The Hopi Foundation Staff

About Our Staff
 
Monica Nuvamsa, Executive Director
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 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 has served on several nonprofit boards including Native Americans in Philanthropy, Native Public Media and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.


 
Marissa Nuvayestewa, Capacity Building Director
Marissa is Corn Clan from the Village of Tewa. 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' 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.



Angie Harris, Finance Director
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 currently serves as the Executive Administrative Manager overseeing all financial activities. 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. 


Glatrina Kagenveama, Deputy Finance Director
Glatrina, Hopi, is a member of the Bear Strap/Spider Clan from the village of Soongopavi. Glatrina attended high school at both Flandreau Indian School in South Dakota and the Hopi Jr./Sr. High School. She has experience in working in the fields of business, accounting, federal financial aid and financial management. Glatrina received her Accounting Applications Certificate from Everest College and also attended Glendale Community Collage and Coconino Community College to further her studies. Prior to coming to The Hopi Foundation, Glatrina worked as the Development and Marketing Coordinator for KUYI Hopi Radio, and with the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority, The Hopi Tribal Government, and several colleges and universities in financial aid. 


Tiffany Bahnimptewa, Data Entry Clerk
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 and Data Entry Clerk for the Hopi Foundation. Tiffany is a past volunteer of the Natwani Coalition, Hopi Food Co-Op, Adventures for Youth and the Girl Scouts. She 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, Young People For, and the Native Youth Leadership Alliance. 

  
Deanna Ortiz, Receptionist
Deanna, Hopi and Tohono O'odham, is a member of the Butterfly Clan from the Village of Mishongnovi.


Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative

Hannah Honani, Program Manager
Hannah, Roadrunner Clan from the Village of Sitsomovi, serves as the Program Manager for the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI). Having received her Associates of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies from Coconino Community College, Hannah aims to bridge the gap of communication between our youth and current programs on Hopi that work to help our youth succeed. Hannah would like to revamp ways to connect youth in helping themselves set goals for their future, find their identity, and become productive members of society. She hopes that working with our very own Hopi youth, together we can create a better image of what it means to be educated while maintaining our Hopi cultural values. During Hannah’s leisure time, she enjoys reading, watching movies, and spending time with her 9 year old daughter Rylee.


Lexie James, Youth Liaison
Lexie is Corn Clan from the Village of Tewa and serves as the Youth Liaison for the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI). Lexie is also a part-time student at Northland Pioneer College and currently sits on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization called, "Three Precious Miracles," which aims to assist Native American youth in foster care, relative care or adopted. Lexie is the current title-holder of the Miss Indian Arizona 2nd Attendant. With this title, along with previous title experience as Miss Hopi 2014-15, continues to enjoy participating in Native American Pageants/Scholarship Programs. As such, she serves as the Lead Advisor for the Hopi-Tewa Youth Council, the Miss Hopi Royalty Committee, and the Lori Piestewa Post #80 Royalty Committee, helping to support Hopi and Tewa youth in their leadership.


Gene Cody, Data Associate
Gene is Rabbit and Tobacco Clan from the Village of Mishongnovi. He serves as the Data Associate for the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative (HOYI). Outside of his time with the Hopi Foundation, Gene also works part-time as a substitute teacher at the Hopi Jr./Sr. High School. On his free time, he enjoys photography.





Danielle Romeyn, VISTA Volunteer
Danielle grew up in West Michigan and moved to Hopi in 2005.  Over her years in Hopi she has volunteered at many organizations ranging from social issues, to natural living to outdoor adventure.  She is a Licensed Massage Therapist and also teaches Active Parenting classes.  She works part time with the Hopi Opportunity Youth Initiative with the Hopi Foundation helping with College and Career readiness.







HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center
Shawn Namoki, Sr., Mentor 

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.
 
 
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.

 

Bryan Humetewa, Mentor
Bryan is Bear Clan and lives in the Village of Moenkopi. Bryan serves as a Mentor for the HOPI Substance Abuse Prevention Center.



KUYI 88.1 FM Hopi Radio

Bonnie Secakuku, General Manager
Bonnie is Butterfly Clan and lives in the Village of Sipaulovi. Bonnie joins the KUYI Team with rich community development experience. She started as a small business entrepreneur taking over the family business and hosting a general market/grocery store in Second Mesa, AZ. She expanded her experience in the field of restaurant management with well-known Novaki and Hungry Bear burger shops. She expanded her community role in tribal economic development and governance, serving as a Staff Assistant to the Chairman of The Hopi Tribe and serving on the Board for the Hopi Tribe's Economic Development Corporation


Thomas Humeyestewa, Production Assistant
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 Dukepoo, Operations Assistant 
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.





Natwani Coalition
The Natwani Coalition is not currently staffed. See program page for more information.