Our Staff

Kim Brown, B.A., President & CEO

Before Kim came to Girls Inc. eleven years ago, she received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women Studies from the University of Southern Illinois, has served as a residential counselor for children with learning differences, was a trainer in the National Guard, serves as a mentor for the Girls Inc. National Latina Initiative, and is certified as a Trainer of Trainers for Girls Inc. nationally researched programs.  In her free time she enjoys spending time in her garden with her chickens, bees, and her daughter.

 

Carolyn Chambers, B.A., COO/CFO
Carolyn moved from New York City to join the staff at Girls Inc. of Santa Fe in May 2017.  Carolyn was previously the Associate Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she supervised the Administrative Department, overseeing the human resources, finances, IT, and facilities management needs of the organization. Prior to CCR, Carolyn was the office manager/network administrator at the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and the administrative director at the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. She is a graduate of New York University and has a background in women’s/reproductive rights and environmental activism, previously serving on the boards of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women and the NYC chapter of the Sierra Club.  Carolyn’s fur kids (aka rescued cats and a seriously outnumbered Pibble dog) are in agreement that she may continue to reside with them in Santa Fe despite annoyance at the long cross country drive that was required for relocation.  In addition to her love of animals, Carolyn is a huge fan of cooking, reading, the arts, hiking, and the wonderful New Mexican cuisine of Santa Fe.

 

Madonna Hernandez, Director of Programs

Madonna Hernandez has been part of our Girls Inc. community since 2000!  She started out as a Summer Camp Facilitator at age 16 and has been an integral part of our programs since then. Throughout this time, Madonna has attended several National trainings where she has been trained as trainer and is now a National trainer herself. With all of the experience she has gained throughout the years, Madonna brings a wealth of knowledge and information, as well as a deep passion for the program and all of our girls. When she is not inspiring girls to be strong, smart, and bold Madonna loves being in the outdoors with her husband Shawn and her daughter Farrah.

 

Alliyah Noor, J.D., Donor Relations & Communications Manager

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Alliyah comes to Girls, Inc. with a background in science and a passion for making the world a better place.  In 2003, Alliyah received her B.A. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and in 2007, Alliyah was awarded her Juris Doctorate and Natural Resources Law Certificate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.  Instead of practicing law, Alliyah became swept up in the altruism of serving others through various non-profit positions in program development, grant-writing, business management and business development.  In her free time Alliyah enjoys cooking, gardening, camping, and playing with her two dogs Hazel and Lucy.

 

Rhynda Stephens, M.A., Partnerships & Event Manager

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Rhynda was born in Massachusetts and moved to New Mexico as a child. She acquired her BA in Communication at New Mexico State University and her Masters in Human Resources from Webster’s University. She has a daughter who is living in Chicago after earning her Bachelors in Communications, Media and Theatre. She has been writing for bestonlineuniversities.com. Rhynda is married to Nick and they live in Rio Rancho with their Heinz 57 rescue dog, Holly and their German Shephard service dog, Stark (as in “Iron Man”). She was first introduced to Girls Inc. when she was awarded the contract to coordinate the Arts and Crafts Show and loved the organization so much that she applied for the position of Development Coordinator.  Recently, her role has expanded and she loves her various “hats.” In her spare time, she loves music, the Patriots, painting, and traveling (Chicago being her favorite destination).

 

Natalie Benally, B.A., Program Manager

Natalie is a Dine woman born and raised on the Navajo Nation and has a tremendous love for theater and dance. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theater- Performing and Directing and a license in Secondary Drama Education from Fort Lewis College. She is a company member with Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Company, a professional inter-tribal dance company of Native artists and dancers based in Santa Fe, NM. She has toured both locally, nationally and internationally and has been mentored by her Artistic Director, Rulan Tangen for the last two years. Aside from performing with Dancing Earth, she also works as an educational outreach instructor and has worked with Navajo youth from the Four Corners area in performing arts. Her recent work was also lending her voice to the lead role of Dory in the Navajo dubbed version of Disney/Pixar’s Finding Nemo. She is also mother to her daughter, Luycia and continues to advocate for indigenous peoples’ , women’s’ rights, sexual abuse/assault and domestic violence survivors thru the use of ritual based performance and spoken word poetry. She is extremely happy to be welcomed into the Santa Fe community and hopes to grow within the organization.

Rebecca Calhoun, Off-site Coordinator

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Becky first joined Girls Inc. in 2010 as a summer camp facilitator. Since then she has worked with many different age groups and is now serving girls ages 7-18 in the community as well as providing programs for teens at our center. Becky brings many years of experience working with youth and a passion for learning and sharing her knowledge.

 

 

Sandra ChavezOff-site Coordinator

Born and raised in Santa Fe, Sandra first joined Girls Inc. in 2009 and continued facilitating for five years at our Hillside Center.  She worked with various ages but mostly with the littlest girls. She took a brief break and became a mom to the “best son anyone could ask for.” In that time Sandra worked as a Home Visitor educating and supporting new mothers.  In October of 2017, Sandra returned to Girls Inc. as an Off-site Coordinator working with girls ages 9-13.

 

Laura Gluvna, Volunteer Coordinator

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Laura was raised in New Mexico and joined Girls Inc. in 2008 as a Program Facilitator.  She has experience working with the full age range of girls as well as implementing all of the Girls Inc. Programming that we provide in Summer Camp as well as After School. She is now working to build and implement a volunteer/internship program to further expand the Girls Inc. Experience into our community. Laura is an athletic, artistic mother who brings all that she can to the organization.

 

 

Keeley Aspaas, Data Coordinator & Facilitator

 

Araseli Varela, M.S., Executive Assistant to the CEO

Araseli Varela first joined Girls Inc. in 2010 as a  Summer Camp Facilitator before going back to school to pursue her Masters in Special Education.  After completing her degree at the University of New Mexico, she joined us once again in the summer of 2012 and has been with us ever since.  She brings with her not only her formal education, but her hands-on experience (both with Girls Inc. and with other programs), and a profound commitment to our mission and research-based programs.

 

 

 

 

Olivia Garcia, B.B.A., Bookkeeper/Accountant