Director, Tribal Home Visiting Program
Rebecca Riley is a citizen of the Pueblo of Acoma and has served NAPPR since 2012. Ms. Riley received her degree from the University of New Mexico in Community Health Education and a minor in Native American Studies. Her first experience in early childhood education was as a young parent receiving Early Intervention for her oldest son in 2006 and then again for her youngest son in 2016. Her first professional experience out of college was working for the Pueblo of Isleta Head Start as a Lead Teacher and then as a Health Coordinator for the Pueblo of Acoma Head Start Center. Since 2009, she has worked in the field of Early Childhood and with tribal community programs, developing an understanding of the complex challenges tribal programs and communities face when addressing health disparities for children and families. She believes in the benefits and incredible services of Home Visiting programs, not only from her own experience as a parent, but of the many impacts Home Visiting makes and will make in the future of New Mexico. Ms. Riley continues to remain an active participant in her own community where her passion and service to improve the health and wellness of families stems from. Her interests endure to positivity contribute and impact the overall quality of life for Native women, children and their families through mindful, diverse and inclusive practices that are reflective of community goals. Ms. Riley enjoys reading, writing, traveling and running. She currently lives in Albuquerque with her family and three children.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.