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100% Team

100% New Mexico is a team with a shared vision and goals, committed to ensuring that all county residents in all 33 counties have access to the ten vital services to survive and thrive.


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This page provides residents with an overview of how the county-based initiative works. We also provide a list of Anna, Age Eight Institute team members.

FOR 100%

Each county-based 100% New Mexico initiative is taking on our biggest challenges that include preventing ACEs and their costly health and education consequences. They are empowered by a shared vision, goals and interconnected activities. They also have a shared understanding of how countywide collaboration, data, technology and communication strengthen their capacity to make measurable and meaningful change.


7 STEPS TO 100%

100% New Mexico is a multidisciplinary team, representing ten service sectors, identifying gaps in vital service areas and addressing them through a process of assessing, planning, action and evaluation. The ten action teams collaborate with all service providers in the ten “surviving” and “thriving” service areas to create a seamless system of accessible care and empowerment. This countywide system will not only prevent ACEs and social adversity, but it will protect all residents from the consequences of a public health crisis and economic disruption.


Image 1. 100% New Mexico structure.

Leadership Team: Oversees the short, intermediate and long-term projects, all focused on ending barriers to vital services and increasing the health, safety and resilience of 100% of county residents.

Resource Directory Team: Oversees the service directory, which directs residents to ten vital services. This team works to ensure that all the information about services is up to date.

Task Force on Histories and Cultures: Provides a historical overview and perspective on historical disparities and historical trauma, including progress being made to ensure racial equity. 

Media and Public Awareness Team: Works with all local media producers to share updates on the initiative, recruit new members and engage all residents in initiative activities. This multi-disciplinary team includes artists, writers, muralists, storytellers and filmmakers.


Image 2. 100% New Mexico Leadership Teams structure.

Action Teams: There are ten of these, each one focused on one of the ten vital services for surviving and thriving. 

Action Team Leaders are responsible for monitoring the continuous quality improvement process (assessing, planning, action and evaluation) as it relates to developing and implementing projects shown to remove barriers to vital services. Action Team leaders also take responsibility for convening and facilitating action team meetings focused on developing local projects. The leader also oversees the resource/service directory to ensure accuracy. 

Project Developers are key members of each action team, developing projects that may be short or long term. Skills that will be helpful in this task include: project management, including assessing, planning, action and evaluation. 

Local Government Outreach Members have a vital role in supporting project development, strengthening relationships with city and county lawmakers and program leadership, as well as school board members and school community leadership.


Image 3. 100% New Mexico Action Teams structure.



100% New Mexico is focused on partnerships and alignment of all county and city programming focused on supporting our children, students, parents, caregiving grandparents and elders. Our work defines the term collaboration as we build a culture of caring where healing and helping are the priority. The team follows the 100% New Mexico Framework for Change. County residents of all ages are welcome to join us in our mission. To learn more about supporting and joining 100% New Mexico in your county, please visit contact

100% New Mexico County Team Leaders 

Visit a 100% county initiative through our map.

Anna, Age Eight/NMSU Team Members 

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

Dr. Katherine Ortega Courtney

Dr. Courtney has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from Texas Christian University, where she studied at the Institute of Behavioral Research. Dr. Courtney worked with the State of New Mexico for eight years, first as the Juvenile Justice Epidemiologist, then as Bureau Chief of the Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau. An advocate for data-informed decision-making, Dr. Courtney championed and co-developed the New Mexico Data Leaders for Child Welfare program. She has worked in policy, research and has led community initiatives through her work at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. She is also the co-author, with Dominic Cappello, of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which served as a catalyst for the development of the Anna, Age Eight Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she serves as co-director. Dr. Ortega Courtney and Dominic Cappello wrote the follow-up book 100% Community to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing trauma-free and truly family-friendly cities and towns. Email:

Dominic Cappello

Dominic Cappello

Cappello is a New York Times bestselling author and TEDx Conference curator with decades of experience advocating for health, safety and education. He has a Master of Arts in Liberal studies with an emphasis on Language and Communication from Regis University. He worked for the New Mexico Department of Health Epidemiology and Response Division and the New Mexico Child Protective Services Research, Assessment and Data Bureau, where he co-developed the Data Leader for Child Welfare program, which he implemented in New York City, Connecticut and New Mexico. Cappello is the creator of the Ten Talks book series on family safety that gained a national audience when he discussed his work on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He is also the co-author of Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment, which served as a catalyst for the development of the Anna, Age Eight Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he serves as co-director. Cappello and Dr. Ortega Courtney wrote the follow-up book 100% Community to guide local leadership in every county in their work designing trauma-free and truly family-friendly cities and towns. Email:


Gregory Sherrow

Gregory is an educator whose early career sharply veered off into the world of information technology and web-based enterprises giving Gregory decades of experience in creating educational, nonprofit and commercial technology solutions. He has architected learning management systems for the Data Leaders for Child Welfare program in New Mexico, Connecticut and New York City; he developed the technology prototypes for the Safety+Success learning management systems focused on family safety and health piloted in South Carolina and New Mexico; and his learning management system clients have included state departments of health, state departments of education and offices of attorneys general. Over the last decade and a half, he has become an authority on remote work management and the potential of technology to positively empower agencies and communities while strengthening national, state and local systems of public health, safety and education. Email:


Israel Chávez

Israel Chávez, Esq.

Israel is a New Mexico activist and attorney who was born and raised in the Village of Doña Ana, an historic Colonia in southern New Mexico. He has worked on a broad range issues at the local, state and federal levels. Before attending the University of New Mexico School of Law, Israel was the Development and Policy Director of Equality New Mexico, at the time the State’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. With EQNM, Israel was instrumental in the passage of anti-bullying legislation, conversion therapy ban and many regulatory changes that improved the lives of LGBTQ New Mexicans. During law school, Israel served as chair of the City of Albuquerque Transit Board and introduced the first resolution support zero fares, which was adopted by the City in 2021, making all transit fare-free in the City. As an attorney, Israel focused on government reform and criminal justice reform — serving as a labor prosecutor protecting workers’ rights, an assistant district attorney and assistant county attorney. As assistant county attorney, he advised large county departments on policy and guided government entities as they sought to improve public service. Israel is committed to New Mexico’s future and works everyday to improve the lives of the most vulnerable in our state. Email:

Dr. Tim Hand

Dr. Timothy Hand

Dr. Hand’s core philosophy as an educator is that student success happens one meaningful conversation at a time. These conversations range from Socratic interactions between teachers and students, encouraging words from a colleague that inspire confidence and hope, and debates at the state legislature about how to most equitably fund public education. He has served in administrative roles in Las Cruces at LCPS and NMSU and also around the state including a stint with the legislature and serving as Deputy Secretary of Education. But his most cherished role is that of a high school coach, where he spent 15 years teaching and learning from high school students. This experience sets his priorities as a strengths-based, growth-oriented champion for the education of the whole child. Email:

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