Stockton Colt - Chair
Stock joined the SWAIA Board of Directors after serving the organization as a volunteer for over seven years. He brings to SWAIA over 20 years of consulting experience with Towers Watson, a global professional services firm, including several years managing its international Sales and Marketing Consulting Practice. An accomplished classroom presenter for WorldatWork, a professional association serving Human Resource executives, he has also developed coursework for them. Stock speaks frequently to industry and professional groups and conceived and edited a best-selling business text. In addition, New Mexico's Governor appointed him to an oversight Board that deals with the efficacy of search and rescue activity in the state. Stock holds a MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and an undergraduate degree from Auburn University in liberal arts.
Roger Fragua - Vice Chair
Roger Fragua is currently the President of Cota Holdings, LLC, whose primary mission is to support Tribal communities and economic development in the energy and telecommunication sectors. Roger has also worked with the Western Governors' Association and the National Tribal Environment Council on State and Tribal relations as it relates to environmental issues. Roger has dedicated his professional career to the advancement and development of American Indian communities and has served as the Deputy Director of the Council of Energy Resource Tribes, based in Denver, Colorado, and the manager for Enron Corporation (Houston). Ultimately, Roger's commitment to Indian Country can be attributed to the position he held as his own Pueblo's Tribal Administrator. Roger states, "I hope to represent a breath of fresh air and challenge the status-quo and stretch the board, as a body, to reach further into the future and recognize that Indian arts and artisans take many different shapes than what the "conventional" understandings are. Roger's wide-ranging business experience and contacts throughout Indian Country will surely benefit SWAIA.
Elizabeth Pettus - Treasurer
Elizabeth Pettus was born in Stamford, Connecticut and graduated from Pomona College in Claremont California with a degree in English Literature. Elizabeth later attained a position in the world of investment banking, which was not a good "fit," but extremely educational. Elizabeth eventually married Robert Pettus, owner of Things Finer, in 1988 and has worked there ever since. Elizabeth is currently the president of the Santa Fe Downtown Merchants' Association, and has been active in the area of authenticity in Native arts (with an emphasis on jewelry), and the correct descriptions, definitions of the work, the materials, the origin and the pricing. Elizabeth states, "The partnership of the City of Santa Fe, and Indian Market (through SWAIA) are testament to the value of the mutual respect and cooperation between our residents, businesses, and visitors of all cultures. The enrichment; culturally, financially, artistically, and personally, benefits all of us, and is truly symbiotic. Historically, I think we are an example of the tangible benefits of respect for the Arts, and for both traditional and contemporary expression, and the place each has in the continuing development of humanity." As a business owner and resident of Santa Fe, Elizabeth understands the complexion of the Santa Fe community, which will greatly contribute to SWAIA and the board.
Bidtah N. Becker - Secretary
Bidtah Becker is an attorney with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice Water Rights Unit. She is married to Paul Spruhan and they have two beautiful children, Bahe and Tazbah.
(Santa Clara Pueblo)
Susan Folwell was raised in the Santa Clara Pueblo. Coming from a family of Pueblo potters, Susan has continued her family's legacy. Susan has won multiple blue ribbons at Santa Fe Indian Market with her creative and unique pottery. In her work there is an intriguing coexistence of traditional values and contemporary experiences and observations. She studied design and fine arts photography at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. After college she worked as a professional photographer, before returning to New Mexico and becoming a professional potter. In an interview with Southwest Art Susan says, "The intriguing secret about clay and the heart is that they are always in control. Time and space become irrelevant. Everything I have ever learned, experienced, held, or let go of becomes instinct. Every lover, friend, enemy, ancestor, or emotion culminates for a moment in time to be laid out for all the world to see--coil by coil, breath by breath. I bend the coils and shape the pot, and I know the clay is doing the same to me."
Jenny has been the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for Corporacio de la Fonda since 2007. Jenny practiced business and real estate law for most of her professional life and then retired from the practice of law to run ECMC Foundation, an educational non-profit foundation. She has served on various boards and committees in Santa Fe such as: Habitat for Humanity, St. Vincent's Hospital, Santa Fe Community College Foundation, Buckaroo Ball, and United Way. Ms. Kimball currently serves on the board of Cornerstones Community Partnerships. Originally from Dallas, Texas, where she earned her B.A., B.S., and her J.D. at SMU, she made her home in Santa Fe in 1989.
