Monica Nuvamsa, Executive Director/KUYI General Manager
Monica, Hopi, is a member of the Water/Cloud Clan from the Village of Songoopavi. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology and American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona in 1997 and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation in 2012. Monica currently serves as the Executive Director of The Hopi Foundation, whose work is to promote local philanthropy and community development. Her experience includes local community grant making, nonprofit and community capacity building, community leadership development, and community organizing. Monica’s early career experiences include developing and managing the Hopi Tribe’s Domestic Violence Program. She served both as an Advocate and Project Coordinator until she was appointed by former Hopi Tribal Chairman, Wayne Taylor, Jr., to serve in the role of the Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for the Hopi Tribe to both state and federal governments. After serving nearly six years in the tribal government, her career moved toward higher education at The University of Arizona and tribal public policy training at The Morris K. Udall Foundation for Excellence in Environmental Studies and Public Policy. Monica currently serves on several nonprofit boards including Native Americans in Philanthropy, Native Public Media and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.
Marissa is Corn Clan from the Village of Tewa and is a mother of two beautiful daughters, Hooinmana and Pakupmana. Marissa received her Master Degree in Social Work with emphasis in Social and Economic Development in Native American Communities from Washington University in St. Louis, MO-George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She currently serves as the Capacity Building Director to assist in the Foundation's development, training and technical assistance to optimize the impact of our work and direct the strategic development of The Hopi Foundation’s fundraising and capacity building initiatives. She previously served as the Program Officer overseeing the Strengthening Native American Philanthropy program with First Nations Development Institute providing education, building awareness and providing technical assistance nationally to Tribes regarding options in establishing Tribal Foundations. In addition, she has gained extensive knowledge working for the Center for Social Development in regards to Native asset building initiatives on a national scale while coordinating collaborative efforts of asset convening’s, research, and evaluation. Her work has given her the opportunity to work at the grassroots level with diverse developmental efforts and partnerships. These experiences have launched her path of promoting culturally relevant social and economic development, capacity building, and the importance of supporting or establishing strong core institutions/foundations within.
Laurel Sekakuku, Program Director/Leadership Program Coordinator
Hopi, is a member of the Sun Clan from the Village of Kykotsmovi. Laurel is the mother of two daughters and grandmother of one. Some of her previous work experience includes working with Native American communities in the areas of economic development, building and infrastructure, environmental quality issues and residential property management. After completing The Hopi Foundation's inaugural 2006-2007 Hopi Leadership Program, Laurel's interest in nonprofit organizations and working for the Hopi community grew. In May 2008, Laurel was hired as The Hopi Foundation Program Associate and Program Coordinator for The Hopi Foundation's Hopi Leadership Program. She now supports all of The Hopi Foundation programs and services as well as coordinates the Hopi Leadership Program. Laurel is an alumus of the 2012 Healthy Native Community Partnerships Fellowship Program out of Shiprock, NM.
Angie Harris, Executive Administrative Manager
Angie Harris, Hopi, is a member of the Eagle Clan from the Village of Mishongnovi. Hired by The Hopi Foundation in August 1995 as the organizational Bookkeeper, she has been with the Foundation for thirteen years. She currently serves as the Executive Administrative Manager overseeing all financial activities (i.e., grants received, budget development, payroll processing, account receivables and payables). Previous work experience includes serving as the Finance Manager with the Hopi Arts & Crafts Cooperative Guild for thirteen years and worked as a sales clerk and bookkeeper for four years. She also was a Bank Teller with Valley National Bank for two years in Tucson, AZ. Professionally, Angie, has been working in the financial field for the past thirty years.
Tiffany, Hopi, is a member of the Water Clan from the Village of Hotevilla. After graduating from Hopi High School in 2006, Tiffany stayed within her community to serve as a Cultural Ambassador for the Hopi Tribe as Miss Hopi 2006-2007. She was able to continue her love of volunteer work for the community through her reign and other community activities. She began as a Volunteer for The Hopi Foundation and was later hired as a Program Assistant. Through the many skills she gained first hand, Tiffany now serves as the Data Entry Clerk for The Hopi Foundation and still remains an active volunteer within her community. As a Data Entry Clerk, she works with organizing donor files and extends her skills of graphic design to the many programs of the Foundation. Although, she has not yet completed her college degree, she hopes to continue her education in the fields of nonprofit work and art. Other than academics, Tiffany has also participated in other local, national and international programs that have supplied her with various leadership experience and tools, including the Hopi Leadership Program, Up with People (international), Young People For (national), and the Native Youth Leadership Alliance (national).
