Board of Directors

ALRAY NELSON

Executive Director

Alray Nelson is a movement builder & innovator of change from the Navajo Nation. With 18 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.

As the Navajo Nation Education Administrator for New Mexico, Alray is the founder and lead organizer for Diné Equality – one of the largest LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations in the country. He is a recipient of the prestigious Nááts'íilid Rainbow Champion Award and completed the Native American Political Leadership Program at George Washington University.

Since 2017, Alray led the Equality New Mexico Foundation as board chairman - the state’s leading LGBTQ+ organization. He recently ended his term as the urban representative to the 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.

Alray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of New Mexico and is the newly-appointed executive director for Navajo Nation Pride. The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored him as a Top 40 Native American Leader Under 40. He resides in New Mexico with his partner Brennen Yonnie.

This is the 2nd year he will be leading Diné Pride as executive director and is proudly its co-founder.

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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 4th year overseeing the operation & creative direction of Diné Pride. 

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Tomahawk Martini

Entertainment Director

TOMAHAWK MARTINI

Entertainment Director

Thomas "Tomahawk Martini"  is a nationally-renowned artist, drag entertainer, and community advocate. He is the founder of the BlackOut Girls of Albuquerque, New Mexico & a former Miss Sidewinders. This will be his 4th year overseeing all entertainment operations.  

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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.

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RAPHEAL BEGAY

Art Director

Rapheal is an artist, movement leader, & photographer. This will be his 4th year overseeing our artistic direction.  

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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. This is her second year serving and was previously the Senior Program Manager for the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. This is her 2nd year on the board overseeing our community engagement programs.

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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.  

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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 2nd year as a youth leader for Pride.

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TRISH ARVISO

Business Director

Trish is a proud mother, community volunteer, LGBTQ+ ally, & Diné business professional. She volunteers her time for local & tribal charitable causes alongside her husband Anthony. This is her 2nd year on the board overseeing business affairs. 

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NICOLE GARCIA

Film Director 

Nicole has a background in education & has always had an interest in film. After completing the film program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in collaboration with Disney/ABC Television she started working on film projects. She has become a member of the Gallup Film Foundation where her & other members developed an idea about making a movie about the Navajo story of the hero twins. This became the film Monster Slayer which she produced. Monster Slayer has now been shown in several film festivals & comic cons all around the world. Nicole hopes the film will inspire other indigenous people to start telling their stories. This is her first year on the board.

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TÉ DIAMOND TITLA

Outreach Director

Té is proudly White Mountain Apache & San Carlos Apache. She is the first openly Trans Native American to compete for Miss Phoenix Pride & was recognized as Phx Entertainer of the Year in 2018 & Miss Apache Diva in 2019. She is the reigning Miss Supreme Pride 2020 & attends Arizona State University studying Business Communications. As the secretary of Native PFLAG, she previously served on the board for the Arizona Two-Spirit Powwow from 2019 to 2020. This is her first year on the board.

Pronouns: SHE, HER, HERS

SHEILA REDHOUSE

Membership Director

Sheila is an artist and avid traveler who feels the most at home on/near the Navajo Nation. They is a porud mother and is serving theys first time on the board. 

 

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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 first year on the board overseeing our academic programs. 

Pronouns: SHE, HER, HERS 

LESLIE NASH

Outreach Director

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 first year on the board.

Pronouns: HIS, HIS, HIM

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Diné Pride is honoring & celebrating our LGBTQ+ relatives & reaffirming the sacredness of their heritage. There are many social disparities that affect our community & our Pride event hopes to reintroduce Navajo teachings that kept our LGBTQ+ relatives safe & revered - the way our culture recognized at one point in history.

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