Meet our team

Cynthia Begay


Cynthia Begay is Hopi (Sun Forehead clan), Navajo (Bitterwater clan), and Chicanx. She is based out of traditional Tongva territory (Los Angeles), pursuing a PhD in Public Health with an emphasis on community-based participatory research among Tribal communities in California.

Her passion is advocating for health equity for Tribal communities on topics such as cancer control, homelessness, and emergency response initiatives. Cynthia also enjoys creating traditional Hopi overlay jewelry and traditional Navajo weaving.


Lindsay McCovey


Lindsay McCovey is a Hoopa Valley Tribal member and descended of the Yurok and Chimariko Tribes. She resides on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation located in Humboldt County in Northern California.

Lindsay strives to be a resource for Native people by connecting them with services that contribute to their wellness and achievement. She enjoys spending time with her son, and in her spare time she enjoys hunting, fishing and gathering.

Elena Seymana Nourrie


Elena Seymana Nourrie (Hopi, Cherokee and Chicanx) was born and raised on traditional Tongva territory. Elena has a deep personal commitment to advancing social justice and equity for Native Americans in order to strengthen tribal peoples' right to self-determination.

She is passionate about decolonizing education and fostering a sense of belonging for Native Americans. Elena values time with her son and family, community events, culinary adventures and beading.

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