Tribal Home Visiting


Jenae Sanchez

Program Manager

Jenae Sanchez is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of San Felipe. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Stanford University in 2010. Upon obtaining her degree, she returned to New Mexico and worked as the Program Coordinator for her community’s tribal home visiting program, Project KEVA for 7 years. She also served as a committee member on San Felipe’s Culture and Language Committee where she and her colleagues worked towards language preservation and culturally relevant programming to sustain the tribe’s heritage language on the continuum from birth to elderly. Jenae came to NAPPR in 2018 and serves as the Program Manager for the Tribal Home Visiting Program. She is passionate about empowering families and helping them realize their strengths in raising holistic, healthy and happy children. She believes there is so much healing through love, compassion and understanding, and if we focus on the good in people, we can begin to change the world and move it to a better place.  She is traveling this wonderful life’s journey with her husband and their three beautiful children.

Cathy Ahiyite

Tribal Home Visitor

Cathy Ahiyite is from Zuni Pueblo and began working for NAPPR in August 2014 and received her degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education at the University of New Mexico that same year. As a student, she worked part-time at the Women’s Resource Center as Program Assistant for the Breastfeeding Support Program. In her position, Cathy provided support and resources to students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses who chose to breastfeed their children after returning to work or school. Cathy enjoys working with children and families in the Native communities and helping them to become empowered and have healthy relationships with their children and families. She enjoys traveling back home and spending time with family and friends, and watching movies and tv shows in her spare time.

Danielle Tosa

Tribal Home Visitor

Danielle Tosa comes from Jemez Pueblo. Previously, Danielle worked as a Batterer’s Intervention Coordinator for a domestic violence prevention program. She graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and recently graduated with her Master’s degree in Psychology from Grand Canyon University. She enjoys the variety of services being provided by NAPPR and loves the positive focus on empowerment, education and community. Danielle’s passion is about helping people and helping create healthy happy environments for families. During Danielle’s free time, she loves to visit family and friends and enjoys traveling to different states across the country. 

Gail Salas

Tribal Home Visitor

Gail Salas is a Home Visitor for Native American Professional Parent Resources, Inc. (NAPPR) Tribal Home Visiting program in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has worked in the field of Early Childhood. She received her formal education from the University of New Mexico in Family Studies. Ms. Salas interest is working with American Indian families to improve health outcomes.

Justina Stewart

Evaluation Specialist

Justina Stewart is a tribal member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation and comes from Deer Springs, AZ. She received her Bachelors in Philosophy with a Pre-Law concentration from the University of New Mexico. Since 2013 she has served in various capacities in different NAPPR programs, as a client, a policy board member, and as a THV staff person. She is interested in growing the capacity of Native American families and communities that meets their needs as well as strengthening the inherent tribal language and cultures of the people that we serve. This interest has inspired her passion for family advocacy and overall community health for Native American families and communities that exist on and off the reservations. She and her husband currently reside and raise their three children in Albuquerque, NM. In their free time they enjoy being back at home in Arizona and being together as a family.

Madalene Garcia

Tribal Home Visitor

Madalene Garcia obtained an Associates Degree in Social Services at New Mexico State University. Her enthusiasm to work closely with family inspired her to apply for her current position as a Home Visitor. Madalene believes in NAPPR’s mission to empower and educate families. She enjoys watching the development of families from prenatal to infants and toddlers and likes to help parents become confident in their parenting journey. Madalene enjoys reading books on leadership and self-development as well as hiking and traveling with her friends and family.

Early Intervention


Elizabeth “Liz” Torrison

Clinical Supervisor (LCSW IMH-E (III) DS III)

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.

Chris

Quality Assurance Manager

Chris has more than eight years of working in quality assurance, with five of those years in NAPPR’s Early Intervention program. He chose NAPPR because of the agency’s overall vision and dedication to improving the lives of New Mexico’s youngest community members. He is passionate about ensuring families receive the highest quality services that are available and hopes that every child and family have equal opportunities to thrive and grow within our great community. Chris has a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico, as well as a Master’s in Special Education from Eastern New Mexico University.

Donna

Operations Manager

Donna has worked in finance and billing for more than 13 years with corporate companies. Donna began as a temp with the business office and was later hired on as a full-time employee. As the Early Intervention program grew, she was hired as an assistant and later promoted to her current position. Intrigued by the staff’s diligence and passion and how NAPPR helps families and communities, Donna has become passionate about her work and supports the Early Intervention staff the best way she can.

Sam

Lead Family Support Specialist (LCSW IMH-E (III) DS III)

Sam helps children and their families reach their full potential by supporting caregivers in self-care, helping them fully enjoy their children, and by guiding them become the parents that they want to be. Sam became a full-time NAPPR employee in 2014 after interning in Early Intervention. Prior to entering the field, he worked with children in a variety of settings, including as a Mixed Martial Arts instructor. He has a Bachelor’s from University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University.

