Meet The Team


Carolane McNees
Lecie McNees Langille
Executive Director
Charles Clayton
Managing Director

Bryana Pacheco
Program Administration Manager & Billing Specialist
Skylar Richmond Friesen
Human Resources & Office Manager

Katelyn Hodges
SDCB Administrator

Brittany Banks
DD Waiver Documentation Specialist

Centennial Care Support Brokers

Cheryl Durham
Program Manager

It is my goal to ensure that optimal support is provided to individuals and their families who receive services through Visions and the Self-Directed Community Benefit. I consider it a great privilege to support individuals of all ability levels to participate fully in their homes and communities. I believe that self-direction is a great tool for people who wish to maintain their freedom and right to choose where they live, learn, work, and from whom they receive services and supports. My goal is to help the people we serve have the support they need to live independent and meaningful lives. 

I have been working and advocating for people with intellectual and physical disabilities since 2007. Additionally, I have been working with the self-directed model of support since 2011. I have a bachelor's degree in human services and a master's degree in business administration. 

When I am not working, I love spending time with my three amazing children and our dogs. I also enjoy practicing yoga, photography, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. I look forward to the privilege of serving you!

Andi Gonzalez
Support Broker

I joined the Visions team as a Support Broker in May of 2021. I have been working in social services since 2013, serving in AmeriCorps programs providing resources and assistance to low-income families. I received my bachelor’s degree in human services in 2015 and went on to become a case manager for the Developmental Disability Waiver for several years in New Mexico. I moved to Colorado and began working for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless providing housing, healthcare and other resources. I returned back to the Developmental Disability Waiver in Colorado as a Director for Residential services for two years.

The beautiful Southwest called me back to my home and family in Albuquerque. I am very grateful to have joined such a wonderful team of Support Brokers at Visions and look forward to meeting you!

In my spare time I am usually with family or friends enjoying good food and company. I also enjoy being creative with painting or crafts, as well as exploring the outdoors with my dogs. 

Christine Lawson
Support Broker

In November of 2017, I had the pleasure of joining the Visions Case Management team as a Support Broker. My professional and personal experience goes back many years. Since 2001, I have had the honor of working with many of New Mexico's best nonprofit organizations and with various vulnerable populations. I have enjoyed serving individuals who have developmental disabilities, severe mental illness, struggles with homelessness, and children with profound medical needs. Along with my professional experience, I have 19 years of personal experience given to me by my son who had profound developmental disabilities and was medically fragile. My son passed away in 2008 at the age of 19 years old. The experience my son provided me has given me the ability to view the world through eyes that choose to see love and a heart that feels compassion. After my son's passing, I pursued my education and obtained a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I am a native New Mexican and live in Albuquerque where I enjoy being active in my church community, spending time with my family, enjoying nature, reading, and most recently trying my hands at arts and crafts. I currently serve members in Central, Eastern and Southern New Mexico and the Albuquerque area. I look forward to meeting you!

Debra Kuszewski
Support Broker

I worked at Visions Case Management from 1998-2002 and returned to this wonderful company in 2017.  My education includes a bachelor’s degree in social work and certificates in massage therapy and a 200-RYT.  Working within the case management field for over 20 years in various agency settings in Northern New Mexico,  I care deeply for our members and enjoy meditating and advocating for their needs.  I was born in Wisconsin,  raised in Southern California, and have lived in Santa Fe, NM since the early 1990s and have a deep affection for New Mexico's beautiful land and sky. In my spare time, I enjoy practicing yoga,  contemplation,  massage,  cranial-sacral therapy,  and acupuncture. I love to travel, explore the outdoors, and have adventures in transformation!

Margaret Galia
Support Broker

I joined the Visions team in August of 2019 and have been working as a Support Broker since 2016. I have my bachelor’s degree in psychology. Prior to becoming a Support Broker, I worked in the mental health field for over a decade. I am a natural born advocate and find great pleasure in assisting others. In 2009, I moved from New York to New Mexico. While I remain a New Yorker at heart, I have fallen in love with the people, culture, climate, and beauty of this state. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and our dogs. My other interests include painting, live music, good vegetarian food, and participating in community activities.

Vanessa Garcia
Support Broker

I joined the Visions’ team in May of 2020. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and have been serving as a Court Appointed Guardian since 2005. I have also been a Court Advocate through CASA and a Victim Advocate at the Albuquerque Advocacy Center. I am from Northern New Mexico and have lived in Albuquerque since 1995. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my kids, watching sunsets, hiking, golfing, and enjoying other outdoor activities.

