Angela Vachio has accepted the appointment as chair of the UNM Health Sciences Center Community Affairs Advisory Council.

Vachio is executive director and co-founder, PB&J Family Services, Inc., Albuquerque, an organization with multiple child abuse prevention and family preservation programs serving more than 700 at-risk families annually. She has also served on numerous boards and received awards for her work on behalf of families impacted by the New Mexico Prison system.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone as capable as Ms.Vachio chair the HSC Community Affairs Advisory Council,” said Paul Roth, M.D., UNM Executive Vice President for Health Sciences. “She has a long and distinguished record of public service in New Mexico and I know we will benefit from her great credibility and rapport with community organizations throughout the state.”

Among her awards are an UNM Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Commissioners Award, for outstanding contribution to the field of child protection; the Governor’s Outstanding Woman Award and the Albuquerque Bar Association Liberty Bell Award.

She has served as president of the UNM Alumni Association, is the is the current president of the Board of Directors, and serves or has served with a number of organizations including the New Mexico Women’s Justice Project, New Mexico Sentencing Commission, New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women, and Early Childhood Advisor to Children’s Cabinet.

The mission of the Office of Community Affairs is to foster collaboration among community and HSC partners to build and sustain healthier communities across the state; promote access to services, and enhance responsiveness and accountability of HSC to patients and community members from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The office maintains a special focus on uninsured and other vulnerable populations.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322