Jeanne Du Rivage, MA, OTR/L
Jeanne is the chair of the Many Mothers board.
Dennis Jung, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Dennis originally hails from the Texas Hill Country by way of Hawaii. He holds undergraduate degrees in anthropology and nursing from the University of Texas and a graduate degree in nursing from the University of Hawaii.
He was employed as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for forty years and recently retired after 27 year stint with Arroyo Chamiso Pediatrics here in Santa Fe. While he no longer works in the health field, he continues to have an active interest in Maternal-Child Health.
He has been one of our board members since 2019 and a volunteer since 2018. He also serves as a volunteer at the Food Depot. He is also a prolific writer in his spare time and has published eight novels with a ninth in progress.
Maxine Swisa, MA
Maxine Swisa is an educator, author, mindfulness and yoga instructor and former C-Level Executive. She created a unique course called BREATHE, using brain-based learning theories that focus on fostering positive emotions. Her work incorporates mindfulness, effective communication techniques, and unconditional positive regard to create a collaborative, caring community that enhances personal
Ms. Swisa has worked with professionals using these techniques in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
Dr. Ellen Pope, OTD/OTR
Ellen has practiced as an occupational therapist for over 4 decades. Her Occupational Therapy practice has focused on using a family centered, coaching approach to support families with children with feeding issues, fine and gross motor issues, sensory processing issues, self-help skills, sleep and social emotional concerns. As part of an interdisciplinary team, she supports the Center for Ann Sullivan Peru (CASP) for persons with differing abilities.
She has her clinical doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy, and in addition to her practice in Pediatrics, she was an assistant professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is certified by the Family Sleep Institute as a Child Sleep Consultant and is also the owner of small sleeper, LLC.
Patricia Reifel (she, her, hers) became a Many Mothers volunteer in 2017 and was appointed to the Many Mothers Board of Directors in 2020. Retired since 2016, her background is in education, counseling, grant proposal writing, and volunteering.
Patricia and her husband have been happily married for 42 years and have a grown son and daughter. She is affiliated through her mother’s family with Santa Clara Pueblo and has recently become a tribal member, under their new membership rules. She loves to volunteer: helping families through Many Mothers, assisting the Director with grant proposal writing, sewing and donating face masks, and knitting breast-replacement “Knitted Knockers” for breast cancer victims.
Eva is now retired after 35 years of bookselling in Toronto, Canada and Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is the former owner of Garcia Street Books.
Eva began volunteering with Many Mothers after her children were grown. She also decided to challenge herself in the swimming pool, resulting in medaling at the State Senior Olympics as well as the National Senior Olympics. She is serving as a board member for The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Library and recently finished a six -year term as Treasurer and President of the New Mexico State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She is now also enjoying The Santa Fe Rotary Club.
Ellen Moore has lived in New Mexico for over 40 years. Years back, Ellen attended the University of New Mexico and earned a B.A. in Anthropology. While volunteering with the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, Ellen decided to pursue her M.A. in Secondary Education and Education Administration.
Ellen worked for 10 years as a teacher and 17 years as a principal. Her administrative work was with the Albuquerque Public Schools, the New Mexico Public Education Department and charter schools in Albuquerque and the Navajo Reservation. Ellen’s education career was focused on bilingual communities, and students and families who were often struggling with economic stress, mental health issues and adjudicated youth. Throughout her career, Ellen saw that early family support made a significant difference in the lives of children and parents. Thus, Ellen sought out Many Mothers for volunteering once she retired.
Ellen has supported several families through Many Mothers and felt that both she and the family benefited immensely from their time together. Ellen has now joined the board in hopes of offering on-going support to the Many Mothers organization as well as to families.
Bernadette Freeman is an established artist in Santa Fe and joined Many Mothers as a volunteer in 2018. She holds her degree in English (Writing) and was a Management Consultant with a small international Chicago-based firm, specializing in the environmental division, working closely with the U.S. EPA. She left active practice in that field to pursue her career in art, which allowed her to volunteer in many capacities in schools, religious groups, and art, including the Art Institute of Chicago.
She moved from Chicago and established her studio in Santa Fe in 2010. She is the proud mother of two creative young women.