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

Legal Services Manager

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
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.

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.

Daniel Rivera

Case Manager

Bio Coming Soon

Diana Hernandez

Legal Assistant

Diana Hernandez Joined our team in June 2021. She was born in Florida and raised in Albuquerque, NM. Her parents are from Chihuahua, Mexico. Diana is planning to attend UNM to pursue a degree in counseling and eventually complete a master’s degree.

Diana is based in our Albuquerque location. Diana was attracted to the position at Rebecca Kitson Law because of how impactful, rewarding and life changing immigration law is. She has personal experience with immigration law as she comes from an undocumented family and understands the barriers an individual and family experience from not having a legal immigration status. She has witnessed with loved ones all the missed opportunities that they had because of their immigration status. She has also been able to see how impactful it is once individuals are authorized to work or leave the country and no longer fear deportation or leaving their family/ loved ones behind. She loves working here because she gets to be a part of this process working with the clients.

In her free time Diana loves to spend time with her husband and puppy, her mother, siblings, and especially her niece and nephew. She also enjoys working out and running or taking walks around the Bosque trails with her husband and puppy, Nala. She likes trying new restaurants or spending nights in listening to music while dancing around the house, or with her husband in the kitchen. She also likes drinking coffee while watching a romantic cheesy Netflix series and yes, she admits, she is a hopeless romantic.

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. 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.

Laura Rhee

Client Services Supervisor

Bio coming soon.

Yolanda Silva


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.

Gabriela Casavantes

Administrative Assistant

Bio coming Soon