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Staff Bios

The Hualapai Tribal Administration has many qualified, dedicated, and energetic individuals on staff. Read more about their particular expertise.

Rudy Clarke (Hualapai), B.S., M.S.
Director, Human Resource Department

Mr. Clarke, a Hualapai speaker, possesses an undergraduate education in Native American Studies and graduate training in education and management.  He has been professionally employed as an executive by a federal Indian agency, an Inter-Tribal Indian organization, a private foundation, and the Hualapai Tribe.  He has served as an elected member of the Hualapai Tribal Council and is an avid speaker on native culture, history, and contemporary American Indian Affairs.  Mr. Clarke is dedicated to working and strengthening the tribal community by working for and with the employees in the tribal departments. He is familiar with and supports the constitution, ordinances, and charters for the Hualapai Tribe making sure all departments adhere to the policies governing the tribal government.

Kevin DavidsonKevin Davidson, B.S., M.A.
Director, Planning Department

Mr. Davidson’s education began with an associate arts degree in architectural drafting and design from the Phoenix Institute of Technology (1982).  After several years working as an architectural draftsman, Mr. Davidson returned to college where he received a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning at Cal-Poly, Pomona (1990) with the honor of magna cum laude.  In 1992 Mr. Davidson completed his thesis at UCLA and obtained a M.A. in Urban Planning.

After a brief venture in GIS and statistical analysis consulting, Mr. Davidson moved to Kingman, Arizona and began employment with the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Department in 1995 as a long-range planner and helped the County with the Growing Smarter updates to General Plan, the creation of half a dozen area plans and regulatory review of numerous plan and permit applications over 17 years.

Currently, Mr. Davidson is employed by the Hualapai Tribe as the Director of the Planning and Economic Development Department.  Responsibilities include administration of five active grant-funded building projects, overseeing staff assigned to the Housing Improvement Program (BIA funded), the Tribal Environmental Review Commission (TERC), the bi-weekly newsletter and the Youth Recreation Program.  Additional duties include the supervision of consultants managing Department of Energy and Bureau of Indian Affairs, Division of Energy and Mineral Development grant-funded feasibility studies which could bring up to $800 million of renewable energy investment to the Hualapai.

Mr. Davidson has been a member of the Arizona Planning Association since 1996 and was granted American Institute of Certified Planners membership in 2000.

Sandra L.Y. Irwin (Hualapai), B.S., M.P.H.,
Director, Health Department

Since 2000, Ms. Irwin has been the Hualapai Tribe’s Director of Health. Her prior work experience includes being the Hualapai Tribal Planner and an assortment of nursing positions at the Indian Health Service (IHS), from field nurse to clinical administration.   She received her undergraduate degree at the University of California in San Francisco, CA and her Master’s in Public Health at the University of California in Berkeley, CA in 1982. Sandra has had 49 years of experience in health settings ranging from emergency care, Public Health, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention, and administration and planning. Sandra has a strong interest in personal and community growth and development.

Jamie B. Navenma
Director, Hualapai Housing Department

Jamie Navenma was hired as the Director for the Hualapai Housing Department. He is Hopi/Tewa from First Mesa, Si’tsu’movi village. His mother’s clan is Roadrunner and his father’s clan is Sun Forehead from Second Mesa, Si’pa’lovi. Jamie has worked with various tribes throughout the country, providing technical assistance for HUD and tribal housing programs, training and technical assistance for Administration for Native Americans grantees, and providing program/grants management for federal grantees. He has served as a Senior Program Manager with the Western Region team of Corporation for Supportive Housing, and led the American Indian Supportive Housing Initiative (AISHI), promoting systems and policy change to help end homelessness for tribal communities throughout the United States.

Mr. Navenma has worked in tribal housing since 1993 and started off as a Homeownership Counselor. He has since been involved in every aspect of the tribal housing program, including serving as the Executive Director for the Hopi Tribal Housing Authority. He has also worked for a General Contractor so he knows the “other side of the fence” as a contractor working for tribal entities. Jamie is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Hualapai Tribal members and will work to ensure more homes are built, housing opportunities are sought after, and housing services are developed for the Hualapai Tribe. There are current homes that also need to be taken care of and with a limited annual budget, he will work with the staff, the Tribal Council, Tribal Programs and the community members to find ways to address these issues.

There will be challenges, but with everyone willing to work with one another to ensure the community as a whole benefits from the Housing Program it can be done. Please feel free to contact Mr. Navenma in regards to Hualapai housing needs, issues, challenges and solutions.

Nicky Teufel-Shone, PhD
Program Coordinator, Healthy Heart

Mrs. Teufel-Shone has academic training in nutrition, public health, and anthropology from Northern Arizona University and the University of Colorado. She has worked with the Hualapai community in health promotion programs for more than 20 years. She teaches in the University of Arizona College of Public Health. In the Hualapai Healthy Heart Program, she serves as the program coordinator and is responsible for writing the progress reports and grant proposals, facilitating the staff meetings, structuring the program budget and collaborating with the Coordinating Center located at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Lucille J. Watahomigie (Hualapai), B.S., M.S.
Director, Education Department

Mrs. Watahomigie is an enrolled member of the Hualapai Tribe and from the Hela Ba:ja (Milkweed Band), Sigamgaedva Ba:ja (Chloride Band) and the Haksaha (Pine Springs Band). She has 30 years experience in teaching, administration, grant writing, and Hualapai Language and Culture curriculum development gained while working at the University of AZ, Northern AZ University, Mohave Community College, and Peach School District # 8. She is the director of the Hualapai Education and Training Department since November, 2002. Lucille received her Bachelor Degree in Education at Northern AZ University, Flagstaff, AZ in 1970 and Master of Science Degree in Education in 1973 from the University of AZ, Tucson, AZ .

Lucille continues to work in the revitalization of the Hualapai language using the culture, traditions, history, spirituality, songs and stories. Lucille encourages the Hualapai members to seek knowledge, be responsible, healthy, competent citizens and leaders for the future and protect the land.