The Board of Regents puts their skills, experience, and dedication into fulfilling the goals and operations of San Carlos Apache College. Each member commits to uphold the power of Apache wisdom and knowledge, and rekindle the language, traditions, and culture of the Apache people.
Roberta Patten, Board Chairperson, was born in Chicago, raised in Peridot, and is presently a member of the Seven Mile Wash District. She graduated from University of Texas of El Paso with a Master’s Degree in Special Education, and now dedicates her life to teaching San Carlos elementary, junior high, and junior college students, as well as serving as a career counselor. Presently, she teaches 6th grade at San Carlos Middle School. She has been a member of the Board since 2019.
Durena Thompson works for the San Carlos Apache Tribal Education Program as an Education Manager where she supports the Head Start Program and coordinates the Ndeh Nation-One People-One Nation Native American Language grant. She has been a member of the San Carlos School Board and the San Carlos Apache College Board of Regents since 2019.
Born on the San Carlos Apache reservation in Arizona, Dr. Philip Stevens is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache tribe. He is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of American Indian Studies for the University of Idaho.
Shirley M. Boni was born and raised on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, and is an enrolled member of the tribe residing in the Peridot District. She has a Bachelor’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix and more than 38 years of work experience in healthcare management and leadership. Currently, she serves as the Director of Clarence Wesley Health Center located in Bylas, Arizona. She has been a member of the Board since 2021.
Isaiah Belknap is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe who resides in Seven Mile District. He holds a Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in Health Systems Management from Grand Canyon University. He has 26 years of overall health care experience in emergency management, public health, and education, and currently serves as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the San Apache Healthcare Corporation, Izee Ba Gowah.
Loreal Talgo Jones is an enrolled member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe who resides in the Bylas district. She has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Currently, she serves as the District’s Executive Assistant and Softball Coach at Fort Thomas Unified School District. She has been a member of the board since January 2022.
After receiving her Master’s degree in Accounting from University of Phoenix, Jolene Shorty worked as a grants and contracts manager for San Carlos Apache Tribe. Currently she serves as controller for San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation. An enrolled member of the tribe who lives in the Gilson Wash district, she is dedicated to helping her community succeed by helping the college expand to more fully meet the people’s needs. She has been a member of the board since January 2022.
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