The Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women’s staff comprises up the CSVANW Leadership Team and is led by passionate, distinguished and highly committed individuals working to collectively address violence against Native women and children. Each staff plays a complementary role to CSVANW and each are 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 CSVANW.
As the executive director, Deleana OtherBull leads the strategic direction of CSVANW and supports its dynamic team to meet CSVANW’s highest aspirations for social change through community building and capacity work in the movement to end violence against Native women and children.
For over 10 years, Deleana has focused her efforts on tribal and federal program design, development, management, research and evaluation with a specialized focus in Native non-profits. She has worked extensively at the national level with tribal communities across Indian Country and is passionate about strength-based social change work, advocacy and community engagement. In both personal and professional settings, Deleana is known for her passion for families, community, social movements, and inclusive politics. Deleana utilizes a strength-based approach to community work that is creative, accessible, inclusive and collaborative.
A graduate of the University of Arizona and the Institute of American Indian Arts, Deleana holds degrees in Psychology, Creative Writing, and English. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at the University of New Mexico. Committed to being involved with the community, Deleana sits on the Board of Directors for the Native American Professional Parent Resources (NAPPR), on an advisory board for NewMexicoWomen.org and on several legislative committees for New Mexico. She was named the 2017 New Mexico Young Professional of the Year and a recipient of the National Center’s Native American 40 under 40 in 2017. In 2016, she was named one of three of Senator Tom Udall’s New Mexico Women of Success.
Project Coordinator- Sex Trafficking Initiatives
Cheyenne Antonio is Dine` from Torreon/ Pueblo Pintado, New Mexico. She received her BA in Native American Studies in Leadership and Building Native Nations. Her strengths focus around community outreach to address issues on violence against women, empowering youth, and environmental racism among the Navajo Nation. She plans to apply for graduate school in the future.
Training & Development Manager
Kimberly Benally is Diné (Navajo) (First Clan, T ł ‘ízídachii’ (Red Goat), Second Clan, Tsenahabilnii (Sleeping Rock), Third Clan, Hasht ł ‘ishnii (Mud), Fourth Clan, Tó’aheedlíinii (Water Flows Together)) from Tse’ Daa K’aan, NM. Kim’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.
Sexual Assault Project Coordinator
Devona Bradford (Zuni Pueblo) graduated from Pima Medical Institute as a Medical Assistant in 2005. In 2010 she began her work in sexual health advocacy for Native women. Devona is a fierce advocate for Indigenous rights and women’s rights. Her extensive hands-on experience fuels her passion for working within the community. Devona is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. Her goal is to return to her hometown of Zuni Pueblo and give back to her people. Devona is deeply rooted in the values of her culture, language, and family.
Native Youth Coordinator
Keioshiah (Diné) is of the Folded Arms People Clan and born for the Mexican People Clan. She is from Kirtland, New Mexico and is currently a pursing a Master’s in American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Her family’s knowledge, curiosity, and concern for her family and respected Native Nation have shaped her into an individual, who is willing to apply her skills and knowledge to the betterment of her community. Keioshiah strives to continue the resistance and decolonial work in sexual and reproductive justice in the Native Nation and surrounding areas through the Rez Condom Tour and non-profit partnership with the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Young Women United.
Angel Thomas is from Laguna Pueblo. She holds an AA in Communication from the University of Hawaii. She comes to CSVANW from a corporate background where as a retail store manager she trained, organized, and developed her staff, managed profit gains, and facilitated non-profit efforts through UNICEF. She has been an active volunteer in her community since relocating back to New Mexico in 2012. She is passionate about Native Women’s rights, the prevention of domestic and sexual violence against Native Women.
Program and Media Assistant
Curtison Badonie (he/him/his) is Diné from Blue Gap & Chinle, Arizona. He received his BA in Communication with a focus in Intercultural and a minor in Sociology from the University of New Mexico. Curtison’s focus with the CSVANW is providing assistance and support to the CSVANW’s mission in stopping violence against Native Women and children through advocating for social change in our communities. Curtison is in the process of applying for graduate school at the University of New Mexico.