La Familia Appoints New CEO

La Familia Health Appoints Brandy Van Pelt-Ramirez CEO

Makes Interim Position Permanent

Santa Fe, NM (3/7/24) —  La Familia Health is pleased to announce that Brandy Van Pelt-Ramirez has been named Chief Executive Officer of the organization.  Her position becomes permanent as of March 9, 2024, she has been Interim CEO since October.

“In a unanimous decision, the Board of Directors voted to offer Brandy the permanent position. It was an easy decision, and based on the stellar leadership and management skills she demonstrated as Interim CEO,” said Priscilla Dakin, President of the Board. “Through transparency and collaboration, she brought the organization together, setting a path toward financial and operational stability. We are excited about La Familia’s future under her leadership.” She added.

“I am extremely grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board and staff to lead La Familia as we continue to take the measures necessary for full recovery,” said Van Pelt-Ramirez.  “Our entire team is committed to rebuilding and expanding services in the community.”

Van Pelt Ramirez has both bachelor and master of social work degrees from Florida State University and is currently working on her doctorate in Healthcare Administration through Capella University.  She is licensed by the state of New Mexico in Social Work. Among the many awards and recognition, received for her work are Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellow, “Forty under 40” awardee by New Mexico Business Weekly, and National March of Dimes Program of the Year awardee. She offers her leadership skills, serving on several local Boards including Las Cumbres Community Services and the New Mexico Public Health Association.

Her management career spans 25 years in nonprofit management in New Mexico and Florida. Prior to joining La Familia in 2018, Brandy was Director of Clinical Services Centennial Care at Blue Cross Blue Shield and State Director of Program Services at March of Dimes.

“I look forward to working with the community, to develop solutions addressing critical health and social needs in Santa Fe,” Van Pelt-Ramirez added.