About Us

The focus of Coming Home Connection is to serve families and individuals with compassionate in-home care and personal support directed by the family. Support teams are made up of a network of trained volunteer and professional caregivers who help with end-of-life situations, brain injuries, and other long-term illnesses. Many of our clients have limited financial resources or may need more personal support beyond what their medical or medical benefits can provide. Our trained volunteers provide relief for family caregivers, or look after those who have no one else. Since 2007 Coming Home Connection has trained more than 285 people from all walks of life, including many high school and community college students. Currently, we serve between 55 to 60 households per month.

There is no charge for our in-home services or volunteer training. Coming Home Connection is an IRS-recognized nonprofit corporation supported wholly by donations from individuals, organizations and foundations.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Brooks, Esq., Interim President
Assistant General Counsel
New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources
Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Mr. Brooks is Assistant General Counsel and a Hearing Examiner in the Oil Conservation Divisionof the New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources.  He was a judge of the District Court of Dallas County, Texas from 1987 – 1998.  He is admitted to the bar in New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.  He is a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe.

Karin Thron, MD, Vice President
Medical Director, Ambercare Hospice
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Dr. Thron received her B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a degree in Biology.  She received her M.S. from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans with a degree in Tropical Medicine and Medical Parasitology.  She later received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO.  Prior to becoming Medical Director of Ambercare, Dr. Thron was the Staff Physician at Women’s Health Services Family Care & Counseling Center in Santa Fe, co-owner and head physician at Full Circle Healing Family Practice and Staff Physician at La Familia Medical Center in Santa Fe, NM.

James Follingstad, Treasurer
Follingstad Grisham CPA LLC
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mr, Follinstad is a principal of Follingstad Grisham CPA LLC and has been in private practice in Santa Fe since 1978.  Prior to forming his own practice, he worked as a CPA with Cooper & Lybrands and with Peat Marwick and Mitchell (now KPMG).    Mr. Follinstad has served on the Board of several non-profit organizations including the Santa Fe Opera and the Santa Fe Children’s Museum.

David Brooks, Esq., Secretary
Assistant General Counsel
New Mexico Department of Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources
Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Deborah Boldt
Director of Development, Santa Fe Community College
Executive Director of the GROW SFCC Foundation
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Ms. Boldt is Executive Director of the GROW Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Foundation and Director of Development for SFCC. She has planned and implemented solicitation campaigns encompassing a variety of fundraising programs, from annual giving, to major gifts, special events, and planned giving. As the former Program Officer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, she was responsible for the implementation, scale-up and evaluation of the First Born® Program, an early childhood intervention delivered by highly trained home visitors. Prior to joining the LANL Foundation, Deborah served as Grants Officer for the Con Alma Health Foundation. She holds a Master’s degree in Planning and Administration from Antioch University.

Glenys Carl
Founder & Executive Director
Coming  Home Connection
Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Ms. Carl began her care giving career with the unfortunate mugging of her son Scott, an incident that occurred while he was away at University in Sydney, Australia.  Left severely brain injured and without insurance to cover the cost of care, Glenys managed to recruit over 400 volunteers in Australia and later in England to help her care for Scott until he died in 1990.  Glenys came to Santa Fe in 1991 and worked as a hospice nurse at the height of the AIDS crisis.  She founded Coming Home Connection in 2007.

Dennis Gonzales
Vice President of Mission and Spirituality
Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mr. Gonzales is the Vice President of Mission and Spirituality at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center with over 22 years organizational development and management experience in business education and Catholic healthcare.  A former De La Salle Christian Brother, Mr. Gonzales holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from the University of New Mexico, a Masters Degree in the same field from San Diego State University and a Graduate Degree in Theology and Spirituality Studies from De La Salle Christian Brothers Novitiate in New York.  Mr. Gonzales also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola University.

Advisory Board
Mary Blissett, RN
Discharge Planner, Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

Trevor Hawkins, MD
Southwest Care Clinic

Timothy M. Lopez, MD, FACP
Cancer Institute of New Mexico

Roger Miller, MD
Plastic surgeon and wound care specialist

John Redd, MD
Epidemioligist, Center for Disease Control

Stefan Ripich, ND
Naturopathic physician and nurse practitioner
Training and Education Board

Diane Broome, RN
Nursing Education Department, Santa Fe Community College, Coordinator of the Nursing Assistant Program, and Medical Terminology Instructor

Sara Kelly
Brain Injury Specialist

Jytte Lokvig, Ph.D.
Lecturer and author of “Alzeimers A to Z: Secrets to Successful Caregiving”

Denys Cope, RN
Death and Dying Educator

Cooperating Community Organizations
Ambercare Hospice, Santa Fe and Espanola

Amigos del Valle, Espanola

Arroyo Chamiso Pediatric Center

Cancer Institute of New Mexico Foundation

Capital High School

Children’s Medical Services (NM Dept. of Health)

Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center

EGIS Foundation
(Elders Getting Information and Services)

Espanola Hospital

Kitchen Angels

The MASTERS Program (Charter School)

New Mexico Adult Protection Agency

New Mexico Brain Injury Association

College of Nursing, Northern New Mexico College

Open Hands

PMS Hospice Center, Santa Fe

Santa Fe Community College

Southwest Care Clinic

Tewa Women United

VistaCare Hospice (formerly Odyssey Hospice), Santa Fe