Alina Potrzebowski


·      Innovative program manager

·      Experienced Grant Writer/Manager

·      Invested in community

·      Creative facilitator and educator

·      Focused on collaborative partnerships

·      Deep knowledge of data use and analysis


July 2021-Present

GLS Grant Manager / Office of School and Adolescent Health, NMDOH

  • Oversee management of a 5 year statewide youth suicide prevention grant including data reporting and general grant management.
  • Coordinate suicide prevention at 5 school sites.
  • Train community members and school staff in Evidence Based suicide prevention gatekeeper course and Youth Mental Health First Aid.
  • Provide brief intervention of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) to school statewide.
  • Oversight of 15 NMDOH contractors providing Behavioral Health services to New Mexico Youth.
  • Provide outreach and education to schools and communities statewide to improve suicide prevention and behavioral health best practices.

January 2020-June 2021

College and Career Readiness Manager / Mission: Graduate at United Way of Central New Mexico

  • Co-creation of College and Career Readiness Programs and Youth Leadership programs with community partners including schools, Pueblos, and non-profits.
  • Written and received 2 grants focused on college and career.
  • Strategize and collaborate with Mission Families on family engagement strategies and trauma informed practices.
  • Managed core relationships with community school coordinators and ABC community schools.
  • Served on dEI steering committee and moved forward UWCNM goals in Inclusive Grantmaking and Organizational Culture.
  • Partnered with donor groups and donor volunteers to create opportunities for groups to connect with youth in schools.

March 2019– December 2019

Community School Coordinator / UNMMG at Washington Middle School

  • Developed relationships with businesses and organizations to support school functions.
  • Worked closely with school staff to support immediate and long term student needs.
  • Created and facilitated the WMS Community School Council comprised of parents, community members, businesses, children, school leadership and teachers to create and effective community school.
  • Implemented programs and services, including expanded learning and enrichment opportunities, health services, parent/family engagement, adult education, direct material assistance and interventions targeted to chronically absent students.
  • Created surveys, needs assessments, asset maps and other methods of data collection to inform school programming and planning and community engagement.

 March 2012– February 2019

Youth Recreation and Wellness Manager / Pueblo of Santa Ana

  • Created and oversaw the Tamaya Wellness Afterschool program with over 60 children enrolled.
  • Created innovative community events with over 400 people attending.
  • Wrote and administered over 10 youth health and wellness grants including tracking of data and grant reporting.
  • Created youth Wellness marketing and educational materials including digital stories.
  • Supervised a staff of 12 people.
  • Created, delivered, and analyzed quantitative and qualitative community health data.
  • Wrote and created policies and procedures including parent/student handbooks and building SOP’s.

 May 2007– February 2012

Wellness Specialist / Pueblo of Sandia

  • Oversaw youth and adult wellness activities.
  • Created organized adult recreation activities such as basketball and volleyball.
  • Taught general wellness/healthy living classes such as cooking.
  • Taught a variety of fitness classes and personal training.
  • Managed several events including Pueblo Crossroads, Community Halloween Party and Wellness Incentive programs.


BA Psychology and Religion / Oberlin College, Ohio

Graduate Certificate in Maternal and Child Public Health / University of New Mexico

ABD Graduate Coursework Sport Management / University of New Mexico

Other information

  • Experienced soccer coach.
  • Written and received over 20 grants including federal, state, city, and foundation funding.
  • Taught over 10 graduate and undergraduate classes at the University of New Mexico.
  • Trained in First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid.
  • Trained QPR Gatekeeper instructor and Youth Mental Health First Aid Instructor