Niki graduated from University of Minnesota- Duluth in 2013, with degrees in English Literature, Hispanic Culture and Language, and Women, Gender & Sexuality studies. After spending time working with women and children survivors of Guatemala’s civil war and later, teaching pre-school in Oregon, she returned to Duluth to work at Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center. There, she worked with youth growing up in households with domestic violence as the agency’s Youth Programming Specialist.
She is currently working towards her Master’s degree in Education, with the focus on Counseling at University of Wisconsin- Superior. She is also a part of a committee designed to bring awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and self-healing to the community, and acts as Secretary of the Board for the North Central Windows Program, a non-profit that helps trauma survivors begin their healing journey with the aid of art enrichment. With a passion for working with youth and their families, Niki is excited to join the team at First Witness as a Family Advocate.
In her free time, Niki enjoys walking her dog along the lake walk, cross stitching, and eating nachos.