Paula Feathers, MA
Ms. Feathers (Pawnee/Cherokee) was a co-author on the grant application that brought this funding. She has directed the project since its inception and has worked with the Tribal communities at multiple levels: leadership, direct service providers, and community members. Paula has assisted in creating an effective strength-based and Tribally-centric project that is accountable to both Tribal communities and funders. Paula was raised in Zuni, New Mexico.
Nadine Tafoya, MSW, LPCC
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
Nadine Tafoya (Mescalero Apache) has spent her career working to improve health and mental health conditions in Tribal communities. It has been important to Nadine and her team of associates to create training, curricula and policies that reflect Tribal Nations’ values, teaching and knowledge of what works best for individuals and families of the Tribal community.
Eugene Tsinajinnie, MPH
Eugene Tsinajinnie (Diné) has over 15 years of experience assisting Tribal communities with their health data needs. In the capacity of Project Epidemiologist, he works with the Tribal grantees on the development of local data infrastructure and assists in the development and collection of local data. Eugene has a Masters of Public Health degree.
Ann Del Vecchio, PhD
Ann Del Vecchio, Ph.D. has lived in New Mexico all her adult life. Dr. Del Vecchio has her doctorate from the University of New Mexico in psychometrics and statistics. She has been an evaluator who has worked with Tribes primarily in New Mexico since 1990. With Nadine Tafoya she has focused on planning, implementing and evaluating Tribal substance abuse prevention programs.
Loucia Jose, M.Ed
Loucia Jose (Diné) is from Crownpoint, New Mexico. Ms. Jose works as a Research Associate for Alpha Assessment Associates LLC and works along side Dr. Ann Del Vecchio on project evaluation activities since 2012. During Ms. Jose’s time working with the project she has earned a Masters Degree in Educational Research, measurement, and Evaluation from Boston College.
Kee Straits, PhD
Technical Assistance & Training Consultant
Kee J.E. Straits, PhD, is an Indigenous Latina psychologist (Quechua, born in Perú) and owner of Tinkuy Life Community Transformations. Dedicated to reducing mental health disparities, she has provided therapy for the past 13 years to children, adults, and families affected by trauma, substance abuse, violence, and cultural disconnection. She also provides consultation with Native American and immigrant Latino communities in New Mexico to develop culturally centered behavioral health services and substance abuse prevention programs.
Tracey Cordero, BA
Tracey Cordero (Pueblo de Cochiti) received her Bachelors degree from the University of New Mexico in Psychology and will receive her MBA in the Fall of 2017. She has worked in Cochiti Pueblo Tribal Government and continues to be involved in work to support the healthy loving future of her community. She is a proud mother of Savannah and is culturally active in the community,
Antonia Montoya, MS, CHES
Antonia has worked with Tribes in New Mexico providing direct service, technical assistance, and marketing work on Evidence-Based Substance Use Interventions since 2006. She was an active member of the Laguna Prevention Coalition, Region VI Prevention, Prevention Advocates, as well as a graduate of the Leadership Coalition Institute and Leadership New Mexico Connect program. Antonia is a health education specialist with well over a decade of experience including presenting her work to international, national, and state conferences. Antonia is driven to help people bring out their best, building on their strengths and the strengths of their communities.
Carey Tully, BA
Carey (Diné) provides administrative, technical and creative support to NMTPP. Trained as a filmmaker, she has a unique background in multimedia communications, project management, strategic planning and creative development in print and computer based media.