August 7, 2023

By Elizabeth Tucker, Albuquerque Journal/Yahoo Finance


W.K. Kellogg Foundation with the Center for Creative Leadership has announced the fellows for its 18-month fellowship, which brings together 80 leaders from the foundation’s priority places in the U.S.: Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans.

The New Mexico participants are:

Lori Martinez — social worker, education advocate and nonprofit leader who partners with the community to restructure unjust and inequitable systems in Las Cruces.

Mari Kempton — consumer protection lawyer and anti-poverty advocate working in Albuquerque.

Warlance Chee — advocate for language and cultural sustainability and revitalization for the urban Diné population in Albuquerque.

Shay Everitt — director of strategy, systems integration and alignment for New Mexico’s Early Childhood Education and Care Department in Santa Fe.

Blanca Adriana Ontiveros — works with school districts, educators and community members to amplify the voices of immigrant and refugee communities across the country through advocacy in Las Cruces.

Jaqi Baldwin — a Chicana leader and social entrepreneur, Baldwin committed to school design that is centered around the needs of young people, while honoring their communities in Albuquerque.

Dr. Karissa Culbreath — develops systems that enable every individual, family and community to access equitable opportunities to achieve optimal physical, spiritual, emotional and financial health in Rio Rancho.

Huong Nguyen — aims to mobilize and build power with immigrant and refugee women, youth and families to remove systemic barriers and improve overall conditions for her community in Albuquerque.

Daphne Littlebear — works in Indigenous education with Tribal education departments, school districts, state governments and nonprofit organizations in Bernalillo.

Sonya Lara — a leader committed to advancing strategies that decrease economic disparity and increase honor and dignity among communities that have been marginalized in Albuquerque.

Josue Olivares — works to co-create a food system that fosters social justice and equitable access to resources with individuals and families for whom society has underinvested in Albuquerque.

Darlene Gomez — activist for primary and secondary victims of the Murdered, Missing Indigenous, Woman and Relatives crisis since 2001 in Lumberton.

Rachel LaZar — over the past several decades, LaZar, alongside Latino immigrant leaders, co-founded multiple immigrant-based organizations from Albuquerque.

Dillon Shije — councilman and Tribal leader from the Pueblo of Zia, working in Indigenous advocacy, environmental justice and Native health outcomes at Zia Pueblo.

Kim Lanoy-Sandoval — aims to create educational landscapes that value and connect students, families, educators and communities in Albuquerque.

Jazmín Irazoqui-Ruiz — movement lawyer and community organizer dedicated to dismantling systems of oppression by working with Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities to demand and achieve a life of dignity in Albuquerque.

Corrine Sanchez — works to achieve family and community healing, youth development, and ending violence against Native women, girls and our Earth Mother in San Ildefonso Pueblo.

Neema Kamaria Hanifa Pickett — founder of Kamaria Creations Wellness Retreat a space for Black people to feel supported through internal and external healing modalities in Albuquerque.

Virginia Necochea — the first woman of color to serve as the executive director of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, a public interest nonprofit that works alongside frontline communities in upholding environmental justice in Albuquerque.

Natane Ollin Tochtli Lim — worked in early childhood education for more than 20 years in various teaching roles and classroom settings within the Chicagoland area and Albuquerque.

Victoria Domiguez — empowering students and families of color, especially those who are living in extreme poverty, and exploring opportunities that will support them in their day-to-day living in Cuba, New Mexico.

Charlene Bencomo — currently serves as the executive director of Bold Futures, a state-based reproductive justice organization led by and for women and people of color in Las Cruces.

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