Our Team

We believe that our team of paralegals, case managers and administrative staff are second to none. Most of our staff has been part of our team for many years and are ready to help you with your case.

Amanda N. Serafin

Managing Paralegal

Amanda has been with Rebecca Kitson Law since November
2014. She has a B.A. from the University of New Mexico in
Criminology and Spanish, and an M.A. in Criminal/Social
Justice from Lewis University. Amanda is fluent in English
and Spanish. She is originally from Tampa, Florida. Amanda
ensures that cases are moving forward as they should be by
managing the case managers in both our offices.
Amanda loves working in immigration because it allows her
to promote change, freedom and social justice every day
through her job and to her, that itself is the biggest reward
she could receive. She enjoys the daily challenges that come
with the job, which provide her with endless opportunities to
learn and grow not only as an individual, but also as an
advocate for social justice! She also loves working with a
team as dedicated as she is to serve the immigrant
community.
Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her
family, traveling, and reading. Amanda lives in Albuquerque
with her husband, three kids, and a Black Labrador mix.

Elise Payette

Case Manager

Elise has been with Rebecca Kitson law since September 2017. She is originally from Mundelein, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. from the University of New Mexico in Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Portuguese. Elise is fluent in Spanish and English.

Elise is based in the Albuquerque location. Elise was drawn to immigration law because she has always been interested in directly working with the bilingual community. She is trained in healthcare interpreting and has also worked in language education for children. Elise feels especially connected to the immigrant community because of her experiences growing up in an immigrant neighborhood in Chicago. She is passionate about immigrant rights and social justice. She enjoys the diversity of our work and collaborating with her colleagues at RKL who are dedicated to serving and strengthening our community. In her free time, she loves to read, cook, travel and spend time with her friends. Elise also comes from a family of classical musicians and played classical violin and fiddle for 12 years before coming to New Mexico.

Stephanie Shephard

Senior Paralegal

Stephanie has been with Rebecca Kitson law since January 2018. She is originally from Tampa, Florida. She received her B.A. in Criminology and Spanish from the University Of New Mexico. Stephanie is fluent in English and Spanish. Stephanie is based in our Albuquerque location.
Stephanie was drawn to immigration law because she has a strong passion to advocate on behalf of immigrants and working at RKL has felt like a step in the right direction. Stephanie loves that all the staff at RKL empathize with and genuinely want to help the immigrant community.In her free time, she loves to snowboard and hike with her dogs.

Janette Soriano

Case Manager

Janette has been with Rebecca Kitson law since February 2019. Janette is originally from Stockton, California. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Chicano/Chicana Studies. Janette is fluent in Spanish and English. Janette is based in our Albuquerque location.
While immigration is an important part of American history,it is also a huge part of Janette’s own family history, she always knew she wanted to dedicate her career to helping the immigrant community.
Janette spends her spare time raising her son Diego, visiting breweries, spending time with family, and visiting museums.

Astrid Escobar

Case Manager

Astrid has been with Rebecca Kitson law since June 2019. Astrid was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She obtained a double bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Psychology from the University of New Mexico. Astrid is fluent in Spanish and English. Astrid is based in the Albuquerque location. Astrid has always loved to help people in general, and especially minorities, as she came from a family background of minorities. She is attracted to immigration law because it provides her with the opportunity to continue to work with people from diverse backgrounds. She takes pride in working at Rebecca Kitson Law because she helps to make changes for a better future for our clients. What Astrid likes about working at Rebecca Kitson Law is that she is surrounded by the best of the best, and although there are many challenges that come with the position, she knows she has a support system that will help when needed. In her spare time Astrid enjoys going to the gym, spending time with her family, dancing, singing, and traveling.

Francis R. Donnelly

Case Manager

Francis has been with Rebecca Kitson law since January 2020.
Francis was born and raised in Rhode Island, the
Rumpelstiltskin of States, by the descendants of Irish and
Greek immigrants. After fleeing the East Coast, he attended
Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR earning a bachelor’s
degree in History. Francis is fluent in Spanish and English.
Francis is based in our Santa Fe location.
After fleeing the West Coast, he washed up in New Orleans,
LA, where he resided for the past few years. Francis then
spent years working in the service industry, in jobs where he
often worked closely with immigrants, and ended up forming
relationships with people from different backgrounds, from a
naturalized U.S. citizen employer to undocumented co-
workers. After scouring Craigslist, he landed a job working at
an immigration law firm, starting as a receptionist, and
learning on the job to become a paralegal. After fleeing the
Deep South, Francis ended up in New Mexico in 2019 and
continues his work in immigration law as a case manager
with Rebecca Kitson Law. He finds this work rewarding as it
allows him to meet people from all over the world, speak
Spanish daily, and with the challenges of the job it always
remains interesting.
In his free time Francis enjoys literature and film and plays
music regularly if not skillfully. On an irrelevant note: he
shares the same name as the undertaker character in the
1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski.

