PRIDE LEADERSHIP

Board of Directors

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ALRAY NELSON

Executive Director

Alray Nelson is a movement builder & innovator of change from the Navajo Nation. With 17 years of community organizing and campaign management experience, he was a senior advisor for two Navajo Nation Presidents, served as the Native American Vote Organizer for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and as the Native American Outreach Director for the gubernatorial campaign that elected New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Since 2017, Alray led Equality New Mexico as board chairman, the state’s leading LGBTQ+ organization. He recently ended his term as the urban representative to the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council, a government-appointed group of tribal leaders that strive to provide every Native American student with an equitable education. He is a nationally renowned leader for Indigenous human rights and continues to dedicate his time as a mentor for young people around the United States.

Pronouns: HE, HIS, HIM

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CURTIS BERRY

Creative Director

Curtis is a respected community advocate & formally served as an advisor for the 24th Navajo Nation Council. This is his 5th year overseeing the operations & creative direction of Diné Pride. 

Pronouns: HE, HIS, HIM

Tomahawk Martini

Entertainment Director

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Thomas "Tomahawk" Martini is a nationally-renowned artist, drag entertainer, and community advocate. He is the founder of the BlackOUT Crew in Albuquerque, New Mexico, & a former Miss Sidewinders. This will be his fourth year on the board overseeing our Pride entertainment. 

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BRENNEN YONNIE

Finance Director

Brennen is a professional in the social work field and the co-founder of Diné Equality - the largest Indigenous LGBTQ+ advocacy organization in the country. As a national advocate for marriage equality, his story alongside his partner Alray Nelson has been featured in Detail Men's Magazine, GQ Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angles Times, National Public Radio, Indian County Today, Native America Calling, and many other publications. This is his 5th year on the board overseeing our financial direction.

Pronouns: HE, HIS, HIM

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JOSIE RAPHELITO

Program Director

Josie is a nationally recognized human rights advocate & LGBTQ+ youth mentor. She volunteers her time for local & tribal charitable causes alongside her wife Karla. In addition to previously serving as the Senior Program Manager for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC., Josie is in her 3rd year on the board overseeing our community engagement programs.

Pronouns: SHE, HER, HERS

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RAYMONA UENTILLIE

Sales Director

Raymona is a respected professional in the social work field & a community leader. This is her 3rd year being a volunteer & leader for the board.  

Pronouns: SHE, HER, HERS

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GERONIMO LOUIE

Youth Director

Geronimo is an LGBTQIA+ youth leader & founder of the first Gay-Straight Alliance at Miyamura High School in Gallup, New Mexico. He is a fashion trendsetter, Two-Spirit advocate, & social media influencer. This is his 3rd year as a youth leader for Pride.

Pronouns: HE, HIS, HIM

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NICOLE JOHNNY

Academic Director

Nicole is a real estate & property advisor at Tamaya Ventures, where she researches & analyzes business development & investments. She is a graduate of Pepperdine University, with an MBA in finance & an undergraduate degree in finance & economics. Her background includes experience working in capital markets & tribal land valuation. Nicole is a member of the Navajo Nation with her clans as Kiyaa'áanii born for Tsi'naajinii, her chei is Tábąąhá and her nali is Naashaashi Dine'é. She counts reading, hiking, & constant curiosity about the world around us as her myriad of interests. This is her 2nd year on the board overseeing our academic programs. 

Pronouns: SHE, HER, HERS 

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JULISSA JOHNSON

Logistics Director

Biography is forthcoming.

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JESSICA SHUTIVA

Community Representative

Biography forthcoming. 

Pronouns: SHE, HER, HERS

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SHANIA SKYY

Entertainment Director

Shaina's been performing in the Phoenix area since 2013 and has completed twice at Miss Gay USofA Newcomer  twice. She is also a former Miss National Capitol Cities Plus. She is a member of the Gila River Indian Community and is Akimel O'odam, Pee Posh, Thono O'odam and Yaqui. She has helped Diné Pride over the years raise funds through various benefit shows in the Phoenix area with The Excuse Our Beauty Revue. 

Pronouns:  SHE, HER, HERS

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LESLIE NASH

Community Representative

Leslie Nash better known as Leslie Lewinsky is a certified cosmetologist from San Carlos, Arizona. He is a proud Apache ally & has used his talents through the art of drag to advocate for the Indigenous LGBTQ2+ community on & off our Sovereign Nations. This is his 2nd year on the board.

Pronouns: HE, HIM, HIS