2019 Symposium Speaker Biographies
Alice Liu McCoy, J.D., is the Cabinet Secretary for New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department. Prior to her appointment, Alice represented and advocated for New Mexicans living with disabilities in systemic impact litigation, individual cases, and legislative and regulatory advocacy—including representing individuals in guardianship proceedings and advocating for statutory and policy guardianship reforms—as an attorney at Disability Rights New Mexico. Alice continues to serve on the Supreme Court Ad Hoc Guardianship and Conservatorship Rules and Forms Committee and is a past member of the NMGA Board.
Angie Troutman, is the Certification Associate for the Center for Guardianship Certification (CGC). As Certification Associate, Angie oversees the certification program for CGC. She is the first point of contact for both applicants and guardians currently certified with CGC. Angie reviews and processes applications, maintains the certification information on the CGC website, and is responsible for the daily correspondence related to applications, examinations, and certification renewals. Before joining the team at CGC, Angie acquired extensive accounting experience with several non-profit organizations.
Sara R. Traub, J.D., C.P.A., is an associate with the law firm of Pregenzer Baysinger Wideman & Sale, P.C. Sara’s practice focuses on estate planning, and also includes probate administration, guardianships & conservatorships, disability planning, elder law, and taxation. Sara is actively involved in professional and community organizations. Sara represents the third generation of her family to become a New Mexico attorney. Sara enjoys hiking, whitewater rafting, and being a mom.
Laurie A. Hedrich, J.D., is shareholder with Hedrich Law, P.A., in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her law practice concentrates on estate planning, probate, post mortem and trust administration and elder law, guardianships and conservatorships and general business planning. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Golden Gate University School of Law. She has presented at seminars on wills, trusts, post mortem administration, ethics and advance health care directives, for professionals and civic groups. Ms. Hedrich has served as a director of the Elder Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico, and is a director of the New Mexico Guardianship Association, as well as serving on the boards of various charitable organizations.
Mary Galvez MA, CMC, NMG, CSA, is a Nationally Certified Master Guardian (NMG), Certified Senior Advisor (CSA) and Certified Manager of Care (CMC), Mary has been providing guardianship and care management services in New Mexico for 20 years. She has extensive professional experience serving the elderly and disabled population in New Mexico. She owns and operates Guardianship and Care Management Services LLC, a local agency which serves as Guardian, Court Visitor, Care Manager, and Healthcare Power of Attorney. Mary is also a trained mediator.
Mary serves on the boards of the New Mexico Guardianship Association and the Alzheimer’s Association. She is the New Mexico Affiliate Representative to the National Guardianship Association and also serves on the NM Supreme Court Ad Hoc Guardianship Rules and Forms Committee. Mary co-chairs the Brown Bag Guardianship Discussion Group and the Corporate Roundtable Discussion Group. On a personal note, Mary is happily married with two adult daughters (and two great sons-in-law!). In her “spare time”, she is an avid runner, hiker, and workout junkie.
Sally Abeyta, BBA, CSA, is a Certified Senior Advisor with a background in the financial services industry and, after more than two years with Decades as a Financial Manager, Sally now heads the financial team and that area of the practice. She oversees all aspects of the financial management work with Decades court-appointed conservator clients, estate administration and financial powers of attorney for incapacitated adults. Sally also works with seniors in need of assistance with daily money management. A UNM graduate from the Anderson School of Management and a life long native of New Mexico, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and loves helping others. A member of the NMGA Symposium Planning Community, Sally is a member of the New Mexico Guardianship Association as well as the New Mexico Estate Planning Council.
Christine Wester, LBSW, MPA, is a health educator with the University of New Mexico Continuum of Care. Christine has over 25 years of experience as a licensed Social Worker supporting individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities in New Mexico. She retired from the NM Department of Health after serving in a variety of positions associated with the operations of the Developmental Disabilities and Mi Via Waiver programs. Christine is currently a Health Educator/Social Worker assisting with consultative clinics through the UNM Continuum of Care assisting individuals, guardians and families with systems issues. She also assists with and provide trainings for professionals who work in the field of I/DD.
Tim Gardner, J.D., is the legal director at Disability Rights New Mexico, where he has worked since 2007, and a long-time board member of the NMGA. He has extensive experience with pre- and post-adjudication guardianship defense. Since 2013 Tim has been one of the Jackson plaintiffs' attorneys
ROBERT RAMBO, J.D., was trained as a community mediator in Philadelphia, by the Friends Conflict Resolution Program, and as a family mediator by the Good Shepard Neighborhood House Mediation Program in 1989. Law school followed and further mediation training with William F. Lincoln at the Conflict Resolution Research and Resource Institute in 1992. Robert has worked as a prosecutor for the Office of the District Attorney in Bernalillo County and a volunteer mediator for the Metro. Court Mediation Program. In 2003, Robert was hired as the mediator for the New Mexico Court of Appeals, which he did until retiring in 2017. He has presented at conferences for the American Bar Association and the New Mexico State Bar on mediation, negotiation and ethics.
JOCELYN M. TORRES, J.D., has been a New Mexico licensed attorney, litigator, trained mediator, author and trainer for thirty-seven years. Jocelyn obtained her BA, MA and Juris Doctorate Degrees from UNM. Jocelyn authored/sponsored the NM Safe Haven Act of 2001 and co-authored/co-sponsored the NM Mediation Procedures Act of 2007. Jocelyn has conducted mediation and legal training throughout New Mexico and for the American Bar Association. She retired as a trial attorney for State Government and currently cochairs the State Bar ADR Committee, conducts legal and mediation training, and mediates with the Children’s Court, City of Albuquerque and Metropolitan Court.
LORI L. MILLET, J.D., is an attorney who practices primarily estate planning, elder law, trusts, probate, guardianship and conservatorship law, and provides Guardian ad Litem services. Her firm is ABQ Elder Law, PC. Lori is an accredited attorney with the VA. She received her B.S. degree in medical technology from the University of Central Florida. She received her J.D. degree from UNM and also has an LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree in elder law through Stetson University College of Law. Lori is a member of the NM State Bar. She serves on several legal boards and committees, and is certified in general, as well as guardianship mediation.
Margaret A. Graham, J.D., is a partner with the law firm of Pregenzer Baysinger Wideman & Sale, P.C. Margaret “Peggy” Graham began her career in Topeka, Kansas where she practiced for 15 years before returning to Albuquerque. While practicing in Kansas, Peggy tried many cases to a jury verdict while an Assistant Attorney General, represented the State in numerous child and adult abuse cases, established guardianships and conservatorships for hundreds of vulnerable adults, represented the State in Medicaid and welfare benefits appeals, and served as an Administrative Law Judge for seven years.
Upon moving back to Albuquerque with her family in 2009, Peggy has focused her practice on elder law, specifically in representing individuals and families in the appointment of guardians and conservators for the elderly or disabled as both the petitioning attorney and Guardian ad Litem, estate planning, probate, and fiduciary litigation. Peggy has tried cases in both state and federal court, and has represented clients before administrative bodies, including the Social Security Administration and New Mexico Human Services Department.
Peggy is a frequent speaker on Medicaid planning, special needs planning, guardianships & conservatorships, and special education.
Peggy has a unique perspective on the representation of families who have members with developmental disabilities and special needs as she is the mother of a special needs child.