NACA Governing Council

NACA’s governing council members offer several areas of expertise, knowledge and skills. They are committed to NACA and our vision for learning and student success in all aspects of their lives. Our governing board members also serve as role models for our students and believe in giving back to the community.

Amber Hillis

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Tiffany Lee

Tiffany S. Lee is Dibé Łizhiní from Crystal, NM and Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge, SD. Dr. Lee is a Professor of Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico.  Her research examines educational and culturally-based outcomes of Indigenous language immersion schools, Native youth perspectives on language reclamation, and socio-culturally centered education.  She is the former President of the Navajo Studies Conference, Inc and a former high school social studies and language arts teacher at schools on the Navajo Nation and at Santa Fe Indian School. She is also a former member of the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council for the Office of Indian Education, NM Public Education Department. 


Michael Mora

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Andrew Quintana

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Justin Solimon

Justin Solimon is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna and practices law in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He holds a JD degree and a Certificate in Indian Law from the University of New Mexico School of Law, and a BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College.  As an attorney, he specializes in representing American Indian tribes and tribally owned entities in litigation and transactional matters. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law and is a former high school teacher and coach.


Ayn Whyte

Ayn lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently the Executive Director of the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board (AAIHB). She served as the Project Director of the SAMHSA Capacity Building Initiative for Substance Use and HIV Prevention Services for at-risk racial/ethinic minority youth and young adults . She also serves as the Principal Investigator for the Office of Minority Health for the Health Equity Initiative. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of New Mexico.


Emmet Yepa

Emmet Yepa is an enrolled tribal member from the Pueblo of Jemez. Emmet is a NACA alumus and Gates Millennium Scholar, who graduated as part of the inaugural class of 2012. He has since graduated from UNM with a BA in Native American Studies. Emmet currently works in Albuquerque and supports his family with plans of returning to higher education. He is also an Award Winning Singer who returns back to NACA to contribute song and drumming at school cultural events.


Meetings and Agendas

NACA's Governing Council normally meets once a month on the third Thursday at 4:30pm at our CNM campus

940 University Blvd. Se, Albuquerque NM

Next Meeting: October 30, 2020 @10AM


GC Meeting Dates Agenda Minutes
October 30, 2020
10.30.20 Agenda 10.30.20 Minutes
October 22, 2020 10.22.20 Agenda 10.22.20 Minutes
September 17, 2020
9.17.20 Agenda 9.17.20 Minutes
August 20,2020
8.20.20 Agenda 8.20.20 Minutes
July 16, 2020
7.16.20 Agenda 7.16.20 Minutes
June 25, 2020
6.25.20 Agenda 6.25.20 Minutes
June 18, 2020
6.18.20 Agenda Postponed to 6.25.20
May 21, 2020
5.21.20 Agenda 5.21.20 Minutes
April 16, 2020
4.16.20 Agenda 4.16.20 Minutes
March 26, 2020 3.26.20 Agenda 3.26.20 Minutes
February 20, 2020 2.20.20 Agenda 2.20.20 Minutes
January 23, 2020
Special Meeting
January 16, 2020
Rescheduled to 1/30/2020
NACA Performance Framework Report:



Previous School Years Governing Council Dates, Agendas, Minutes.

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