New Mexico

Community Alliance

New Mexico Angioma Alliance Community

New Mexico has the highest prevalence of CCM in the world because of a founder mutation that began in the early 1600s in the original Hispanic families, Common Hispanic Mutation. Angioma Alliance ran the Baca Family Historical Project in New Mexico from 2017-2020. The New Mexico Angioma Alliance Community was formed in March 2020 to begin transitioning programming to our volunteers.

New Mexico volunteers have been successful in advocating for numerous pieces of legislation, beginning in 2006.  Joyce Gonzales, who began as a volunteer has performed the genealogy work that has led to identifying the founding families.  The UNM Health Sciences Center is a Center of Excellence, and our volunteers work closely with staff on patient programming and research activities. Please join us!

Co-Chairs:  Toby and Lori Arnett

Vice-Chair and Grant Support:  Candelaria Romero

Treasurer and NM Legislative Liaison:  Joyce Gonzales

Community Outreach/Peer Support:  Tim Gallegos

Event Committee Co-Chairs:  James and Sheri Baca

Student Intern:  Ashley Leyba

Please reach us at or join our Facebook group.

Center of Excellence (COE):

Angioma Alliance has recognized the University of New Mexico Health System as a Center of Excellence.

Medical Director and Vascular Neurologist: Dr. Michel Torbey

Phone:  (505) 272-3160

For more information about our other Centers of Excellence, please visit our information page.

upcoming events

Please see our Calendar for events online and around the country.