Ms. McNiven is currently a Disability Consultant with the N.M. Governor’s Commission on Disability, where she has been employed for the past 13 years. She was born Deaf due to maternal rubella. She obtained a B.A. degree in Psychology from Gallaudet University and completed her Master of Public Administration degree at the University of New Mexico in May of 2016. She is a past graduate of the Partners in Policymaking Program and has been a member of various boards and commissions ranging from the NM School for the Deaf to the City of Albuquerque ADA Council. She provided direct services to the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deaf-Blind Communities at the Community Outreach Program for the Deaf for 11 years. In past years, out of her passion to promote equality and understanding of the disability community, she has developed numerous trainings and projects on various topics and issues statewide such as, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Medical Access, Emergency Preparedness, Employment issues and Disability Awareness.