Meet Our Staff

Joella Montoya, Program Manager

Joella was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Taos.  She left to study psychology at New Mexico State University and was drawn back to the community that raised her after she completed her studies. Joella has dedicated her professional career to ensuring that the youth, and their families, of Northern New Mexico have access to quality mental health services and that they are supported both physically and emotionally. Being the mother of two daughters has only strengthened her commitment to her work. When she is not working, Joella enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Amanda Vigil, Family & Youth Coordinator

Amanda, whose Tewa name is Ta’ Ying Povi (which translates to Parrot Flower), is a member of San Ildefonso Pueblo. She is a Pojoaque Valley High School graduate and she started working for Eight Northern in 2015. Prior to joining Healing Hearts as the Family and Youth Coordinator in 2019, she worked with PeaceKeepers, a domestic violence program.

She enjoys the outdoors, sewing and doing crafts. Amanda is a proud mother of two boys and wants to make a difference that will have a positive impact on their future. Amanda has a passion for helping others and is devoted to strengthening today’s youth and amplifying their voices.


Shanna Gutierrez, Community Specialist

Shanna, whose Tewa name is Ogi Kaa (which translates to Ice Leaf) is a tribal member of Santa Clara Pueblo and is affiliated with the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma. Shanna is a Pojoaque Valley High School graduate, and later received her bachelor’s degree in business administration management from Northern NM College.

Shanna started at Healing Hearts as the Community Specialist in February 2020. She has worked with surrounding tribal communities and has experience fighting against the opioid pandemic. She enjoys bowling, going to the movies and spending time with family (especially her nephew).

She’s passionate about healing and helping the Eight Northern Pueblos and creating a safe and healthy atmosphere for our communities’ future.