Cresta Archuletta
Executive Director

Prior to joining NAHN, Cresta worked as director of strategic partnerships with the Hispanic Communications Network, where she carried project management duties for the National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Colorado State University.

Duties with NAHN:
Responsible for the overall operations of NAHN. Serves as the chief staff executive and point of coordination between the NAHN Board of Directors and other staff members. These duties include: governance activities; financial oversight and budgeting; membership benefit development and strategic relationships with partners including CoBA; direct administration and support of grants and sponsorships. Assist staff and committees with the following: membership growth and development; chapter support; HHCI journal activities and regular communication channels; conference management and sales activities; recognition activities including awards and scholarships.


Donna Blake-Weems
Director of Meetings
919-787-5181 Ext. 1249

Donna is originally from Canada, but has been lived in North Carolina for nearly 15 years. Prior to joining the NAHN team, Donna worked with the NC Assisted Living Association for nearly a decade serving in both membership and meeting planning roles, and in the public sector as a program coordinator/project manager. Donna enjoys spending time with her family traveling, camping, and volunteering with the local Girls Who Code chapter as well as at a local dog shelter.

Duties with NAHN:
All things related to the planning, management and execution of NAHN’s two major meetings: the Annual Conference and the Latino Leadership Institute. She also handles exhibit and sponsorship sales as well as corporate partnerships. She is the staff liaison to NAHN’s Education Committee.


Teri Saylor
Director of Communications
919-787-5181, Ext. 1201

Teri’s career in journalism, communications and association management has taken her to the world of newspapers, magazines and corporate communications. She has served as executive director of the North Carolina Press Association, edited a local sports magazine and was public affairs director for the North Carolina Railroad Company. She has also served in various positions at First Point Management Resources. She has a BA in English and communications from North Carolina State University, and enjoys freelance writing, journalism and photography.

Duties with NAHN:
Teri handles communication, creating and distributing e-newsletters and other publications, keeping the website up to date, managing social media, and performing other duties related to NAHN’s communication efforts. She serves as liaison to NAHN’s Engagement Committee


Nakia Christoff
Director of Administration
919-787-5181, Ext. 1277

Nakia was born in Philadelphia, and raised in Westchester, Pa. She studied licensed practical nursing and communications at the college level and holds a certificate in commercial arts. She is a U.S. Army veteran, serving eight years  as a Combat Medical Specialist and has worked in the medical field since leaving the military. She feels a special tenderness toward people and has excellent customer service skills. She also enjoys problem solving. She loves hiking and traveling, and she is a food critic who loves to cook and entertain. She is a parent to three children, who, she says, are "beautiful, respectful and driven, with outstanding personalities."

Duties with NAHN: 
Nakia's voice is the first one you hear when you call NAHN headquarters. She fills NAHN's administrative and customer service roles and works with the chapters, including distributing chapter rosters and collecting semi-annual chapter reports. Nakia also serves as NAHN's database administrator and handles dues billings and payments.