Coming Home connection


JoDee Powers

Executive Director

JoDee has managed nonprofits and public service agencies serving communities in New Mexico and Colorado, but often with a global reach.  Her work has focused on community health and economic development, climate change and its impacts on women and disadvantaged groups.  The skills she brought to bear on these issues will directly benefit Coming Home Connection:  she has organized large training events and conferences, engaged in communication and public outreach using a variety of media, and managed annual budgets up to $1 million.  Additionally, JoDee is a Conscious Aging Facilitator.

Barbara Espinoza

Director of Operations

Barbara worked for the New Mexican for her first dozen years after high school.  She then went on to a career as a stay-at-home mom.  She did property management for private clients for 15 years.  Following a stint with the Tierra Nueva Counseling Center, she joined Coming Home Connection, where she quickly established systems to ensure seamless scheduling of care for Coming Home Connection clients.  She has had much to do with making Coming Home Connection run like a well-oiled machine.

Patti McLaughin

Health Navigator / Volunteer Coordinator

Patti comes to Coming Home Connection with more than 15 years experience in the social service arena. She has an impressive background in working with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, as a patient navigator with the United Way and as a Family Eldercare Guardian, allowing her to share her strength in helping others overcome barriers to care.

Sierra Logan


Sierra is CHC’s new social work intern; she’s currently working toward her master’s in social work from New Mexico Highlands University.  She’s been an activist focusing on issues of gender and racial justice for many years, has professional experience doing case management and service linkage for people living with HIV, and worked for almost two decades in the independent book industry.  Sierra is also currently working on her first yoga teacher training, with the intention of going on to advanced training so that she can offer yoga therapy to her future clients.  In addition, she is also a certified end-of-life doula and is passionate about issues of quality of life and quality of death.  She loves books, New Mexico, her partner, and her cats and dogs and is honored to join the CHC team this year.