Charles S. King has King Galleries of Scottsdale. He has been a pottery judge at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Indian Market and Fair. He has written articles on pottery for American Indian Art and Native Peoples magazine. His first book, "Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya" was published in 2008 and he is currently working on his second book about potter Tony Da.
Elizabeth M. Kirk
Elizabeth Kirk was raised in Isleta Pueblo where she still resides with her children, Dakota and Hunter Kuticka. She is daughter to Michael Kirk and niece to the late Andy Lee Kirk, both award winning jewelers from Isleta Pueblo. Her introduction to jewelry making started at age 8 when she picked up a jeweler's saw and began to mimic what she observed. At age 17, she took over the business aspect of her father's company and has never looked back, securing multiple accounts in various countries as well as in the States. With one eye on the future, she looks to incorporate modern technologies and further expand the family's market to reach a new audience.
Andrew Masiel has devoted more than 25 years of his life to serving California tribal governments, accumulating extensive experience in tribal economic development and financing for tribal government projects. Masiel was first elected to the Pechanga Tribal Council in 1982 and has served on the council for a total of 13 years. In 1998, Masiel co-founded the first Native American Caucus for the California State Democratic Party, the only organization of its kind in the nation. Andrew currently serves chairman of the caucus, and is a member of the California State Democratic Party Executive Board Finance Committee. Masiel's commitment to California Native Americans led him to serve the California Nations Indian Gaming Association as its elected treasurer. He has also chaired the IDRS' Advisory Committee to the Youth Caucus, a program that instructs and empowers Indian youth in California to take an active role in monitoring California policymaking.
L. Stephine Poston
Stephine Poston is the President and CEO of Poston & Associates, LLC, headquartered on Sandia Pueblo Indian Reservation, New Mexico. Stephine has a Master of Arts in organizational management and over fifteen years experience in public and community relations at the tribal, federal, state and local levels. She has worked extensively on legislative issues at the tribal, federal, state and local levels ranging from preparing and delivering testimony to lobbying. In addition, Stephine has facilitated community and strategic sessions and led numerous public relations campaigns in areas such as renewable energy, benefits of Indian gaming and the protection of sacred sites. Prior to starting her own company, Stephine worked for her tribe, Sandia Pueblo for eleven years in various capacities. She was the director of health, safety and education, creating some of the most innovative programs in Indian Country. She also was the Pueblo's first Public Affairs Director shaping the image of the tribe in one of its most significant growth periods.
Pat Pruitt resides on the Laguna Pueblo Reservation in the village of Paguate. He started making jewelry 20 years ago when he studied under a local silversmith, Greg Lewis. Pat worked with traditional materials (silver, copper) and learned traditional repose techniques, which gave him a firm foundation in jewelry fabrication and general craftsmanship. Several years later, Pat learned a different view on silverwork and aesthetics of jewelry design from Charlie Bird, an esteemed jeweler from Paguate. After acquiring these skills, in addition to those he learned during is studies as a Mechanical Engineer at Southern Methodist University, Pat opened his current business, Custom Steel. Pat is a talented artist who combines modern technology and software with traditional influence and design - his perspective and understandings as an artist will significantly benefit the board.
Stephen Wall was born in Roswell, New Mexico and was raised on and near the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in southern New Mexico. After graduating high school he attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Upon completing his B.A. in Anthropology, Stephen attended law school at the University of New Mexico and graduated in 1975. Stephen has worked with the American Indian Law Center as research analyst, worked with the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board as a community development specialist and served as Behavioral Health Coordinator for the Tohono O'odham Health Department in Sells Arizona. In Mescalero, New Mexico, he served for 11 years in the Mescalero Apache Tribal Court as the Prosecutor and Chief Judge. In May of 2006, Stephen was appointed Department Chair for the Indigenous Liberal Studies Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Stephen is also an award winning artist whose work focuses on sculpture and jewelry.