Audiology Program Staff


Our staff consists of professional licensed and certified audiologists as well as a health care technicians. Our goal is to make a difference in the hearing health of our Native American communities.

Program Staff:

  • Chris Atkinson, Program Manager
  • Jon Drake, M.S., Audiologist
  • Todd Powell, AuD. Audiologist
  • Lori Workizer, AuD, Audiologist
  • Donna Lasiloo, Audiology Health Care Technician
  • Margie Mexicano, Audiology Health Care Technician
  • Santi Begaye, Audiology Health Care Technician Assistant

If you would like more information regarding our services, please call us at (505) 764-0036.

About Us

Chris Atkinson. Audiology Program Manager

Chris is an enrolled member of Santa Clara Pueblo (Kha’po Owingeh).  He has lived in Albuquerque, NM, for over 30 years.  He joined the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board in 1997.  He is certified in Business Management and currently holds the positions of Audiology Program Manager and Office/Building Manager.  His goal of the Audiology Program is to promote physical well-being and to prevent the onset of communication disorders in our Tribal/Pueblo communities and schools through early identification of hearing loss and appropriate intervention.  He loves spending time with his family and makes it a priority to get back home at every opportunity.

Contact information:

Telephone: (505) 764-0036

catkinson@aaihb.org

Jon Drake, M.S., Licensed/Certified Audiologist

Audiology Experience: Well-rounded audiologist with clinical and dispensing experience with employment in non-profit, medical, occupational, educational, and retail settings. Currently licensed in New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. Current holder of Certificate of Clinical Competence (2002 to present).  Currently certified as a Course Director with the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC).

Education: Associates Degree in Health Sciences (1987), Bachelor's Degree in Business Management 1994), and Master's Degree in Audiology (2001).

Prior Work Experience: Broad life work experience, including managerial and supervisory positions in small to large sized businesses. Understanding of day-to-day business operations at all levels. Bilingual fluency in spoken and written Spanish has facilitated employment in settings with a Spanish-speaking majority in the United States and Mexico.

Contact Information:

Telephone: (505) 244-1246

Email: jdrake@aaihb.org

Todd Powell, AuD, Licensed/Certified Audiologist

Born and Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Todd Powell Au.D., CCC-A, grew up and graduated from Del Norte High School in 1997. He then attended Albuquerque-TVI (now CNM), Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, and finally the University of New Mexico. He graduated from UNM in 2006 with his B.A. in Speech and Hearing Science. He went on to attend graduate school at A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated with his Doctor of Audiology degree in 2011.

He has obtained and currently holds his Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

He has current licenses to practice audiology in New Mexico and Colorado.

His previous audiology experience has included being a Newborn Hearing Screener at UNM Hospital during his undergraduate years and working for Southwestern Ear Nose and Throat in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

He joined the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board in April 2013, and he has enjoyed being able to work with AAIHB communities.

Todd Powell, AuD CCC-A

Doctor of Audiology

NM License# AUD5007

CO License# AUD.0000903

Contact Information:

Telephone (505) 764-0036

Email: tpowell@aaihb.org

Lori Workizer, AuD, Licensed/Certified Audiologist

Lori Workizer received her master’s degree in California in 1993 and her clinical doctorate in audiology (AuD) in 2007 from A.T. Still University in Arizona.  She started her career in retail audiology but did not enjoy the “sales” aspect of the job.  She considered leaving the field but was rescued by her job at AAIHB. She began working with the Pueblo Audiology Program at AAIHB in 2002 and now works with both pueblo and tribal communities.  She loves her job and the opportunity to work with many wonderful patients and communities.  She is very grateful to work in a program that promotes health and wellness where she can provide her patients with the best hearing technology available.  Although she was raised in California, she loves living in New Mexico and considers this to be her home.  She loves traveling and spending time with her family.  She also takes in senior and broken-down dogs whenever she is able.

Contact Information:

Telephone: (505) 217-2812

Email: lworkizer@aaihb.org

Donna Lasiloo, Health Care Technician

Donna Lasiloo is from Zuni Pueblo.  She received her Associate of Arts in 1979 from Bacone College.  Donna joined the AAIHB Pueblo Audiology Program in 2002 as an Audiology Health Care Technician.  She enjoys working with the Audiology program, providing hearing services with in New Mexico and Colorado Native communities.  Outside of work she likes to travel and spend time with her family.

Contact Information:

Telephone: (505) 217-2814

Email: dlasiloo@aaihb.org

Marge Mexicano, Health Care Technician

Marge Mexicano is from TóHajiilee, New Mexico.  She is a member of the Diné Tribe.  She started working with the AAIHB Audiology Program in July 1990 as an Audiology Health Care Technician. She enjoys working with her Native people and assisting in providing hearing health care services. She has been in the health care field for over 40 years.  She started her health care career in 1978.  She loves spending time with her family.  She likes to travel and see new places throughout the United States.

Contact Information:

Telephone: 505-764-0036

Email: mmexicano@aaihb.org

Santi Begaye, Health Care Technician Assistant

My name is Santi Begaye. I am from the Pueblos of San Ildefonso and Acoma. My position within AAIHB is a Health Care Technician Assistant for our audiology program. I started at AAIHB in December of 2018. I assist with hearing aid repairs and educate my patients on how to properly clean their hearing aids. Outside of work, I like outdoor activities such as hiking and 5K runs. I also like to try out new local restaurants and going to the movies.

Contact Information

Telephone: (505) 962-2605

Email: sbegaye@aaihb.org