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.
Angel Charley, comes from Ka’waika, one of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. She comes from generations of powerful women who hold the sacred ability to heal our families through love, action, and connection. Most importantly, she is a mother who is learning how to support a generation of young leaders, like her child.
As Executive Director, Angel remains focused on leading values-driven change that centers the needs of CSVANW Members, the voices of our tribal communities, and people impacted by systemic oppression. She is passionate about disrupting cycles of violence, building community power, and transformative community based solutions in the movement to end gender-based violence. Angel holds a degree in Communication from the University of Hawai’i. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Native American Professional Parent Resources, is on the board for the Albuquerque Sexual Assault Nurses Examiners Collaborative, and serves a voting member to the Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence.
Training and Education Director
Jolene is a Diné (Navajo) woman intent on creating social change in Indigenous communities with hopes to address challenges and develop pathways toward solutions to protect women and children. For nearly six years Jolene worked with elected Navajo leadership engaging in policy advocacy to address areas of human trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, cyberbullying, and Missing & Murdered Diné Relatives. After her time with the Navajo Nation, she transitioned to community organizing to take a community-based approach to the missing and murdered crisis in Dinétah with the goal of elevating the voices of survivors and families, recovering missing relatives, and calling for justice. She remains committed to supporting Indigenous community healing, empowerment, and awareness in her role at CSVANW.
Jolene received concurrent bachelor’s degrees in American Indian Studies and Political Science, and her master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University. In her leisure time, you can find her hiking, taking pictures, fishing, being a cat mom, road tripping, baking, playing with makeup, and trying to keep up with her Netflix watch list.
Media & Communications Coordinator
Curtison Badonie is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People clan), Indigiqueer, and is originally from Blue Gap, Arizona, a rural community that sits in the heart of the Diné reservation. Out of the office, Curtison spends his time reading books/comics, watching movies/tv shows, listening to music, playing Pokémon: Let’s Go/Pokémon GO, eating, and randomly references memes and Tik Tok videos.
Professionally, Curtison worked at the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center where he gained knowledge on LGBTQ2S+ history and culture. Furthermore, Curtison developed his communication skills with the LGBTQ Resource Center through social media engagement, monthly newsletters and event planning. Curtison is an alumni with AmeriCorps. In AmeriCorps, Curtison worked with the UNM LGBTQ Resource Center to strengthen services and resources for college LGBTQ2S+ students, and community members.
Curtison earned his associates in Health Occupation from Diné College and earned his bachelors in Communication (with a focus in intercultural and gender) & Journalism from the University of New Mexico. Curtison is also an alumni with ReFrame Mentorship, where he further developed his communication skills/strategies and narrative building to help carry out CSVANW’s mission to stop violence against Native womxn and children.
Latonya Williams (Diné) is responsible for coordinating and overseeing CSVANW’s financial operations. She fully supports the movement to stop violence against all Indigenous people. During her free time, she loves to spend time her family. She also likes to take road trips, listen to music, and attend as many Professional Bull Riders (PBR) events as she can. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of New Mexico.
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).
CSVANW Membership Coordinator
Rufina Abeita (she/her) is a daughter, sister, and auntie from Isleta and Laguna Pueblos. She is currently seeking a higher education in Human Services with a minor in Early Childhood Education. Rufina started her journey with the CSVANW as an Intern in 2019 and since then she has been able to work directly in tribal and urban capacities within Tiwa territory, and now has returned back to the CSVANW to support healthy communities, healthy families empowerment!
Rufina spends her free time creating art, spending time with family, and trying new foods. Some of her most highlighted achievements are being certified as Adult Mental Health First Aid, Completing the Cultivating Roots & Resistance Youth Cohort with the Pueblo Action Alliance (PAA), and Collaboration with the Native Women Lead 2021 BEWE Boxes!
Tiffany Jiron is a proud Pueblo woman from the Pueblo of Isleta. She is a first-generation cycle breaker of violence and mother to three young children. Tiffany is very passionate about sharing her story of survival in hopes that it gives others a sense of hope and empowerment. She focuses her time educating herself on the current trends to actively address violence against Native women and children.
Her advocacy journey began as the Supervised Visitation Assistant in 2014 at Isleta Social Services where she later advanced in her career as the Supervised Visitation Coordinator. Ms. Jiron was also a member of the Board of Directors for CSVANW in 2019. Tiffany currently sits on the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health Advisory Board. She supports advocates working with Indigenous Relatives by providing PPE, monthly training, and technical support.
Sex Trafficking Project Coordinator
Michele Curtis is a Navajo Nation tribal member. She was born in Shiprock, NM and was raised in Nenahnezad, NM. Michele comes from a strong matriarchal line of weavers and farmers. She is a mother and a wife. She is passionate about helping children and elders in Tribal Communities and strongly advocates for them. She has more than three years of program managing and case managing human trafficked victims for First Nations Community Healthsource. Michele is a member of New Mexico Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives (MMIWR) Task Force and is a member of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Task force. Michele provides a voice for people in Indigenous communities and especially for urban unsheltered relatives.
Michele has an Associate’s degree in Human Services from San Juan College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and in Native American Studies from the University of New Mexico. She also volunteered as a CASA advocate in Farmington NM. Michele has two years of experience assisting youth ages 0-17 who were abused or were at-risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned at Childhaven in Farmington NM.
Outside of the office, Michele loves spending time with family and friends. She loves hiking and camping in the Colorado Rockies. She loves going to concerts with her partner and daughter. Fall season in her favorite because of harvest season. She helps her family harvest corn, melon, squash, and many other traditional vegetables and fruits. One of her favorite harvest foods is steam corn.
Policy & Communications Assistant
Ryder Jiron belongs to the Pueblo of Isleta, he is a graduate of the University of Missouri where he obtained a bachelor’s in Mediated & Political Communication with a minor in Native American/Indigenous studies. Ryder has had brief experiences working with federal Indian Policy and communications through internships in DC and AT&T’s FirstNet program.
His passion is working directly with Native communities to address the problems they face. Which is why he’s dedicated to bringing his skills to the coalition and contributing to its mission to end violence against Native women and children.
Ryder is also a self-dubbed “media funnel”, in his spare time he can be seen consuming any kind of media. Ranging from comics and books to podcasts and films. If there’s something new to be talked about, he’s either seen or plans on seeing it. He’s also passionate about finding ways to “Indigenize” traditional forms of media and having Native voices be seen and heard in many creative ways.
K’wani Cortes (She/Her) is from the Pueblo of Acoma and Mexican. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She enjoys being a part of her traditional pueblo and Aztec dances.
She loves watching Netflix and sharing memes. She is currently studying Political Science at UNM. K’wani’s goal is to go to law school to study Native American law and to help give back to her people.
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