The Team

The staff team conducts a broad array of work that improves capacity and infrastructure in state agency staff, local community agency staff, or coalition quality and rigor, and increases the reach and impact of programs and services. The team’s work is often in service to or sometimes facilitating a statewide effort, and often addresses systematic shortcomings in New Mexico’s system of care that children and families depend upon, and facilitates progress that prevents and reduces risky behaviors and poor outcomes. Other areas of work conducted by the team focus on developing new data sets or mapping and visualization of data, and straightforward program evaluation.

Michael Coop (he/him/his)

Michael Coop founded Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2002. Michael received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of the South, and his Masters in Education from Columbia’s Teachers College. He spent nine years as a financial aid officer at Columbia University, Barnard College, and Manhattan School of Music, followed by six years as Manhattan School of Music’s Director of Development, moving to New Mexico in 1993. In Santa Fe, Michael joined Shaening and Associates, Inc., a small consulting firm providing services to state agencies and non-profits in the human services arena, where he spent nine years. Since forming Coop Consulting, Inc., Michael has led the firm in major initiatives including:

  • Substance abuse prevention program and system development, including as a major participant in the development and piloting of the Strategic Prevention Framework model
  • Youth resiliency, including the statewide implementation of the PAX Good Behavior Game, and the development of a statewide youth mentoring coalition
  • Behavioral health early intervention, crisis response, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction, including overdose prevention
  • Early childhood services and system development, and evaluation – with emphasis on community engagement and coalition development, quality improvement and appreciative inquiry as a system improvement modality
  • Children’s behavioral health services
  • Aging and long-term services program and system evaluation
  • Law enforcement illicit drug trafficking enforcement reporting and evaluation.

Grey Goode (she/they)

Grey Goode joined Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2021. Grey received their Bachelor of Science in Economics from Carson-Newman University, a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin, and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B). Grey has experience in health and education policy. They previously worked on legislative affairs, data analysis, student affairs, and student success as Policy Director at the University of Texas System. At Coop Consulting, Inc., Grey provides technical assistance in prevention science, and coaches communities in quality improvement strategies. They manage and support multiple SAMHSA and New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention grant-funded projects.

Jennifer Espinoza-Ruiz (she/her/hers)

Jennifer Espinoza-Ruiz joined Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2019. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from the Southern Adventist University, and her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Andrews University. Jennifer then worked as an Academic Advisor and Marketing Assistant for the School of Distance Education with Andrews University. At Coop Consulting, Inc., Jennifer is the operations manager who provides operational activities, overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations and supports in a variety of other tasks.

Tanya Henderson (she/her/hers)

Tanya Henderson joined Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2020. Tanya received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Health – Allied Health Option with a minor in Sociology. While in college, Tanya was a student intern with the Southwest Colorado Area Health and Education Center. In 2018, Tanya worked as the Community Programs Manager for the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention in Clovis/Curry County, NM to reduce underage alcohol drinking and prescription painkiller misuse. At Coop Consulting, Tanya is a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS). Tanya will support and provide training such as Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF), Quality Improvement (QI), and technical assistance for prevention programs for the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention, primarily the SAPT Block grant and SPF Rx grant. Tanya is currently attending Grand Canyon University in pursuit of her Master’s in Public Health degree.

Jesse Gremore (they/them)

Jesse worked at Coop Consulting from 2020-2022, and rejoined the team in 2023. Jesse received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Human Rights and Social Justice from Humboldt State University, with a Minor in Chemistry. After graduating, Jesse spent five years working as a treatment coordinator in urgent care, HIV, Hepatitis C, Medication-Assisted Treatment, and Transgender healthcare in Northern California and Northern New Mexico, where Jesse also volunteered at the Santa Fe Mountain Center’s mobile syringe exchange and harm reduction program. At Coop Consulting, Jesse manages the collection and analysis of data for the National Latino Behavioral Health Association project. Jesse also coordinates the Statewide Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup on behalf of the New Mexico Office of Substance Abuse Prevention. Additionally, Jesse supports training and programming for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Association’s FR-CARA grant, SAPT grant, SPF Rx, SPF PFS 2020 grant, and the PDO grant.

McKenzie Gabaldon (she/her/hers)

McKenzie Gabaldon joined Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2015. Kenzie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies and Psychology from the University of New Mexico. While in college, Kenzie worked at numerous day care centers and a charter school as a care provider. After graduation she continued at Hogares-Open Skies as a community support worker for another year; after this Kenzie served as an Infant Development Lead Teacher at The Baby Farm. All of her work was with high need families in the Albuquerque area. After working across all of Coop Consulting, Inc.’s projects for two years, she joined the PAX Good Behavior Game team to coordinate implementation efforts. She spends most of her time helping the statewide rollout to be a success.

Natalie Gonzalez (she/her/hers)

Natalie Montemayor joined Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2021. Natalie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with an emphasis in Nutrition and Dietetics from California State University, Northridge. Natalie worked in the dietary department at Mission Community Hospital in Panorama City, California. She joined Teach for America New Mexico as a Corp Member in 2018 and worked as an elementary school teacher and a PAX Partner in Shiprock, New Mexico. At Coop Consulting, Inc., Natalie is one of the Statewide PAX Partner Coaches for New Mexico who provides support for the PAX Partners in the state.

Dora Vigil (she/her/hers)

Dora Vigil (she/her/hers)

Dora Vigil joined Coop Consulting Inc. in 2022.  Dora has over nine years experience in education as an elementary teacher.  She started her career as a reading specialist for a program called H.O.S.T.S (Helping One Student To Succeed).  She then began teaching multiple grades including  3rd, 4th, 5th ,& 6th and incorporated PAX GBG in her classroom in the Santa Fe, NM area. At Coop Consulting, Inc., Dora is one of the Statewide PAX Partner Coaches who provides support for the PAX Partners across the state of NM.

Julie Reynolds (she/her/hers)

Julie Reynolds joined Coop Consulting, Inc. in 2020. Julie received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph’s University. After college Julie worked as an office manager at Northwestern Mutual and later at the Advanced Wellness Centre. Her focus shifted to wellness and she received multiple certifications to lead yoga and meditation. Currently Julie runs the Yoga in Schools program and teaches various yoga classes and trainings throughout Santa Fe. At Coop Consulting, Inc., Julie is an PAX Coordinator who provides support for the SOR PAX grant team members.