Court Visitor

Sharone Pomeranz
Court Visitor

I joined the Visions Case Management team in 2021 to serve the needs of adults with disabilities.  I have a background in community outreach, advocacy, social justice, and law.  I went to college in Atlanta at Emory University and then went to Law School at American University, Washington College of Law.  I have worked for nonprofits and have a diverse background.  I have lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 1996 and have two wonderful daughters who were raised in the City Different.  As the Court Visitor for Visions, I get to meet with people and make sure they receive the protection and safety they seek.  I serve the entire state of New Mexico and enjoy traveling as part of my job. In my free time, I enjoy Pilates, hiking, bowling, and cooking at home.  

DD Waiver Case Managers

Louann Cruz
Program Manager

I have worked in the medical and the social services field for over 20 years. I have a degree in Social Work and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University. I have worked with children and adults in the public schools, state agencies and other private sectors and continue to enjoy working with so many amazing individuals. Working with Visions, I cover the Santa Fe area.

I am native to northern New Mexico and have lived in New Mexico all my live. I currently live in Santa Fe, NM and have been living there for 7 years. Prior to Santa Fe, I lived in other parts of NM. I come from a large family and enjoy many of New Mexico’s wonderful traditions. I love New Mexico’s diversity and beauty and could not think of a better state to live in. I love being outdoors and spending time with my family. In my spare time, I love hiking, fishing and taking pictures of our beautiful state. I enjoy meeting new people and being introduced to different cultures and food, so I take the opportunity to try new things.

Andrea Miranda
Case Manager

I joined the Visions team in May 2018 but have been in the field for about 7 years in different roles prior to this position. Most of my background is in the social services sector. I’ve worked in different roles in the DD waiver and did case management for troubled youth for some time. I was born in California and moved to Santa Fe New Mexico with my family when I was 3, I have been here since then. I have served different regions of New Mexico along my years of experience; in my previous job half my caseload resided in Espanola and in Rio Arriba county. In my current position with Visions I serve in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. I’m extremely passionate about my job and enjoy what I do very much! I have two boys that keep me extremely busy when I’m not working. All the things I enjoy doing outside of work revolve around them. Some of my favorite things to do with my children include road trips, camping, and being involved in their school events. During my free and alone time, I enjoy hiking and love a spa day when I can get away with one!

Denise Pacheco-Griego
Case Manager

I have been with Visions Case Management since June, 2016. I retired from the State of NM on May 31, 2016. During my career with the state, I worked in different capacities as a social worker providing case management and service coordination. My experience ranges from working with families, adults, and children ranging in ages from 0-17 and with the elderly/disabled population. My education and background is in Social Work at a Masters level. I was born in Espanola, NM and grew up in the Chamita area. I moved to Guadalupita, NM (Mora County) in March, 2000 and continue to live in this beautiful, mountain area. My favorite hobbies are reading, scrapbooking, camping and just spending time with family. I have three beautiful children, a son-in-law and a husband whom I have been married to for nearly twenty years. I enjoy being at home during the weekends, but when given the opportunity, I like going out to watch a good movie or taking a drive to visit family. My spirituality also plays a big role in my life and this is what keeps me centered.
Manny Crespin
Case Manager

I have been with the Visions team since July 2020 but I have been proudly serving as a mental health professional and case manager for over a decade.  I live in Albuquerque, was born in Santa Fe and grew up in Northern New Mexico.  I proudly serve different regions of New Mexico including the ABQ Metro, Santa Fe and surrounding areas.  I received my higher education and obtained several bachelor's degrees and my masters degree at New Mexico State University.  I speak and write in Spanish fluently.  My passion is helping the underserved and being a voice for those who need it most. 

I proudly serve as the Vice Chair of the Bernalillo County Behavioral Health Initiative Community Supports Subcommittee where I advocate for adequate behavioral health services for Bernalillo County residents. I enjoy getting involved and participating in my local, state and national government's processes.  I love to keep busy and enjoy hot air ballooning, politics, advocating for human rights, singing, dancing, playing and enjoying music, reading, writing, traveling, creating art, exercising, horseback riding, hiking, camping, biking, gardening, cooking, baking and spending time with my beautiful family.  I love networking with diverse populations and having online virtual events to better serve and advocate for my community.

