The Northern Arizona Native-American Foundation

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Brian Buckley – Executive Director

Brian is the third of four children of Catherine and Paul Buckley. His parents’ commitment to their children’s education has led Brian down many wondrous paths. A graduate of Harvard College, he has since taught in Brooklyn, New York as New York City public school teacher; in Udon Thani, Thailand as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer; in Page and Leupp, Arizona as a Northern Arizona Peace Corps Fellow. From 1999 to 2001, Brian served as a Teaching Fellow at Harvard University with Dr. Robert Coles for the class, The Literature of Social Reflection, where he received the Derek Bok Award for Distinguished Teaching. He has also received graduate degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and the University of Massachusetts. Brian also serves on the Board for the SNAP Foundation based in Rochester, NY and the Americas Latino Festival based in Boulder, CO. Brian lives with his wife Katherine and daughters Norah, Clare, and Ruby.

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Denyse Herder – Board Member

I am Paiute and Diné, with my husband I have three beautiful children. I was raised on the Diné reservation in Leupp, AZ and currently hold the position of Administrative Assistant for the NAU Office of Native American Initiatives. I also enjoy family time and traveling. A first generation college student, I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s in Applied Indigenous Studies and a Minor in Social Work. To me education is important; it leads to positive opportunities and ties us to academic, professional, and cultural knowledge. My academic and professional paths will continue to be guided by my desire to be a part of endeavors that strengthen Native American communities and support systems.

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Constance Benally – Board Member

Constance has been designated a Master Teacher in Arizona by Governor Janet Napolitano. She has been teacher for 9 years and has taught in Sanders, Leupp, Tuba City, and Cameron – all schools within the Navajo Nation. Navajo herself, this is very important to her. She has earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northern Arizona University. Her Master’s is in Education and Counseling. Recently, she has presented at the National Indian Education Conference on the topic: “Teaching Outside the Box.” She lives in Flagstaff and in her free time trains quarter horses with her husband, Jim.

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Genevieve Bennally – Board Member & Associate Director

Genevieve Bennally is of the Towering House Clan, born for the Red Streak Through the Water Clan. Her maternal grandparents are Black Streak Through the Wood Clan, and her paternal grandparents are the Edgewater Clan. She was born and raised in Page, Arizona where she graduated from Page High School in 2002. Currently, she is a Junior at Northern Arizona University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Math. Her interests include an array of activities, from the outdoors to spending quality time with family. She enjoys reading a good book and spending hours over the hot stove for a great meal!

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Katherine Hunter – Board Member

Katherine Hunter was born in Toronto, Canada. She did her undergraduate and graduate work in the United States at Franklin & Marshall College, Northern Arizona University and the University of Massachusetts. Katherine’s interest in educational opportunities for all students contributes to TNANAF’s mission. Katherine has previous non-profit experience as a Board member of a Cancer Society focused on access to care and fundraising. In her free time, she enjoys playing backgammon, cooking for alternative diets, and exploring the outdoors with her family.

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Ashley Holiday – Board Member

My name is Ashley Holiday. I am a member of the Navajo Nation tribe currently pursuing my bachelors degree in biological sciences. I am the voice in student government for the students with diverse backgrounds. Together I work closely with the Native American Student Association, Dixie Hispanic Student Association, Pacific Islander Student Association, Black Student Union, LGBT Student Association, Nigerian Student Association and the International Student Association under the Multicultural and Inclusion center. Lastly, I serve as an ambassador for Native Students as the 2016-2017 Miss Native Dixie State.
Sincerely,
Ashley Holiday

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Cebre Henry – Board Member

Cebre Henry, a White Mountain Apache, is a mother of two beautiful girls. Cebre is continuing her education at the University of Arizona as a non-declared Public Health major with a minor in American Indian Studies. She likes spending time with her family, listening to music and event planning. She works as a student-worker at the University of Arizona Libraries.

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