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Staff Directory

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) is proud to have a staff of highly qualified professionals who are committed to helping fulfill our mission of addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS in the Native community.

To learn more about a staff member, click on his or her name in the list below:

Alexander White Tail Feather
President/CEO
720.382.2244 x 305
awhitetailfeather@nnaapc.org

Shannon Francis (Hopi/Dine')
Accounting Assistant
720.382.2244 x 311
sfrancis@nnaapc.org

Michaela Grey (Navajo)
Capacity Building Assistance Specialist
720.382.2244 x 304
mgrey@nnaapc.org

Iona Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota)
Capacity Building Assistance Specialist
720.382.2244 x 313
ilongsoldier@nnaapc.org

Elton Naswood (Navajo)
Capacity Building Assistance Specialist
720.382.2244 x 309
enaswood@nnaapc.org

Alvin Chee (Dine')
Webmaster & Program Assistant
720.382.2244 x 306
achee@nnaapc.org

Staff Bios

Alexander WhiteTailFeather

President/CEO

720.382.2244

 

Shannon Francis (Hopi/Dine')

Accounting Assistant

720.382.2244
sfrancis@nnaapc.org

Shannon’s deep passion and love for the native community began working for native organizations at the age of eighteen working for Ackco, Inc as an office helper. She learned a lot about the Administrative on Aging programs and the services this could provide to the tribes. A few years later, she worked at the Native American Rights Fund in the fundraising department maintaining the Tsan’ahwit donor program. She has been working in the health care industry over ten years. She worked as an Accounting consultant at Denver Indian Health & Family Services, a nonprofit health clinic located in downtown Denver. She was also involved with the formation of the Indigenous Programming module and Agricultural Garden Project at Woodbine Ecology Center in Sedalia, Colorado. She worked as the Business Office Coordinator and ultimately acquired her certification in Permaculture Design at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute and evolved as the Indigenous Agricultural Coordinator for Woodbine. Her continued passion remains focused on Indigenous Health issues, Human Rights, Environmental Justice, and food sovereignty.

She is currently a volunteer at the Denver Indian Center teaching families and youth how to grow food through traditional ecological knowledge and modern day zero waste concepts. She also has initiated a caravan of support for folks living on the Black Mesa/Big Mountain lands in Northeastern Arizona. The caravan brings food, supplies and volunteers that bring their diverse skills to the land to assist the elders with everyday living, such as herding sheep, carpentry, gardening, hauling water and initiating direct relationship building with the elders resisting coal mining.

She is bringing new ideas about Indigenous permaculture principles, and perspectives through education with diverse models of outreach. Shannon focuses mainly on youth of all ages and encourages the responsibility of reciprocal relationship building with our natural world through Indigenous Permaculture, zero waste and soil building on hands workshops she teaches. She hopes to become involved on a larger scale to teach a healthier way of living for our children and future generations.



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Michaela Grey (Dine')

Capacity Building Assistance Specialist

720.382.2244 x 304
mgrey@nnaapc.org

Michaela Grey is a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist with National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) with tremendous experience in Clinical Trial Research. For the last 10 years, she worked various capacities in the University of New Mexico research programs. She spent 5 years as a research technician in the UNM Department of Cell Biology and Physiology; whose principal focus was on mammary gland cancer. And most recently, she was a research coordinator with UNM Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. Her responsibility, as research coordinator, was to enroll patients to supportive care cancer clinical trials abiding with HIPPAA and UNM standard operating procedures.

Michaela received her Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Trinity Christian College, Palos heights, IL in 1999. In 2005, she completed her Master's in Public Health at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Prior to her graduate work, Michaela was a HIV/AIDS Prevention Peer Education Coordinator with the All Indian Pueblo Council, Inc. She was active on the New Mexico Governor's Task Force on AIDS and with the Region VII Community Planning Group of New Mexico.

Michaela returns to HIV/AIDS work with tremendous skills from the University research setting and personal motivation to increase community awareness of HIV/AIDS and the potential for a cure.

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Iona Long Soldier (Oglala Lakota)

Capacity Building Assistance Specialist

720.382.2244 x 313
ilongsoldier@nnaapc.org

Iona Long Soldier, (Oglala, Lakota) is a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist with the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. She is a community member who has promoted education amongst people of color and lower socioeconomic backgrounds.

As a former “Ambassador of Literacy” Iona promoted literacy for pre-school children in high risk areas, strengthened the pride of children about their various cultural heritages and facilitated the activities for elementary and secondary students for summer programs. She has also been a volunteer and tutor intermittently since 1992 at various charities, schools, and community centers.

Iona is currently a part-time student at the University of Colorado at Denver studying Political Science with an emphasis in Ethnic Studies and Sociology. Her current projects include gender responsiveness training for the Office on Women’s Health.

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Elton Naswood (Navajo)

Capacity Building Assistance Specialist

720.382.2244 x 309
enaswood@nnaapc.org

Elton is of the "Near to the Water People" Clan, born for the "Edge Water People" Clan, his maternal grandfather's clan is "of the Mexican People", his paternal grandfather's clan is of "The Tangle People", this is how he is Navajo, Dine'.

He is originally from Whitehorse Lake, New Mexico, and grew up in Window Rock, Arizona on the Navajo Nation. He currently resides in Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Naswood is a Capacity Building Assistance Specialist at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC). He was formally the Founder and Program Coordinator for the Red Circle Project at AIDS Project Los Angeles. He was a member of the Community Advisory Council for the NNAAPC, Advisory Board member for the Office of Minority Health Resource Center, and on the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles American Indian Community Council.
Mr. Naswood recieved his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Sociology and American Indian Justice Studies from Arizona State University and a Masters Degree in American Indian Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Alvin Chee (Dine')

Webmaster & Program Assistant

720.382.2244 x 306
achee@nnaapc.org

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