About Us!

New Mexico Alumni in Recovery is to create and foster support and act as a resource to Drug Court programs through sharing personal experience, engaging in the long-term recovery model with participants, and providing technical assistance, training, education and resources for emerging and established drug courts. We will do this by embracing our past to create a better today, a stronger tomorrow, and, while building strength for the future, we share our experience with those willing to try and change.

The Team

Carlos F. Gonzales - Founder

Carlos F. Gonzales is a native New Mexican, born and raised. Carlos is 51 years old, married with 4 daughters and 2 granddaughters. His career is in state government as a Financial Manager and Chief Procurement Officer, as well as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselor, and property manager. Since entering the First Judicial District Drug Court Program in Santa Fe New Mexico in March 2001, he worked at Albertson’s for eight years as a customer service manager overseeing the hiring, training, and implementation of staff and programs. In 2007 Carlos moved his career to join the State of New Mexico and is currently Financial Manager and Chief Procurement Officer.

Carlos is a recovering alcoholic and addict, and has been in recovery for 19 years. Carlos is a licensed counselor and serves the court treatment programs exclusively. He was voted into the New Mexico Association of Drug Court Professionals in 2009 and is currently serving as the treasurer. Carlos is hoping to help others find peace, a solution to addiction, and a future of happiness as he strongly believes in what he does. “I am truly blessed to have the opportunities that have been given me, and I do not take life lightly. I work hard, play hard, and do my best to keep healthy and strong. I believe life should be shared, not just lived, and we all should be proud of who and what we are no matter how that may look.”

Reese A. McAlister

was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. He is married, father of 2 children, and is a retired State of New Mexico employee where he completed his career in finance. He attended the College of Santa Fe and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration - Information Technology concentration in 2005.

After battling a substance addiction to alcohol for over three decades, he decided to make a change and reached out for assistance to overcome alcohol. Since the beginning of 2017, he has learned to live a life of sobriety and recovery. He looks for opportunities to support other individuals that are working to make a positive change in their lives and eliminate substance abuse issues to sustain a life in recovery.

Jesse Ramos

Hello everyone, my name is Jesus G. Ramos (aka Jesse G. Ramos). I am a graduate of the adult drug court in Las Cruces, New Mexico from the 3rd judicial district court and graduated with honors after 11 months in the program. After my 2nd meeting, I fell in love with the program due to the reason that I was learning so much. And to this day, I still put the steps that I learned in the program into practice daily. I’ve stayed on as a mentor for the adult drug court for 4 years and have moved to doing juvenile work for 4 years. Since then, I have become the mentor coordinator for the veteran treatment court the last 2 years.

Thanks God bless.

Edwin Lujan

Hi... my name is Edwin Lujan. I was born and raised in Santa Fe New Mexico. I'm 35 years old, have 3 beautiful children and a beautiful fiancée! My hobbies are sports, working out, and hanging out with my family!!

Ramon Larranaga

I was in the United States Navy, Desert Storm Veteran, worked for the Dept of Corrections for several years at the Penitentiary of NM. I worked for Santa Fe County Corrections Electronic Monitoring Program as a caseworker. I now am a Caseworker with Presbyterian Medical Service at the Santa Fe Community Guidance Center. I work with the homeless and with people with Behavior health issues helping them navigate through everyday life.

Esteban Gonzales

I am honored to be nominated and accepted to serve as a board member to the New Mexico Alumni in Recovery, Inc. I did not understand the purpose of a drug and alcohol abuse program until I became a mentor for the Third Judicial Court of New Mexico's Veterans Drug Treatment Program. I am grateful to have met, mentored, and remained in contact with the numerous individuals who battle life's challenges while participating in this stringent and time-consuming program.

I served in the military for thirty-two years. Since 2014, I have worked as a community advocate for Soldiers, Veterans, and their families for many years in Southern New Mexico. I am certified to instruct the Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) program for adults, service members, Veterans, and family members.

I am blessed to have a beautiful and best friend as my wife of 34 years and three accomplished kids (they take after their mother) and four vibrant and energetic grandkids. God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.