Meet the Staff



Thomas Collins, Ed.D.
State & Federal Programs







Margaret Blaine

Margaret is currently in her seventh year as a Native American Education Advisor/Tutor with the Amphitheater Public Schools. She is a member of the Tohono O'Odham (Desert People) Nation and Seri linage and is also a fluent speaker of the Tohono O'Odham language. Prior to NAEP, Margaret was a Teacher Assistant with the Gila River Indian Community for Kindergarten, first, and second grade. She served as the Cultural Specialist for the Preschool program, instructing native language and preserving native culture. Through this capacity, she was instrumental in the grant writing for the Gila River Indian Community's Native Language Preschool curriculum. Margaret attended Pima Community College and Central Arizona College majoring in Early Childhood Education. She currently serves as District Representative for the Schuk Toak District of the Tohono O'Odham Nation.







Albert Sombrero, M.Ed., MA

Albert worked the past three years as a part-time Advisor/Tutor with the Amphitheater Native American Education Program. Beginning this year, he will be full-time. Albert holds two Masters degrees from the University of Arizona; a MA in American Indian Policy Studies and M.Ed. in Higher Education. Albert was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation. He is born into the Bitter Water Clan (maternal side) and born for the Red House Clan (paternal side). Albert is a fluent speaker of the Navajo language and was raised traditionally by his maternal grandparents near Inscription House and Navajo Mountain area. He is a practitioner of Native American ceremonies, Native American Post Colonial psychology and behavioral medicine. Albert has served the urban Native American community conducting therapeutic groups in chemical dependency, Native American intergenerational trauma and unresolved grief and loss issues. He is also a certified Firestarter for White Bison wellbriety movement at the grassroot level. In addtion to NAEP, Albert is currently working as a weekend/evening grief and spirituality therapist at Sierra Tucson.







Kimberly Y. Begay

Kimberly is of Kiowa (Tanedooah), Caddo (Kionut), and Pawnee (Chaui) Nations, born and raised in southwest Oklahoma. She began working with the Native American Education Program in January 2012. She also maintains the media outreach including the NAEP newsletter and website. Kimberly received her BA degree in Political Science, minor in Pre-Law, from Fort Lewis College (FLC) in Durango, Colorado. As a student, she served as a CLRA certified tutor in the Program for Academic Advancement and received professional training in media to assist in the development of the NAIS Media Curriculum at FLC. Prior to NAEP, she served on the Title VII Parent Committee for Durango Public Schools, collaborated with OU and FLC for a nation-wide student symposium of American Indian Studies, and has experience in grant writing and financial advising in tribal affairs. Kimberly and her husband, Derwin, have two children and actively participate in traditional ceremonies. She has spoken at several events of her Native culture, including storytelling. In addition to being employed full-time, she is also a graduate student at the University of Arizona.



Staff Calendar


Sat, April 26

    • NAEPPC Yard Sale
      Stay posted for more details.

Wed, April 30

    • RAIN Youth Day
      Raytheon Facility, Tucson



Thur, May 1

    • Student Recognition Banquet
      Amphitheater High School
      Panther Hall
      125 W. Yavapai, Tucson
      **Tentatively 6:30-9:00pm

Sat, May 3

    • Wildcat Social Powwow
      University of Arizona
      Campus Recreation Center: Cherry Field
      10:00 am - 6:00 pm

      Come out and help celebrate the return of the U of A Wildcat Powwow! For more information, contact the University of Arizona, Native American Student Affairs at 520-621-3835 or by email at

Thurs, May 22

    • Last Day of School