Tewa/Hopi from the Village of Tewa, Samantha is the Program Manager of the Natwani Coalition serving as a facilitator for the planning, organizing, and implementation of community-based and culturally relevant agricultural initiatives. She is also the content developer for the Hopi Natwani for Youth Project (HNYP) farming curriculum. Prior to her work with The Hopi Foundation, she served as a School Health Coordinator with The Hopi Health Care Center, and an elementary school teacher at First Mesa Elementary School. Her accomplishments include the establishment of the annual Be Hopi, Be Healthy Summer Camp for Hopi youth to encourage youth to engage in their culture and physical well-being. Samantha also assisted in strengthening and coordinating the community grassroots coalition Hopi Alliance Against Substance Abuse (HAASA) including the successful award of the AZ Governor’s Grant for Underage Drinking to assess substance abuse on the Hopi reservation and creating a health program for early intervention in our youngest of learners at the Hopi Head Start. She is an alumnus of the 2011 Healthy Natives Community Fellowship Program. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Samantha is inspired to work with diverse populations on a grassroots level.
Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative
Kyle Knox, Program Coordinator
Hopi / Akimel O’odham (Pima), Kyle is a member of the Coyote Clan from the Village of Kykotsmovi.
He grew up in Phoenix, AZ before moving home to
the Hopi reservation in 2009. He is a graduate of Arizona State University with a Bachelors of
Fine Arts in Film and Media Production.
He chose to move home to use his skills in media for the local community. He worked as a Media Consultant for different organizations to help create a number of educational and outreach videos. During this time, he also worked with the Natwani Coalition and The Hopi Foundation where he often volunteered his own time to help with various
events and activities. He was hired under the Natwani Coalition as a Program Assistant for 1 year and now he serves as the Program Coordinator for the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative. Kyle hopes to bring in his own experience as a young Hopi person to aid in shaping the future of the program. When he is not working Kyle enjoys physical activities (farming, running, hiking, weight training), photography, music, and volunteering.
Youth Liaison (Vacant)
HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center
Kevin Nash, Program Manager
Kevin Nash, Hopi, is a member of the Tobacco Clan from the Village of Sichomovi. Kevin joins the HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center staff as the Program Manager. Prior to joining The Hopi Foundation, Kevin served as an Elderly Coordinator where he was able to meet and learn about community strengths and weaknesses. Learning the dynamics of how the cycle of various activities affects all members of the communities inspired him to apply as the Program Manager. All members of the community have value and contribute in their own way; keeping on the positive side of life is a daily chore each of us should happily accept. Kevin also served as a Facilitator for Positive Leadership Practices; in this role he coached management and supervisory employees on problem solving techniques and improving communication skills. Kevin served as Vice President for the Hopi Alliance Against Substance Abuse (HAASA) and was a member of the Hopi Assisted Living Facility Task Team. He has a passion to give back to the community through his experience, strength and hope. Kevin is a Desert Storm/Gulf War Veteran and served as a US Marine. Kevin is an alumnus of the 2010-2011 Hopi Leadership Program.
Racheal Povatah, Mentor
Racheal, Hopi/Tewa, is a member of the Roadrunner Clan from the Village of Sichomovi. As a mother of four children, she has three sons, one daughter and is a grandmother to four grandsons and one granddaughter. Racheal has been a part of the HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center since its inception. As a Mentor she provides mentoring service to individuals who may have substance abuse issues. Prevention education and awareness presentations are also an important part of the work the Center offers. This sharing of information is conducted throughout all the Hopi communities by way of village organizations, meetings, and tribal departments. Racheal and other HSAPC staff are often asked to do outreach presentations of their work to organizations both on and off the reservation. Some of her previous work experience includes Heavy Equipment Operator and Head Start School Bus Driver. Racheal is an alumnus of The Hopi Foundation's inaugural 2006-2007 Hopi Leadership Program.
Shawn,Hopi, is a member of the Bear Clan from the Village of Sipaulovi. Shawn received his degree in Network Engineering from Coconino Community College in December 2010. Shawn is the newest member to the HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center team. Shawn is committed to helping others through leadership, mentoring, and sharing of his experiences. His previous work experience includes being a Forklift Operator/Truck Unloader for Savers store in Flagstaff while he attended college. Shawn also worked as a Computer Specialist/Network Assistant with the Hopi Jr/Sr High School from 1999 to 2004. He is also an artist who loves to paint and draw. During his free time loves spending time with his family. Shawn is currently a member of the Miss Hopi Committee and an alumnus of the 2012-2013 Hopi Leadership Program.
KUYI 88.1 FM Hopi Radio
Richard Davis, Station Manager
Richard was born in the United Kingdom where his father Richard performed with the London Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and passed along the love of song to his son. The Davis family, mother Inge and sister Gillian, moved to the northern suburbs of Chicago where Richard got his first taste of radio in New Trier High School's Radio Workshop before heading out to Maine and then Ohio where he attended the College of Wooster, focusing on contemporary American Indian literature and DJ'ing at WCWS. Upon graduating Richard moved to Flagstaff, AZ where he served eight years as an Advocate for victims of domestic/family violence at NFHC's domestic violence shelter, while juggling music recording and concert production with Greenhouse Productions and co-founding the Northern Arizona chapter of No More Deaths / No Mas Muertes. Richard specializes in multi-track recording and sees community radio as the perfect blend of social justice and entertainment. As a kid he used to stay up late just to listen to Wolfman Jack and Doctor Demento. As the Station Manager for KUYI, he currently serves as the primary manager of the KUYI Hopi Radio Station to ensure efficient, quality operations and administrative management oversight.
