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Doreen Bird (Santo Domingo) is the Senior Tribal Prevention Specialist for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center at Education Development Center, Inc.

Peggy L. Bird (Santo Domingo) is an attorney and the Tribal Programs Legal Liaison for the Santo Domingo Tribal Programs.

Christina M. Castro (Jemez/Taos/Ajchamen/Chicana) is an educator, writer and on contract as the managing Editor of The Yucca Cord: Untying the Knots of Inquiry, a Leadership Institute journal dedicated to Pueblo youth voices.

Curtis Chavez (Cochiti Pueblo) is the Federal Funds Coordinator and Tribal Liaison for Bernalillo Public Schools District Native American Education Department. He also serves on the school board of the Santa Fe Indian school.

Dalene Coriz (Santo Domingo) serves as the Program Planner for the Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School. Dalene also founded and directs Brave Girls, a girl’s leadership program.

Daphne Littlebear (Santa Ana/Creek/Euchee) has had the opportunity to work in the education field for over eight years with Central New Mexico Community College, Santa Ana Pueblo Department of Education, the University of New Mexico and various organizations.  She also served as a board of director for the National Indian Education Association. 

Amanda J. Montoya (Taos/Ohkay Owingeh/Isleta) is a professional tribal planner and independent consultant.

Elizabeth Joyce Naseyowma-Chalan (Taos/Hopi/ Cochiti) is Manager for Native American Affairs at the UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center, Inc., UNM's newest hospital serving a significant native population.

Porter Swentzell (Santa Clara) is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. 

Rachell Tenorio (Santo Domingo) is employed as Project Coordinator for the Tribal Solutions for Native American Youth Affected by Ad- verse Childhood Experiences research study and the Southwest Tribal Institutional Review Board at the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board (AAIHB). She’s also a statewide trainer for the New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Francis Vigil (Zia/Jemez/Jicarilla Apache) is the Indian/Bilingual/Multicultural Education Director for Espanola School District in Northern New Mexico, which serves approximately 4,500 students.