Executive Director

 Julia has been CIS' Executive Director since our launch in September 2012. She brings 25 years of non-profit management, resource development and education program development expertise to her work with CIS along with a deep commitment to educational equity and social justice for all. 

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Director of Data & Evaluation

 Israel is a native New Mexican. He has worked for various non-profit organizations in Santa Fe, focusing on database management/development, business analysis, and program management.  He has always been passionate about helping and supporting the community. Israel holds an MBA from New Mexico Highlands University. 

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Program Director

 A social worker for 25 years, Jessica's experience includes program development, professional development, and building collaborative partnerships to strengthen the health and well-being of children and families in New Mexico. She also has 13 years of experience with the New Mexico Public Education Department where she supported student behavioral health, attendance and services for expectant and parenting students. Jessica has a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Texas. 



Community Resource Navigator

Lauren was born and raised in Santa Fe, and is a proud graduate of Santa Fe Public Schools. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lauren worked for Communities In Schools of Central Texas in Austin for several years, helping to coordinate services for children and families. She has worked as a school-based therapist in Santa Fe and is passionate about helping families and children to feel safe and understood and to achieve their goals. 

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Volunteer Program Manager

 Kate is a native Santa Fean.  After a six year stint in the Washington DC metro area, Kate returned home to raise her family and be closer to the mountains.  With two children in Santa Fe Public Schools, Kate spent the last nine years volunteering in the schools and the community, becoming intimate with many of the challenges that CISNM aims to mitigate.  Kate is also active on local boards with CISNM partners.  Kate has a BA from Skidmore College in New York. 



Grant Writer / Researcher

 Jessica is an accomplished grant writer and researcher who is deeply committed to social justice and to improving the life outcomes of vulnerable children, youth and families in New Mexico and the four corners region. Jessica brings 15+ years of experience in secondary, post-secondary, and nonprofit grant writing and administration to the organization. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. 

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Field Operations Director

 Stephanie joined the Santa Fe CIS team in 2014. She previously served with CIS as a Site Coordinator for a dual language school in Michigan. Stephanie’s rich experience includes work in youth development as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and teaching experience in Honduras. After seven years of her deep commitment and compassionate support for her students and school as a Site Coordinator at Aspen Community Magnet School, Stephanie now brings her experience and skills to the program administrative team, in support of other Site Coordinators. 

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Field Operations Manager

 Ellie grew up in Montana, where she completed a Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Spanish at the University of Montana. She moved to Santa Fe in 2017 and worked with youth experiencing homelessness, providing basic needs and helping youth move toward stability. That work inspired her to pursue a Master of Social Work with a Bilingual/Bicultural Concentration from New Mexico Highlands University. Ellie joined the CIS team in 2021 as a Site Coordinator at El Camino Real Academy and now works with the program administration team in support of Site Coordinators. 



Bookkeeper / Administrative Assistant

 Thea Spaeth has been a bookkeeper for 15 years. She joined CIS in 2018 and offers her assistance 2 days a week, supporting our growing operations. Thea has lived in New Mexico since graduating from Valparaiso University.  In addition to her work for CIS, she manages her thriving private bookkeeping practice. 

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Director of Finance & Operations

 Eileen joined CIS in July 2018 and brings more than 20 years accounting and finance experience within diverse organizations. She's passionate about education and committed to serving with an organization that is making a positive difference in the lives of New Mexico's children. Eileen has a Bachelor's degree in Business from the University of NM and two Master's degrees from St. John's College.