CONSULTANTS

Shannon Douma (Laguna Pueblo) - Ms. Douma serves as Head Recruiter and Dean of Students for the Summer Policy Academy programs. She is a graduate of the Santa Fe Indian School and received her undergraduate and Master's degree from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she is Outreach Coordinator for the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico.



Brian Vallo (Acoma Pueblo) - Mr. Vallo is on contract as Event Planner for the upcoming Pueblo Convocation to be held in November 2011. He is a former Lt. Governor of Acoma Pueblo and owner of Black Mesa Consulting. Mr. Vallo is also an accomplished painter and designer.  He is currently employed at Barbara Felix Architecture and Design in Santa Fe, NM.



Pablo Padilla (Zuni Pueblo) - Mr. Padilla serves as Head Faculty for the Summer Policy Academy.  He received is undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his JD from University of New Mexico School of Law.  Prior to going to law school, Mr. Padilla worked for his community of Zuni in the Environment Department. After working for several years in private practice, Mr. Padilla now serves as Attorney for Isleta Pueblo. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law.


Patrice Chavez - Ms. Chavez's role is critical to the success of the Summer Policy Academy Year One and Year Two program. In her capacity as SPA On-site Coordinator, Ms. Chavez makes sure all aspects of programming are planned for and remain on schedule at the Santa Fe Indian School Campus, Princeton University Campus, and Washington DC sites.  At the Santa Fe Indian School, she serves in the capacity of Assistant Dean of Students, Activities Coordinator.



Lia Abeita Sanchez (Isleta Pueblo) -  Lia is currently an undergrad at Stanford University. Although undeclared she is considering a degree in Political Science. Lia participated in both S.P.A. Years I and II, where she was peer-nominated to represent S.P.A. as a youth-delegate to the U.N. Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is currently working with Dr. Sumida Huaman on youth attitudes towards language preservation. While an expensive hobby she loves playing golf in addition to basketball and an occasional game of soccer. She also does pottery in her spare time in hopes of one day reviving traditional Isleta style pottery.


Francis Vigil (Zia/Jemez/Jicarilla) - After several years as a Science teacher at the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, NM, Mr. Vigil moved to the Walatowa Charter High School in Jemez Pueblo to be Assistant Principal.  During the Summer Policy Academy, Mr. Vigil serves as the Curriculum Specialist. He has been instrumental in advancing all aspects of the curriculum. Mr. Vigil's daughter is a Summer Policy Academy Participant.



Julian Scott Shula (Hopi Tewa/Santa Clara Pueblo) - Mr. Shula is the Evening Program/Dormitory Coordinator for the Summer Policy Academy Year One program. He is responsible for the dorm staff and making sure the students experience during their time with SPA is safe.  During the school year, he serves as a Student Living Advisor in the high school boys' dormitory program.



Ron Martinez Looking Elk (Isleta/Taos Pueblo) - Mr. Martinez Looking Elk serves as a consultant to the Summer Policy Academy and other programming with recruitment efforts.  He is also directly involved with developing and implementing components of a public speaking and health curriculum. He is employed at Americans for Indian Opportunity as the International Development Specialist.




Dr. Michael Foster Dr. Foster is the External Evaluator for all programs under the LISFIS umbrella. Dr. Foster utilizes the collaborative evaluation process that includes dialogue with all members of the LI staff, participants, faculty and students. Through his ten years with the program, Dr. Foster has helped craft and tighten programming to be efficient and effective.  He received his Doctorate from the Harvard University School of Education and his MPH from the University of California Berkeley.