Native American Advisory Board
Carlyle Begay Bio
Carlyle Begay was appointed to the Arizona State Senate in 2013 and reelected in 2014 to represent Legislative District 7, which includes 7 Indian tribes. Senator Begay resigned in 2016 to run for the US House of Representatives, in Arizona First Congressional District. Senator Begay holds an Associate of Science degree and attended the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and grew up near Black Mesa, Arizona.
Damon Clarke Bio
Dr. Damon Clarke is Chairman of the Hualapai Tribe. Previously, Dr. Clarke served as Superintendent at Peach Springs Unified School District in Peach Springs and Cedar Unified School District in Keams Canyon, Arizona. He also served on the Hualapai Tribal Council and on numerous committees. He is a former teacher and principal at various elementary schools and has over 25 years of experience in the educational field. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University. He lives in Peach Springs with his family.
Lena Fowler Bio
Lena Fowler is serving her second term on the Coconino County Board of Supervisors for District 5. In this capacity, Supervisor Fowler is also serving as Chairwoman of the Board. Lena is a founding member of the Tuba City Concerned Citizens, Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation and served as President of the Association for Indian Self-Determination in Healthcare where she helped organize healthcare contractors to implement P.L. 91-638 on the Navajo Nation. Lena is Diné from the Navajo Nation.
Jamie Fullmer Bio
Jamie Fullmer is founder, chairman and CEO of Blue Stone Strategy Group, which provides business and advisory services to tribal leaders, tribal enterprises and corporate entities working with tribes. Previously, Jamie served as Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Southern Utah University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Utah.
Herman Honanie Bio
Herman Honanie is Chairman of the Hopi Tribe. Previously, Chairman Honanie worked for the Hopi Tribe for at least 32 years in various capacities, most of which were in the Department of Health and Human Services. He holds a BA degree from the University of Arizona. He is from the Village of Kykotsmovi, enjoys the outdoors, ranching, raising crops and spending time with his eight grandchildren.
Ron Lee Bio
Ron Lee is Assistant Vice President for the Office of Native American Initiatives at NAU. Previously, Ron worked for the US House of Representatives, State of Arizona, and has 18 years of proven experience in public affairs, government and tribal relations, public policy and administration. He holds a BS degree from Arizona State University and Masters of Public Administration from Northern Arizona University. Ron is Diné from the Navajo Nation and resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with his family.
Ronnie Lupe Bio
Ronnie Lupe is Chairman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe. Chairman Lupe was first elected to this position in 1966 and has been re-elected over the years. In 2009, he helped to quantify and settle the Tribe’s water rights that includes the congressional authorization for the design and construction of the Tribe’s rural water system to bring safe and reliable drinking water to the tribe and its members. He is a USMC Veteran and from Cibeque on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
Jonathan Nez Bio
Jonathan Nez is Vice President of the Navajo Nation. Previously, Vice President Nez held numerous elected offices, including Vice President of Shonto Chapter, three terms as a Navajo Nation Council Delegate and two terms as Supervisor with the Navajo County Board of Supervisors, District 1. He holds a BS degree in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration from NAU. He is from Shonto, Arizona, enjoys running and the outdoors, and is married to Phefelia Herbert-Nez. They have two children.
Terry Rambler Bio
Terry Rambler is serving his second term as Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe. He also serves as Chairman of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. Previously, Chairman Rambler served as a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council, President of the Intertribal Council of Arizona, and board member of the Fort Thomas Unified School District. He holds a BS degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and has three children.
Robert “Bob” Roessel Bio
Bob Roessel is Executive Principal for Salt River Project’s Intergovernmental Relations, where he directs and implements all tribal strategies. With over 30 years at SRP, he’s held numerous positions in engineering, construction and project management. He holds a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a professional civil engineering license. Bob is Diné from the Navajo Nation and resides in Laveen, Arizona with his family.
Timothy Williams Bio
Timothy “Tim” Williams is serving his third term as Chairman of the Fort Mohave Indian Tribe. Under Chairman Williams’ leadership, the Tribe renovated the Spirit Mountain Casino in Mohave Valley and put forth a proposal to build a new casino west of Needles, CA. He is a US Marine Corp Veteran and holds an Associate degree from Yavapai College and a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. He is married to Tara and they have four daughters.