Eve Adams has been a Board Member of PFLAG Las Cruces since 2001. Previously she was a frequent presenter at the monthly PFLAG meetings of the Las Cruces chapter and the Akron, OH chapter. She has also provided trainings on LGBT students to the Las Cruces Public Schools. As a licensed psychologist and a counseling psychology faculty member in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at New Mexico State University, her research has focused on how to reduce the negative mental health consequences of heterosexism. Her priority as a board member is to increase the well-being of LGBT individuals through advocacy, empowerment, & community building.
Nora Brown – Treasurer
Carrie Hamblen – President
Carrie Hamblen is originally from El Paso, Texas where she attended the University of Texas at El Paso. In 1992, she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism from UTEP. She earned a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies in 1995 and a Masters of Public Administration from NMSU in 2014. She began working as a student employee at KRWG, the NPR affiliate at NMSU, in 1992 and was promoted to Operations Manager in 1997. In 2012, Carrie became the Executive Director of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce, an organization that focuses on creating support for local businesses and creating more awareness about sustainable communities. Carrie serves as the liaison between the Green Chamber and private, nonprofit, and governmental entities. For the past 16 years, Carrie has served on the Board of Directors for the Las Cruces chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) where she oversaw the creation of the Emily Cohen Endowment, a doubling in chapter membership, and several years of successful fundraising. She has been the President since 2009. Additionally, Carrie served as Co-Chair of the Southern New Mexico PRIDE Board of Directors for 5 years, leading an outstanding group of volunteers in creating the second largest gay pride celebration in the state.
Tracie L. Hitter
Tracie Hitter joined PFLAG as a board member in 2015. She has participated in speaker panels to educate mental health trainees on LGBT issues, provided trainings on the mental health needs of the LGBT community, and engaged in a variety of advocacy activities to support the LGBT community. Tracie values the contributions that Las Cruces PFLAG has made to the local community and regularly attended the annual PFFLAG fundraiser, where she met her wife, Eli. Tracie is an assistant professor with the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department at New Mexico State University. Her goal as a board member is to educate the public on mental health issues facing LGBT individuals, particularly youth.
Jessica Kurtz has worked in public schools for 38 years, teaching for six and counseling for 32 years. When Sue Brown asked her to join the board, she said yes because of her concerns about the way LBGTQ people, especially kids, were treated in the school environment. By being on the board, she hopes to use the knowledge and experience she gainS while working with the LBGTQ population in public schools to help the community in Las Cruces.