Macadio Namoki, Development & Marketing Coordinator
Macadio, Hopi, is from the Village of Mishungnovi; however, he was born and raised in the Village of Walpi. Prior to joining the KUYI staff, Macadio was employed at the Hopi Cultural Center a division of the Hopi Tribal Economic Development Corporation where he served as Human Resource/Payroll Administrator. Macadio was also a Security Officer at Casino Arizona, a Salt River-Pima Maricopa Enterprise and served as an Aviation Boatswains Mate Handler in the US Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75). Macadio attended Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ where he studied Pre-Nursing and Native American Studies. Macadio’s core expertise includes working with youth programs, security, finance/payroll, human resource and customer service.
Thomas,Hopi,is a member of the Water Clan from the Village of Songoopavi. Thomas likes to lives life to the fullest, likes to plant, run, play basketball, sing and most of all enjoys being a father. After he graduated from Flagstaff High School and attended Cocconino Community College for General Studies in various trades from Electronics to Carpentry to Drafting. Having the passion for music and singing since he was young, Thomas has grown a interest in the production work he does for KUYI today. He appreciates the radio station for allowing him to apply his skills and to gain more knowledge in what he loves to do while helping the local community in preserving the culture and language.
Anthoney is from First Mesa. His background consists of a wide variety of skills that range from being a father to farming/gardening to building maintenance to electronics. He has a passion for production and technical skills and has experienced making skateboarding videos to editing those videos. He would like to learn more about audio production to for those videos. He uses his interest and problem-solving skills to assist the KUYI radio station in helping to update and maintain the equipment at the station and the radio tower. He enjoys the challenge in learning about new technology and feels what connects him most to the station is that it is a true community station that benefits everyone on Hopi as well as the surrounding Dine community and villages.
Marge Pellegrino, Program Manager
Marge grew up in the small community of Tuckahoe, NY and received her AA from Westchester Community College and BA from Marist College. She continues to further her education in writing and bookmaking classes in Tucson, AZ. She facilitates writing and expressive arts workshops. She taps her passion for words and expression with her background in Psychology and Human Relations training in the corporate world to bring a fresh approach. Her childrens' books My Grandma's the Mayor, Too Nice and I Don't Have An Uncle Phil Anymore, published by the American Psychological Association's Magination Press, echo the theme of self-discovery and community. Her new novel, Journey of Dreams, published by Frances Lincoln books follows a Guatemalan family's flight to safety during the Sanctuary Era. Marge is an award-winning writer, on the roster of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a writer in residence working with students in several Native American communities as well as schools and libraries across Arizona. Since 1999 Marge has served as both Coordinator and now Program Manager for The Hopi Foundation's Owl & Panther: Writing from the Darkness Project. This special creative writing and leadership program is for at-risk children affected by torture, traumatic dislocation, and refugee status. Participants experience a wide variety of opportunities to explore themselves and the world around them. In the process, they build community. In 2006 Writing Out of the Darkness: An Anthology of Poetry by Refugees in Transition was published with writings from group participants and volunteers. In 2007 Owl & Panther youth participated in Columbia University Teacher's College's Comic Book Project, chosen for publication and film.
Abigail Hungwe, Program AssistantAbigail was born in Zvishavane, Zimbabwe and is of the Hungwe clan. She is the youngest of 3 children and the proud aunt of 5. Abby grew up alternating between three languages - Shona, English and Ndebele. As a child she enjoyed visiting with her grandfather and drawing. Every rainy season her family grew corn and peanuts. It was hard work but enjoyable because of the time the family spent together, telling stories and singing as they worked. Abby arrived in Tucson, AZ in 2008 and received asylum the same year. When she arrived she felt lost but her burning desire to go to school and learn led her to begin her studies at Pima Community College. She has earned two Associate Degrees and is now a Business student at the University of Arizona. Abby was introduced to the Owl & Panther Project a month after arriving in Tucson and over time found the nurturing environment helpful in giving her the sense of belonging she longed for. Abby's role in the Project evolved from Participant to Volunteer to Consultant and now Program Associate. Abby's current involvement is motivated by her passion for connecting communities. Her behind-the-scenes fundraising, coordination and logistical work are pivotal in helping Owl & Panther thrive. Abby's goals for the program? "I hope that Owl & Panther continues to grow and become more visible as a leader in facilitating healing for refugee families through expressive arts."
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