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Meet Our Staff

Amy PickardAmy Pickard, Program Director (LCSW) - Amy joined NAPPR in 2000 after several years in the early childhood field and completing a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Relations at the University of New Mexico. With more than 20 years of experience, Amy began her career providing direct services to families as a Developmental Specialist and Family Service Coordinator. She later attained a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University and helped develop and create the social work program within NAPPR’s Early Intervention. In June 2010, she was promoted to her current position. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.


Elizabeth “Liz”, Clinical Supervisor (LCSW IMH-E (III) DS III) – Liz has been with NAPPR for more than five years, overseeing the clinical process of evaluation and eligibility determination for Early Intervention services. Liz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Mexico and holds a level three in both Infant Mental Health Endorsement, as well as a Developmental Specialist. She has a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. With more than nine years of experience in early childhood, Amy is strong believer in the power of attachment, supporting all components of infant mental health when working with families.


Erica, Family Support Specialist (LMSW) – As a family support specialist, Erica’s mission is to help at-risk families. She tries to nurture caregivers, helping to build a healthy bond between child and parent, and aid in the prevention of harmful patterns from reoccurring in future generations. Erica has nearly five years of employment at NAPPR. She was previously with UNM NICU and La Familia Treatment Foster Care. She has a Master’s in Social Work with a clinical concentration. 


Sadie “Girt,” Family Support Specialist (DS III/FSC) – Girt (Hopi-Tewa/Pueblo of Laguna) helps coach and guide families with children in special education through a complicated educational system. It was while teaching in schools on and off the reservation she realized the needs of parents of children in specialized education have, including knowledge of what questions to ask educators and expectations. With a Master’s in Multicultural Special Education, Girt has 14 years of providing home-based, family-centered Early Intervention services and seven years of early childhood special education teaching in New Mexico and Northern Virginia.  


Alisha, Family Support Specialist (LMSW) – Alisha is a recent graduate from New Mexico State University with a Master’s in Social Work and is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW). She was previously an intern at NAPPR while completing her degree, and also has extensive experience in outdoor and experiential education. Alisa believes in NAPPR’s mission to empower, educate and support families, and is a proponent of holistic health and functional fitness. 


Heather, Family Support Specialist (LMSW) - Heather (Pueblo of Zuni/Navajo) began her career working with homeless youth and their families. This experience eventually led her to pursue a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. She hopes to utilize her degree to join efforts in strengthening Native families and communities.


Sam, Lead Family Support Specialist (LCSW IMH-E (III) DS III) – Sam helps children and their families reach their full potential by teaching caregivers or parents self-care, enjoyment of their children, and help them become the parents that they want to be. Sam became a full-time NAPPR employee in 2014 after an internship. He has a Bachelor’s from University of New Mexico and a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. 


Sandra, Program Assistant – Sandra (Pueblo of Laguna) began employment at NAPPR in 1995, first as a part-time receptionist and later as a Data Entry/File Clerk to Database Specialist, which eventually led to her current position. 


Sarah, Early Intervention Specialist (DS III/FSC) – Sarah has always been passionate about working with children with special needs and supporting families who are raising children with disabilities. Sarah has been a childcare teacher and a developmental preschool teacher in Albuquerque public schools. With more than 20 years of experience in Early Childhood, Sarah has worked specifically in the field of early intervention for 15 years. She has a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Family Studies and a Master’s in Family Studies and in Special Education. NAPPR has given her the opportunity to learn and grow in the Early Childhood field for the past eight years.  


Tara, Family Support Specialist (LMSW) – Tara started as an intern with NAPPR until she graduated with a Master’s in Social Work from New Mexico State University. A full-time employee for nearly the past three years, Tara has a strong passion for infant mental health. 


Tracy, Lead Database Specialist - Tracy supports and helps staff directly by working with families, and takes pride in doing it to the best of her ability.  Her passion comes from family success stories, which makes her work even more meaningful. Tracy has been employed with NAPPR for nearly three years and has worked in the business office, the Health Education and Outreach program, and has been an Early Intervention assistant. She has an Associate’s in Medical Billing and Coding from the University of New Mexico.  


Chris, Quality Assurance Manager – Chris has more than seven years of working in quality assurance, with four of those years at NAPPR’s Early Intervention. He chose NAPPR because of the agency’s overall vision and dedication to improving the lives of New Mexico’s youngest community members. He is passionate about ensuring families receive the highest quality services that are available and hopes every child and family have equal opportunities to thrive and grow within our great community. Chris has a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of New Mexico and is completing a Masters in Special Education from Eastern New Mexico University.


Donna, Operations Manager – Dona has worked in finance and billing for more than 13 years with corporate companies, but chose to work for NAPPR because of the services the nonprofit provided. Intrigued by how NAPPR helps families and communities and staff diligence and passion, she has become passionate about her work and does what she can to support the staff. Donna began as a temp with the business office and was hired on as a full-time employee. As the Early Intervention program grew, she was hired as an assistant and later promoted to her current position. 


Judy, File Data Entry Clerk – Judy came out of retirement after working 34 years in radio broadcasting to work for NAPPR because she wanted to be in a field that would help impact others. She knows her contributions support the diligence of the people directly working with families. Taking pride in doing her job to the best of her ability, Judy’s passion has always been family. Her solid upbringing in a large family and raised to always love your brothers and sisters no matter what has always helped her to reach out to those in need.  


Damon, File Clerk – Damon was drawn to NAPPR because the organization provided services that jumpstart a child’s education, as well as bring education and the community together. His passion lies in helping underrepresented students in education flourish, as well as create an equitable learning environment for all students to thrive. Damon is working on a Secondary Education degree with a concentration in Communicative Arts and Theatre at the University of New Mexico.



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