About us

The NM Perinatal Collaborative envisions statewide health equity through the provision of safe, high-quality, and respectful reproductive, perinatal and neonatal care for New Mexico families.

The mission of the New Mexico Perinatal Collaborative is to convene stakeholders to achieve health equity and high-quality outcomes through the promotion of evidence-based reproductive, perinatal and neonatal healthcare practices that
– Facilitate collaboration with communities and across healthcare disciplines
– Focus on quality improvement strategies
– Empower healthcare teams statewide to offer the highest quality care
– Ensure provision of holistic and culturally respectful care.


  • Jennifer Mastripolito
    Executive Director

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  • Mary Kate Hildebrandt
    Program Manager

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  • Mariam Upshaw, RNC, MSN, CNM
    Clinical Program Manager

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Executive Committee Officers

  • Janis Gonzales, MD, MPH, FAAP, Bureau Chief/Medical Director,
    Family Health Bureau DOH
    Acting President

  • Ellen Interlandi, BSN, MHM, RN, NE-BC, Clinical Consultant, NM Hospital Association

  • Kimberly Gililland, DNP, RNC-OB, Manager, Family Birthing Center, Lincoln County Medical Center

Board of Directors

Gillian Burkhardt, MD, Assistant Professor, UNM, Department of OB/GYN
Octavia Djanquaye, MSN, RNC-OB, Nurse Manager, Family Birthing Center, Presbyterian Santa Fe Medical Center
Emma Gamelsky, Graduate Student, School of Social Work, NM State University
Vlad Ianus, MD, MPH, Associate Professor, UNM Dept of Pediatrics, Neonatology Division
Joelle Leacock, MSN, CNM, Gallup Indian Medical Center
Larry Leeman, MD, MPH, Professor, UNM, Department of Family & Community Medicine
Erin Lorencz, MD, FACOG, Gallup Indian Medical Center
Keri Rath, MD, FACOG, Chief of Staff, Lincoln County Medical Center
Kerena Saltzgiver, MSN, CNM, Northern Navajo Medical Center; Deputy Chief Clinical Consultant for Advanced Practice Nurses, Indian Health Service
Wendi Strauss Pulse, DNP, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Rebecca Vasilion, DO, FACOG, Medical Director, Presbyterian Women’s Care