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

Victoria Parrill, Data and Reports Director +

Victoria has more than 30 years of experience in analysis, quality improvement and reporting, and in working with the diverse communities in New Mexico. She is skilled in collaborative planning and problem solving to improve operational efficiencies and organizational effectiveness. She has been part of Northern New Mexico for 35 years and has been working with Tewa Women United since 2010.

Email: victoria@tewawomenunited.org

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

Environmental Health and Justice

Beata Tsosie-Peña, Environmental Health and Justice Program Coordinator +

Beata is from Santa Clara Pueblo and El Rito, NM. She is a mother, poet, advocate, seed saver, and is certified in Infant Massage, as a Developmental Specialist I-Advanced, an Educator, and in Indigenous Sustainable Design (permaculture). She is also a Green For All Fellow and has served on several local community boards over the years. Beata is on the steering committee for the Traditional Native American Farmers Association and is a board member for Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute. She is a Pueblo representative for the New Mexico Governor’s taskforce on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. She recently completed her training as a Yiya Vi Kagindi/Helper of Mother, Full Spectrum Doula. The realities of living next to a nuclear weapons complex has called her into environmental health and justice work with the local non-profit organization, Tewa Women United for over a decade. As part of Beata’s work with TWU, she currently manages the creation of the Española Healing Foods Oasis demonstration garden project.

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

Indigenous Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Program

Jessica Garcia-Lujan, Indigenous Women's Health and Reproductive Justice Program Manager +

Jessica has been working with Tewa Women United since 2010 as a community doula, childbirth educator, Certified Lactation Educator and in her current position since 2015. Her Bachelor’s degree in Integrative Health Studies is from Northern New Mexico College. Jessica is from the Pojoaque Valley, a mother of two sons, a trained herbalist, and a certified prenatal yoga instructor. Jessica is a passionate advocate for reproductive and birth justice and has made it her mission to provide compassionate and culturally appropriate doula care to the families in her community. She is intensely involved in achieving the program goals of promoting access to full spectrum doula services to families in Rio Arriba and the six Tewa speaking pueblos, and committed to working in the intersections of indigenous women’s health, reproductive justice, environmental justice, and ending violence against girls, women, and Mother Earth.

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

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

Alma Rivera, Yiya Vi Kagingdi (YVK) Doula Project Coordinator +

Alma Guadalupe Rivera was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has lived and worked in the Espanola Valley since 2015 and has ancestral connections to Taos Pueblo, El Rancho, and the Pajarito Plateau. She wears many hats including, teacher, advocate, activist, coach, and life-long learner. But the most important hat or tile is that of “Mommy” as she is the single mother of four amazing, and energetic boys who were all blessed with a doula at each of their births!

Alma is a first-generation college graduate, working on pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership and hopefully one day receiving a PhD., in Peace Studies from the University of Peace in Costa Rica. She has worked in education and community for the past 15 years supporting students of all ages and focusing on service leadership development and outreach. Alma is passionate about environmental and social justice, co-founding Campaign 2020 with her sister Victoria Rivera in 2005, and Roots and Wings, LLC, in 2016. Alma has been trained and engaged in community organizing since the age of 14, serving on the Governors New Mexico Youth Alliance and other advisory councils.

Granddaughter of a “partera”/midwife and traditional healer, Alma is being called to birth work in this new chapter of her life and has accepted the position of Yiya Vi Kagindi Doula Program Coordinator. She has witnessed and experienced first -hand the impact in a family and community when a mother is supported to birth her baby in a way that feels safe and loving for her. Alma is currently part of the Yiya Vi Kagindi/Helper of Mother, Full Spectrum Doula 2020 training.

Email: alma@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

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

Autumn Dawn Gomez, A'Gin Healthy Sexuality & Body Sovereignty Project Coordinator +

Autumn Dawn Gomez is Taos Pueblo and Comanche, born and raised in Santa Fe. Autumn received a Bachelor’s degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts, and has completed the Yiya Vi Kagindi Doula training through Tewa Women United. Autumn is passionate about building healthy youth and communities through creativity, birthwork, and being a good relative. She uses her artistic skills to provide illustration, graphic design, and graphic recording to the local community. Autumn is also a founding member of the Three Sisters Collective, providing support and visibility for Indigenous femmes and families in Santa Fe.

Email: autumn2@tewawomenunited.org
Main Office: 505-757-3259 x1210
Direct Line: 505-210-8148

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