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May Sagbakken, Executive Director
May Sagbakken has been the Executive Director for NMOST for more than two years, and is a passionate advocate for equitable access to quality out-of-school programs for all children and youth in New Mexico.
May has 17 years’ experience as a director for local and international organizations focusing on women’s rights, violence prevention, and positive youth development. Her most recent position includes working as the Executive Director for the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico. She has also worked as a Special Advisor on Women Worker’s Rights at the International Labor Organization in Geneva.
May has extensive experience in community collaboration and strategies for implementing community projects for change. This includes planning and implementing the Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative in APS focused on prevention of violence and substance abuse, and a successful YouthBuild program in Albuquerque.
May has a dual Master’s in Community and Regional Planning/Latin American studies from the University of New Mexico, and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Oregon.
May has lived in New Mexico since 1991, and is a proud mother of three children. She is a Certified Reflexologist, Blue belt Nia Instructor, and an Advanced Trainer in the Nurtured Heart Approach.
Jeff McConaughy, Director of Policy and Communication
Jeff retired from Intel in the summer of 2016 after almost 30 years in IT and IT Management in the semiconductor industry. He participated in an Intel sponsored Encore Fellowship program, which matches recent retirees with non-profits to work 1000 hours on projects in support of organizational goals. Jeff worked with Explora for his fellowship, and a portion of his time was dedicated to assisting NMOST.
Jeff returned to NMOST as STEM Coordinator in early 2018. In addition to promoting and supporting STEM programs in out-of-school time in the state, Jeff manages the NMOST web site and much of the social media and other communications from the organization. If you have a suggestion for an event to include in our calendar, or an online resource to add to our repository, please feel free to drop Jeff a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff has lived in New Mexico for most of his life (he's not telling how many years, but it's a LOT.) He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter (while she's home between college and whatever is next) experiencing all our state has to offer.
Kaski Suzuki, Program Coordinator
Kaski was born and raised in Gallup, New Mexico, and graduated from the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science and Communication. His senior honors thesis centered around studying whether state level political makeup exacerbates/mitigates the incidence of food deserts in the United States. It was this passion around anti-hunger work that led Kaski to apply for the NMOST Meals Expansion VISTA role, working to increase and improve the role of OST in providing proper nutrition for the children and youth of New Mexico.
As Program Coordinator, Kaski continues to work toward increasing access to afterschool meals for children across the state, as well as supporting NMOST's Professional Development and Policy efforts. Kaski is currently persuing a Master's degreee in Public Health where he also works as a Research Assistant.
Caitlin Everhart, STEM VISTA
Caitlin grew up in Southern California, and graduated with a degree in Physics from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA. She spent a year of service working at a private college preparatory school for low income students in Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Sacramento, CA to take a position as an Education Specialist at Powerhouse Science Center.
Her interest in museum STEM education brought her to UNM to pursue a Master's degree in Museum Studies in 2019, and she will be graduating in May 2021. She applied to a VISTA role with split time between NMOST and Explora, and is finding it interesting to see how a myriad of community partners work together to advance STEM both in and out of school time. As a VISTA, Caitlin is focused on an intersectional approach to gender equity in STEM.
Mahalia Hunt, STEM VISTA
Mahalia sees the American West as her home, having lived in Alaska, Oregon, New Mexico, and California. Mahalia is a recent graduate of Stanford University where she studied Anthropology and became interested in using social research to inform policy and decision making. At university, Mahalia studied how social systems operate and impact our daily lives and she became particularly interested in analyzing equity within education. This academic interest led her to apply to the STEM Vista position with NMOST and she is excited to employ the theoretical background college afforded her to the real world.
Sophia Rose, Meals VISTA
Sophia grew up in West Virginia and is a recent graduate of Bard College in the Hudson Valley of New York where she studied Anthropology and Environmental Science as a joint major. For her senior thesis work, Sophia conducted ethnographic research on artisanal cheese production in french-speaking Switzerland. Sophia’s academic background in food systems thinking in combination with her interest in the vital work of fighting hunger and food insecurity in the US led her to apply to the Meals VISTA position with NMOST. She is excited to explore the Southwest, dive deep into food security research, and contribute her anthropological training in our efforts surrounding food access through OST.