Augut 10, 2015 - Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation and Northwest New Mexico First Born® are pleased to announce the selection of Su Hodgman as the NWNM First Born program’s new Executive Director.
Ms. Hodgman brings to the position a wealth of over 20 years of experience in the field of human services and work with families. She began as a treatment foster parent then worked as an early childhood home visitor at the San Juan College Family Resource Center, teaching first-time parents how to bond with and care for their children. She worked as a case aid for the Denver, Colorado Department of Social Services foster care and family reunification programs and with Children, Youth and Families Department as a parent educator. As a licensed substance abuse counselor, she has worked with individuals and families in education, teaching recovery skills, and establishing community support for recovery.
Hodgman is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, LADAC, with a BS degree in human services and a minor in addiction studies from Metropolitan State College in Denver. With her husband, Robert Hodgman, she founded and developed the Masada House, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit transitional living program in Farmington for homeless individuals in recovery. In her role as Executive Director, she developed a comprehensive the program, wrote grants, created successful fundraising events, and supervised a home for recovering addicts.
Hodgman raised nine children—biological, step, foster and adopted—understanding firsthand the work and commitment needed to raise a healthy, functioning family, pursue an education and follow a rewarding career path.
“I’ve spent my life and my human service career working with families and individuals, utilizing various ways to make the best impact on the well-being of children,” said Hodgman. “My experiences have taught me that strong, secure families create strong, secure children, which in turn, build stronger more secure adults and communities. I’m pleased to be able to continue this important work with the First Born program.”
First Born is a weekly home visiting program that provides support, education and service coordination for women pregnant for the first time and families parenting or adopting for the first time to encourage the development of happy, healthy babies in nurturing families. The LANL Foundation provides technical assistance and support and oversees the program including funding from a W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant. There are 10 First Born programs serving 17 counties throughout New Mexico.
As executive director, Hodgman will manage the First Born home visiting program in McKinley and San Juan Counties and part of the Navajo Nation, serve as liaison between program staff and the public, direct overall program planning and activities in both counties and lead a staff of 11 that includes program managers, home visitors and nurses. She will be located at the San Juan County office.
“As a member of the Board of the Directors and one of the original stakeholders of this program, I am looking forward to working with someone of Su's caliber to take Northwest New Mexico First Born to the next level,” said Dr. Susie John, pediatrician in Shiprock. “I know with her skills and experience, we will continue to provide the quality services that the First Born Program can provide in the counties of San Juan and McKinley.”
Northwest New Mexico First Born contact information: San Juan County - 108 N. Behrend Avenue, Suite H, Farmington, NM 87401; McKinley County - 821 S. Ford Drive Gallup, NM 87301, 505-863-8850; email: info@NWNMFirstBorn.org. Find out more information online at www.firstbornprogram.org