Staff

Administration

Dr. Corrine Sanchez, Executive Director +

Corrine is from San Ildefonso Pueblo and holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Justice Studies. She is trained in sexual assault prevention, educational awareness, advocacy, and trauma informed care. She has worked in the sexual violence field for 25 years and refined and formalized the TWU healing presentation, “Trauma Rocks,” first developed by TWU co-founder, Kathy Sanchez. Corrine is a national expert on Multidisciplinary Team development and implementation. She helped create the first co-location site in New Mexico for child sexual abuse investigation and is an experienced forensic interviewer. She has presented at various National Conferences on Sexual Assault in Indian Country, Advocacy Needs of Native Sexual Assault Survivors, Forensic Interviewing of Native Children, Child Witness to Violence, and Sexual Violence and Advocacy in Indian Country for BIA Victim Specialists. Corrine recently completed her voluntary participation as a member of the NoVo Foundation cohort Move to End Violence and continues to build on the collaborative relationships established with other cohort members. She has contributed to the National Tribal Child Sexual Abuse Taskforce to look at policy development in Indian Country, and the Indian Health Service working group National Strategy to Reduce Sexual Violence in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Dr. Sanchez has been part of the co-creation process of building Indigenous Knowledge through the contribution of the TWU Research Methodology and Theory of Opide, a braiding of practice to action.

Email: corrine@tewawomenunited.org
Phone: 505-747-3259 x1201

Nathana Rae Jaelyn Bird, Associate Director +

Nathana Bird, M.A., is from Ohkay Owingeh and Kewa Pueblo, a life-partner to a talented chef and a mother of four. Nathana has been organizing in Northern New Mexico and regionally for over 18 years, serving as a community organizer focusing on environmental justice and education. Over the years she has served in different capacities throughout the organization. She has served as a Co-chair of TWU Board of Directors, Project Coordinator of the A’Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project and the Women’s Leadership and Economic Freedom Program Manager. She believes in returning the favor and desires to maintain connection to the true essence of why Tewa Women United was created. Her educational background includes an MA in Language, Literacy & Socio-Cultural Studies with a concentration in American Indian Education, and a BA in Integrated Studies in Psychology. When she isn’t busy attending meetings or presenting, she enjoys taking care of her houseplants, spending time with family, astrology, and passion planning.

Email: nathana@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-757-3259 x1202
Direct Line: 505-210-8140

Bernadette Trujillo, Finance Director +

Bernadette is an enrolled and active member of the Pueblo of Nambé and has resided there her entire life along with her daughter, Hayle Trujillo. Her work with Tewa Women United began in March of 2012 and she is pleased to be part of an organization committed to the well-being of women. She has completed many credit hours of study in accounting at Northern New Mexico College. Bernadette has fifteen years of finance experience working for Accounting Departments at Eight Northern Indian Pueblo Councils, Inc., and Nambé and Pojoaque Pueblos. In addition to her current work with Tewa Women United, she serves the Pueblo of Nambé as the Tribal Enrollment and Social Services Coordinator (2013-Present) and completed two consecutive terms (2012-2019) as a Board Member for the Nambé Pueblo Housing Entity. Her dedication to making the world a better place is evidenced in the depth of her service to community.

Email: bernadette@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-747-3259 x1205
Direct Line: 505-210-8143

Sierra Mondragón, Assistant to the Executive Director +

Sierra Mondragon
Sierra Mondragón was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico and her family is from Nambé Pueblo. Sierra received her BA from Swarthmore College in Indigenous Studies and History and is excited to finally be home after completing her undergraduate studies. Sierra is dedicated to uplifting the historic and contemporary voices of Indigenous women and hopes to earn a PhD in order to teach Indigenous women’s history. Sierra enjoys helping and learning under Dr. Corrine and the other amazing women at TWU and in her free time she likes to run, read, write, and spend time with her family.

Environmental Health and Justice

Talavi Cook, Environmental Health & Justice Program Manager +

Talavi Cook (she/hers) originally from Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Hopi, and Dine, joined the Tewa Women United staff in March of 2022 as the Environmental Health & Justice Program Manager. She is a former student of Fort Lewis College and obtained a B.S in Environmental Biology in 2016. Talavi was introduced to Tewa Women United in 2018 to collaborate and host an environmental workshop while working closely with Santa Clara Forestry as the Reserved Treaty Rights Lands Program Coordinator. During her time working at Santa Clara Pueblo, she also became the only women wildland firefighter among a crew of 30 plus men. In 2020, she then completed a M.S in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo. She continues to hold passion for forestry, firefighting, natural resources, and conservation, and is committed to helping her communities to ensure the land and the people are healthy and resilient. On her off time, you can find her looking at plants, doing art, or adventuring in the desert.

Email: talavi@tewawomenunited.org

Indigenous Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Program

Diana Halsey, Indigenous Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Assistant +

Diana is from Santa Clara Pueblo, a US Navy veteran, and mother. She is certified as an Infant Massage Instructor, Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor, Technology of Participation facilitator, Care for Kids instructor, and International Center for Traditional Childbearing Doula. Diana is experienced in community outreach and collaboration, and completed a 40-hour course in Advocacy Training and Skills/Organizing for Healthy Native Communities. She is also trained in topics of Toxic Stress, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Brain Development, Shaken Baby Syndrome, and Pregnant Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. She received doula assistance from the Yiya Vi Kagingdi Doula project and decided to become a Doula to give back that same help to other mothers and families.

