Meet Our Staff

Lucy Rodriguez - Program Manager

Upon returning from a three-year tour in Lajes Field Air Base, Portugal in November 2008, Lucy Rodriguez was passing through Ruidoso on her way to her next assignment in Maryland.  She fell in love with the beauty of the area and decided Ruidoso would be the right place to live out her retirement years. Ten years later, it came to fruition. Lucy retired in January 2018 after a 32+ year career with the Federal Government. During her career, she managed the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program as part of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention/Response Program for Department of the Air Force in Lajes Field Air Base, Azores Portugal, Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina and Department of the Army in Daegu, South Korea. She also served as a Family Life Consultant in Portugal and Family Advocacy Program Manager Assistant at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.  She held various other positions with the Department of Defense in Germany, Japan, and Arizona. Other employment included Case Management with Border Area Mental Health in Deming, New Mexico and Clinical Counseling under supervision in Phoenix, Arizona.  Lucy possesses an under-graduate degree in Psychology and a Master of Science and Arts degrees in Clinical and Professional Counseling from Ottawa University.  After retiring and settling in in Ruidoso, Lucy decided to offer her services in volunteer work.  She was told time and time again that her experiential service in domestic and sexual violence was not needed in this area.  As she was about to give up, she heard about the High Mountain Youth Project Evening Drop-in Center and was encouraged to apply for the Program Manager position; she was hired in November 2018.  She considers her Program Manager position the most rewarding of her entire career.  Lucy has two grown children and six grandchildren, all residing in Arizona.

Barbara Whipple - Program Assistant

For over thirty years, Barbara Whipple has been working in the areas of intervention, prevention and treatment.  She earned an undergraduate degree of Science in Sociology and later a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling, while holding certification as a Neuro-Linguistic Practitioner and a Master Addictions Counselor.  Barbara began her career with the West Virginia Department of Corrections writing psychological evaluations for the court while developing and implementing a wide variety of intervention and treatment programming.  At the same time, she taught basic education skills and GED programming for the West Virginia Department of Education within the prison system.  Barbara wrote and implemented a program entitled “Life After Prison Skills” which later became the basis for an ongoing life skills program.  In 1997, she was awarded Support Person of the Year by the Southern States Correctional Association.  Also in 1997, she came to Ruidoso and has worked in various organizations providing educational programming as well as substance abuse prevention, intervention and treatment programming.  Barbara has volunteered and served on non-profit boards, written and implemented grants and been involved in a wide variety of community wellness projects.

Barbara has two children and three amazing grandchildren. She retired in 2017, but found she wanted to do more.  In November, she accepted the position of Program Assistant.  She views HMYP as one of the most amazing resources for adolescents she has seen during her career and truly believes the services can make a marked difference in increasing community wellness.