About Us

“I have known Dee for approximately five years, during which time I have worked closely with her. She is an exceptional woman, with countless talents. She is a tireless advocate for the clients she cares for. She has an excellent understanding of their challenges and needs, and has excellent organizational and management skills.”
–David B. Durham, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
UNM School of Medicine


The vision of A.L.I.V.E. is to be part of a movement that promotes acceptance of all individuals in society despite their struggles, all while recognizing everyone has value and purpose in the life they are given. and a place they can call home.

Our Staff

President/CEO: Dawnette “Dee” Burns

Executive Director: Melissa Romero

Medical Billing/Human Resources: Gidget Stenzel

Founder of A.L.I.V.E., Dee has a passion for the mental health concerns that New Mexico faces daily. A.L.I.V.E. focuses on supporting and teaching individuals with mental health needs all while providing a safe, structured, clean and healthy environment.

“I met Dee Burns when I started working with Bernalillo County jail in trying to divert disabled people from jail. No one would help me with residential placement for this troubled population, and when I thought no one could, I met Dee and her associates. Since then A.L.I.V.E. has helped me keep several individuals from being homeless. It has been my pleasure to work with Dee and her teams relentless ability to help disabled individuals that no one else will help.”
—Brendan Gould
Executive Director of Honor Guardianship