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SWAIA Staff


Dallin Maybee

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(Northern Arapaho/Seneca)
Interim Chief Operating Officer

Dallin was raised on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in Western New York, home of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Dallin comes from a long-line of well-known beadworkers including Bob Spoonhunter, Agnes Logan, and Rebecca Maldonado; and his brother Ken Williams Jr. is also a renowned contemporary beadworker.

In addition to being an award-winning artist, international performer and lecturer, Dallin has a Juris Doctorate from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU. Dallin's work is in several public and private collections worldwide including the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He does this with the support of his wife, Naomi Maybee-an attorney, beadworker, and dancer. Dallin is the father to two beautiful girls, Persephone Singing Water Maybee and Penelope Ojis' dondah'seh Maybee as well as a talented son, Sage Graystorm Maybee.
Email: dallin.m@swaia.org

Charlene Porsild

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Chief Development Officer

Charlene joined SWAIA as Chief Business Development Officer in the summer of 2013. A native of Canada's Yukon, she brings nearly two decades of fundraising and administrative experience in the cultural and higher education sectors. An award winning historian and former Fulbright Scholar, Charlene has taught and administered programs at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Montana Historical Society and the University of New Mexico. Across her career she has raised of $10 Million dollars for the institutions in which she has served and brings a passions for the history and cultures of the North American West.
Email: cporsild@swaia.org

Denise Keron

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Development and Membership Director

Denise Keron joined SWAIA in June, 2011 in the Membership and Development office. Her years of experience with development, membership and database administration proved extremely helpful to SWAIA as did her expertise in event planning and management. Propr to joining SWAI, Denise spent 4 years in several development capacities within the Institute of American Indian Arts. While at IAIA she attended Blackbaud University Raiser's Edge training and was also awarded a scholarship to attend a week long CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) Conference to further her development career. Denise originally moved to Santa Fe in 1977 to become the CEO of he Santa Fe Association of Realtors,=servi in that capacity for nearly 12 years. A Native Ohiaan, Denise attended Cleveland State University's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs studying Urban Planning and Organizational Management.
Email: dkeron@swaia.org

Mary Charlotte Grayson

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(Cherokee)
Volunteer Coordinator/Artist Services

Mary Charlotte Grayson has worked in the Tribal Museum and Native Arts field for over five years. While her professional experience ranges from art show management to exhibition design and interpretive planning, she has served as the Collections Manager for the Cherokee National Museum and Cultural Center an also working for Cherokee Nation Business Cultural Tourism Department in marketing and PR.
While earning her masters she focused her research on Tribal Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource Management; exploring and documenting significant historical tribal sites. Mary Charlotte is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and has lived in Santa Fe for two years. Mary holds a Bachelors of Science in Sociology from Fort Lewis College and a Master in Human and Cultural Relations (M.H.R) from the University of Oklahoma.
Email: mgrayson@swaia.org

Marina Ybarra

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Membership Associate/Events Coordinator

Marina Ybarra is a native New Mexican, born and raised just south of Santa Fe. She has spent the past eight years working in the hospitality industry as the manager of a local bed and breakfast and special events venue. She comes to SWAIA with many years experience in event coordinating and working with visitors to the Santa Fe area. Marina is very excited to assist with the planning of SWAIA's many events throughout the year.
Email: mybarra@swaia.org

Sharon Lopez

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Office Manager/Finance

Sharon Lopez joined SWAIA with nearly sixteen years of experience working in administrative/office manager roles in banking, accounting, civil and structural engineering, GEO testing, and with construction abd development companies. An added bonus for SWAIA is her several years experience in working with the public. Lopez has loive, worked and grown up with American Indian culture and enjoys working at SWAIA to help carry on native traditions.
Email: slopez@swaia.org

John Paul Rangel PhD

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(Apache/Navajo/Spanish-Mestizo)
Director of Public Relations & Marketing

John Paul is a Native scholar, writer and artist/designer. He returns to this position after obtaining his PhD in Education at the University of New Mexico. John Paul brings eighteen years of industry experience to SWAIA. His experience reflects years of service and commitment to Native arts, culture, and education. In addition to working with SWAIA, Dr. Rangel has also worked with the Native American Studies department at the University of New Mexico, The Institute for American Indian Research at UNM, the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies at UNM, as well as the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Since 2000, he has been the owner and creative director for his own small design and marketing business in Santa Fe. John Paul is passionate about Indigenous arts, focusing on local but thinking global, and he is dedicated in continuing to develop long-term and sustainable relations with Native artists, organizations and communities.
Email: jprangel@swaia.org

Jhane Myers

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(Comanche/Blackfeet)
Film Project Manager

Jhane Myers is the third year Project Manager for Class X and the Native Cinema Showcase for 2012-14, which features a juried competition for Native filmmakers and screenings of new Native films to a broad audience. She also worked as public relations for FNX- First Nations Experience, the first Native television station in the U.S. Jhane was also a community curator to the National Museum of the American Indian's popular exhibition Identity by Design, and her jewelry is carried at the National Museum of the American Indian gift shops in both Washington D.C. and New York City. She has won multiple awards, including 3 Best of Show in the Native American Clothing Contest, at the 2008 and 2013 Indian Market in Santa Fe. Jane is also a SWAIA artist featured in the Contemporary Native American Artists book and award winning regalia maker as a 2014 First Peoples Fund Fellow. Her background in Native film on a National level spans ten years and counting. Dedicated to Native people telling our own stories her life's work.
Email: jhane@swaia.org

Jordan Skye Paul

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(Lakota/Nez Perce/Hopi/Mohave)
Public Relations

Jordan Skye Paul is an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT-Mohave) Hopi, Lakota and Nez Perce. Jordan Skye Paul is a public relations, marketing professional and social media subject matter expert. Since graduating from Arizona State University Jordan has been responsible for numerous high profile fund raising and event planning campaigns benefiting the San Francisco, CA bay area Native American community. She has successfully managed community engagement projects for multiple nonprofits through social media and community awareness programs such as Red Friday, the Native Vote Campaign, A Night at the NDN Cinema-Film Festival and Native American Heritage Week on the Facebook HQ campus. She currently serves as a board member for Youth Empowerment Society and committee member for Native American Heritage Night for the San Francisco Giants. Jordan is committed to supporting Native communities by optimizing and using media resources that demonstrate positive imagery and create opportunities for Native enterprise and health and wellness initiatives.
Email: jsp@swaia.org

Henry Brown Wolf III

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Santo Domingo Pueblo/Lakota)
IM Logistics Coordinator

Henry has worked at SWAIA for the past 3 summers in logistics. Born in Eagle Butte, South Dakota but raised in New Mexico, Henry is well versed in Native events, working with the Indian Market, Gathering of Nations and at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in the recent past. He is dedicated to working with Native artists and events in the southwest.
Email: hbrownwolf@swaia.org