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.
Maria Garley, CCHW, Women’s Program Director and Peer Support Worker. She has a bachelor’s degree in community health, is a certified community health worker, and has been trained in a variety of facilitation styles. After almost a decade of working at a local non-profit, Maria started her own business, operating residential housing for people leaving incarceration. She is passionate about helping those who are where she has been, connecting people with resources, and building community. Her dedication to this work and her ability to meet clients where they are help Maria serve the female participants at Best Chance. In her personal life, Maria enjoys anything from the 1980s and spending all the time she can with her four dogs.
Rory Wolf, CPSW, has been clean and sober for 8 years and serves as Administrative Specialist. He came to Best Chance as an intern from CNM and has been integral in refining the program and maintaining records of the organization. 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 counseling. Rory obtained his CPSW through OPRE in September of 2019.
Gary Mares, CCHW, CPSW, was trained as a Peer Educator by Project ECHO during his term of incarceration. He completed the 40 hour training period for Best Chance Peer Support Workers and is enrolled full-time in CNM’s Human Services program. He completed his Community Health Worker Certificate from CNM in August 2019 and obtained his CPSW through OPRE in September 2019. A gifted presenter, Gary has represented Best Chance at several conferences and outreach presentations.
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.
Margaret Broenniman, Attorney – Board Secretary –Ms. Broenniman is Assistant Public Defender for the State of New Mexico.
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.
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. Saul recently entered a doctoral program at USC.
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.
Clifford Blaugrund – Mr. Blaugrund is an attorney, businessperson, philanthropist and community leader with extensive experience on numerous nonprofit Boards of Directors.
Felisita Otero-Armijo – Ms. Otero-Armijo is a community activist who has served on numerous government commissions and nonprofit Boards of Directors.
Jacob Tolk, CFA, CRPC, – Mr. Tolk is Vice President and a Financial Advisor at the Compass Rose Group at Morgan Stanley. Additionally, Jake is a summa cum laude graduate of New Mexico Tech, and is a published author in the International Journal of Finance and Economics.
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.
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.