About DRNM

Mission Statement

The mission of Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) is to protect, promote and expand the legal and civil rights of persons with disabilities. DRNM is an independent, private nonprofit agency operating federally mandated and other advocacy programs in pursuit of this mission.

DRNM’s mission reflects a belief that persons with disabilities are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and discrimination; and a belief that they are entitled to equal rights and to equally effective access to the same opportunities as are afforded to other members of society. This mission is intended to promote the independence, productivity, and full community inclusion of persons with disabilities; to promote consumer choice and consumer control of individual services; and to promote self-help through knowledge and self-advocacy skills. DRNM recognizes that persons with disabilities reflect a full range of diverse ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds, and include traditionally unserved and underserved populations, and that the mission requires active outreach to all such populations. In carrying out its services, in its employment practices, and in the membership of its Board of Directors and designated Advisory Committees, DRNM reflects a commitment to these beliefs and values.

Toward the fulfillment of its mission, DRNM provides several basic services: information and referral about services for persons with disabilities and about their legal rights; individual case advocacy services to resolve specific disability rights problems; advocacy efforts to improve service systems and to generally promote, protect and expand the rights of persons with disabilities; and training activities to increase awareness of disability rights and increase consumer empowerment.


Board Of Directors 2016-2017

Jeanne A. Hamrick
Albuquerque, NM
John Foley
Albuquerque, NM
Michael J. Rourke
Las Cruces, NM
Sam Cueto
La Mesa, NM
Doris Dennison
Yah-te-hey, NM
Jeff Diamond
Carlsbad, NM
Gail Falconer
Estancia, NM
Bobby Moore
Albuquerque, NM
Danny Palma
Las Cruces, NM
Olga Pedroza
Las Cruces, NM

Larry Rodriguez
Rio Rancho, NM

Art Schreiber
Albuquerque, NM
Elizabeth "Liz" Thompson
Albuquerque, NM

Jonathan Toledo
Farmington, NM

Chairperson PAIMI
Advisory Council

Marilyn Rohn
Los Alamos, NM


PAIMI Advisory Council 2016

Marilyn Rohn
Los Alamos, NM

Vice Chairperson
Frankie Scofield
Mesilla Valley, NM

Loretta Atencio
Espanola, NM

Johnny Baca
Albuquerque, NM
Terry Chester
Socorro, NM 
Daniel Donoghue
Santa Fe, NM
Belinda Luevano
Albuquerque, NM
Lorraine Mendiola
Santa Fe, NM
Frank Miller
Albuquerque, NM
Andrea Shije
Zia, NM
Tenika Sosa-Gonzalez
Anthony, NM
Cristin Stewart
Portales, NM
Katie Toledo
Aztec, NM
Darlene Yahooskin Pena
Socorro, NM

Who We Are


Disability Rights New Mexico (DRNM) is a private, independent, nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of 14 members, including the chairperson of the agency’s PAIMI Advisory Committee. All Board members except the chairperson of the PAIMI Advisory Committee are elected. Board members may be self advocates who have a disability, family members of a person with a disability, providers of service to persons with disabilities, attorneys or other interested parties. The Board of Directors is representative of the geographic and ethnic diversity of the state.

The role of the Board is to set policy regarding program design and annual service priorities, and to establish policies for program operation, financial management and personnel administration. The Board also assures accountability for agency services and supports the leadership of DRNM.

Throughout our 30-year history, DRNM (formerly called New Mexico Protection and Advocacy System) has had an influence on major policy issues afecting persons with disabilities, and we/ve helped thousands of New Mexicans to access services or resolve problems related to their disability.



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We are seeking individuals who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors for DRNM.  Click here for information and application. 


is seeking individuals who are interested in serving on the Mental Health Advisory Council. Click here for information and appllication.


The Policy & Legislative Action Network (PLAN) is a group of individuals concerned with disability-related issues in New Mexico.  Click here for more information on the PLAN.


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