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Carey is Tsu’wungwa (rattlesnake clan) from the village of Lower Moencopi. She received her bachelor’s degree in Community Health Promotion from Northern Arizona. Carey was a long time board member prior to becoming the director in 2015. Her passions align with the coalition in advocating for a violent free community. She loves spending time with family, crafting and traveling.
Kara Lavender was hired as the new Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the coalition. Kara is Spider clan from the Village of Tewa. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver. Kara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing board games and traveling.
Kara previously served as the Family Advocate and Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Coordinator for Navajo County Victim Services. Her responsibilities included coordinating and communicating with MDT members to ensure that the families’ needs were being met throughout the duration of the case. She also provided information and resources to the non offending caregiver regarding trauma and the impact of trauma on children and families.
Working as a victim advocate initiated a new found passion for serving and advocating for people in her community that are survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence and/or witnesses to domestic or sexual violence.
As the Director of Training & Technical Assistance, Kara will develop, implement and facilitate ongoing training and technical assistance with our program partners, first responders, victim advocates, and more to address effective responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking in the Hopi and Tewa community.
Kyla Silas was hired as the new Membership & Outreach Coordinator for the coalition. Kyla is Hopi from the village of Shungopavi and piqöswungwa (bearstrap) clan. She recently obtained her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family and Human Development at Arizona State University. Prior to joining the HTWCEA team, she worked with Mesa Community College as a program coordinator within the American Indian Institute office. During her time at MCC she was able to develop, market and host virtual workshops for the Indigenous students throughout the year. Her goal for her new position with HTWCEA is to support those who have been affected by DV/SA experiences- to encourage their overall healing so they may voice their experiences. Kyla understands the struggle to honor tradition while enduring a traumatic situation is an ongoing issue and hopes with the help of the community, respective HTWCEA partners, and the HTWCEA team she can provide a space where everyone's voices are heard and educational knowledge is shared.
Terri is a graduate from ASU with
a B.A In Digital Culture with a focus
in film. Her focus is working with youth and promoting education within Indigenous Communities. She is excited to help HTWCEA reach more community members and create projects with HTWCEA!
Roxanne has been with the Hopi-Tewa Women’s Coalition for 11 as the Office Manager. She is Omauw’wungwa from the village of Songopavi. She is a proud mother of two, loves planning family events and spending time with family, and loves her two pets, Bailey and Emmy.