About Us

Thirty years (1989) ago a group of Latinas sharing common interests founded MANA del Norte. MANA del Norte is a nonprofit 501c3 organization, which serves as a voice and resource for Latinas in the northern NM counties of: Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, San Miguel, and Taos.

Meet the Board of Directors


Kristi Salazar                        


Born and raised in the Espanola Valley, Kristi has always been active within her communities.  Since a young age, Kristi was always interested in helping others and keeping herself busy.  She received her Degree at NMSU in Creative Media and an MBA in marketing through NMHU.  In her spare time she reads, cooks, rides her bike, coaches volleyball and spends time with friends and family.  Kristi has been working as a community engagement and marketing professional in northern NM for the last eight years.  She currently works for Del Norte Credit Union, is a volleyball coach at St Micheal’s and is on the board of The Food Depot.  Kristi has been involved with Mana Del Norte since 2017, joining the board immediately as Secretary.  “I love helping those in need, it gives me a sense of purpose. MDN was the perfect fit and allows me to work with amazing people.”

Vice President 
Kristen Encinias

My name is Kristen Encinias, I am a native from Las Vegas, NM and a graduate from West Las Vegas High School and New Mexico Highlands University. I am a mother to two beautiful girls, who are the center of my world! Currently, I am the high school counselor at Pecos High School. I have been a school counselor for 5 years and have enjoyed every minute of it. My passion for student success has led me to becoming an active member of the Mana Del Norte board. As a high school counselor and a previous higher ed student advisor, I’ve seen the struggle and worrisome in the faces of our future on how they’re going to get through any post secondary institution without financial support. The Mana Del Norte scholarship is a perfect opportunity for me to advocate, support and enable the future of our society and enable a broad range of latinas all across New Mexico. I look forward to serving as the Vice President of the board! 


Anissa Evans                                           

Anissa is a native Santa Fean and has worked for the nonprofit community in Santa Fe for over 10 years. She currently serves as the Scholarship Program Manager for the New Mexico Simon Scholars Program, where she manages the college scholarships and works to support scholars through their college journey. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.  In addition to serving as secretary for MANA del Norte, Anissa is also co-chair of the 2019 Scholarship Committee.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family.

Jaclyn Herrera                               

Jaclyn grew up in Nambe, New Mexico and currently resides in Santa Fe. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Science degree in Biostatistics from the University of Arizona. She specializes in statistical analysis and forecasting and is interested in improving program outcomes through the application of data analysis.  In her spare time, she enjoys baking, playing tennis, and spending time with her family and two dogs. Jaclyn is new to MANA as she joined in December 2017, she is excited for the opportunity to make a difference and work with the ladies within MANA.

Vice President of Membership
Carmen Rodriguez
Web Coordinator
Nichole Medina-Stone

Nichole was a MANA del Norte scholarship recipient in 2004 and has been a long-time member of MANA del Norte and has served on the board in various positions which include; Board President, Vice-President, Public Relations Coordinator and Secretary. Nichole was recently elected to serve on the MANA National Board.   She received a BA in Secondary Education and a MA in Education Administration with a focus on at-risk youth at the College of Santa Fe.  Nichole also holds a SHRM-CP and PHR certification.  When she’s not volunteering she is enjoying the Pecos wilderness with her family and taking photographs of whatever catches her fancy.

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