Vanessa Apodada - YNPN National Congress Representative
Vanessa Apodaca identifies as a Mexican-American and Chicana who was born and raised in a historic neighborhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her Masters of Science Degree in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico (UNM) and for the past 13 years has worked with New Mexico communities including her own home community in creating access to programs that address the social determinant’s of health. She currently works with the UNM Community Engagement Center where for over 6 years she has served in various roles to facilitate the leadership development of local people of color to serve in community based projects. Her training in promoting racial justice is credited to her Parent’s-Christina and Monserrate Apodaca; the staff and students at the UNM CEC; the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond; the Anti-Racist Training Institute of the South West; and many beloved community leaders, mentors and elders in New Mexico.
Selena Hardy - Past Chair
Selena is the wearer of many nonprofit hats; she brings almost ten years of outreach and educational experience across a broad range of nonprofit sectors from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers to the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. An Aggie through and through, Selena has a BS in Elementary Education and an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from New Mexico State University. Selena currently volunteers with the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Bike Valet, New Mexico Share, YNPN, and the MS Society. When she’s not at a committee meeting or planning session, Selena can be found at work with Mission: Graduate, an initiative of United Way of Central New Mexico.
Destiny Logan is the Program Coordinator for Global Ties ABQ, an Albuquerque based nonprofit that facilitates international professional exchanges. She is a native New Mexican, born and raised in the Four Corners area of the state. Destiny holds a BBA from the University of New Mexico where she concentrated in International Management and minored in French. Destiny is an avid attendee of Impact & Coffee and other community events where she loves being a part of the community conversations. When she isn't busy with professional obligations, Destiny enjoys her time traveling near and far, practicing her French, and spending time with her fur baby Andie.
Michelle Martinez, CPA, CGMA
Michelle is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is the Director of Finance for UNM Hospitals, the state’s only Level 1 trauma center. Prior to this, she worked for over eight years in public accounting specializing in nonprofit, commercial, construction, employee benefit plan and governmental audits. Prior to her public accounting career, she obtained experience in governmental auditing while working for the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of the Inspector General, in Virginia. Michelle graduated from the University of New Mexico, Anderson School of Business where she obtained her Bachelors in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting.
She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New Mexico Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Michelle graduated from the inaugural NM Society of CPAs Leadership Academy in 2013 and is the current Treasurer of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of NM.
Robert Nelson is a nonprofit consultant and has worked in nonprofit for the last six years. Previously, he worked for Heading Home, helping house Albuquerque’s most vulnerable homeless people and Rio Grande Food Project, serving hungry New Mexicans. He is a long time volunteer in our community, having served on the boards of New Mexico Solar Energy Association and New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness. He has been involved with Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) for the last 6 years. He also serves on YNPN’s National Board, serving on their Network Engagement and National Voice Committees. In his spare time, Robert is an avid reader and enjoys cooking and playing guitar.
Sradha Patel - Co-Chair
Sradha Patel was born in Orange, California and grew up in Gallup, NM. She has been in Albuquerque for the past five years volunteering, connecting with her community, and getting involved in the non-profit sector. She is a team-player with a focus on community-first organizing and decolonizing ideologies. She has a passion for learning and focuses on assets of individuals to build collective power through a trauma-informed lens. Her advocacy focuses on youth and education specific to understanding the influences from a systems level to better support individuals.