Winter is Coming! Strategies for a COVID-Safe Workplace

November 10, 2020
2:00 PM MST - 3:15 PM MST


Join us as Dr. Michelle Peacock, MSN, FNP-BC with the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Hospital, and Ryan Mast, Director of Environmental Health with the City of Albuquerque, share their expert opinion on how businesses can continue to keep their employees safe and what resources we can offer our staff as the pandemic continues. In this program, you will learn:

  • The current state of New Mexico/Albuquerque re: COVID and what we can expect for the new year
  • How should businesses be preparing for a possible second wave of COVID-19
  • What should companies/businesses be advising staff to do in regards to travel, holiday gatherings, company parties, etc
  • The importance of getting a flu shot this season, and how the COA will prepare and handle a possible increase in flu shot demands
  • Resources for testing, health care, safety, wellness, etc. that businesses can provide to their staff




   Michelle Peacock, MSN, FNP-BC, 
   VISN 22, New Mexico VA HCS; Nurse Practitioner Supervisor ACS


Michelle Peacock is a Family Nurse Practitioner at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Ambulatory Care Clinic in Albuquerque, NM. She is the Nurse Practitioner Supervisor in Ambulatory Care and helped spearhead implementing full-practice authority for the New Mexico VA Health Care System. She was awarded Albuquerque Business Weekly's Top 40 Young Professionals under 40 in 2019 and was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for Women Veterans in 2013. Michelle is a member of the Women Veterans of New Mexico and American Women Veterans, a national organization that works in advocacy on behalf of servicewomen, veterans, and their families. Michelle works with legislators and local community members and educates them on homelessness and its far-reaching effects (including health and educational disparities and the rise of violence and PTSD) and works toward ending homelessness. Michelle has been active on several local boards to address childhood homelessness and driving under the influence. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Nurse Practitioner Council as the Region 5 Representative.


   Ryan Mast

Ryan is the Director of the Environmental Health Department for the City of Albuquerque where he leads the city’s Sustainability, Air Quality and Environmental Health Science and Engineering programs.  He brings to this role a passion for working at the intersection of sound government policy and equitable community outcomes. Through his efforts, he seeks to strengthen the city’s resiliency to environmental hazards and enhance sustainability practices throughout all city programs.

Prior to this role, Ryan served as Hazard Mitigation Administrator for the City of New Orleans, housed in the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. In this capacity, he led the city’s mitigation and recovery planning efforts and oversaw the implementation of strategic programs that reduced risk, built equity and increased adaption to natural and man-made shocks and stresses.

Ryan also devoted more than eight years of professional service with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the Louisiana Recovery Office supporting the $20 billion recovery effort from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike.  He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala and is a graduate of Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies. He was also a proud member of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s inaugural Community Leadership Network Fellowship Program.