Board of Directors

CHAIR
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 Vice President for High Water Mark, a Native woman-owned environmental consulting firm. 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. He holds a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

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VICE CHAIR
Randy Chitto | Choctaw

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 is also shown at the Santa Fe Indian Market (SWAIA), Heard Indian Market and other select exhibitions.  

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SECRETARY
Chris Youngblood | Santa Clara Pueblo

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 families’ tradition and insure the survival of traditional techniques.

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TREASURER
Mark Bahti

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.

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Andrea R. Hanley | Navajo

Andrea Hanley joined the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in August of 2019 as Chief Curator.  Andrea worked more than nine years 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. Upon returning to Arizona, she was the Fine Arts Coordinator/Curator for the city of Tempe, Executive Director of ATATL, Inc., National Service Organization for Native American Arts, and then the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. More recently she was the Membership/Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She has over thirty years of professional experience working in the field of programming, curatorial and exhibition development and arts management, primarily focusing on American Indian art. She currently sits as a Commissioner on the Santa Fe Arts Commission. She is on the Board of Directors for local arts space Axle Contemporary.


Elizabeth M. Kirk | Isleta Pueblo / Navajo

Photo by Paul Niemi, Tombolo Art Media

Elizabeth M. Kirk is a second-generation jeweler from Isleta Pueblo. She is the daughter of Michael Kirk and niece of the late Andy Lee Kirk, both award winning jewelers with international recognition. Her introduction to the jewelry making world 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 never looked back. She continues to build upon the foundation laid so many years ago by blending modern technology with traditional aesthetics, working to further expand the family’s market to reach a larger audience. Now running her own business, Kirk Ltd. Co., located on the Isleta reservation where her father and uncle first began their careers, she looks at giving back to the community and organization which has played a significant role in the global presence of Native art. 


Dominique Toya | Jemez Pueblo

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. 


Traci Rabbit | 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. Traci’s current artistic focus is the empowerment of women, not only Cherokee women, but women from all nations.  Her mission is to instill in them, through her art, so they can rise above any situation or tragedy and be the woman the creator intended them to be.  Over the past 25 plus years, Traci and her father have taught and mentored many young students through demonstrations, and sharing their artistic techniques because of her belief to pay it forward to future generations.  Traci continues to live in the same area her family has been since the removal of the Cherokee people to Oklahoma.


L. Stephine Poston | Sandia Pueblo

L. Stephine Poston is the Owner of Poston & Associates, a full-service communications firm based in Sandia Pueblo, NM. She is committed to empowering tribal communities through culturally competent, community-based approaches. She has nearly three decades’ experience in public and community relations, strategic planning and empowerment training at the tribal, federal, state and local levels. Stephine has a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico and holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix. This year, Stephine was recognized as one of the Top 50 Entrepreneurs in the Native Business Magazine and in 2017 she was awarded Native Woman Business Owner of the year through the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development.