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Andrew Castellano

Andrew Castellano

FDP Program Specialist/Wemagination Manager
Phone: (505) 277-5800
andyc@unm.edu

As the Program Specialist for Family Development Program, Andrew assists New Mexican and National Early Childhood organizations with their requests for the Family Development Program’s many professional trainings and educational resources. Additionally, as the Manager of the Wemagination Resource Center, he strives to maintain a welcoming and educational environment. With the help from a supportive staff and volunteers, the team keeps the Wemagination warehouse stocked with a large supply of clean and safe open-ended materials for our members. Before coming to the Family Development Program, Andrew managed a teen pregnancy prevention program for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). The majority of Andrew’s experience in the public and non-profit sector comes from his five years with the AmeriCorps Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) program. For three years he served as a VISTA volunteer with the New Mexico Hispanic Medical Association and then spent two years as a Program Manager for AmeriCorps VISTA. As a graduate from the University of New Mexico with a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s from the Anderson School of Management, Andrew has come to appreciate the University setting and the positive energy that flows through campus.

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Alida Davila-Larrichio

Wemagination Education Consultant
Phone: (505) 268-8580
Adavila1@unm.edu

Alida has rejoined the Family Development Program team as a consultant after retiring in January 2012 to give educational leadership to the Wemagination Resource Center. Alida was a full-time member of the Family Development Program’s statewide training team after working for 6 months as an Education Support Coordinator with our Baby Amigo home visiting program. She is a pre-primary and elementary certified teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching in Colombia and the United States. She has been a supervising teacher and coordinated community programs at the Community College in Santa Fe, and also has Montessori training certification with 11 years of experience. Alida is an active community volunteer and served as a member of the Board of Directors for Cuidando Los Niños (now CLN Kids) for five years, where she has helped raise funds for this Albuquerque organization that serves homeless children and families. Alida has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Colegio San Jose, Colombia, South America.

Kate Dixon

Kate Dixon

Training and Development Consultant
Phone: (505) 277-8515
kadixon@unm.edu

Kate has been an active advocate for education for children of all abilities for the past 30+ years in New Mexico and Arizona. Although Kate has served as a special education teacher and trainer; her professional focus currently is developing and implementing a community-based volunteer program that supports early childhood educators through a deeper inquiry into play and its benefits for our young children. Kate’s experiences as an elementary school coordinator, Level III advocate, volunteer coordinator in public education communities, and as a volunteer for many educational and community programs enhances her development of this exciting new program. Kate’s resume includes statewide training in Early Childhood Education as well as Special Education. She has presented at local and state conferences. Through the creation of the new Community Outreach Early Childhood Play Advocate Program she believes that New Mexico’s young children will be strong, capable and competent learners who are ready to take on learning and life challenges with greater confidence and success. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and is a life-long learner who continues her intellectual inquiry into all facets of early childhood and beyond.

Rachel Overmier

Rachel Overmier

Resource Development Coordinator
Phone: (505) 277-5600
rovermier@unm.edu

Rachel is an AmeriCorps VISTA (the domestic version of the Peace Corps) who is serving her two year volunteer commitment with Family Development Program as our Wemagination Resource Development Coordinator. She brings passion to her responsibilities for increasing WE memberships, public awareness, resource acquisition, fund-raising, and volunteer program development. Rachel has over 12 years of retail and customer service experience, and she graduated with honors from UNM with a Bachelor's in English. Rachel is an avid volunteer with several animal rescue groups in New Mexico. She is returning to school at UNM to receive her Master’s in Public Administration to continue the non-profit work she has grown to love.