Sharon Cahoon
Case Manager

I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Old Dominion University in 1994 and a Master's of Science in Education in Counseling from ODU in 1998. I have been working professionally in the mental health field since 1999 I started working with DD clients in 1994 with internship, and then again as a Case Manager since 2003. I have been with Visions since 2006. Originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia, I moved to New Mexico in 2001, and currently live in Ojo Caliente, NM. I serve the Rio Arriba and Los Alamos counties. My hobbies include lots of craft mediums, traveling, and hanging with family.
Teresa Maestas
Case Manager

I have been employed with Visions since September of 2007. I serve Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, Taos, and Bernalillo Counties. Prior to being a Case Manager, I worked with people with disabilities for 23 years. I started by providing direct care and then became a House Manager. I was also the Program Manager for several years during this time. I live in the small farming community of Medanales. I have lived here all my life and enjoy working my small farm. I grow and can my own vegetables. I also come from a family of weavers. I taught weaving at Ghost Ranch for 12 years in my younger days. I spend my free time enjoying my grandchildren. 


Anika Carrasco Trujillo
Program Manager

I started at Visions in 2013, prior to that I worked as a Behavior Support Consultant since 2004 in the DD Waiver field. I received my Master's degree in Social Work from Arizona State University with a focus on Child Welfare. My undergraduate degree was received from the University of Denver with a concentration on Criminology and Sociology. I also obtained LISW from the State of New Mexico. I was born and raised in Northern New Mexico, and am currently living in Santa Fe. I love to be outdoors hiking, camping, gardening or exploring with the kids. I also love to read novels or poetry. I also spend time volunteering with the Santa Fe Public Schools, the City of Santa Fe, and am active in San Isidro Parish in Santa Fe. My passion in life is to meet new people and learn their life stories; everyone has something to teach others.

Mi Via Consultants

Vonnie Sachse
Program Manager

I have been with Visions since May 2017. I graduated from NMSU with a degree in Social Work in 1993. GO AGGIES! I have studied Organizational Psychology and completed a fellowship with LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities). I have always loved working with families! Each family is special and unique. I consider it an honor to be a part of the lives of those I am fortunate to serve. I am happy to be a part of the Visions team as a Mi Via Consultant. I love this waiver and have seen the tremendous benefits of self- direction. I have 20 years leadership experience running various programs and advocating for individuals with developmental disabilities. I worked at ARCA for 15 years as a Division Director managing the Family Based Services Division. These services included: Home Based Supports, Respite, Specialized Foster Care, Specialized Adoptions and the Prader Willi Syndrome Project. I loved ARCA , but left to care for one of my daughters who was ill at the time and needed her momma. I worked at UNM CDD as the Clinical Manager for the Mi Via program prior to working for Visions. I have been married for 25 years and have 4 wonderful children, two boys and two girls. My oldest is a Lobo, attending UNM, but we still love him. LOL. My younger son wants to follow in big brother’s footsteps so we might have another Lobo in our home in a few years. Oy Vey! My daughters have Down syndrome; one is medically fragile. They’re sweet, funny, hard-working girls who love people. Every summer, my children show sheep for 4H so that keeps us very busy. When we can, we participate in Special Olympics in bowling. My boys have been in rugby, fencing, track and basketball. Needless to say, not much dirt collects under our feet.
Beth Marquez

Hi, I'm Beth! I have been with Visions for 18 years! I started as a DDW case manager and now am a Mi Via consultant. I am from Pennsylvania and went to college at East Stroudsburg University, where I studied Sociology with a concentration in Social Work. I have lived in Santa Fe for 19 years. When I am not working I am usually spending time with my family. My two boys keep me busy taxiing them to school and sports. I love being outdoors and often spend my weekends camping, fishing, hiking and biking.
Camille Sweitzer

I am a native New Mexican who was raised in Santa Fe. I currently live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  As a consultant I will serve Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and the Santa Fe area.  I have worked as a social worker for over 25 years.  I received my master’s degree in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University.  I have always loved working with families and people with disabilities.  As a teenager, I was a volunteer with ARCA, little did I know I was already paving my way for the future. I have worked for the schools in rural communities and state agencies, always advocating for those in need.  I became part of the Visions Case Management team in 2021 and l am looking forward to working with families and honored to be part of their lives in achieving their goals.  I am 26 years married and have 3 children.  My oldest recently graduated from college and my youngest graduated from high school.  My middle daughter is diagnosed with Rett Syndrome and is medically fragile. She has blessed our lives and made me a better person.  In my work, I see things through a different lens because of my personal experiences in caring for a person with multiple medical needs and disabilities.  I understand the challenges families face because I have lived through those challenges myself.  My family is my pride and joy.  I spend most of my free time participating in family activities such as going for drives, spending time in Villanueva, New Mexico, movie watching, and cooking together.  I also love refurbishing old furniture and bringing them back to life.  The older the better!

