Artisan Relations Manager, ETKIE
Chelsea Chee is the Artisan Relations Manager for ETKIE. The element she likes most about working with ETKIE is being surrounded by beautiful handmade jewelry and the people who make them. She is proud to be working with a team that creates jobs for Native people, especially in a state with the lowest median individual and household income in the country. Originally from Cedar Springs, AZ, Chelsea now lives in Albuquerque with her husband and his chicken named Boots. She also works with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; where she works to increase the representation of indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers. Chelsea fills the rest of her spare time keeping up to date on the latest movies, trying to read a book per month, and listening to podcasts.
Co-founder and Head of Branding & Design, Bow & Arrow Brewery
Missy leads branding efforts, design development and social media/marketing for Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. Missy was born in Albuquerque and raised on the Diné Nation (Vanderwagon, NM & Black Rock, AZ). A granddaughter of Navajo silversmiths & weavers, Missy strives for artistic balance within her medicine profession and is an avid seeker of dirt road photographic projects. In her spare time she enjoys researching botanical properties of hops, storytelling and American Southwest literature. She holds a BA degree from Stanford University and an MD from the University of New Mexico.
Founder, Diné Adóone'e
Corey Ashley is Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle clan) and born for Tódík’ǫ́zhí (Salt Water Clan.) His cheii’s clan is Mą’ii Deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass Clan) and his nali’s clan is Naaneesht’ézhí Táchii’nii (Charcoal Streaked of the Red Running into the Water.)
Corey is currently a senior at Stanford University studying Science, Technology, & Society. He is from Sanders, AZ, a small community on the Navajo reservation. He is passionate about intersecting his Diné identity with technology in order to revitalize the culture and language. Corey created “Diné Adóone’é,” an app project focused on helping Diné people express clan kinship among each other using the Diné language. He aims to continue to have a career dedicated to helping his Native community by advocating and expanding their narratives in tech.
Founder, Cooperative Catalyst
Ms. McCardell has unusually broad experience as a business owner, faculty member, non-profit Director, and team member on multiple types of projects. She provides expertise in alternative energy, community and economic development, capacity building, green building, workforce development, financial analysis, sustainability, and strategic planning for a variety of organizations and communities. A believer in cooperation and collaboration, she develops inclusive and systemic projects. Sandra currently serves as Coordinating Director of the Cooperative Catalyst of NM.
At NABIN, Jessica supports the growth of native-owned businesses. Jessica hopes to use her bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and MBA from the University of Phoenix to build an ecosystem for entrepreneurship in Native communities. She grew up traveling between Teesto, AZ, her home community on the Navajo reservation, and the small town of Winslow, AZ, where she still lives today. Her teenage son Josiah plays sports year-round, so when she is not working, she spends her time watching football, basketball, or baseball.
UX Designer, Blue State Digital
Andrea is a User Experience Designer at Blue State Digital in New York City, where she helps organizations such as the University of Chicago, Mastercard Foundation, and The Global Fund craft intuitive digital experiences for their users. Prior to BSD, Andrea guided the strategy and design of multiple capacity-building initiatives within UNICEF as part of the Innovation Unit, and before that had led a number of major communication system overhauls for large healthcare companies as part of Addison Design’s Simplification practice. www.thisisandrea.land
Community Liaison Officer, Tolani Lakes Enterprises
Bill Edwards has unusually broad experience as a business owner, non-profit Director, and team member on multiple types of projects. He provides expertise in alternative energy, community and economic development, capacity building, green building, workforce development, sustainability, and strategic planning for a variety of organizations and communities. Bill believes in cooperation and collaboration. Bill currently serves as Community Liaison Officer and board Vice-President for Tolani Lake Enterprises Inc.
Principal, Catapult Design
Heather Fleming (Diné) is the co-founder of Catapult Design, a product and service design firm partnering with international organizations to develop sustainable, market-based solutions to poverty. Heather has more than 15 years of experience in product design consulting and was formerly an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University and Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts. Heather is a prominent speaker and advocate for the role of design in international and economic development initiatives. She is originally from Vanderwagon, NM.