About La Familia-Namaste

Thank you for visiting our website to find out more about how we accomplish our Mission of “Empowering Children and Families to Build Positive and Lasting Relationships”. We work continuously to “Become New Mexico’s Premier Provider of Trauma Informed Child and Family Services”. La Familia-Namaste is a nonprofit social service agency. We are licensed by the State of New Mexico as a Child Placement Agency to provide Adoption (international, domestic, infant, and special needs) and Treatment Foster Care, which provides children with severe emotional disturbance, a community based treatment service. We provide outpatient counseling services which include: Equine Assisted Therapy as well as play therapy, sand tray therapy, attachment therapy, drama therapy, family therapy, and sexual maladaptive behavior therapy. We provide therapy services in several Charter Schools in the Albuquerque Area.

We also provide a Post-Adoption Clinical program for families experiencing challenges following adoption. We provide Statewide Post-Adoption services through our NM FIESTA Project which is funded through a contract with the NM Children, Youth and Families Department. Through another contract with CYFD we provide Home Study services in Region I and Region IV. In our Gallup, NM office we provide Juvenile Community Corrections to adjudicated youth in McKinley County. This program is funded with General Fund Dollars through CYFD.

We strive to deliver all of our services with integrity, professionalism and respect for individual and cultural diversity. La Familia-Namaste began serving the people of New Mexico as a non-profit organization in 1987. The merger in 2012 with Namaste Child and Family Development Center allowed us to serve children and families in seven cities and the surrounding area: Albuquerque, Farmington, Gallup, Las Vegas, Los Lunas, Santa Fe, and Taos. The expansion of our agency reflects our response to the needs of New Mexico residents as well as our commitment to help children and family live successfully in their family and in their community.

Hours of Operation

Our normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. We have an on-call professional available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Our Staff

President and CEOBiography - CEO and President   Adoption Services DirectorBiography - Adoption Services Director   Treatment Foster Care DirectorBiography - Treatment Foster Care Director

Beverly R. Nomberg, LISW
 

Megan M. Walsh, LISW
 

Jennifer Minarsich-Noble, MA, LPCC

President and CEO

BEVERLY R. NOMBERG, LISW

Beverly R. Nomberg, LISW, has been the La Familia-Namaste President and Chief Executive Officer since 1988.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Missouri in 1964 and her Master of Social Work degree from Adelphi University, Garden City, Long Island, NY in 1968. Her early experience was as a therapist and community organizer in a family service agency and then work in drug rehabilitation and the emergency room of a large medical center in New York.

Beverly moved to New Mexico in 1974 where she worked as a Nephrology Social Worker for 11 years, gaining invaluable experience with the issues of grief, death and dying and the intrinsic value of the many cultures of New Mexico. In 1986 she began to work in the field of adoptions, which lead to collaboration with others, culminating in the creation of La Familia-Namaste. She is currently deeply involved in and committed to providing the highest quality social services to the children and families of New Mexico.
  

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Adoption Services and Pregnancy Counseling Director

MEGAN M. WALSH, LISW

Megan M. Walsh, LISW, is the La Familia-Namaste Adoption Services and Pregnancy Counseling Director.

Megan is originally from Snoqualmie, Washington and moved to New Mexico in 1994. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Family Studies and Human Services and, in 2001 Megan completed a Master’s degree in Social Work at New Mexico Highlands University. Megan has been with La Familia-Namaste since 1997.

Throughout her work with La Familia-Namaste, Megan has been involved with the TAPESTRIES project, Infant Adoption Awareness Training and Morale Committee. She is a member of the New Mexico Adoption Alliance and is a Confidential Intermediary. Megan’s professional interests include cultural awareness training, advocacy and resource development. Two things Megan enjoys about La Familia-Namaste are the commitment to quality service and the high level of compassion for clients and staff members.
  

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Treatment Foster Care Director

JENNIFER R. MINARSICH-NOBLE, MA, LPCC

Jennifer R. Minarsich-Noble, MA, LPCC, is the La Familia-Namaste Treatment Foster Care Director.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University. She has been working with La Familia-Namaste since 1998. Jennifer brings multiple years of experience in the social services field in our community. She has worked in Residential Treatment and Treatment Foster Care at almost every level. She has also been in private practice, worked with people through the Developmental Disabilities Waiver and worked as a school counselor.

Jennifer’s mission for the Treatment Foster Care program is to provide children and families with quality services. The Treatment Foster Care program is committed to the integrity of our program and the success of our families and staff. Licensing has made it clear in recent conferences and workshops that they will aggressively pursue and discipline any program not adhering to the standards. Therefore we take our policies and standards very seriously. We set a high standard for ourselves to provide a collaborative and relationship-based, family-focused philosophy that models and teaches children and youth to live successfully in families by minimizing the negative effects of limited resources, abuse, neglect and multiple placements. We do this by supporting each other and making a commitment to learn and grow together and to challenge ourselves everyday to make a difference in the lives of the people we serve with compassion, integrity, professionalism and respect.
  

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Comptroller

TERESA K. GROOM, CPA

Teresa K. Groom, CPA, is the La Familia-Namaste Comptroller.

Teresa has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma Christian College and has worked in public accounting for profit and non-profit companies as well. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the AICPA and New Mexico Society of CPAs.

Teresa’s goals for La Familia-Namaste’s financial future include an endowment fund to provide services to children not covered by other funding sources.
  

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Community Services Director

CLAIRE BARR, MA, LPCC

Claire Barr, MA, LPCC, is the La Familia-Namaste Community Services Director.

Community Services is focused on outpatient, community-based programming. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Purdue University and her Masters in Counseling from Webster University. Claire has been with La Familia-Namaste since 2000.

She has worked in Behavioral Health for 15 years with experience in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, abuse and neglect as well as Treatment Foster Care and equine therapy.

Claire holds certification as an Equine therapist and manages La Familia-Namaste's Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy program, a United Way funded program. She currently holds membership in the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, has presented at their National Conference on Equine Therapy and Attachment Issues and also serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit equine rescue organization. Claire is also a member of the American Counseling Association.
  

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