Cynthia Diamond

Hi there. I live in Santa Fe and have lived here since 1973 when I graduated from College at NM State University. I grew up in Los Alamos from age 7, so I am mostly a native. I have worked with Visions two different times, once as DD Waiver case manager back in 2003 and now as a Mi Via consultant. Previously I was employed as a DD Waiver case manager with an Albuquerque company, worked for a veterans service organization, served as a Service Coordinator for Adelante and as a Mi Via consultant for an ABQ company for 7 years. Throughout those changes I have been lucky to work with many of the same participants. I currently work with participants in Santa Fe, Espanola, Albuquerque and Roswell. When I am not working I enjoy hiking and camping in the mountains with my husband and dog, soaking in the Springs at Pagosa, visiting my parents who live down the street, sewing or knitting and doing beadwork jewelry. I also assist my brother by acting as his Power of Attorney. He has an intellectual disability but is not on a Waiver program, although, fortunately, he does receive some support services from ARCA. Having grown up with a family member who is differently abled has positively influenced my career.

Daryl Lino

I have been working as a Consultant for 3 years but have been involved in this field for over 15 years in various capacities from residential staff to Case Management. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Government from New Mexico State University. I grew up in Los Angeles, California and resided in Las Cruces for 6 years before moving to Albuquerque. I have lived in Albuquerque for over 13 years and really enjoy the city. I will be covering a Statewide caseload with the majority of my Participants being in the South and Southeast region of the state. My hobbies include bowling, basketball, watching movies and being physically active. I enjoy going to the gym, bike riding, hiking and being outdoors. I spend most of my time off with my girlfriend and our pets.  

Elena Cole

Hi, I’m Elena and I am very proud to be part of Visions as a Consultant for the Mi Via Waiver. Carolane McNees, the founder of Visions Case Management, was my daughter’s first case manager and I had the pleasure of being with Visions when it first began. I was born and raised in Santa Fe, got married and moved to San Bernardino, California where my husband was stationed in the Armed Forces, where I gave birth to my son who has married and given me 6 beautiful grandchildren. Later, I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where I gave birth to my daughter who was born with multiple disabilities. We decided to move back to Santa Fe to be close to family and have lived here for the past 37 years. My experience comes from being a mom and wearing many the many hats that need to be worn while being the strongest advocate possible, going through the many challenges that only those who walk or have walked in the shoes can truly understand what it’s like day to day. The tremendous Love, Joy and Compassion learned from taking care of a person with special needs is remarkably unique and so special. I have been a caregiver, staff, transporter, and trainer for many individuals with special needs for 39 years. After my daughter’s passing 9 years ago I began my new-found journey in honor of her memory. I became a Coordinator for New Pathways for 2 years, then moved over to Santa Lucia where I enjoyed working for 7 years until I was offered a position to be a Consultant with UNM and worked for 1 ½ years. I have been with Visions since May of 2017, and I am honored to be part of a wonderful team at Visions and love working with all of the families who have welcomed me into their lives. When I am not working I spend a great deal of time at the grandkids’ basketball games, fishing, gardening, and going for nice scenic drives.

Gladys Ramirez

I graduated with my BSW from NMSU in 2017 and soon after, worked at a local health clinic for two years. I worked with pregnant women and families with children ages 0-3, providing home visitation services while getting them connected to much needed resources. I then went on to obtain my Master’s degree in Social Work from WNMU in 2019. My work experience in case management grew when I began working as a care coordinator for an MCO shortly after. 
I was born and raised in Deming, NM. I moved to Las Cruces, NM right after I finished high school to attend college and have lived here ever since. Through my work at Visions, I will be serving families in Las Cruces as well as surrounding areas in the Southwest. 
I enjoy being outdoors and my favorite hobby is going hiking. I also enjoy going on walks with my two dogs, Molly and Charlie.

Jodi Garrett

I have worked with the DD waiver since 2005. Originally my intention was to become a nurse but I fell in love with my clients and their families so was led to social work and have never looked back. I obtained my LMSW in 2009. Since that time I have worked in residential settings, as a social worker for children in CYFD custody, program manager on the DD waiver, a home study practitioner and now as a Mi Via Consultant. I have been with Visions for a few months but have been a Mi Via Consultant for 3 years. I love getting to know my participants and helping them achieve their optimal goals. I live in Albuquerque with my husband, daughter and our spoiled Schnauzer. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, traveling, gardening and helping my husband renovate our home. I feel honored to be working in a field with so many wonderful individuals.
Katie Pasczkiewicz

