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.
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!
Policy & Advocacy Director
Tiffany Jiron is a proud Pueblo woman from the Pueblo of Isleta. She is a first-generation cycle breaker of violence and a 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. Tiffany Jiron holds a degree in Human Services and is a current social work student at the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work at the New Mexico Highlands University.
Policy & Communications Coordinator
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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Nicole Begay (Diné)
Sexual Violence Project Coordinator
Originating from Arizona, Nicole Begay was born of the Towering House clan (Kinyaa’áanii) and Red Running into the Water clan, (Táchii’nii) in this way Nicole is a Navajo Woman. Professionally and personally Nicole’s passion is to create positive change and conversation on topics related to sexual violence. Before starting a career in advocacy work, Nicole voluntarily dedicated five years to spreading sexual violence awareness against women and children through public speaking and education. These speaking opportunities led her to the field of child and family advocacy with a focus on Child Abuse Prevention. Nicole’s passion for this work stems from personal experiences with sexual violence as a child. She is proud to call herself an overcomer and hopes to continue her growth with CSVANW educating and inspiring others through a survivor lens. Nicole has obtained her Associates degrees in Arts & Education and aspires to further her education in psychology to better support survivors impacted by violence.
Outside of a working environment, Nicole is a very creative individual. She has a 2-year certification in Fashion/Interior Design and has started a small embroidery business as a side hobby.
Delaney Arnaq Naruyaq’ Thiele (Dena’ina Athabascan \ Yup’ik)
Gender-Based Violence Training Coordinator
Delaney Arnaq Naruyaq’ Thiele is a Dena’ina Athabascan and Yup’ik woman originating from Anchorage, Alaska, with family ties to Alexander Creek and the Bethel Region. Delaney is passionate about Indigenous issues concerning sovereignty, self-determination, and violence prevention against Indigenous relatives. While attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, Delaney researched violence against Indigenous relatives and the relation of colonial policies. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Alaska Native Studies. Delaney’s passion for her community and Indigenous resiliency led Delaney to internships with the First Alaskans Institute, the Alaska State Legislature, and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Delaney is eager to continue building her capacity and expanding her knowledge on gender-based violence, while uplifting Indigenous survivors.
Outside of work, Delaney runs a beaded jewelry business featuring handwoven beaded accessories called Cloudberry. Cloudberry has been the catalyst for her reconnection with her culture and traditions and has significantly contributed to her ongoing journey of reclamation and strengthening her identity as an Indigenous woman.
Delaney Arnaq Naruyaq’ Thiele
Orlinda Desiree Abeyta (Santa Clara, Tesuque & Isleta)
Tewa name, Than-Poekwin (sun lake)
Sun & Badger clans.
Mother, daughter, sister & auntie from the pueblos of Santa Clara, Tesuque & Isleta.
I am currently going to school for business administration and a minor in Social Work. I come from a direct service background, in working directly with survivors of Domestic Violence. Also, Previously working for a tribal community teaching & guiding children to live healthy & to be leaders in their community.
I am learning to be an advocate for my children so i can continue to break cycles. I think being able to give them the best life possible only happens when we heal our inner selves. I have conquered many obstacles to get me where i am today & I feel i have the upmost support from CSVANW to keep growing & learning.
I love being outdoors with my kids & i love getting creative with makeup on my free time. You can also catch me at Starbucks collecting all there cups!!