Ethel is Bįįh Bitoodnii (Deer Springs Clan) born for the Naakai (Mexican People). She is a Co-Founder, Chairperson of the Board, and Executive Director of Yee Ha’ólníi Doo. She was born in Tuba City, Navajo Nation (Arizona) and raised on her family’s ranch south of Leupp, Navajo Nation (Arizona). She is an enrolled Navajo tribal member and previously served as the 11th Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard College. She says “Through the grace and charity of our many incredible donors I am blessed and honored to do this work to help our people during this difficult time. It has been so inspiring to be part of a movement where our Navajo and Hopi people have reached within themselves to find the leadership and strength needed to respond to this unprecedented public health emergency. Our donors, volunteers, and staff have all shown such profound beauty in their hearts in taking measures to protect our most treasured and vulnerable community members. Ahéheeʼ and askwali to all of you. What you do literally saves lives.”
Vanessa is Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) born for Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle). Her maternal grandfather is Tótsohnii (Big Water) and her paternal grandfather is Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together). These are the clans that identify her as a Navajo woman. Vanessa is the Owner of Ahehee’ Shidine’e Homecare LLC. She coordinates distribution sites and food deliveries across Navajo communities in New Mexico. Her office staff manages the toll-free hotline and sews face masks whenever time allows. “I believe we are all related and must help out one another. Being a good relative is important, and this is the perfect time to show our children how to do so.”
Delores is one of the founding board members of Yee Ha’ólníi Doo. She is employed by the Navajo Division of Public Safety as the Director for the Corrections Department. She is a pioneer in helping the Navajo people through her work as a social worker for the past 4 decades. She obtained her Ph.D. in Social and Criminal Justice from Arizona State University in May 2015. She also received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from ASU. Delores is of the Tódich’ii'nii (Bitter Water) clan, born for the Tó’áhani (Near the Water) clan. Her maternal grandfather is of the Bit’ahnii (Within His Cover), and her paternal grandfather is T ł 'ízí lání (Many Goats).
Jessica Stago is Bitá’níí (Folded Arm) clan from the Dine (Navajo) Nation and born for Biszá’áh (From the Cliff People) clan of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. She is Co-Founder and Director of Business Incubation for Change Labs and on the Board of the Colorado Plateau Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Minor in American Indian Studies from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She led the distribution of donated water at the height of the pandemic working with donors, volunteers, and Navajo and Hopi entrepreneurs and nonprofits to haul water to communities in need. “I’m truly humbled to have witnessed people come together to make sure water was delivered to the most rural areas simply because they knew someone out there needed it.”
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