Elizabeth Pettus - Chair
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.
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.
Dominique Toya - Secretary
Dominique Toya is the fifth generation of potters in her family from Jemez Pueblo. She has won numerous prestigious awards for her pottery including Best of Classification at the Santa Fe Indian Market. She has been volunteering for SWAIA and donates her creations to the SWAIA Gala Live Auction for many years. Dominique believes in the continuation of excellence in Native American arts and the legacy and continuation of SWAIA.
Lloyd "Skip" Sayre - Treasurer
Skip Sayre has more than twenty years of executive-level experience in the areas of casino/hotel, tourism and entertainment management. He is currently the Chief of Sales and Marketing at Laguna Development Corporation which manages casinos, restaurants and travel centers for the Pueblo of Laguna. He came to New Mexico in 2007 from Nevada where he served in several senior management positions including Vice President of Marketing at the Rio Las Vegas, Vice President of Marketing at Harrahs and Harveys Lake Tahoe and Executive Director of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. Sayre has always taken a strong interest in arts and entertainment. He helped start the Lake Tahoe Outdoor Summer Music Festival, now in its 15th year and served several years on the board of directors of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. He majored in journalism and political science at California State University-Long Beach, completed the Executive Education program in Marketing Management at Stanford University and is a graduate of Leadership New Mexico.
Mark Bahti is the owner of Bahti Indian Arts. His father, Tom Bahti, opened the original store in Tucson in 1952. Mark took it over upon his father’s death in 1972 and continues to run it with his wife, artist Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo). Together they opened a second shop in Santa Fe in 2007.
A researcher/author like his father, Mark has written a number of books, including “A Consumer's Guide to Southwest Indian Art,” “Pueblo Stories and Storytellers,” “Navajo Sandpainting Art” (co-authored with Eugene Baatsoslanii Joe), “Collecting Southwest Native American Jewelry,” “Southwest Indian Weaving,” “Southwest Indian Designs,” “Spirit in the Stone” (about animal carvings and fetishes) and, most recently, “Stone and Silver.” He is currently working on a book on the history of Southwest Indian jewelry, another on pottery artists, and a research project for the Tucson Indian Center on urban Indian identity.
Like his father before him, Mark is involved with Indian-run organizations addressing education, health and employment issues. He is a long-time board member of the Tucson Indian Center and Chair of the Institute of American Indian Arts' Foundation in Santa Fe as well as serving on the board of the Amerind Foundation and is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.
(San Felipe Pueblo)
Rosalie (Lisa) Chavez is a 1987 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has devoted her entire legal career to advocating for low income and disenfranchised Indian people. Lisa is admitted to practice law in New Mexico, the Federal District Court of New Mexico, and several Pueblo tribal courts. She is currently the manager of the Santa Ana office of New Mexico Legal Aid and manages the Native American Program (NAP), which provides free legal assistance to low income people living on or near the 19 Pueblo Indian communities. NAP also provides technical assistance and training to tribal services providers, tribal court judges, and staff on various topics such as tribal court procedures, domestic violence advocacy, children’s law issues, and tribal court jurisdiction.
Lisa directed the Indian Pueblo Legal Services, Inc., between 1994 and 1998 when the program merged with Northern New Mexico Legal Services. She served as the Interim Director of New Mexico Legal Aid twice since 2000 when all New Mexico legal aid programs merged into a statewide program, and has served on various boards and commissions including the New Mexico Access to Justice Commission, Southwest Association for Indian Art (SWAIA), San Felipe Pueblo Board of Education, and the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico.
Lisa was a founding member of the Family Harmony Project, an advocacy program for victims of domestic violence in the checkerboard area of the Navajo Nation. She was nominated and selected as the Best of the Bar in Indian Law by the New Mexico Business Weekly in 2009.
Andrea R. Hanley is currently the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine art field. She spent more than nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., serving both as Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project manager. Upon returning to Arizona, Andrea worked as the fine arts coordinator and curator for the city of Tempe, executive director for ATATL, Inc., an organization dedicated to promoting Native American art, and Artrain, USA, a national arts organization, as its sponsorship and major gifts officer. More recently, she was the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum for six years. She has over two and half decades of professional experience working in the field of programming, exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. Ms. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.
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.
(Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Traci Rabbit, daughter of Cherokee National Treasure & Internationally known artist Bill Rabbit and mother Karen Rabbit, was raised in Northeast Oklahoma - the heart of the Cherokee Nation. She continues her late father's legacy as a full time artist of over 21 years. Traci attended Northeastern State University, which originally was the Cherokee Female Seminary, receiving her BA in Business Administration in 1993, the first in her family to attend college and graduate. Her degree has been invaluable to their business, which consists of a full gift line. The Rabbit family produces the line from the conception of the original art all the way down to the production and packaging, so everything is Native American made. This is something the family takes great pride in when attending major retail and wholesale markets. Traci is blessed to be able to keep one foot steeped in tradition and the other exploring the possibilities of applying modern technology to her art and business. Traci continues to live in the same area her family has been since the removal of the Cherokee people to Oklahoma.
Thomas A. Teegarden
Mr. Teegarden has over three decades business management experience in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on leadership for tribally-owned enterprises. He is presently the Chief Executive Officer of the Diné Development Corporation, an Arizona holding company for a portfolio of Navajo-owned certified businesses operating in the construction and information technology spaces. He brings to the SWAIA Board hands-on experience in contracting, business and community planning and development, fundraising, and budget, operations and volunteer management. His interests range from competitive cycling to traditional Native music, and he is a member of multiple Native drum groups. A previous Board member of several corporations, he holds an MBA from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth.