Jeanne Vigil and Amy Clithero Join Board of Not-for-Profit Serving Individuals with Disabilities

Jeanne Vigil and Amy Clithero Join Board of Not-for-Profit Serving Individuals with Disabilities

LifeROOTS, the central New Mexico-based not-for-profit organization serving the needs of children and adults with physical, developmental and/or behavioral challenges, has appointed two new members to the organization’s Board of Directors.  The organization has announced that Jeanne Vigil, Vice President at U.S. Bank and Amy Clithero, Lecturer and Senior Program Manager at the University of New Mexico, have been named to the Board.

The appointment of Vigil and Clithero to the LifeROOTS Board of Directors continues to strengthen LifeROOTS important role in providing innovative programs and services to help those with disabilities throughout the community.  Members of the LifeROOTS  Board of Directors  provide guidance and oversight of the organization’s strategic initiatives, work to ensure that the organization meets its mission and objectives, and help in fund-raising initiatives.
Vigil and Clithero each bring extensive experience to the LifeROOTS Board of Directors:

Jeanne Vigil is a Vice President and Treasury Management Payment Consultant at U.S. Bank in Albuquerque, and brings extensive experience in the financial industry to the Board.  She began her banking career in 1989 specializing in commercial products support and sales.  She maintains industry certifications of Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) and Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).  In addition to serving on the LifeROOTS Board, she also serves as Secretary of the Board of the Domestic Violence Advocacy Center and participates in the United Way’s Women in Philanthropy program.  Vigil, who lives in Albuquerque, will serve on the LifeROOTS Board’s Finance Committee.

Amy Clithero brings a great deal of healthcare and health policy experience to the Board. She received a Masters Certification in Medical Education from the NM School of Medicine in 2012 and received an MBA in Health Care Systems from the Anderson School of Management, University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1993. She has worked in a variety of healthcare positions at UNM since 1985 and is currently a Lecturer and Senior Program Manager. Presently, Clithero is the course director for health policy and health systems course for 3rd year medical students, is a co-instructor of the Health Services Research course for the Masters in Science in Clinical and Translational Research program; instructor of record for the combined BA/MD program for both public health and medicine and a community service learning practicum; ; co-director and co-instructor for Medicine in New Mexico for 4th year medical students; and, tutorial leader for 1st year medical students in the Health Equity: Principles of Public Health for 1st year medical students. Clithero has presented at over 20 national and international conferences on a variety of healthcare educational topics and has co-written several medical education articles published in peer-reviewed journals.   
“We are thrilled that both Jeanne and Amy have joined the Board, and welcome their many years of experience as we continue to work towards our mission of helping those with disabilities reach their full potential,” says Kathleen Cates, CEO of LifeROOTS.  “The combination of Jeanne’s strong financial background and Amy’s healthcare policy and programming expertise will be a tremendous asset to our organization, and we are looking forward to working with both of them in this important role.”
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