Kona Secatero: Administrative Coordinator
Yá’át’ééh, Shí éí Nakonah Secatero yinishyé. Kinyaa’áanii nishłį́, Tábąąhá bashishchiin, Nóóda’í dine’é dashicheii, Naakai dine’é dashinalí.
Hello, my name is Nakonah, but I usually go by Kona. I am of the Towering House clan, I am born for the Water’s Edge clan, my maternal grandfather is of the Ute People clan, and my paternal grandfather is of the Mexican people clan.
I was born in Albuquerque and raised most of my life in To’Hajiilee, a small Navajo reservation. In 2012, I graduated as Valedictorian from our community school, and I started work in our Behavioral Health System, assisting our Suicide Prevention Program. As soon as I moved to Albuquerque in July 2021, I was fortunate enough to join the Dar a Luz family as the Administrative Coordinator.
Being an only child, I grew up always having this curiosity about childbirth. My mother would tell me the story of how her water broke: She was 9 months pregnant helping at a ceremony, and while crouched near the fire pouring coffee for the elders, she lost her balance and fell backwards, landing on her bottom. Immediately the grandmothers gathered to help her, and she realized her water broke. One of the grandmothers hurried to my father, who was chopping firewood nearby to tell him, “It’s time.” My mother had a natural birth at a hospital, and while she wished she had a different setting, she always loved to tell me the story.
Mother figures in my life have always been guiding with grace, understanding, and humor, sharing their birth and life stories. I have yet to experience that season in my life, but I look forward to it! Until then, it is a privilege to work beside a wonderful group of women dedicated to women’s health, empowerment, and families. I love being a part of the family of women here at Dar a Luz, who continue to juggle the chaos of life, work, family, and motherhood with ease and strength.