Board

Alayna Bowman – Interim Board Chair

Alayna was raised in Albuquerque and loves everything about this city. She is first a family woman and a photographer. She spends her weekdays with young people in Albuquerque’s International District. Currently, she runs the 21st Century Program at Van Buren Middle School. She works with students become the best people they can be, while teaching them life and academic skills. We do this to build confidence and help them achieve their goals. She discovered her love in working with youth during her Teaching Fellowship with Citizen Schools. She has worked with middle and high school students for 5 years in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Belen.

She believes that Young Women United (YWU), an organization that leads policy change, research, place-based community organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico, is making a difference across the country with the work they do. She spends her free time as a board member, being a birth companion, and attending YWU’s Pláticas. In addition, She uses her weekends as opportunities for adventures with her husband, nieces, and nephew around New Mexico.

 

Susan Muraida- Treasurer 

Susan is from Albuquerque and currently studying to be a Family Physician at UNM.  She has apprenticed at Casa de Salud providing quality, holistic healthcare to low-income families in New Mexico, and continues to support community health through empowerment of individuals to make healthy decisions for themselves and their families. She also continues to learn from community mentors working to decrease barriers to healthcare access.
Susan enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Special Olympics of New Mexico.  She is very proud to support Young Women United (YWU), an organization that leads policy change, research, place-based community organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico. She believes in their passion, creativity and relentlessness in advocating for women and families in New Mexico, building community, and enacting social change.

Georgia West

ywu-bod2016-22Georgia West, born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a board member with Young Women United (YWU), an organization that leads policy change, research, place-based community organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico. Starting her involvement with YWU in the 8th grade with the Circle of Strength group, she has been involved over 6 years. Working on campaigns, completing a memorial for young parents, and attending the legislative sessions were her favorite parts of being in COS. She is currently studying to become a paramedic at Central New Mexico and hopes to later go into pre-med.

 

Marsha Garcia

ywu-bod2016-10Marsha has been working with Young Women United (YWU), an organization that leads policy change, research, place-based community organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico, since 2013. At that time she was honored to join the YWU team on the Respect ABQ Women campaign. Marsha currently works for Strategies 360 as their Director of Communications for their New Mexico office. Before joining the S360 team, Marsha worked in the communications field for multiple civic engagement non-profits. She’s also had the honor of working with the New Mexico House Democratic Caucus as their Communications Director for the 2015 and 2016 Legislative Sessions. In addition, she served as now-U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich’s press secretary during his 2010 reelection campaign for the U.S. House. Marsha also serves on the Board of Directors for Emerge New Mexico and enjoys spending her free time with her partner Jon and their Boston Terrier, Chumbo.

Becki Jones

Becki Jones is an Advanced Education Program Specialist II with the Responsible Sex Education Institute at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in New Mexico. She has been an  educator with them since August 2015. Becki teaches a variety of lessons, but specializes in the ¡Cuídate! Curriculum and Families Talking Together. She is a member of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women and a Co-Chair on the Region 7 team. She recently accepted a spot as board member with Young Women United (YWU), an organization that leads policy change, research, place-based community organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico.
She is an advocate of Reproductive Justice and approaches intersectional issues with RJ frameworks. When she is not teaching sexual health she is attending school, playing in her bands, and hanging out with her animals. Becki is very passionate about her justice work and community.

Kay Bounkeua

Kay Bounkeua received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education.  She has field experience working with communities within New Mexico, Mississippi, and Michigan on diverse issues such as drug reform, disaster relief research, and maternal and child health.  After graduating, Ms. Bounkeua settled back in her home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico where her parents, both from Laos, immigrated to in the early 1970s.  Realizing the critical need for services for local immigrants and refugees, she helped to spearhead prevention initiatives for the Asian community.  She is the recipient of the Soros Social Justice Award, a graduate of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute, and was chosen as the New Mexico representative to the White House to meet with past President Barack Obama on social issues within the state.  She currently serves as the Executive Director for New Mexico Asian Family Center, the only agency in the state culturally tailoring services for Asian populations.  This includes direct services for victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crime as well as providing multigenerational family programming, health education and outreach, and cross-racial coalition building.  Her passions include increasing access to community resources through systemic change, advocacy around language access, creating models of shared leadership, and uplifting community narratives while simultaneously nurturing emerging young leaders to help shift power for communities of color. Ms. Bounkeua recently joined the board of directors of Young Women United (YWU), an organization that leads policy change, research, place-based community organizing, and culture shift by and for women and people of color in New Mexico. She believes in the organization’s dedication and work in centering youth, self-identified women, and people of color within decision making and policy creation as it relates to reproductive justice and women’s rights overall.