Veronica is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe of Arizona and also has Jemez and Navajo heritage. She spent time in the New Mexico foster care system before being adopted at 10 years old by two caring parents, along with her younger sister. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health in December of 2017. After graduating, Veronica returned home to New Mexico, where she found her passion for working with youth and young adults, and is also able to see her parents and sister regularly. She has established herself as a young leader by joining the staff of two non-profits, CASA First and Tewa Women United. Her role with CASA First is as their Foster Youth Advocacy Program Coordinator, where she is a support to CASA volunteers and an advocate for current foster youth. She is able to use her experience with foster care and adoption to connect and relate to the youth she works with. She also provides authentic and personal insight and perspective to service providers in her community who are also working with foster children and youth. At Tewa Women United, she is a community facilitator with the A’Gin Project and Engaging Young Men and Boys Program. She is one of several facilitators who are working with native youth to promote healthy sexuality, body sovereignty and healthy masculinity. She also serves on the New Mexico Child Protective Services Task Force, co-chairing the team focused on reunification. Veronica was recognized as an Outstanding Young Leader by FosterClub in 2019. She aspires to be a role model as well as a supportive and positive adult for other children, youth and young adults in the child welfare system and communities of color.

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