Sarah

Early Intervention Specialist

Sarah has always been passionate about working with children with special needs and supporting families who are raising children with disabilities. Sarah has been a childcare teacher and a developmental preschool teacher in Albuquerque Public Schools. With more than 20 years of experience in Early Childhood, Sarah has worked specifically in the field of early intervention for 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Studies and a Master’s in Family Studies & Special Education. NAPPR has given her the opportunity to learn and grow in the field of Early Childhood for the past 9 years.

Sadie “Girt”

Family Support Specialist (DS III/FSC)

Girt (Hopi-Tewa/Pueblo of Laguna) helps coach and guide families with children in special education through a complicated educational system. It was while teaching in schools, on and off the reservation, she realized the help and support required of parents who have children with special needs. With a Master’s in Multicultural Special Education, Girt has 14 years of providing home-based, family-centered Early Intervention services and seven years of providing Early Childhood Special Education in New Mexico and Northern Virginia.

Erica

Family Support Specialist (LCSW IMH-E (III)

As a family support specialist, Erica’s mission is to help at-risk families. She tries to nurture caregivers, helping to build a healthy bond between child and parent, and aid in the prevention of harmful patterns from reoccurring in future generations. Erica has nearly five years of employment at NAPPR. She was previously with UNM NICU and La Familia Treatment Foster Care. She has a Master’s in Social Work with a clinical concentration.

Tara

Family Support Specialist (LMSW)

Tara started as an intern with NAPPR until she graduated with a Master’s in Social Work with a clinical concentration from New Mexico State University. She has been a full-time employee for three years, Tara’s passion is working with families, she continues to work and grow in the area of infant mental health.

Alisha “Ali”

Family Support Specialist (LMSW)

Alisha is a recent graduate from New Mexico State University with a Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She was previously an intern at NAPPR while completing her degree, and also has extensive experience in outdoor and experiential education. Ali believes in NAPPR’s mission to empower, educate and support families, and is a proponent of holistic health and functional fitness.

Heather

Family Support Specialist (LMSW)

Heather (Pueblo of Zuni/Navajo) began her career working with homeless youth and their families. This experience eventually led her to pursue a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. She hopes to utilize her degree to join efforts in strengthening Native families and communities.

Sarah

Family Support Specialist (LMSW)

Sarah provides support to parents and caregivers through a focus on attachment, addressing needs and bringing awareness to strengths in family relationships.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Social Work with a Clinical Concentration from New Mexico Highlands University.

Tracy

Lead Database Specialist

Tracy supports and helps staff directly by working with families, and takes pride in doing it to the best of her ability.  Her passion comes from family success stories, which makes her work even more meaningful. Tracy has been employed with NAPPR for more than three years and has worked in the business office, the Health Education and Outreach program, and has been an Early Intervention assistant. She has an Associate’s in Medical Billing and Coding from the University of New Mexico.

Sandra

Program Assistant

Sandra (Pueblo of Laguna) has been with NAPPR for more than 20 years, beginning her employment in 1995. She began as a part-time receptionist and later as a Data Entry/File Clerk and was later promoted to Database Specialist.  Sandra is currently the Early Intervention program assistant. With 23 years of experience at NAPPR, she has enjoyed watching NAPPR grow and succeed.  She has an Associates in Secretarial Studies from TVI.  Sandra enjoys working at NAPPR and is dedicated to her work family.

Judy

File Data Entry Clerk

Judy came out of retirement after working 34 years in radio broadcasting.  She joined the NAPPR team two years ago and enjoys working in a field that positively helps impact others. She knows her contributions support the diligence of the people directly working with families. Taking pride in doing her job to the best of her ability, Judy’s passion has always been her family. Her solid upbringing in a large family taught her to always love your brothers and sisters no matter what.

Damon

File Clerk

Damon was drawn to NAPPR because the organization provided services that jumpstart a child’s education, as well as bring education and the community together. His passion lies in helping underrepresented students in education flourish, as well as create an equitable learning environment for all students to thrive. Damon is working on a Secondary Education degree with a concentration in Communicative Arts and Theatre at the University of New Mexico.

Early Head Start


Cecilia “Ceci”

Education, Mental Health and Disabilities Coordinator

After being a classroom teacher for more than 20 years, Ceci believes in successful outcomes are the result of how well you connect with the parents of the children you are serving. She received a Bachelor’s in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Capella University. She is a current member of the National Head Start Association, the New Mexico Head Start Association, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research and the New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health.

