Stanley Weinstein, EMBA, ACFRE, is Executive Director of Best Chance and has spent more than 50 years in the nonprofit sector. As a consultant, he has provided services for more than 300 nonprofit organizations nationwide, including numerous social service/behavioral health institutions. From 2010-2018, Stanley was a volunteer mentor at Central New Mexico Correctional Facility, where he taught mindfulness and coping skills. Mr. Weinstein was also trained at Presbyterian Hospital, participating in the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program. Subsequently, he worked as a chaplain at the hospital for 2 years. Mr. Weinstein is the author of two books on nonprofit management and resource development published by John Wiley & Sons.
Barry Ore, Program Director and Peer Support Worker, demonstrates strong recovery and leadership skills. He was trained by Project ECHO’s New Mexico Peer Education Program and facilitated peer education groups for several years while incarcerated. Barry also works for Project ECHO, training peer educators in New Mexico state prisons. A gifted writer and thinker, he also contributes to creation of Project ECHO’s educational and outreach materials. Barry is an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, and is committed to the physical and emotional well-being of the people we serve. Barry facilitates fitness groups for Addict2Athlete, a program of Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery. That program integrates substance abuse recovery with group fitness. Mr. Ore graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2018, and is currently a masters in counseling student at UNM.
William Nofsinger, Peer Support Worker, is a Certified Peer Support Worker. He has been an active participant in Best Chance programs for nearly 2 years. Prior to that Bill was a member of the Peer Education Team for Project ECHO. Bill has been trained with our Peer Support team and is thoroughly conversant with the Best Chance Peer Support Training Manual. He also has completed the New Mexico Office of Peer Recovery certification program. Moreover, he is continuing his education and earning CEUs with OPRE.
Rory Wolf, who has been clean and sober for 8 years and assists our Peer Support Workers, came to Best Chance as an intern from CNM. He is a veteran and is familiar with the programs offered at the Veterans Integration Center. He has an Associate degree in human services and a certificate in substance abuse counselling. Rory is scheduled to obtain his CPSW through OPRE in August of 2019.
Gary Mares was trained as a Peer Educator by Project ECHO during his term of incarceration. He has recently completed the 40 hour training period for Best Chance Peer Support Workers. Gary is enrolled full-time in CNM’s Human Services program. He will complete his Community Health Worker Certificate from CNM in August 2019. That same month, Gary will obtain his CPSW through OPRE.
Board of Directors
Jeff Hoppe, M. Div. – Board President – Rev. Hoppe formerly was head of Presbyterian Hospital’s Chaplaincy Department. He is currently the Manager of the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program—an interfaith chaplain training program—at Eastern Oklahoma Veterans Administration Health Care Services.
Scott Sibbett, PhD – Board Vice President – Dr. Sibbett headed Intel Corporation’s external research programs.
Carissa McGee – Board Secretary – Ms. McGee is a formerly incarcerated woman who has exhibited a strong recovery; she is also an outreach educator for Project ECHO.
Larry Carmony, CPA – Board Treasurer – Mr. Carmony has 30 years auditing experience of nonprofit corporations and government agencies.
Marie “Molly” Doland, Attorney – In addition to her corporate and technology work, Ms. Doland has extensive experience with social welfare nonprofit agencies.
Margaret Broenniman, Attorney – Ms. Broenniman is Assistant Public Defender for the State of New Mexico.
Saul Hernandez, MA – Mr. Hernandez is a health educator and lead of the New Mexico Peer Educator Project. He has extensive experience with our target population.
Daniel Rowan, CPSW – Mr. Rowan is a former Program Director for Best Chance. He is now a full-time employee for Project ECHO and has responsibility for Peer Education in New Mexico prisons.
Mike Alberti, MFA, received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at the University of Minnesota in May 2016. He has worked as an investigative journalist and is an award-winning writer. Mike taught classes with the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop (MPWW) since 2014. He also has experience with a mentorship program and support group for the recently released in Minnesota. Alberti received the 2015 Scribe for Human Rights Award from the University of Minnesota.
Larry Cotter, MDiv and a Masters degree in Counseling, has served in a broad variety of comforting and advising roles. Larry has graciously agreed to help with many of the functions of a clinical supervisor while Best Chance seeks to fill this position on a more permanent basis.
Michael Krasnow, MD, is a retired psychiatrist with many years experience dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Anna Nelson, LISW, is a faculty member at New Mexico Highlands University. She also serves as a consultant to institutions dealing with pressing social issues.
Howard Shaver, Master’s of Public Health, Hospital and Health Care Facilities from UC Berkeley is a community leader who has helped various leading non-profits sharpen their vision and achieve their goals.
Jesse Tatum, LMSW. In addition to Jesse’s education in social work, she has experience working for an advertising and public relations firm. Jesse also is a professional flutist and frequent chamber music soloist in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.