Email: diana@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-747-3259 x1206
Direct Line: 505-210-8144

Pilar Trujillo, Indigenous Women's Health Events and Training Coordinator +

Pilar was born and raised in Española and lives with extended family on ancestral land in Chimayo. She is a mother of a home-birthed daughter and a proud recipient of YVK Doula services for her birth. Pilar received her BA in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in 2007 and has a background in community work and agriculture. An acequia farmer who has helped provide fresh produce to the community and schools in previous incarnations, Pilar continues to be passionate about connecting with the natural world through planting and reverence, as well as healing with herbs and remedios, cooking and sharing healthy foods, breaking cycles of generational trauma, and deepening her own life skills and knowledge of traditional birthing and parenting practices through coordination of the YVK doula training and various events.

Email: pilar@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-747-3259 x1206
Directy Line: 505-210-8144

Heaven Kim, Reproductive Justice Coordinator +

Heaven is Korean American and moved to New Mexico in 2002 from southern California. What was originally meant to be a temporary stay became permanent when Heaven fell in love with the singular beauty of New Mexico. Heaven has a diverse background from early childhood development to community organizing in partnership with the local Indigenous communities in Gallup, NM. Heaven’s personal journey navigating the reproductive healthcare system has given her an understanding of the difficulties people in marginalized communities face; particularly Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, the youth, immigrants, and people with disabilities due to economic, social, gender, and racial inequalities. She has a passion for reproductive justice work so that one day people in these communities will have full autonomy and access to unbiased resources to make well-informed healthy decisions about their bodies in all areas of their lives.

Email: heaven@tewawomenunited.org

Elizabeth "Libby" Branham, YVK Doula Coordinator +

Libby is originally from Albuquerque, NM (occupied Pueblo, Tiwa, and Manso territory) and has had the privilege to weave her life all over the SouthWest and seeks to support the web of relationships that hold her and her values. She recognizes the violent history and context from which she comes and seeks to utilize the power of that truth to construct something better. She is a lifelong learner and is wildly excited to get to listen to the people, landscape and communities of Northern, NM as she has before as a wildland firefighter in Taos and Rio Arriba counties. She’s in love with water and the desert and the delicate dance they do. She has organized and educated around issues of sexual violence, land defense, water protection, anti-racism, police/ border abolition and serves as an abortion doula. She looks to leadership that identifies the root and recognizes the tangled nature of it all to find sustainable solutions.  She is inspired by non-hierarchical collaboration and aims to live in joy and love in that pursuit. She has begun a love affair with strapping skates to her feet and asking others to give her a shove (it is a nice outlet in a world that summons many heavy feelings). She can also be found in a kitchen distilling or baking something experimental or outside testing how lost she can get. If you’re unfortunate enough, you may even hear a poem she crafted in the wee hours of the morning. She is grateful for most things: simple and complex and hopes you feel that gratitude.

Email: libby@tewawomenunited.org

Women's Leadership and Economic Freedom Program

Celina Hokeah, Women's Leadership & Economic Freedom Program Manager +

Celina is of mixed descent from Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. After graduating from Santa Fe Indian School in 2006, then Northern New Mexico College where she received her CNA certification in 2010. Her experiences working with youth as a positive role model include tutoring at the Ohkay Owingeh Boys and Girls Club, and at a substance abuse treatment center working with community members with addiction. She is a published poet in various literary magazines. In 2014 she was the recipient of the Joy Harjo poetry award for Cuttthroat: A Journal Of The Arts. She is a mother of two younger daughters, Sadie and Gabriella and a puppy named Pickles. As a family member of Tewa Women United, she is passionate about facilitating culturally relevant curricula based on Body Sovereignty and LGBTQ+ rights. Celina considers herself a mentor to the Tewa youth in her community.

Email: celina@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-757-3259 x1209
Direct Line: 505-210-8148

Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez, Sayain Project Coordinator +

Elder Kathy, a fluent Tewa language speaker, is a native spirit-rooted social activist, community educator, and traditional black ware potter from San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico. She is inspirational in doing presentations, trainings, and program development in her many roles for Tewa Women United for more than twenty years. Her work includes developing transformative tools such as the “Two-World Harmony, Butterfly Model” and “Trauma Healing Rocks” which address integrative wisdom of healing colonial trauma of mind, body, heart and spirit all from Native women’s lived perspectives.

Email: kathy@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-747-3259 x1203
Direct Line: 505-210-8141

Michelle Martinez, A'Gin Program Assistant +

Michelle is from Peñasco, a beautiful mountain village in Northern New Mexico. In the spring of 2019, she obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Hispano and Native American Cultural Studies from New Mexico Highlands University. She is currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Southwest Studies at New Mexico Highlands University. Michelle is interested in cultural studies, specifically Hispanic/ Chicano Studies, and would ultimately like to become a professor. Engaged in pursuing justice and equality, her current programmatic passion is empowering the young people in our community to embrace their culture and follow their dreams.

Email: michelle@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-757-3259 x1209
Direct Line: 505-210-8147

Alex Rose Gutierrez Jaramillo, Community Well-being Coordinator +

My name is Alex Rose Gutierrez Jaramillo I am 26 years old and a mother.

One of the most humanistic acts we can do is to willingly take part in nurturing committed relationships with others. Relations with others offers insight for individual and collective growth. The reciprocal sacredness of life is shown through the interactions of relationships human and non-human. I have learned through my process that we need to feel safe enough in order to stop running and fighting and begin healing.

Non-duality unfolding into duality: creation. When we are truly present with life we are content not needing or asking for anything else, no longer does a thought come from the past or future, there is no need to balance or rest from people or life because we are already in homeostasis-the neutral observer and unconditional lover.

Email: alexa@tewawomenunited.org