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Board Members

Kathy B. Hammar, J.D., President

KATHY B. Hammar is SCLO’s Board President.  She was a Family Law practitioner who often served as a Guardian ad Litem in child custody cases involving high conflict families.  She holds an undergraduate degree from Seattle University and a Master’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling and Juris Doctor from UNM’s School of Law. After law school Ms. Brandt clerked for the Honorable Mark B. McFeeley in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court and served as a New Mexico Public Defender for eight years. Subsequently she directed the Children’s Safehouse of All Faiths’ Receiving Home. She authored an article,”The Mentally Ill We Will Always Have With Us”, NMTLA, February 1995 and was president of the Albuquerque Bar Association in 2005.  Her community interests include serving on the Sandia National Laboratories Human Studies Board and formerly serving on the Board of Reading Works, Inc., a non-profit agency providing one-on-one tutoring to adults in Bernalillo County.  She was a member of the NM State Bar Leadership Institute in 2004, a former member of the Judicial Standards Commission and a member of Task Force for the 1993 Revision of the N.M. Children’s Code.

Feliz A. Rael, President-Elect

Feliz Angelica Rael is a practicing attorney in the areas of elder law, and healthcare abuse and neglect.  She graduated from the UNM School of Law in 2001 and has managed her own law firm since 2010.  Feliz has been a member of the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association since 2006 and served as the 2019 President of the New Mexico Guardianship Association.  She has lectured on various topics regarding healthcare services for the elderly at seminars in New Mexico as well as nationally.  Feliz has won several noteworthy jury verdicts and when her trial schedule permits, she is actively engaged in the legislative process concerning bills that impact elderly and/or disabled New Mexicans.

Shelly Fritz, Vice President

Shelly Fritz is a recently retired dentist who specialized in providing dentistry  for geriatric, special needs, home bound , institutionalized,  the chronically ill and phobic patients. She has given numerous classes teaching other dentists and their staff on how to treat these patient populations. She has been active in the dental community as editor of the New Mexico Dental Association Journal since 2002.  She is a past President of the New Mexico Dental Association, The New Mexico Dental Hygienists’ Association, The New Mexico Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Association of Dental Editors and Journalists. She is a Fellow of the American College of Dentists. She was also a Co-chair for the Sandoval County Mission of Mercy, Secretary for the Penn Mont Owners Association and Chairman of the Board for Haverland Carter  Lifestyle Group.

Tiffani Luna, CPA, Treasurer

Tiffani Luna of Verian Advisors and CPAs (formerly Urbielewicz, Murphree CPA’s) is SCLO’s Board Treasurer.  Tiffani works in the firm’s Eldercare Division. She has 21 years of experience in auditing nonprofits, governmental, pension plans, and construction in New Mexico. Ms. Luna has been a member of the New Mexico Society of CPAs for 25 years.

Lynne Carlberg, Secretary

Lynne Carlberg is SCLO’s Board Secretary.  Lynne joined Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group as Corporate Director of Human Resources in 2014. Ms. Carlberg brings over 20 years of recruiting and human resource expertise from government and commercial contracting environments. She has performed human resource functions in: health care, hospitality, environmental safety and remediation, civil engineering, and information technologies. Prior to joining Haverland Carter, Ms. Carlberg served as Senior Human Resources Generalist at Los Alamos Technical Associates corporate office in Albuquerque, NM. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. She holds an active Senior Professional Human Resources Certification (SPHR), and is a Senior Certified Professional with the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM-SCP).

Ryan Jaramillo, Board Member

Ryan Jaramillo is a health insurance agent with over 20 years of experience. Skilled in Sales, Health Insurance, Team Building, Compliance, Customer Service and Management. Strong sales professional with a degree from Central New Mexico Community College in Integrated Studies.

Alan M. Malott, Board Member

Alan M. Malott is a 1975 graduate of Arizona State University and a 1979 graduate of the UNM School of Law.  Between 1979 and 2009, he  operated a civil trial practice of between one and six attorneys, and was named a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy  in 1994.  He has handled over 100 Jury and some 200 bench trials.   Alan was a member of the Board of Bar Commissioners from 2007-2009 and  also served on the Board of the NM Trial Lawyers Foundation as well as  numerous committees including the 2nd Judicial Court’s Alternative Dispute Committee.  Alan was appointed to the 2nd Judicial District Court in early 2009 where he served in the Civil Division, handling a caseload of over 1500 active matters.  Judge Malott received consistently high performance  ratings from the public and the legal profession.  During his tenure, he also established and managed  the Court’s Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program and  co-chaired the 2nd Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee.  Alan retired from the Court in November 2018 and now operates a part time Mediation and Arbitration practice. Alan’s not so secret  vice is cars, which he freely indulges.  He has been married to Linda  since 1981.  They have  two adult sons and an  eccentric German Shepherd.

Margaret “Peggy” Graham, Board Member

“What I enjoy most about the work I do is being able to help another person understand and work through a legal problem so that he or she is able to move forward in life with confidence, peace of mind, and security.”  

Margaret “Peggy” Graham began her career in Topeka, Kansas where she practiced for 15 years before returning to Albuquerque. While practicing in Kansas, Peggy tried many cases to a jury verdict while an Assistant Attorney General, represented the State in numerous child and adult abuse cases, established guardianships and conservatorships for hundreds of vulnerable adults, represented the State in Medicaid and welfare benefits appeals, and served as an Administrative Law Judge for seven years.

Upon moving back to Albuquerque with her family in 2009, Peggy has focused her practice on elder law, specifically in representing individuals and families in the appointment of guardians and conservators for the elderly or disabled as both the petitioning attorney and Guardian ad Litem, estate planning, probate, and fiduciary litigation. Peggy has tried cases in both state and federal court, and has represented clients before administrative bodies, including the Social Security Administration and New Mexico Human Services Department.

Peggy is a frequent speaker on Medicaid planning, special needs planning, guardianships & conservatorships, and special education.

Peggy has a unique perspective on the representation of families who have members with developmental disabilities and special needs as she is the mother of a special needs child.


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