Barbara’s pronouns are they, them, theirs. They are a member of the Diné Nation. Their clans are Tábaahá (Water’s Edge Clan), born for Ma’ii deeshgiizhinii (Coyote Pass-Jemez Clan), their maternal grandfather is of the Ta’neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), and their paternal grandfather is of the Tótsohnii (Big Water Clan). Barbara joined the Center for Indigenous Health in July of 2019. Barbara works as a Research Program Coordinator in Chinle, AZ implementing and coordinating behavioral health programs including Respecting the Circle of Life a Teen Pregnancy Prevention program and Asdzáán Be’eena, the Female Pathways program.
Prior to joining the Center, Barbara worked with Diné College for five years. During their time at Diné College, Barbara was able to work with Native college students pursuing their education. They were part of the process of starting the Peer Mentor Program at Diné College and helped high school students make the smooth transition into college. Barbara’s passion is working with Native communities, especially the youth.
Barbara has a BA degree in Psychology from Diné College. Barbara enjoys spending time with their family doing outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, fishing, riding bikes, walking, and running. They also enjoy diamond art, sudoku, cross word puzzles, and word search.