I have been with Visions since the summer of 2016 and really enjoy working with the Visions team. I earned a Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Relations from the University of New Mexico. I then went on to get my Masters degree in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University in Rio Rancho. I am originally from Port Arthur, TX, but moved to Roswell, NM when I was nine years old. I feel like I am a lifelong New Mexican! I currently live in Rio Rancho and serve the surrounding areas. Before joining the Visions team I worked as a Behavior Management Specialist and Community Support Worker for Teambuilders/Agave Health. I enjoy spending weekends and free time with my husband and two children going to Mass, watching football, and enjoying the outdoors.
Kimberly Moya

I have been a Mi Via Consultant since 2014, and because I have my own special needs son I've been "working" in the field for 17 years. I received my Bachelors degree in Biology from Creighton University, and I studied American Sign Language at UNM after I learned my son was deaf. Prior to becoming a Mi Via Consultant, I was part of a group of parents and educators that founded a charter school in Albuquerque in 2010 - The Albuquerque Sign Language Academy. The school serves deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing children, making it the first of its kind in New Mexico. I could not be more proud of the staff and the great work that happens there everyday. I continue to serve as the Board Chair, and I consider myself very lucky to be working with the staff, students, and their families. My transition to become a Mi Via Consultant was a natural one because of my son and my own personal Mi Via experience - and I had a fantastic mentor. I truly love working with the families I serve, and I feel honored that they allow me to be a part of their lives. When I am not working, I am generally running my three children around - my oldest boy and boy/girl twins. I enjoy traveling, camping, movies, spending time with family and friends, and I love a good laugh!
Lauren Comino

Hi there! I have been with Visions since August 2021. I was working as a social worker for three years prior to starting at Visions. I graduated with my Bachelors in 2015 from NMSU and I got my Masters degree in 2018 from UNM. I am from California, but have lived in NM for a while now, and consider it home. I lived in the Sacramento Mountains near Cloudcroft for 7 years. I now live in Albuquerque, I’ve been here for 4 years, and I love it. So far with Visions I serve central and Northern NM. I am open to traveling down south though! If I’m not at home I’m either walking my dog Raffi (GSD) at the Bosque, at the grocery store (I think it’s fun), or at the hot yoga studio. I also have backyard chickens (they are some quirky birds), and an orange cat named Ferris.

Sarah Aranda

I am an LMSW and have 15 years of experience in the social services field. I have been working with the Mi Via Waiver for 4 years. I was born and raised in Albuquerque where I still live today. I am currently serving the Albuquerque Metro area. When I'm not working I am usually spending time with my family. I have two young children that keep me busy! I enjoy music, indoor/outdoor recreation and am active in my church.
Theresa Stewart

I have been with Visions 21 years. I was a DDW Case Manager for 20 years. I previously worked for NMBHI for one year, and now I have done Mi Via for one year. I have worked in the field of DD for 32 years starting from direct service, service coordinator, state planner, Case Manager and now Mi Via consultant. I live in Pecos and have for the last 20 years and mostly serve Santa Fe and this side of the mountains. I grew up in Wisconsin, but NM is my home, I have been here most of my life. I love to hike, garden and travel. I love advocating for the people I serve.
Victoria Sainz
I have been with Visions since September of 2020. I have a background working with children and families for the past 10 years and also doing case management. I graduated with my Master's Degree in Social Work in 2016. I grew up in Las Cruces, NM. I will be serving the southern part of the state of New Mexico. In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and spending time with my family and animals. I love traveling, working out, and also enjoy my time off on the weekends to spend with my family. 

Supports Waiver

Jeanetta Gabaldon
Program Manager

Hello! I have been with Visions since May of 2020. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with individuals and families throughout New Mexico. My educational background is in healthcare; I earned my Masters in Human Resource and Organizational Management.

I am a native New Mexican and love our beautiful state. I enjoy spending time with my family, especially my beautiful grandchildren. I also enjoy traveling and exploring new places. 

The field of disability is personal to me. I have four children, two of whom were born with disabilities.  From the time that my children were born, I learned that a parent’s voice is the most important voice for their child in advocating for them. I, like so many, faced numerous challenges with multiple systems and I had to learn fast!  I conquered every obstacle I could and learned from those that I could not change. I have been working in the field of disability for over 30 years as an advocate, liaison, and trainer for both state and federal programs. I also have worked in hospice. I love being in a position where I can connect with others, listen, share ideas and use my experiences and expertise. I hope that I can help empower families with knowledge and confidence to make choices that are best for them with the hopes that individuals can one day advocate for themselves. 

I look forward to meeting the families that the Supports Waiver serves throughout the state.  I can’t wait to start traveling again, once travel restrictions are lifted so we can meet face to face.