Melissa Toledo-Ontiveros

Director of Thriving Families Community Action Agency Southern New Mexico
Term ends: 12-31-24

Melissa Toledo-Ontiveros, MA, MCJ, MPA is Director of Thriving Families at Community Action Agency Southern New Mexico where she developed a hybrid mentorship/navigating program. Working through a systemic approach to break down barriers and support families in meeting their goals. Melissa’s contract work includes working with the State of NM’S TUPAC Department and JEDI leadership work with Constellation inc. Melissa’s leadership and experiences range from various direct service roles: Department of Health, Health Promotion program manager, overseeing eight counties in New Mexico’s SW Region; case manager at YDI’S gang intervention and prevention program, school counselor at Van Buren Middle School, mental & behavioral therapist, multi-systemic and problem sexual therapist at Families Youth inc.; developmental specialist, early childhood education, and registered behavioral technician at Aprendamos Intervention Team.

Boards Melissa serves on:

  • American Public Health Association (1. Climate and Health Equity Board and 2. Community on Social Responsibility Board)
  • NMFirst Executive Board
  • Chair of the LC3 Behavioral Health Coalition in Las Cruces
  • Co-Lead of the Housing Taskforce for the Resilience Leadership Collaborative, Ana Age Eight
  • New Mexico Public Health Environment Advisory
  • Presbyterian Health Community Health Advisory
  • Moms Demand Action among other boards working on building healthy communities in New Mexico and US