Jennifer Molinar

Family and Community Partnership Coordinator/Home Visiting Supervisor

Jennifer has worked with families and children for the last 10 years in many capacities including crisis intervention, advocacy, after school programming, Head Start, and Home Visiting. Jennifer is a Licensed Master Social Worker and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Jennifer is passionate about continuing to empower and educate families in the state of New Mexico.  Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, caring for her puppy, inspiring and helping others in their health and fitness journeys as an online fitness coach, and party motivating with a DJ company at various events.

Mireya Conn

Early Head Start Home Visitor

Mireya received a Master’s Degree in Family Studies and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of New Mexico. She believes a strong foundation within the family creates resilient children. Every child is capable of anything, it just takes time and family dedication. In her spare time, Mireya enjoys books, documentaries, and traveling. So far, she has been to Greece, Italy, Colorado, California, Connecticut and plans to visit Ireland in the upcoming year.

Jodie

Early Head Start Center Manager

Jodie, who accepted this position with NAPPR in 2016, has more than 10 years of experience working in Early Childhood. She started her career working with Native American families for the Women, Infant and Children’s (WIC) program at the Pueblo of Laguna then transitioned into her current profession. She looks forward to continuing aiding children and families.

Dominica, “Mica”

Early Head Start Teacher

Mica joined NAPPR in 2016 as a teacher’s assistant and is now a lead teacher. She has an Associates in Early Childhood Education from Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute. Mica is a tribal citizen of the Pueblo of Santo Domingo and resides in Albuquerque.

Valery

Early Head Start Teacher

Valery has been working with children and families for nine years. She has a nationally accredited Child Development Certificate and is also a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. She is currently working on a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Multicultural Education.

Vanessa

Early Head Start Substitute Teacher

Joining NAPPR in 2017, Vanessa looks forward to working with the children daily at the Early Head Start Center. She loves that she can work with all age groups and gain more knowledge and experience.

Lawrence

Early Head Start Cook

Lawrence has been in the cooking and food service industry for 17 years. From bussing tables to line cook to cold room prep to chef, he has stepped down from big restaurants and casinos to aid young children with health and meal education. Introducing new foods to young children and making good, wholesome meals makes him happy as he’s able to teach children about foods, knowing they will always leave school full and healthy.

Maricruz (Mari) Lovato

Early Head Start Home Visitor

Mari began her career here over two years ago as an Early Head Start classroom teacher. She chose to work for NAPPR because she believes we can influence a child the most in their first three years .Her goals are to continue to provide services for families that need them. She hopes to teach parents the importance of early education and how to connect it to their child’s personal development. She currently holds an associate in Early Childhood Education and is on track to receive her bachelors in Child Development late 2018.

Jessica Gadt

Early Head Start Home Visitor

Jessica has been with NAPPR for 7 years but worked with Head Start for the last 15 years. She received her Associate’s degree in 2008 from Central Arizona College in Early Childhood Education. She believes the impact of working with families in their home has a lasting effect for generations to come. Jessica and her husband have two boys. In her spare time, Jessica enjoys photography, spending time with her family, and enjoying the outdoor recreation.

Heather

Early Head Start Home Visitor (MSW/DS III/COS-P)

Heather is a recent graduate from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Master’s in Social Work.  Heather also received her Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and a minor in Sociology from New Mexico State University. Heather has been working with children in families in both New Mexico and Texas for over five years. She  has always known she wanted to work with children so, she could be the voice of all the children and families that have been silenced. Heather joined the NAPPR team with the foundation to educate her clients how they can find their voice.  Heather hopes she can teach her clients the tools they need to speak and be heard.spending time listening to great music she enjoys engaging with her community through advocacy and volunteering.

Nykki

Inkind / ERSEA Coordinator

Over the past year, Nykki held the reigns as the Little Scholar’s Academy’s Center Manager. In ’97 she attended the Art Institute of Colorado with a focus in Graphic & Web Design; after a year or so she returned to NM. Soon after her return, she enlisted in the USAF as a communication specialist. She maintained her military career for 2 short years. After separation, she began working on her Early Childhood Multicultual Education degree at the University of New Mexico. She earned her degree in 2007. From 2000 to the present year, she has worked at various child care facilities; both Army and Air Force CDCs, YDI

Nykki built a passion for working with children, after having a child of her own. She loved seeing them grow and being able to assist them in reaching their milestone goals. Her biggest award in all this is now being able to understand why kids do what they do. When Nykki isn’t glued to her favorite TV show or her phone, she spends a lot of her free time with her son, her baby niece and her bulldog. One life quote that seems to hit the nail on the head for Nykki is “Kill them with success and bury them with a smile”.. this basically explains itself.

Dental Support Center


Aliandra Maes

Oral Health Outreach Coordinator (RDH, BS)

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.