Candace Hamana, President

Member since 2016

Candace Hamana is the owner and sole consultant for Badger PR, LLC, a boutique public relations business located in Phoenix, Arizona. She is former recipient of HEEF funding and holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina. Candace is a member of the Hopi Tribe (Honanngyam [Badger] Clan) from Upper Moenkopi Village.

Dr. Angela Gonzales, Vice-President

Founding member

Dr. Angela Gonzales is Professor of Justice & Social Inquiry at Arizona State University.  She holds a B.A. In Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, an M.A. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University. Dr. Gonzales is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Shungopavi (Kookyangngyam [Spider] Clan).


Dr. Pamela Powell, Secretary

HEEF Member since 2009

Dr. Pamela Powell serves as Associate Professor and Chair at Northern Arizona University's Department of Teaching and Learning. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education/Physical Education from Texas Tech University, a master's in Elementary Education/Reading from Arizona State University, and an educational doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction/Early Childhood from Northern Arizona University. 

Pamela Powell HEEF member

Stephanie Parker, Treasurer

HEEF Member since 2011

Stephanie Parker works as an independent business development consultant. Stephanie is of Irish heritage and a native Bostonian. Stephanie holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Merrimack College and an M.B.A. from Babson College. 

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Romalita Laban

HEEF Member since 2003

Romalita Laban is a consultant for Romalita Laban Consulting and Co-Manager of Laban Construction. She has a B.A. in Business Administration from Northern Arizona University, and also holds certificates in Business & Management, Human Resource Management, and Marketing. Romalita is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Walpi (Qa'öwungwa [Corn] Clan). 

Romalita Laban HEEF member

Tim Evans

HEEF Member since 2012

Tim Evans is an attorney with Holland & Knight, LLP in Los Angeles, California. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, an M.A. in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School. Tim is affiliated with the Haliwa-Saponi tribe of North Carolina. 


Dr. Sherry Markel

Member since 2017

Dr. Sherry Markel is now retired after working for 22 years as a professor at Northern Arizona University. She holds a bachelor's degree in Education from Georgia State University, as well as a master's and Ph.D. in Education from the University of Arizona.

Janet Regner

Member since 2005

Janet Regner is Director of Coconino County Community Services. She is originally from Springfield, Illinois but has lived in Arizona for over 40 years. Regner has an A.A. in Business from Southern Illinois University and a B.S. in Public Administration from Ottawa University.

Janet Regner HEEF Member

Dr. Kim Kahe-Corkin

Member since 2013

Dr. Kim Kahe-Corkin works as Lead Grants Manager for the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration, an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management, and a D.B.A., all from the University of Phoenix. Kim is an enrolled Hopi Tribe member (Isngyam [Coyote] Clan) from Sipaulovi Village. 

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Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima

Member since 2014

Dr. K. Tsianina Lomawaima is Professor of Justice, Inquiry, & Indigenous Education at Arizona State University. She is Mvskoke (Creek Nation of Oklahoma) and German Mennonite, from central Kansas. She was married to the late Hartman H. Lomawaima from Sipaulovi Village. Tsianina has three anthropology degrees - a B.A. from the University of Arizona and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University.


Dr. Winifred Wong

Member since 2014

Dr. Winifred Wong is founder and CEO of Superior Enterprise Consulting, L.L.C. Her family immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong in the late 1970s and she currently resides in Glendale, Arizona. Winifred holds a B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Montana, as well as an M.B.A. in Healthcare Management and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.


Dr. Laura Huenneke

Member since 2015

Dr. Laura Heunneke is Professor of Environmental Science at Northern Arizona University. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, part of families of French, Scotch-Irish, and German heritage. Laura has a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University.

Laura Huenneke HEEF

Jana Wilbricht

Member since 2016

Jana Wilbricht is a Ph.D. candidate and graduate student instructor at the University of Michigan. She has a bachelor's degree in Development Sociology & Communication from Cornell University. Jana is originally from Germany.

Andrea Sequaptewa

Member since 2017

Andrea Sequaptewa currently works as a Program Coordinator for the Native American Student Services program at Northern Arizona University. She is Taawawungwa (Sun Clan) from the village of Hotevilla. Andrea has a B.A. in Business and a master's in Education Leadership, both from Northern Arizona University.

Curtis Honanie

Member since 2017

Curtis Honanie is an Associate at WL Gore & Associates. He is Piikyaswungwa (Corn Clan) from the village of Moencopi (Lower).

Dr. David Strip

Member since 2017

Dr. David Strip is retired from work in computer science and research & development. He lives in La Jara, NM and holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's and Ph.D. from Cornell University.

Amber Poleviyuma

Member since 2017

Amber Poleviyuma is currently employed with the Hopi-Tewa Women's Coalition to End Abuse as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator. She received an Associate of Applied Science in Pre-Health Careers from Coconino Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Community Health from Arizona State University. Amber is Iswungwa (Coyote Clan) from the village of Moencopi (Lower).

Shon Quannie

Member since 2018

Shon Quannie serves as Interim Executive Director for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona and is the Principal of 4X Studio-a Phoenix, AZ based design company. He holds a B.S.D in Industrial Design from Arizona State University, where he is a Faculty Associate at the Design School. Shon is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Acoma, Taawawungwa (Sun Clan) from the village of Kykotsmovi and of Mexican decent.


Kevin Poleyumptewa

Member since 2018

Kevin Poleyumptewa is the owner of Sundance Career Services and Moonlit Dreams Photography. He holds bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Kevin is Sun Forehead clan from the village of Sipaulovi.


Verrin T. Kewenvoyouma

Member since 2018

Verrin Kewenvoyouma is an attorney and owner of Kewenvoyouma Law, PLLC. He holds a M.B.A. from the W.P. Carey School of Business and J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Verrin is Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan, Navajo) and Iswungwa (Coyote Clan) from the Village of Moencopi (Lower).

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Dr. Carrie Joseph

Member since 2018

Carrie recently completed her Ph.D program at the University of Arizona in the department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science. She is Is’wungwa (Coyote Clan) from the village of Moencopi (Lower).


Andrea Sewequaptewa-Tutt

Member since 2018

April is an Archaeologist at the Arizona State Land Department. She is from the village of Sichomovi.

Terri Honani

Member since 2018

Terri Honani serves as the Program Manager for the Natwani Coalition under the Hopi Foundation on the Hopi reservation. She received her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Dine’ College and her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Exercise and Wellness Health Promotion from Arizona State University. Terri is Pipwungwa (Tobacco Clan) from the Village of Tewa.


Ex Officio Members

Tim Nuvangyaoma, Chairman, Hopi Tribe

Clark Tenakhongva, Vice Chairman, Hopi Tribe

Robert Charley, Tribal Council Representative, Hopi Tribe