Mark J. Frederick

Office Manager

Mark has been the Office Manager of Rebecca Kitson Law
since 2012, overseeing operations, information technology,
financial accounting and business development. He is a
member of the ABA Practice Management division and has
consulted with numerous attorneys looking to start their own
solo or small practices. He previously managed John W. Lawit
PC dba Lawit & Kitson from 2009-2011 and the Historic El Rey
Theatre dba Puccini Productions from 2007-2009. He has a
background in legal technology, having worked for the IT
Department at the University of New Mexico School of Law
for six years. He holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in
Criminology and Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in
Signed Language Interpretation. Mark has travelled to over
12 countries, including a four-month stint performing
research in East Africa, and has studied French, Latin, and
American Sign Language.
Mark is a Company and Board Member for Mother Road
Theatre Company, served on the Board of the OLE Education
Fund from 2011 to 2019, was a volunteer interpreter for First
Unitarian Church for five years, and is an ordained minister
(non-denominational) who has officiated dozens of weddings.
Mark’s interests include baseball, beer, live music, and travel.
His favorite things about working for RKL are the firm’s focus
on personal and professional growth for its employees and
its ability to do good in its clients’ lives.

L. Becca Patterson

Assistant Office Manager

Becca has been with Rebecca Kitson Law since January 2017.
Becca grew up 30 minutes outside of Albuquerque in Placitas,
New Mexico. She graduated from the University of New
Mexico with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in
Anthropology. Becca has over 10 years of experience working
in customer service and administration.

Her experience working in different settings from healthcare to retail has given her the experience needed to remain adaptable and
compassionate when working with her coworkers. She
oversees the day-to-day HR, IT, and general administrative
needs for both the Albuquerque and Santa Fe locations.
The unique and accepting work culture of Rebecca Kitson
Law allows Becca to express her unique style in ways other
professional workplaces may not. She believes being able to
express herself in this way makes her more
approachable as the main point of HR for the firm. Becca has
a strong interest in human rights and social justice. This
interest is what drives her to be a passionate part of the team
at Rebecca Kitson law and what gives her the greatest joy of
working alongside her coworkers.
Becca lives in Albuquerque with her husband. In her spare
time, Becca likes hiking, trying new beer releases from local
breweries, and spending time with friends and family.

Yolanda Silva

Receptionist

Yolanda has been with Rebecca Kitson Law since January
2014. She has over a decade of experience in intake and
customer service, and previously studied Business
Technology at IIA. She is originally from Albuquerque, NM.
Yolanda is fluent in English and Spanish. She handles
incoming phone calls for both locations and greets walk-in
clients in the Albuquerque location.
Her previous experience working with immigrants in the
family law system opened her eyes to the unique difficulties
they can encounter in their daily lives because of their status.
She loves that her position allows her to serve her community
and to work directly with families in need.
In her free time, she loves to cook, take road trips, and spend
time with her kids. She also loves to sing and dance. Yolanda
lives in Albuquerque with her two teenagers.

Jose Chavira

Administrative Assistant

Jose Chavira has been with Rebecca Kitson Law since
October 2019. Jose was born in Gallup, NM, and lived in Valle
de Zaragoza, Chihuahua, Mexico when he was an infant.
When he was six, he and his family moved to Farmington, NM.
He considers Farmington his hometown. Jose plans to obtain
a bachelor’s degree in Applied Economics and Management.
Jose is fluent in Spanish and English. Jose helps with general
clerical and administrative tasks including opening new cases
across our electronic systems. Jose works in both the
Albuquerque and Santa Fe locations.
Jose has direct experience with the immigration process
because both of his parents are immigrants, and he has
helped his parents navigate this country. Jose loves working
at Rebecca Kitson Law because now he can help others do
the same. He can treat our clients with empathy because of
his experience helping his family.
In his spare time Jose enjoys the outdoors; he loves to hike,
camp, bike, swim and go on road trips. He likes to stay
healthy, so fitness and gym are a very prominent part of his
life. Steak and sushi are his favorite foods.

Ximena Garcia

Client Services Specialist

Ximena has been with Rebecca Kitson Law since June 2020. Ximena Graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in Psychology. Ximena is fluent in Spanish and English. Ximena serves as the first point of contact for future clients by collecting intake information and scheduling consultations. Being the product of immigrant parents has Given Ximena a special insight to what a lot of the families that work with RKL are striving for. She enjoys being able to connect with the immigrant community and assist them through a process that her own parents once had to go through. Speaking and connecting with people that each have different stories and goals is very humbling and inspiring.
In her spare time Ximena loves to spend time outdoors, hiking, running, and walking her dog. She also enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Ximena also has a minor in Art Studio and spends a lot of her free time painting.

Diana Hernandez

Case Manager

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