Board of directors
board to guide the 101st year of indigenous excellence.
Learn more about SWAIA’s board members below:
JoAnn Chase, a Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Indian, was born and raised on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in central North Dakota. After a stellar academic career that included undergraduate work at Boston University, a legislative fellowship with Congresswoman Barbara Boxer and law school and law review editorial board at the University of New Mexico School of Law, she had a distinguished law career devoted to legal advocacy to promote and protect the rights of tribal nations and their citizens.
JoAnn served as the Executive Director for the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest national Indian organization. During her tenure, the organization’s membership and budget tripled and NCAI enjoyed unprecedented visibility and viability. JoAnn left NCAI to become Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers, an organization dedicated to moving more philanthropic dollars to economic and social justice initiatives. After her tenure there, she started The Chase Group where she puts together strategic funding partnerships with foundations, major donors and others to advance equity and social justice. (Source: The Praxis Project)
Randall (Randy) Chitto is an acclaimed clay artist whose works are in numerous museum collections, including The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, The Denver Art Museum and The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, among many others. His work are also shown at the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA), Heard Indian Market and other select exhibitions.
Randy grew up in Chicago, Illinois, moving there with his family from the Choctaw reservation in Mississippi.
Randy is a past winner of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts Fellowship and a Dubin Fellow at The School of Advance Research, formerly The School or American Research. Randy has accumulated many other awards and distinctions in his career.
His studio, The Red Clay Studio is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
In 1980, Randy enrolled at The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. His main interest at the time was painting, but it was there he found clay. Otellie Loloma was his first instructor in a medium he had previously not worked with. He continued his study in clay with instructor Ralph Pardington, a mentor and friend.
Under Mr. Pardington developed his unique style.
He also took painting classes with the renowned artist and instructor Linda Lomahaftewa at IAIA. In 1983 , he graduated with both a two- and three- Dimensional Degree in Studio Art.
Randy is married to his bride of 36 years, Jackie Carpio, whom he met in Mrs. Loloma’s clay class. Randy and Jackie have two boys, Hollis and Dillon. Hollis is an acclaimed, award-winning artist and Dillon is an accomplished playwright.
Randy has served on many boards for several non-profits organizations in Santa Fe and along with Jackie co-founded the Santa Fe Indian Center.
Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) is the chief curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary Native American artists and the Native American fine art field.
She started her career at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., as both special assistant to the director and exhibition developer/project manager. She was the fine arts coordinator/curator for the city of Tempe, the executive director of ATATL, Inc., a national service organization for Native American arts.
She was the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum and the membership and program manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She currently serves on the Santa Fe arts commission. She is on the UCross Foundation national advisory council, and the Native American advisory board for New York based arts organization, Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA.)
Hanley is on the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, Santa Fe Indian Market. She sits on the Native American advised fund committee for the Santa Fe Community Foundation and is on the board of directors for Santa Fe based arts space Axle Contemporary.
Dawn Houle, President is a Tribal Citizen of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of
Montana, founder of SunSinger Consulting LLC, and a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author. Her firm specializes in optimizing business opportunities for Native American Tribal governments and individuals. Dawn has dedicated her life to fostering strategic partnerships for and with Native American Tribes, artists, business owners, and people. She assists her clients build key strategies, access better resources, and improve their communities while maintaining and fostering their heritage.
As a successful entrepreneur, Dawn has also developed forest carbon
offset business resources that fully utilize her educational background in forestry and her MBA.
Dawn targets her businesses to offer culturally based modern solutions to Tribes while enhancing natural resource sustainability, generating economic diversification, creating
increased employment opportunities, and participating in greenhouse effect prevention.
Prior to dedicating herself to business development, Dawn served as Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs under the Obama administration as well as Chief of Staff for the National Indian Gaming Commission; a career move that brought her from the Pacific
Northwest where she worked for over a decade in forest management and philanthropy with various Tribes. As founder and executive director of the Tulalip Tribes Foundation, a 501(c)(3)
focused on cultural and natural resource preservation, Dawn assisted in successfully funding a new museum and natural history preserve for the Tribal community.
