NAPPR - Arra Carbajal, Program Director, Early Head Start Program

Arra Carbajal

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.

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 is an 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

Maricruz (Mari) Lovato

Early Head Start Home Visitor

Mari is currently an Early Head Start Home Visitor for NAPPR. She 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.


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.


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.