Joyselynn Pitalua

Title: Research Program Assistant II

Location: White Mountain ApacheWhiteriver, AZ


Joyselynn is a member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe from her mother’s side and Mexican from her father’s side. Joyselynn joined the Center for Indigenous Health in August of 2022 where she works as a Research Program Assistant in Whiteriver, Arizona.

Prior to joining the Center she worked at Ace Hardware in Pinetop, Arizona for three years where she split her time between working with inventory and repairing chainsaws. This led her to becoming certified by one of the most famous power equipment companies in the world and, one of the few women who worked on them in her area. While enjoying the work she did, Joyselynn’s desire to help others pushed her to choose a different career path.

Joyselynn obtained her Phlebotomy Certification from Northland Pioneer College in Show Low, Arizona. She hopes to continue her education in Public Health. In her spare time, Joyselynn still visits her old shop to offer her knowledge to new mechanics and those still in training. She enjoys listening to loud music, turning mundane activities into adventures, and being around friends and family.