Our People

Regional Coordinators

Regional Coordinators publicize and host AIMC events in their communities, look for opportunities and potential matters of concern to report to the Directors, co-present sessions as time allows, reach out to elders and community leaders to seek wisdom and guidance to make sure our work is impactful, humble, and respectful. Regional Coordinators are the front lines in sustaining the trust that AIMC’s work depends on.
james taylor

James Taylor

Mr. James Taylor is the Director of the New Mexico Math Circles Collaborative and a founding member of Santa Fe’s MathAmigos project. He is a retired teacher of mathematics and computer science from the Santa Fe Preparatory School (Santa Fe, NM). James has worked with math circles and math festivals for nearly a decade. James serves the New Mexico region broadly. email:
email: jtaylor505@gmail.com

LaVerne Lomakema

LaVerne Lomakema

Ms. Donna Fernandez is an accomplished teacher of mathematics at Navajo Preparatory Academy and a MESA Coordinator. She is of the Pomo and resides in Farmington, New Mexico and sometimes in California. Donna coordinates the Four Corners Math Teachers’ Circle workshops. Donna serves the Four Corners region (AZ, CO, NM, UT).
email: dfernandez@navajoprep.com

Beth Cammarata

Beth Cammarata

Ya’ateeh (Hello) Dawnlei is Naa’neeshte’zhi Ta’chiinii (Red Running Through the Water-Zuni Division) clan. Born for Naakai Diné (Wondering People) clan. Her maternal grandfathers are Tódi’chii’nii (Bitter Water) clan and her paternal grandfathers are Tótso’nii (Big Water) clan. She is from Tse’zhin Na’stlah Tse’yidi (Canyon DeChelly) in Chinle Arizona. This is how she is known and relates to her Diné (Navajo) People and to all creations of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Dawnlei is an Instructor of Indigenous Science at Dzil Dit’loií School of Empowerment, Action, and Perseverance (DEAP) in Navajo, NM. Dawnlei helped coordinate and implement Diné philosophy in local math circles, festivals, teacher professional development, and math camps for Math Circles on the Navajo Reservation before leaving for school to continue her education in 2016. Dawnlei returned in 2018 with her masters in Educational Technology and wants to continue her work on implementing Native American Philosophy in AIMC.
email: hayolkal@gmail.com

Dawnlei Hunter Ben

Dawnlei Hunter Ben

Ya’ateeh (Hello) Dawnlei is Naa’neeshte’zhi Ta’chiinii (Red Running Through the Water-Zuni Division) clan. Born for Naakai Diné (Wondering People) clan. Her maternal grandfathers are Tódi’chii’nii (Bitter Water) clan and her paternal grandfathers are Tótso’nii (Big Water) clan. She is from Tse’zhin Na’stlah Tse’yidi (Canyon DeChelly) in Chinle Arizona. This is how she is known and relates to her Diné (Navajo) People and to all creations of Mother Earth and Father Sky.

Dawnlei is an Instructor of Indigenous Science at Dzil Dit’loií School of Empowerment, Action, and Perseverance (DEAP) in Navajo, NM. Dawnlei helped coordinate and implement Diné philosophy in local math circles, festivals, teacher professional development, and math camps for Math Circles on the Navajo Reservation before leaving for school to continue her education in 2016. Dawnlei returned in 2018 with her masters in Educational Technology and wants to continue her work on implementing Native American Philosophy in AIMC.
email: hayolkal@gmail.com