About Us

Kristin Bodiford

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Kristin is passionate about strengthening relational resources 

to propel social innovation & create positive change. She is a social scientist who loves to do mash-ups of relational, collaborative and participatory co-design approaches to applied research and practice. Kristin is a Taos Associate, Affiliate Researcher at Portland State University Institute on Aging, United Nations Representative for Generations United, Health Advisor for HelpAge USA, and Adjunct Faculty at Dominican University School of Social Work. 

Paloma Torres Dávila

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Paloma is a psychologist working on applied research focused on community development, trauma, and the prevention of violence and poverty. She incorporates integrated narrative and arts-based practice in research projects. Paloma is a Taos Associate and Research Associate at Instituto Tercera Misión.

Vanessa Vegter

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Vanessa conducts critical research and critical research and counselor education. She also practices counseling in the context of family therapy. Vanessa is working on her doctoral research focusing on constructions of mental health and wellness in rural communities.


Kathryn Burroughs

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Kathryn has spent most of her working life in non-profits focusing on social justice work. She provides training for professionals on the impact of domestic violence and trauma on children. Kathryn works closely with county and community-based organizations to develop cross-system collaboration, training, and trauma informed leadership. Kathryn also supports prevention work and circle keeping, with a restorative justice lens.