About Us

Our History

In the beginning a community coming together to help those in need was the only response available.

That is how Alianza came into existence in southeastern New Mexico in 1993. Initially the agency offered a support group model for those living with HIV. The support group addressed many of the needs of clients in the absence of other resources. Alianza continued the expansion of our services to offer comprehensive prevention services including HIV testing. This approach also now includes innovative small group interventions for those who are negative and positive to keep themselves and partners safe. For those living with HIV Alianza offers numerous programs to help meet their needs including case management, access to insurance and supportive services.

While our agency started out providing services to those living with HIV, Alianza expanded our services in 1996 to help those who are using injection drugs. Alianza created an outreach program that highlighted the need for a syringe exchange program (SEP). The outreach program brought in close to 400 IDUs and their partners for HIV and hepatitis testing in Roswell, Hobbs, Clovis, and Carlsbad, and demonstrated that needle and paraphernalia sharing behaviors were common in the region. This data became part of the study that led to the legalization of SEP in New Mexico. In 1998 ANM, in collaboration with the New Mexico Department of Health, started the first rural syringe exchange program in the state of New Mexico. Alianza now offers referrals to treatment services, syringe exchange, overdose prevention and education and Naloxone.

In 2012, Alianza expanded our services into Las Cruces New Mexico. This expansion now includes all of our services offered at the Roswell Location. Our beginning of bringing a community together continues today with the support of our communities. Send us an email to learn how you can impact for our community.

Who We Are

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ryan Nix — Ryan.nix@alianzanm.org

Ryan Nix is the Executive Director of Alianza since October of 2018. While he is new to New Mexico, he has an extensive background in HIV services and prevention. Ryan directly implemented several prevention and outreach programs including: CRCS, venue based testing/outreach programs, care coordination, Ryan White Support Service Programs and multiple DEBI interventions. Mr. Nix was selected as a scholar to the prestigious CDC Institute for Prevention Leadership in Atlanta and has been trained in numerous outreach and prevention curricula. He has managed direct federal grants, federal pass through and state funded grant projects for several non-profits. He has co-authored numerous academic papers and has worked in the field of HIV Services since 2001.

FISCAL ADMINISTRATOR/OPERATIONS

Jaclyn Payne — jaclyn.payne@alianzanm.org

Jaclyn is the Fiscal Administrator/Operations Director for Alianza of NM. She started with Alianza in July of 2018. Jaclyn has her Associates Degree in Accounting, as well as 14 years of experience. In addition, she has been certified as a Hepatitis and Harm Reduction Specialist. She handles the financial aspects of Alianza as well as helping with Harm Reduction. She says she loves working for Alianza and helping to make a difference in the community. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family.

MPACT COORDINATOR

Dylann Lichty — dylann.lichty@alianzanm.org

Dylann began working with Alianza in May of 2018 as the Coordinator of the mpowerment program, known in Las Cruces as Mpact. They have been certified in implementing mpowerment, providing Syringe Exchange services, providing Rapid HIV and Hep C testing and counseling sessions. Outside of work, they enjoy watching movies, spending time with family, and attending community events.

NON-MEDICAL CASE MANAGER

Ryan Griffith — ryan.griffith@alianzanm.org

Ryan Griffith has been with Alianza for over a year, first as a prevention educator and now as a non-medical case manager. He received his Associate of the Arts from ENMU in Portales and has lived with his partner in Roswell for three years now. Ryan is grateful for the opportunity to work with the underserved and provide assistance with housing, food and transportation services.

PREVENTION EDUCATOR

JT Perez — jt.perez@alianzanm.org

JT Perez has been working with Alianza of New Mexico since September 2017, yet he’s been involved in this type of field through organizations that he had volunteered for since 2013. He’s been trained to test, handle exchanges and facilitate group workshops. In his spare time, he likes to work with other organizations that enable him to facilitate more workshops, get involved with social justice groups and their activities or just relax with his dog at home. Currently, he works at Alianza’s Las Cruces location, where he believes Alianza can grow and have a bigger impact.

MEDICAL CASE MANAGER

Lindsay Mahan — lindsay.Mahan@alianzanm.org

Lindsay is currently working as a Medical Case Manager with Alianza of New Mexico since 2016. She received my bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern New Mexico University in 2016. She holds certifications in CPR/First Aid, Harm Reduction, HIV/HCV testing and counseling, and has completed intensive training courses concentrated in medical case management specific to PLWA.

Serving people is her passion, and Alianza provides a tremendous opportunity to do just that. She is a member of the services team which provides clinical and social support to people living with HIV. We offer a variety of services such as care coordination, insurance navigation, and lodging and mileage reimbursement for long distance care. We are also able to provide housing, utility, and food assistance to eliminate financial hardship in order to ensure clinical care can remain a priority to those we serve.

PREVENTION EDUCATOR

Teryn Lem — teryn.lem@alianzanm.org

Teryn has been working with Alianza since September of 2014. She started working in the Roswell office where she started out as a bookkeeper. After two years of bookkeeping she realized that she wanted to do more and applied for the Prevention Educator position in Las Cruces. Her move to Las Cruces happened October 2016 and says that was one of the best things that could happen for her. She is a co-chair for the Southwest regional group (SWAG), and is certified in rapid HIV/HCV testing and counseling, Harm Reduction, Train the Trainer, 3MV, and Mpowerment.

Prevention Educator

Tyler Wallin — tyler.wallin@alianzanm.org

Tyler began volunteering at Alianza in 2016 with our MPact Program in Las Cruces, and officially joined the staff in the spring of 2019. Originally from Southern Illinois, Tyler came to New Mexico to pursue his Master in Science degree in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Ecology at New Mexico State University. After moving here, Tyler became more involved with his role in the LGBT+ community. Tyler is trained in HIV/HCV testing and counseling, syphilis testing and counseling and CPR. He is certified as a Wilderness First Responder as well. Tyler is excited to pursue his future in environmental conservation, while also maintaining an active role in the LGBT+ community.

Non-Medical Case Manager

Jason Briggs — jason.briggs@alianzanm.org

Jason has worked with the Department of Health for the state of New Mexico since 2017, and has recently accepted a position with Alianza. He has been a certified trainer for the state in Harm Reduction as well as HIV/Hepatitis C Counseling and Testing. Additionally, Jason is certified by the CDC in Partner Services, and has a graduate certificate in Public Health. Complementing his time in Public Health, Jason has an extensive background in development work having served in various positions for: the Peace Corps in Peru, Upward Bound on the reservations in South Dakota, Job Corps in South Dakota and New Mexico, and the National Park Service in Puerto Rico. While in these positions Jason has been involved in all levels of program development and implementation, and has had the privelege of working with, and for, some truly amazing people. He looks forward to the opportunity with Alianza to continue his work to positively impact the lives of others.

MEDICAL CASE MANAGER

Kendall Wolfe — kendall.wolfe@alianzanm.org

Kendall joins Alianza from another HIV services organization in Indiana. Prior to working in the field of HIV/AIDS, Kendall worked and interned in a number of capacities, including: child welfare, foster care and adoption, adult ID/DD, poverty alleviation, minority public health, and macro-level program development. Kendall is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), and he obtained his Master of Social Work (MSW) from Indiana University, with a focus on Mental Health and Addictions. Additionally, Kendall holds a Certificate in Case Management and a Certificate in Cultural Diversity & Inclusion. Originally from Indianapolis, Kendall now lives in Roswell with his longtime partner and their cat. Kendall’s favorite things include: coffee, X-Files marathons, and mountains. Not specifically in that order.