Dawn has successfully built instrumental strategic partnerships with corporations, as well as federal and state agencies, that greatly benefits her SunSinger’s clients. Her expertise has helped bring instrumental change for many Tribal communities and federal agencies.
Ms. Houle currently serves on the University of Montana -W.A. Franke College of Forestry Advisory Board and is a Sundial fellow with SheaMoisture community commerce program that supports minority owned businesses. She currently resides in the greater DC Metro area with her spouse and two children.
Bill Lomax is dedicated to empowering Native American Tribes with financial strategies and education that enable long-term, multi-generational economic growth. As a wealth management leader, Bill has built Indigenous-focused wealth management businesses at firms such as Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, and Smith Barney. A member of the Gitxsan Nation in British Columbia, and prior Senior Portfolio Manager for one of the most successful Tribes in the US, Bill combines his expertise in wealth management with his first-hand knowledge of Indigenous governance and culture in order to transform the complexity of investment management into insightful strategies for Native American Tribes across the US.
Bill is frequently invited to speak at many Native American and First Nations events in the United States and Canada. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian and was previously the long-term President of the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA). Bill is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches Tribal Economic Development and Sustainability, and co-founded the Harvard Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities. He holds his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School and his Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of British Columbia.
Russell Sanchez (b. 1963) continues to be one of the master innovators in Pueblo pottery. He creates each piece perfectly hand-coiled, stone polished, then etched, inlaid, designed, and fired with traditional Native American pottery methods. Russell learned to make pottery from his great-aunt, noted potter and pottery matriarch Rose Gonzales (1900-1989.) He started making pottery at the early age of 12 years old on the San Ildefonso Pueblo.
Russell has received numerous awards and recognition for his pottery throughout his career. Including such distinctions as ‘Best of Division’ at both the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Market. In 2007 Native Peoples Magazine presented Russell’s art in the feature article of the Fall issue. In 2011, Russell was awarded the exclusive ‘Tony Da Award’ for Pottery in Santa Fe. Russell was recently a recipient of the ‘New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in Art 2017. In 2019 he won “Best of Pottery” at Santa Fe Indian Market. At the same time, he was involved in a major exhibition of historic San Ildefonso pottery at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture in Santa Fe, NM. His work remains on a continued path of excellence and creativity.
Tom Teegarden has over three decades business management experience in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on leadership and assembling high-performance teams for tribally owned enterprises. He is presently Vice President for High Water Mark, a Native woman-owned environmental consulting firm.
He brings experience in contracting, business and community planning, development, fundraising, budgets, operations and volunteer management to the SWAIA board. Throughout his career, whether in the startup or mature phase, he has helped organizations become bigger, better and more financially stable.
Tom’s interests range from competitive cycling to traditional Native music, and he is a member of multiple Native drum groups. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Colorado.
Michael Trujillo is a highly accomplished individual based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. With a diverse range of experiences and an extensive record of community involvement, he has made significant contributions to various organizations and initiatives.
From his involvement in leadership roles within the Santa Fe Wine and Chile organization, such as serving as Immediate Past President, President, and Vice President, to his contributions to public safety as a Fire Captain of Public Affairs for Santa Fe County, Michael has demonstrated a strong commitment to his community.
Additionally, he has served on various boards and committees, including the City of Santa Fe Planning Commission, Animal Control Sub-Committee Ordinance Review, and the Regional Emergency Communication Center Board. Michael’s dedication to public service and his community involvement make him a highly respected and valuable member of the Santa Fe community.
Chris Youngblood is a Santa Clara Pueblo potter who has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market including Best of Classification in 2014. Chris’s family has been participating in Santa Fe Indian Market since its inception.
Chris aims to continue his family’s tradition and insure the survival of traditional techniques.