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Carmen Lopez, Ed.M., Executive Director

Carmen Lopez is a citizen of the Navajo Nation and is from the Forest Lake area of Black Mesa, Arizona and she also grew up in Farmington, New Mexico. Carmen is of the Bitter Water Clan born for the Anglo clan; her maternal grandfather’s clan is Many Goats and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Anglo. Carmen assumed the directorship of College Horizons in 2009 after having served for five years as the Executive Director of the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At HUNAP she oversaw the operation of the university-wide Interfaculty Initiative which focused on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian recruitment and student support; interdisciplinary teaching and research projects on Native issues; and community outreach. Carmen also served as a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Committee on Ethnic Studies, The Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations, Admissions Reader for the Harvard Kennedy School’s Master in Public Policy program, and a Reader and Site Visitor for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s Honoring Nations Program. She also has teaching experience at the secondary school level having taught Cushing Academy located in Ashburnham, MA and the Native American Preparatory School located in Rowe, NM. 

Carmen volunteers her time on the Advisory Council of the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, Indian Dispute and Resolution Services, Inc., and on the Dartmouth Native American Alumni Association. She received her B.A. in History modified with Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Carmen enjoys running and being outdoors, she is an avid Formula One racing fan, reading science-fiction and Native literature, and collecting Navajo folk art. She enjoys rediscovering the world with her daughter and two sons.

Christine Suina, Program Coordinator

Christine M. Suina is from Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico. She is an alumna of Colorado College and received a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Southwest Studies. Christine's involvement in College Horizons dates back to 1998 as a counselor and in 2004-2005 she became the program assistant and office manager. She is currently attending workshops on fundraising and receiving on the job training in non-profit management. Prior to College Horizons, Christine has also worked with a number of organizations including: The Los Alamos National Laboratories, The Pueblo of Cochiti, Eight Northern Indian Pueblos' Talent Search Program, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), and the Daniels Fund.

Hilary Abe, Coordinator of Recruitment & Alumni Affairs

Hilary is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation of Fort Berthold, North Dakota and a 2003 College Horizons and 2007 Graduate Horizons alumnus. As a 2008 graduate of Dartmouth College he majored in Native American Studies with a concentration in Film Studies and was an active member of the Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) organization. Hilary started working for College Horizons in 2010 and is helping to develop new outreach strategies and alumni programming. In his work prior to joining College Horizons, Hilary served as an admission counselor and Teaching Fellow in English at Phillips Academy, an independent boarding school located in Andover, Massachusetts where he specialized in Native recruitment and student support.


Carmen Lopez
Executive Director

Christine Suina
Program Coordinator

Hilary Abe
Coordinator or Recruitment & Almuni Affairs