Meet Our Staff
In 1994, I gave birth at home to a son who later died of SIDS. Moved by the compassion of my midwife Elizabeth Gilmore [college founder] who cared for me not only as I gave birth but also through my grieving process, I was called to be a midwife when I was 23. I earned my ASM degree through the National College of Midwifery while apprenticing at the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center in Taos, where I later worked as a midwife and preceptor to many students. It has always been an honor to be a midwife. Each birth I’ve attended has been a rare opportunity to revel in the diversity of life and the strength of the human spirit. A driving force through my entire midwifery career has been the conviction that secure attachment is the foundational key to a peaceful human experience and that midwives, by protecting the process of bonding, help to set the foundation for a more loving world. I currently live in Vermont with my husband and two adopted teenage boys. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.
Being born and raised in the Land of Enchantment is a treasure beyond words. I am truly honored that my calling has led me to serve as an administrator in midwifery education. After earning my Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from UNM-Anderson School of Management, my early life’s work was in small business settings. I began my journey with NCM in 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. I have learned and held many roles within the college. I always embrace the opportunity to serve the college in any realm and support the mission to train future midwives. Currently, my role as the Chief Operations Officer is managing the administrative operations and keeping us in the Green. Working remotely from 2020 is a blessing that has provided me an appreciation for my number one role as Mom.
I grew up in a rural northern New Mexican village and was raised practicing traditional agriculture and related land-based traditions. I experienced first-hand traditions of healing (curanderisma) from the strong women in my family and in the community. From a very young age, I learned about the practices of traditional midwifery in my culture from women who had delivered babies in their lives. This inspired my interest and knowledge of being a partera, or midwife.
My interest in midwifery is such that I aspired to become a midwife myself and began training that included helping with births over the course of two years. My training is on hold while I parent my two children. Nevertheless, I continued to be of service to women who have asked me to be present at their births.
My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I am familiar with issues of racism and classism and how those issues can negatively affect segments of our population by limiting their options in birth, health, and access to education. I am excited to work towards justice for midwives, students, and the families that they work with.
My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers. I was born at home with a grand midwife in Mississippi, on my maternal side only my mother was born in a hospital. I was called to be of service as a midwife after the birth of my first daughter and it was a rather shocking change of career that has fulfilled my entire being. In addition to my BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering, I returned to school at NCM to earn my ASM in 2010 and my PhD in Midwifery Research in 2020. I am a licensed midwife in NM, TX, & VA, a CPM and an IBCLC. I enjoy volunteering and have served as a past member on the NM LM Advisory Board, am a past co-chair of the New Mexico Midwives Association (NMMA), and am the current President of the MEAC Board.
Ya'a't'eeh, my name is Renee Dotson Cox and I am originally from the Navajo reservation community of Window Rock, Arizona. My maternal clan is Dibelizhini and my paternal clan is Bilagaana. I possess a master's degree from the University of New Mexico in Counseling and have spent the majority of my professional career working for the educational advancement of Indigenous communities. I am honored to have been selected as NCM's Director of Admissions. My preferred pronouns are she and her.
I am originally from Vietnam and emigrated here from Saigon when I was but a wee youngin at 5. It was a strange and catalyzing experience to be uprooted from where you were and later, to have come from somewhere else. It offers perspective and an appreciation for things lost and things gained. I've been interested in natural health and healing for a long time, and feel that whatever we can do to ease the weight carried from generation to generation and make the transition from one to another -into life- smoother will lessen the burden we all carry. Midwifery stewards an important passage of life and I love being a part of the process.
Carolina Nkouaga is a public health consultant and a community midwife. For over a decade, she served as the Director of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center Office for Community Health, where she collaborated on the development of the health extension model and various community health worker initiatives, as well as working with community partners to improve the health and health equity in the state of New Mexico more than any other state. She currently serves families in central New Mexico during the prenatal, birth and postpartum period, holding space and honoring their traditions as they welcome a new life. She draws on her experience of working in indigenous communities throughout Latin America on community development projects, as well as the Bahá’í principles of unity and service, to guide her work. With ties to Costa Rica and Cameroon, the family home that she shares with her awesome husband and two phenomenal daughters is often filled with the sounds of drums and singing.
I am the namesake of my great-grandmother “Mama Tansy” and great-great granddaughter of granny-midwife Emma Swain, who delivered many of her grandchildren in the 1920s. Birthwork and holistic healing runs deep throughout my lineage and I experience this sacred calling as reclamation of my community’s heritage. All four of my mother’s children were delivered by midwives and I still recall the calm birth of my younger sister happening right in front of me as I ate breakfast. It was my journey as a mentoring doula that has been the catalyst for my transition into midwifery and I am excited to begin my ASM at NCM in 2022.
In addition to being a full-spectrum doula, I hold a BS in Child Development and Learning and an M.Ed. in School Administration and Supervision. While I formally served in public schools for more than fifteen years, most of my tenure in education was spent at the grassroots level supporting students and families through community organizing, removing learning barriers, and creating access and opportunities for underrepresented communities. I look forward to applying this same passion supporting NCM students.
I embody liberation by embracing rest as resistance, spending time with loved ones around great meals (especially brunch), and filling my endless affection for the arts by attending theatre and dance productions. I live in Nashville, TN with my chocolate Chesdaor named Eden. My preferred pronouns are she/her/hers.
I have been fascinated with the science and miracle of birth since childhood, and discovered the midwifery profession while earning my bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy. After graduating, I worked in the healthcare and public health sectors, working for a large health system and then a national public health organization.
When the time was right for my family, I started my journey of taking steps to become a community-based midwife and lactation consultant. Throughout my learning, I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside parents during their most sacred and challenging moments of pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. It is important to me to help improve representation in the midwifery profession as a Mexican-American midwife, and support students on their educational journeys.
My pronouns are she/her/hers. In my spare time, I enjoy snuggling my pug, baking bread, and watching movies with my husband.
Marcy Andrew, President
Margaret Garcia, Chief Birth Justice Officer
Cassaundra Jah, Provost
Renee Dotson Cox, Director of Admissions
Han Luu, Development Officer
Clorinda Romero, Chief Operations Officer
Tanzye Hill, Director of Academic Support
Adriana Velarde, Director of Clinical Support
Carolina Nkouaga, Chief Financial Officer
Beloved midwife, Elizabeth Gilmore has passed over...
Elizabeth Gilmore founded the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center in 1978 with Tish Demmin and was the administrator and clinical and academic midwife until her retirement in 2001. She supervised the births of thouands of Taos babies and taught over 40 students who became licensed and certified and went on to provide midwifery care not only in New Mexico, but all over the USA and in several foreign countries.
She got the birth center accredited nationally, founded the degree-granting National College of Midwifery over which she still presides as President, and co-founded the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council. Focusing on the reduction of maternal and infant risk, Elizabeth’s work brought the center many honors for safety and achievement. She was very proud that the Taos community continues to partner with the Center for this purpose!
Elizabeth is deeply missed among the circle of sisters!