Director, Tribal Home Visiting Program
For the past few years, Rebecca has focused her work on helping to support, build and improve quality Home Visiting services to Native American families on and off tribal lands. Her interest in this work began when she received Early Intervention services for her two sons. Her experience includes Head Start teaching for the Pueblo of Isleta and Health, Nutrition and Mental Health Coordinator for the Pueblo of Acoma. Since 2012, she has aided NAPPR in its mission as Program Manager and Evaluation Specialist before being promoted to her current position.
She received her Bachelor’s in Community Health Education with a minor in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico.
A citizen of Acoma, Rebecca believes when more people come together to help raise and support a child’s growth then the collective helps raise and build stronger communities, and stronger communities mean the survival and success of generations for Native people. Services like Home Visiting can help.
Elizabeth "Liz" Torrison (LCSW IMH-E (III) DS III)
Director, Early Intervention Program
Liz has been with NAPPR for more than six years, overseeing the clinical process of evaluation and eligibility determination for Early Intervention services, as well as supervising the clinical team that consists of social workers and Early Intervention Specialists. Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Mexico and holds a level three in both Infant Mental Health Endorsement, as well as a Developmental Specialist. She has a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. With more than ten years of experience in early childhood, Liz is strong believer in the power of attachment, and supporting all components of infant mental health when working with families.
Director, Early Head Start Program
Arra began working with NAPPR in 2009, serving eight years as the Early Head Start director. She has more than 22 years in early childhood care and education as a classroom teacher, administrator, technical assistance provider, home visitor, child care provider and grant reviewer throughout New Mexico.
Aliandra Maes (RDH, BS)
Director, Dental Support Center
Aliandra is a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor’s degree in Dental Hygiene. A lifelong resident of New Mexico, she moved to southern California for a few years early in her dental hygiene career. Along with her husband and son, she returned to the Albuquerque area and made her family’s home in Los Lunas.