The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women’s (CSVANW) staff is comprised of a passionate, distinguished and highly committed leadership team working to collectively address violence against Native women and children. Each staff member plays a complementary role to CSVANW and each one is committed to operating with the utmost integrity, accountability and responsibility to CSVANW’s stakeholders. CSVANW is proud to have leaders who are passionate field experts with proven experience in advocacy, support, technical assistance and training. Together, this group guides the collective efforts of the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women.
Interim – Executive Director
Angel Charley comes from the Pueblo of Laguna and is the proud mom of an amazing-too cool-preteen. When she’s not in the office you can find Angel getting lost traveling (literally) both locally and abroad, singing off key in her car, cooking/burning new foods she discovers on Tasty videos, and spending time trying to relate to her tween (this currently involves something called “manga”?).
As CSVANW’s Interim Executive Director, Angel is focused on transitioning our organization through values-driven change that centers the needs of our Members and voices of our communities. She is passionate about civic engagement, women’s rights, and shifting narratives that hold space for solution-based conversations in the movement to end violence against women and children. Angel holds a degree in Communication from the University of Hawai’i.
Training & Education Manager
Kim Benally’s focus is providing leadership in the development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of the Coalition’s training and education efforts. Kimberly brings with her over 10 years professional experience working at a national level with Tribes, Native non-profits and in the higher education field. Her previous experience includes managing a national Native non-profit as the Chief Operations Officer and overseeing several higher education programs as a Senior Program Manager. She has extensive experience in curriculum development, training and technical assistance, and grant management. Kimberly is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education as part of the Native American Leadership in Education cohort at the University of New Mexico. She holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree with a Tribal Governance concentration from The Evergreen State College and a Bachelor’s of University Studies from the University of New Mexico. Kim is a citizen of the Navajo Nation.
Project Coordinator- Sex Trafficking Initiatives
Cheyenne Antonio is Diné from Torreon/ Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico. She received her BA in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She focuses on addressing violence against native womxn and environmental racism within bordertowns and in rural communities. Cheyenne brings a critical perspective on the differences between consensual sex work and sex trafficking. Cheyenne is a leader and political educator on the colonial violence of Fracking across Diné lands and how fracking contributes to health inequities for Native peoples the most impacted from hundreds of toxic pollinates, displacement, homelessness, sexual violence, and murder.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Curtison Badonie is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People clan) and is originally from Blue Gap, Arizona, a rural community that sits at the heart of the Diné reservation. Out of the office, Curtison spends his time reading books/comics, watching movies/tv shows, listening to music, sleeping, eating, biking, more eating and referencing and watching VINE videos. In addition, Curtison LOVES to talk about pop culture and LOVES to make pop culture references. If you ask him about his thoughts about any of the award shows, the Met Gala, etc. and he’ll give you a full report. One of Curtison’s biggest goals in life is to reenact Miranda Priestly’s “This stuff? Oh, I see, you think this has nothing to do with you…” monologue from The Devil Wears Prada (2006) without any mishaps. Curtison earned his associates in Health Occupation from Diné College and earned his bachelors in Communication & Journal from the University of New Mexico.
Latonya Williams (Diné) is originally from Gallup, NM, but has lived in Albuquerque for almost 20 years. She enjoys spending time with her family and she enjoys going to rodeos. She is passionate about her background and her Navajo culture. She fully supports the movement to stop violence against all Native People. She has a BA in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Cecelia Westman is Tlingit from Southeast Alaska who relocated to the Southwest in pursuit of sunshine. She is a graduate from the University of New Mexico, holding a Double Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and Africana Studies. Growing up Cecelia spent a lot of time with her maternal grandmother, family and other clan relatives. She is of the Kaagwaantaan family (Eagle, Killer Whale, and Wolf) representing the Two Door House and the House by the Water of Sitka, Ak. Cecelia is an activist, artist, mother, and herbalist who spends a lot of time reading and studying history and culture shifts in her attempt to aid social healing and self-determination. She also enjoys exploring outdoors and cultivating food/medicine crops. In her free time, she can be found creating visual art, watching independent films, listening to underground music, supporting her community, and cooking. In the field of DV and SA, Cecelia has served multiple communities through various positions, bringing a lot of organizational experience to CSVANW. She has worked in the field of prevention as a Male Engagement and Community Engagement Coordinator. As a direct service provider, she has worked in a shelter setting as a Family/Victim’s Advocate and as a Legal Advocate helping survivors navigate various systems. Cecelia lives a life of dedication to equity by challenging systems to better serve populations that have become accustomed to inequality and marginalization. As the Advocate Coordinator with CSVANW, Cecelia looks to employ her cultural values as well as her education and experience to further support advocates in addressing violence in their communities.
Project & Media Assistant
Honey is living evidence that any person who grows up being from a broken home and disdained for being different, can create having a mind-set of overcoming any barriers to become triumphant, and being admired for the work they carry out. Having no barriers to get in her way, and with the support of other CSVANW employees, Honey plans to become an advocate to help bring awareness to the needs of the Indigenous Trans community.
As the Project and Media Assistant, Honey is responsible for helping the Coordinators at CSVANW with the trainings and workshops CSVANW organizes. She is always down to offer fresh ideas in ways to increase awareness in understanding the issues with domestic and sexual violence happening to our elders and youths in our Native communities to the public.
When she isn’t working, you’ll find Honey strenuously singing along to most of Mariah Carey’s songs or listening to an eclectic genre of music from the 90s & early 2000s. She loves activities that has anything to do with nature, loves watching horror movies, and reading fictional books (i.e. books by Stephen King, John Saul, Jean M. Auel, and Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W Michael Gear).
Native Youth Coordinator
Jovita Belgarde is from the Ohkay Owingeh and Isleta Pueblos of New Mexico and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Nation of North Dakota. She is passionate about working with Native youth and making positive social change in Native communities. She received her BA in Criminology from the University of New Mexico and received her Prevention Specialist Certification from the New Mexico Credentialing Board for Behavioral Health Professionals. She has worked in the prevention field for 5 years, prior to coming to CSVANW, working with Native youth doing suicide prevention, substance abuse prevention, and experiential education. Jovita works from strength-based perspective that encourages growth, healing, and intentionality. She believes that youth engagement is key to creating strong healthy communities.
In her off time she loves to hike, play basketball, snowboard, garden, cook, and dance. She likes spending lots of time with her family and her dog Panda Bear.