An interdisciplinary, bilingual educator specializing in curriculum design and instruction. Experience in vocational through university-level instruction, in person and online. Demonstrated commitment to animal rights and human rights



Dec. 2019    M.A. in Clinical Counseling, Antioch University (specializing in Animal-Assisted Therapy, Trauma, and multicultural competency)

2019             CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers

2017             PhD in Spanish with Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 

2014             Certified Instructor of Service Dog Training, Pet Dog Training, and Canine Behavioral Rehabilitation; A Fresh Perspective Dog Training (AFPDT), Rio Rancho, NM 

2009             Workplace Mediation Certificate, UNM Continuing Education

2008             Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Certificate, UNM Continuing Education

2008             M.A. in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, UNM, Albuquerque, NM 

2005             B.A. in Psychology with High Honors, Minors in Spanish and Philosophy, U. of Montana, Missoula, MT 




Fluent in Spanish


Feb. 2020     NCC (National Certified Counselor)

March 2019  Certified Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trainer for Law Enforcement and Community (specialized in PTSD and multicultural competency), VALOR: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Alamogordo, NM

2016            Certified Trainer, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) Office of Equal Opportunity, Albuquerque, NM

2015            Certified Safe Zone Trainer, UNM LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Albuquerque, NM

2015            Certified Diversity Trainer, New Mexico Transgender Resource Center (TGRCNM), Albuquerque, NM           

2011            Competent Leader (CL), Toastmasters International

2008            Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS), Toastmasters International

2004            Advanced Toastmaster Bronze (ATMB),Toastmasters International 

2001            Competent Toastmaster (CTM), Toastmasters International 




Lukas, Nathaniel (2019). Guided Service Dog Training. 

Redekopp, Nathaniel L., ed. (2014) PTSD and Service Dogs: A Training Guide for Sufferers. Rick and Heather Dillender.



Director and Instructor: Pets and Helping Dogs, LLC, Alamogordo, NM (2015-present)

Directs business operations bilingually (English/Spanish) including curriculum design, instruction, community outreach, advertising, scheduling clients and record keeping. Conducts training for pet dogs of all ages, Service Dogs, Emotional Support Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and canine behavioral rehabilitation. Conducts human education about and advocacy for responsible dog care and training. Conducts instructor training and mentorship programs. 


Public Ally (Americorps): The New Mexico Immigrant Law Center, Albuquerque, NM (May 2016-Dec. 2016)

Organized and lead a team service project and associated partnership with the APS Office of Equal Opportunity, conducting title IX training for teachers and staff. Organized and facilitated diversity curricula trainings and/or informational presentations on types of immigration relief for staff, partner organizations and community members. Represented Public Allies and NMILC in strategic partnerships with partner organizations serving local minority communities. Coordinated outreach/events for immigrant communities. Coordinated volunteers. Hired and supervised the reception area staff at NMILC and created office protocols. Provided technology support for computers and printers and assists with communications, including NMILC webpage content creation and maintenance. Conducted client interviews bilingually. Prepared legal cases under the supervision of attorneys. 


Instructor of Spanish: UNM, Albuquerque, NM (2009-2016)

Taught 100 - 400 level Spanish language and culture courses. Designed and taught classes on literature, culture, and social justice. 


Supervisor: UNM Spanish as a Second Language Program (SSL), Albuquerque, NM (2010-2011)

Designed and maintained assessment materials and maintained online course component under the supervision of program director.


Professional Intern: UNM Office of Equal Opportunity, Albuquerque, NM (2008-2009)

Taught classes in English and Spanish on civil rights, discrimination prevention, recognizing and preventing harassment, and accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Designed bilingual training materials. Interviewed claimants, respondents and witnesses and conducted civil rights investigations bilingually. 



Mar. 2019-present   Trainer, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Alamogordo, NM             

2016 - present          Trainer, Psychosocial Rehabilitation Association of New Mexico (PSRANM), Albuquerque, NM

2015 - present           Volunteer Instructor, Animal Village N.M. No-Kill Animal Shelter

2015 - present           Trainer for community businesses and organizations on the rights and responsibilities of Service Dog and Emotional Support Dog Teams

2009 - June 2011       President: El Paisano Spanish-Speaking Toastmasters Club, Albuquerque, NM 

2009 - May 2011       Bilingual Mediator: Metro Court, Albuquerque, NM

2009 - 2010                Faculty Representative: UNM Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese 

Summer 2010            Co-Director: UNM España Literaria V Program, UNM, Spain

2008 - 2009                VP Education: El Paisano Spanish-Speaking Toastmasters Club, Albuquerque, NM

2002                             Coordinator and Instructor: Toastmasters Youth Leadership Program, Butte High School, Butte MT

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