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President's Bio


A member of the Dine’ Nation, Dr. Allison grew up in Shiprock, New Mexico. She is of the Oozei’ Tachii’nii (Red Running into the Water People-related to the Hopi) clan, born for the Naakaii Dine’e’ (Mexican) clan. Her maternal and paternal grandparents are Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass-Jemez clan) and Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood People) respectively.

Dr. Allison has a Doctorate of Education from Northern Arizona University, Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Social Work from New Mexico State University. In 2011, she completed an intense training with the Executive Leadership Institute.

Serving as president of SIPI since January, 2009, Dr. Allison has served on numerous national and state boards, task forces and committees including services as the 1999-2000 President of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA); she was also appointed by the New Mexico State Superintendent of Education to the New Mexico Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Advisory Panel, serving as the Chairperson. Dr. Allison has over 30 years of professional experience in education, including employment with the Navajo Nation and tenures at the University of Arizona and University of New Mexico.

Recognized with numerous honors, she is most proud of being selected as a “Patricia Roberts Harris” Academic Fellow from the U.S. Department of Education to complete her Doctorate Degree. Dr. Allison makes her home in Albuquerque with her husband, Alley David (Pueblo of Laguna); they are the parents of three adult sons, guardian of their 17 year old niece, have six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.