Laura Garcia Gross (Navajo) Board Chair
Laura Garcia Gross is a Realtor & the office manager for Plumb & Co. Realtors. Laura specializes in marketing, office management & residential real estate sales. Laura attended the University of Utah & LDS Business College. Originally from Salt Lake, she has been involved with the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake off & on throughout her life. Laura is passionate about the work at the Urban Indian Center & takes much pleasure in its continued growth.
Tacey Atsitty (Navajo) Vice Chair
Tacey (Diné) is Tsénahabiłnii (Sleep Rock People) & born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle People). She has a bachelor’s degrees from BYU, Institute of American Indian Arts, & an MFA in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Her work has been featured in POETRY, EPOCH, Kenyon Review Online, & many more. She published her first book "Rain Scald" (University of New Mexico Press, 2018). She directs the Navajo Film Festival, is on the Advisory Council for BYU, board member of Lightscatter Press, & organizes the Intermountain All-Women Hoop Dance Competition.
Heather Tanana, -JD, MPH (Navajo) Board Secretary
Heather Tanana (Diné) is a Research Associate & Wallace Stegner Center Fellow at the University of Utah -S.J. Quinney College of Law. Heather’s research include exploring the overlay between environmental & health policy, promoting better practices in Indian child welfare, & criminal justice in Indian Country. Heather is also Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health, where she works with the Center’s Training team on developing & teaching Institute courses & collaborates on health policy work.
Jacob Crane (Tsuut'ina Nation) Board Treasurer
Jacob Crane is a citizen of Tsuut’ina Nation Alberta, Canada, & spent his youth on this southern Alberta First Nations community before moving to the United States, where he attended Utah Valley University (UVU). He plans to graduate with a Business Management degree with an emphasis in International Business. During his free time, he volunteers for different organizations within the Salt Lake Valley. He also strives to stay connected to his home community.
Alexis Blackmountain (Navajo)
Board member on Development Committee & member of Recruiting committee. Education Weber State University Business Education Composite Teaching and Professional Sales with a Minor in Marketing Degree.
Stephanie Benally (Navajo)
Stephanie Benally (Diné) is Red Streak People born for Bitter Water. Her maternal grandfather is Mexican People & paternal grandfather is Red House. She is the Native American Specialist for Utah Foster Care, & serves children by educating families & law officials to meet the importance of placing Native American children in kinship to ensure they have a connection to family & culture. She was a stakeholder & led Utah's first development of the Casey National Indian Child Welfare Act Placement Recruitment & Retention Project. She is the recipient of the Adoptive Parent Advocate Award, National Indian Child Welfare Association Member of the Year 2019, & the Salt Lake County Local Hero Award 2019.
Darin Ryujin -MS, MPAS, PA-C
Darin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine at the University of Utah. He received his Bachelor of Science from the U of U, Master of Science from Marshall University & Master of Physician Assistant Studies. He is currently the Director of Inclusion & Diversity for the U of U Physician Assistant Program. He serves on the committees of the U of U Associate Vice President’s Office for Health Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board, Chair of the Department of Family & Preventive Medicine Diversity, & the Inclusion Mission Committee. Nationally, he is a member of the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Diversity & Inclusion Mission Advancement Commission. He is also practicing PA at the U of U Sleep Wake Center. His passion & interests include educational equity, health disparities, working with students, inclusion & diversity.
Scott Willie (Navajo)
Board meetings are held monthly at the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake. For those wishing to attend (or address the Board) please contact any member listed above. If you wish to be added to the agenda please email Heather Tanana at: Heather.Tanana@law.utah.edu
Board Member Recruitment
The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake City governed by a Board of Directors is currently made up of 10 members. At this time we are accepting applications for new board members. For more information, email Board Chair @ firstname.lastname@example.org