveling and experiencing cultures from different parts of the world. Rita holds a BA degree with honors in Business Administration from New Mexico State University. She has lived in Corrales, New Mexico for the past 10 years with her husband and two children.
Pam Ortiz joined Alianza in July 2012 as Administrative Assistant/Office Manager. Pam is proud to be a part of this national organization which works to end domestic violence. Pam has worked closely with the public and has great compassion for people in need.
For more than 25 years, Pam has been working in Northern New Mexico for Dental and Medical offices as Office Manager. Pam will use her experience to help keep Alianza organized and running smoothly.
Pam was born and raised in New Mexico; she grew up in Los Alamos, where she currently resides. Pam has one daughter, 16, and has been married for 20 years. Pam is very close to all her family and enjoys spending her free time cooking for family gatherings. Pam graduated form Los Alamos High School and attended New Mexico State University where she met many of close friends. Pam respects our Hispanic heritage and will continue to preserve our values.