OUR current TEAM
Co-Manager |Youth Empowerment Coordinator | Substance Misuse Coalition
Since I am grateful for what I have and my stability, I believe that with my good fortune should come as a responsibility to use my time to help others.
Miles Bonny 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 he grew up with family members who were involved in Ministry, Music Therapy, Fundraising, Food distribution and Therapy. He has also toured the world as a performing musician under his own name. “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 accomplish their goals and avoid the pitfalls of life.” 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”
Lauralee works as a school preventionist and mentor for students of all ages. She was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico, graduating from Taos High School and is a current college student. She enjoys spending time with family and friends. Her lifelong goal has always been to give back to her community and inspire others to live a happy, healthy lifestyle.
Ashley introduces Taos Alive's new position of Youth Service Navigator in order to increase opportunities for youth that promote positive outcomes and leadership by connecting students to pro-social activities, sports, mentorship, and a focus on developing strengths that will support their success. Her ambition is to give back to the community in which she grew up and to provide opportunities for future generations. In her spare time, she enjoys being outside and spending time with her family.
Jordan is the media and communication specialist for Taos Alive and was born and raised on Taos Pueblo. She started her work in alcohol and substance prevention in 2020 when she took on the position as the Team Coordinator for the Taos Pueblo Awareness Coalition Team (TPACT). Through her position with Taos Alive she hopes to foster and create connections that will educate and inspire her Taos Community to make healthy choices habits. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, skiing in the winter and enjoying the Rio Grande and camping in the summer.
I have a passion for working in prevention because we are able to make a difference in people's lives.
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 five passionate members.
Julie Bau was 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 the role of 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.
Julie passed away in 2021 but her legacy lives on. She is survived by her husband Dominic Bay and children Kauai Bay, Johnny Ortiz, Brandon Ortiz, and Allysa Ortiz.