2017 AISES Board of Directors Election:

AISES Members,

The polls are now open for the 2017 Board of Directors election!  AISES conducts voting electronically.  To cast your vote, please go to www.aises.org/bod2017.  Please note you will be required to log into the AISES membership portal.  If you forgot your password, you may reset it at: https://aises.site-ym.com/general/email_pass.asp.  

All votes must be cast by August 1, 2017. If you need assistance with your login, please contact the AISES membership department at membership@aises.org or at (505) 765-1052 ext. 110. 

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2017 AISES Board of Directors Nominees

Bettles, James (GENERAL Member)

James Bettles is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation (Pendleton, OR) and a shareholder of the Chugach Alaska Corporation (Anchorage, AK). He is a graduate of Cornell University, College of Human Ecology with a bachelors in Biology, Health and Society from the Science and Technology Studies department. He was active with Cornell AISES and led the chapter as an undergraduate student.

Currently James Bettles serves as Executive Data Scientist with IBM Corporation. He is responsible for helping private and public sector entities reinvent the way they use data to advance health, improve operations, increase market share and reduce fraud and loss leaders with advanced cognitive analytical applications. He is also helping leadership increase career opportunities for Native students interested in pursuing STEM-related careers at IBM.

James wishes to help Native engineers integrate their experience into science fields. He can offer his career experience to AISES and show members examples of research frameworks that have proven economic value. Additionally he can help tribal leaders link the mission of AISES with concrete science and engineering paths for their members. Mr. Bettles is excited for the opportunity to assist AISES in reaching new levels of success.

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Bulltail, Grace (GENERAL Member)

Grace is originally from Crow country in Montana, a member of the Crow Tribe and a descendant of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Tribes of Fort Berthold, North Dakota. Grace received a bachelor of science in civil & environmental engineering from Stanford University. She completed masters degree programs at Montana Tech and Columbia University. Grace completed a doctoral program in the department of Biological & Environmental Engineering at in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at Cornell University. Her dissertation research focuses on water quality impacts from natural resource development in tribal communities. Grace has worked as an engineer developing water resources infrastructure projects prior to starting her doctoral program. Grace has also served as an engineering instructor at United Tribes Technical College and continues to work as a consulting engineer. She is a recipient of the GEM Foundation Fellowship, Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership Fellowship, NSF IGERT Fellowship, and Cornell Colman Fellowship in completing her graduate studies. Grace is currently a California Alliance postdoctoral fellow in the departments of Earth System Science & Civil Engineering at Stanford University. Grace has participated in AISES programming for the past 22 years and is an AISES Sequoyah member.

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Burnette, Gary D. (GENERAL Member)

I am an IBM Vice President with thirty-two years’ experience in technology. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences from East Tennessee State University and completed post-graduate studies at George Washington University. I have led global teams with as many as three thousand professionals and budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. My IBM experiences include product marketing, product development, “big data”, and application of information technology acting as CIO for sales and marketing.

I am an enrolled member of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton, Virginia and serve on its council. At IBM, I am a champion for the native community serving as corporate council co-chair for American Indian diversity. I have been featured in “Winds of Change” and in videos for IBM on the criticality of diversity. Mentoring is my personal passion and as a leader in my profession; I have a responsibility to be a role model to encourage pursuit of STEM careers. These fields will solve many issues society faces and it’s important to have representation from our communities. As a board member, I will work to strengthen partnerships between membership and business and lead application of IT to our operations.

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Curley, Trudy (GENERAL Member)

Trudy Curley is full Navajo from Manuelito, New Mexico. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas where she participated in AISES as chapter president for four consecutive years. She relaunched the chapter after being nonexistent for nine years and developed it into a decent sized chapter with high member retention. She is a Bill & Melinda Gates Scholar Alumni where she was able to build a network of friends which catapulted her career.

At the Boeing Company she worked in nondestructive testing on the composite main rotorblades of the Apache Block III helicopters. As a mechanical engineer at Advanced Green Innovations, she led the pre-production fuel rail specific to the company’s fuel injectors and has patent pending on the Wankel Engine. At Wrightspeed, Inc. she is the Lead Project Engineer for the high voltage battery packs and reporting directly to the CEO she is the Product Data Manager for the Design Engineering Department.

With diverse work experience ranging from consumer goods to sustainable solutions for transportation, Trudy seeks to make the world a better place throufh engineering math and sci

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Enos, B.J. (GENERAL Member)

Barney “BJ” Enos is an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community and currently a Council 4 Representative. His roots in AISES go back to 1994 when he was a sophomore at Coolidge High School, Coolidge, Arizona. More recently he led support within Gila River for sponsorship of the 2017 AISES Leadership Summit at the Gila River River Wild Horse Pass Hotel. With a background and undergraduate degree in public health and an advanced degree in public administration, BJ well understands the important role AISES plays in supporting the development of skills and capabilities in STEM that will allow Native Americans to learn, grow and serve their people.

