Kayla joined First Nations in June 2019 as a Program Assistant in the First Nations Albuquerque office. She is a student at the University of New Mexico studying Psychology and Evolutionary Anthropology. She was born and raised in Taos, New Mexico, and moved to Albuquerque to finish her bachelor of science degree. Her future academic plans, albeit open to change, will focus on Forensic Psychology, Cultural Anthropology, Education and Community Building. She hopes to support her community through education, training, and highlight conflict resolution and cooperation.
Kayla brings great work experience with her. She worked as a peer tutor and front desk assistant at the Center of Academic Achievement at the University of New Mexico – Taos Branch. Her responsibilities included assisting students with academic success and progress, study and exam preparation, class assistance, peer support, and group cooperation. She also worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, as a data integrity specialist and an assistant project manager. As a data integrity specialist, she collaborated with a team focusing on data integrity and a data cleanup project that dealt with domestic and foreign patents, licenses and other contractual agreements. As an assistant project manager, she participated and assisted in project management, dealing with organizing and managing deadlines for more than 10 scientists, specifically dealing with business sensitive information.
For First Nations, she is assisting with various projects, coordinating logistics for convenings and meetings, assisting program officers, conducting online research, and performing administrative duties.