Julie is the creator and founder of Taos Alive, and if it weren't for her, we wouldn't be able to continue the work we do! After spending 20 years studying prevention and working in prevention, Julie decided to pass along the mission to the current Taos Alive current team of 4 passionate members. She currently enjoys time with family and nature in Taos.
Julie Bau is a lifelong resident of Taos. In 2001 she received an Associates of arts in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from UNM Taos and in 2005 graduated with a Bachelor of University Studies with an emphasis in Health Education and New Mexico Studies from the University of New Mexico. In 2002 Julie began working in the prevention field with Tri-County Community Services as a full-time Preventionist.
In 2004 she left Tri-County Community Services to work with both Taos Municipal Schools Tobacco Prevention Program as a Preventionist, and Clean Air Works in Taos County as a Community Liaison. In 2008 she earned a certification with the New Mexico Behavioral Health Board as a Prevention Specialist. Julie currently works with Taos Health Systems / Holy Cross Hospital as the Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager.
Julie’s passion for the prevention field came from her life experience with people close to her who suffered from addiction, many whose addiction ended in death and some in incarceration. This gave her a deep desire to help improve the health of her community through work in the prevention field. She has seen how hard it has been for people in her life to go into and stay in recovery and she felt the best way she could help is by helping the youth before they begin. She also realizes how important of a role parents, family, and the community play in these children’s lives and their decision not to start using. She believes that as our community becomes healthier that we create an environment where anyone can be healthy.
Miles is our co-manager and works in Youth Empowerment Services and is the RX & Drug Misuse Coalition Coordinator. His family heritage is in community support work and grew up with family who were involved in Ministry, Music Therapy, Fundraising, Food distribution and more.
“Since I am grateful for what I have and my stability, I believe that with my good fortune should come a responsibility to use my time to help others.”
Outside of work he loves to spend time with his family and record music.
Monica is our Co-Manager and School Preventionist with Taos Alive. She was born and raised in Taos and her passion has always been to give back to her hometown. She is thankful to be part of such a positive and thriving coalition that nourishes our community. “Most importantly, I highly value the safety and well-being of our youth and hope to encourage a positive mindset for future generations”. As a mother and young professional, her goal is to model self-care, wellness, and overall happiness to our children. In her spare time, she loves to play sports, such as volleyball, basketball, and softball. “My love for fitness keeps me active and constantly challenged. Most of all I enjoy family time and the beautiful Taos outdoors”
Alana is the owner of High Frequency Loft; a local yoga studio and wellness center in Taos . In her early years, Alana overcame her own challenges from living in a family with substance abuse. Since working on herself through yoga & meditation, Alana feels a deep calling to help others and the community. In all of her work, whether it's health & wellness, yoga or prevention, Alana strives to make the community a healthier, safer place now and for future generations. In her spare time, she loves to be in nature and hike. She also loves to play and perform acroyoga, partner acrobatics, dance and music.
Cassidy is the Media Workgroup Coordinator, and a School Preventionist. School prevention blends her passion for youth, healthy living and love for self-development. Through her own life experiences, she discovered that developing life skills is extremely essential for navigating life confidently. “Youth are our future, and it’s really important to me that they feel empowered and learn the life skills necessary to navigate life with their own values and perspective.” The Media Workgroup Coordination position is a really important outlet for communication with community and creative ways to share information with the rest of Taos. Outside of Taos Alive, she loves spending time with nature, singing, dancing, and creating online classes for self-growth and self-expression. “I have so much gratitude for my involvement with Taos Alive. My whole life, I wanted to contribute to something bigger than myself, and Taos Alive gives life to that desire.”