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Halona, Kristina  (GENERAL Member)

My name is Kristina J. Halona and I am Navajo, originally from Sawmill, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation. I am of the Black Streak Wood People Clan born for the Folded Arms People Clan. The Bitter Water Clan is my maternal grandfather’s clan and the Salt Clan is my paternal grandfather’s clan. I am an Aerospace Engineer where my role is the Vehicle Delivery Deputy Lead on the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Interceptor Program at Orbital ATK in Chandler, AZ. I received a B.S.E degree in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and a M.S.E degree in Engineering Management from George Washington University. I have been an AISES member since I was in middle school competing in AISES science fairs, which led to AISES scholarships, internships, and leadership opportunities like serving as the AISES National Student Representative. As a professional and a Sequoyah Fellow I have been part of the AISES Professional Chapters in the Bay Area, Tucson, and Phoenix and am currently the Phoenix Professional Chapter Vice President. I would love to serve on the board as I want to give back to an organization that has truly helped me become the successful professional I am today.

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Jacobs, Alicia (ASSOCIATE Member)

Alicia received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology from Western Carolina University with a concentration in Native American Health and is currently working on her Master of Public Affairs degree. She is passionate about building self-reliance in native youth to build stronger native communities. Experience includes advocating for Native youth on Capitol Hill, certified as a Native Life Skills Trainer, Qualla Education Collaborative member, and first recipient of the AISES Tribal Partner Service Award. Her experience with AISES began eight years ago as her students began attending annual AISES events thus leading her to become a Sequoyah Fellow. Her passion to increase Native people in STEM is driven by her commitment to effective communication, collaboration, and community. Increasing the workforce development for the enrolled members in Cherokee, NC has been one of her most rewarding achievements thus far. Her passion for empowering youth goes beyond today as she continues to strive towards making a generational impact of strong leaders for this region and across Indian country. Advancing Native’s in STEM, empowering youth and commitment to collaboration are assets that Alicia will bring as a member of the Board of Directors and the future of the AISES organization.

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Laverdure, Adrienne (GENERAL Member)

Dr. Adrienne Laverdure, is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota. She is a board certified Family practice physician at the Peter Christensen Health Center for the Lac du Flambeau band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Wisconsin, serving that community for almost 20 years. Dr. Laverdure graduated from the Indians into Medicine program at the University of North Dakota in the late 80’s, where she was an AISES member in the college chapter. Dr. Laverdure has helped raise two boys that are both in the medical field, one a doctor in Tuba City, Arizona and the other a psychologist working for the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate in South Dakota. Her daughter is currently going to school at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where Dr. Laverdure volunteers at the Native American Center for Health Professions (NACHIP) program, mentoring and supporting Native STEM students interested in health professions. Last year at the AISES conference in Minneapolis, Dr. Laverdure became a Sequoyah fellow and renewed her commitment to give back and promote health careers and professions in our younger generation. Dr. Laverdure hopes to contribute a perspective of a practicing family physician to the AISES Board of Directors.

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Peterson, Tracy (GENERAL Member)

Mr. Peterson is a citizen of the Diné Nation, of the Zuni Clan of the Edgewater People Clan, born for the Bitter Water People Clan. Dividing his undergraduate study between the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico, Tracy earned both his baccalaureate and master degrees from the University of Iowa. Currently, he is the Director of Diversity Programs and K-12 Outreach in the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He is responsible for coordinating K-12 outreach programs for campus and area communities to enhance college readiness and to encourage students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. He also coordinates pre-engineering camps for K-12 students, with a particular focus on underrepresented groups, in hopes of increasing their participation and success in engineering. In addition, he provides leadership and support that promotes diversity that benefits all students through programs, services, and developmental initiatives that strengthens and fosters inclusion. Tracy continually works on developing best practices for the retention and success of underrepresented students in Higher Education. He is committed to empowering students in achieving academic success by enhancing their academic, professional, cultural, and personal experiences.

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Tsabetsaye, Shaun (GENERAL Member)

Since 1998, I have fulfilled my membership role as a servant leader of AISES. I have returned the gift of being sponsored by supporting numerous peers as a student and professional to help them become inspired members of AISES. From 2006 for a decade, I led as member and chair of the Intel Native American Network to operate similar to an AISES professional chapter growing the initiative to receive the highest corporate-level support. This instrumental work led Intel to incrementally increase AISES sponsorship year-over-year and now earns a spot yearly on the “Top 50 Employers for Native Americans in STEM” since 2013. From 2013 onward, I serve on the AISES Corporate Advisory Council which allows me to continue to aid the growth of the society. On several occasions this year, I have supported the AISES staff in their outreach efforts to develop and maintain community relationships across Indian Country which is essential for growth. With my integral perspective and experience, serving on the board would continue to help achieve the organization’s objectives. I ask for your support on my candidacy for the AISES board to allow my continuance to steer and strive for the fulfillment of the mission of AISES.

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Watson, Marlene (GENERAL Member)

Marlene Watson is from the Navajo Nation, she was born and raised in Oakland, CA, her parents are from Wide Ruins, AZ and Rock Springs, NM. AISES has given Marlene an opportunity to develop as a leader and inspired her to succeed in her Masters in Architecture and Masters in Science, Construction Engineering Management degrees. As a college student Marlene was inspired by the founding members of AISES to apply her education and skills to build healthy communities. In working towards the mission of AISES and reaching out to others led her to found and organize the first chapters at U.C. Berkeley and the California AISES Professional Chapters.

After graduation Marlene had the opportunity to work for American Indian owned architectural and engineering firms and participate in various tribal, private and municipal design projects; community centers, health clinics, airports, roads and site development projects. Marlene has worked as a designer and project manager for the Department of Energy; Department of Housing and Community Development and NASA in Washington, DC. Marlene has worked as a Training Specialist for Southcentral Foundation for 3 years, she brings her diverse background to the AISES Board of Directors.

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