Contact:
Francis Tafoya
Chairman
(505) 922-6512

Board of Regents


Back Row (standing) L-R: Francis Tafoya, Hershel Muniz, Chad Susan, Vernon Scott, Larry Schurz
Front Row (sitting) L-R: Dr. Kathryn Manuelito, Dr. Angelita Felix, Dr. Sherry Allison, Darva Randolph, Esther Peterson,

SIPI is advised by an eleven member Board of Regents (BOR) who represents and are appointed by the following tribal entities: Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Navajo Nation (New Mexico & Arizona), Eight Northern Pueblos, Ten Southern Pueblos, Southern Ute Tribe, Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Joint Oklahoma Tribes, Great Plains Tribal Chairman's Association, and the SIPI Student Senate. The BOR works with the administration in determining goals and activities for long-range development. In 1974, the BOR incorporated in the State of New Mexico and the following year received IRS determination as a Non-Profit Organization under Section 501(c)(3).

The Board of Regents has an office in the Occupational Technologies Building at SIPI. This office houses a Program Assistant and the Coordinators of several grant programs that support the mission of SIPI.

Current BOR Members

Francis Tafoya
Interim Chairman
Eight Northern Pueblos

Larry Schurz
Secretary-Treasurer
Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona

Roger Fragua
Member
Ten Southern Pueblos

Vacant
Jicarilla Apace Nation

A Gay Kingman
Member
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association

Dr. Kathryn Manuelito
Member
Navajo Nation-New Mexico

Esther Peterson
Member
Navajo Nation-Arizona

Pam Cordova
Member
Mescalero Apache Tribe

Darrell Flyingman
Member
Oklahoma Tribes

Leslie Tsosie
Member
Student Senate President

Dr. Angelita Felix
Alternate Member
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association

Vacant
Southern Ute Indian Tribe

Dr. Sherry Allison
Ex-Officio Member
SIPI President



SIPI BOR Staff

The Board of Regents has an office in the Occupational Technologies Building at SIPI. BOR staff include:

Vonne Strobbe, Financial Education Project Coordinator, Vonne.Strobbe@BIE.EDU, (505) 346-7709

Nancy Garcia, FEEP Coordinator, Nancy.Garcia@BIE.EDU,  (505) 922-4090

Priscilla Martin, Program Assistant, Priscilla.Martin@BIE.EDU,  (505) 922-6512