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Meet the NavajoStrong Team

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Bud Frazier

Founding Executive Director

My name is Bud Frazier and I grew up in American Fork, Utah. When I was 17, we moved to Blanding, Utah - which borders the Navajo Community - to be closer to my grandparents. I am a proud Navajo American who spent much of my childhood with my grandparents, who lived on a mesa in a remote area with no electricity or running water. They taught me the importance of being Navajo. They taught me the Navajo language, stories of our ancestors, pride in our heritage, and resilience in our hardships. And of course, they taught me to herd sheep. Whenever I would visit I would help with the arduous task of hauling water, I would watch my grandmother prepare every meal using wood and coal instead of an electric stove, I would observe ancient practices using the medicine mother earth provided to heal the sick. These memories consumed me when COVID-19 was discovered because I knew the people still living in the Navajo Community would be greatly affected and underserved.


Leah Haswood-Swenson

Warehouse Manager

Leah started volunteering with Navajostrong in 2020 and became the Warehouse Manager in 2022. She is from Magna, Utah and is Diné. She works full time at Les Schwab Tire Center and has been with the company for 12+ years as the Sales and Administration for the West Valley City location. Along with helping her Diné people, she loves to rescue animals. At the moment she has 4 dogs, 3 in which she rescued from Heart 4 Paws and 1 from Rock Springs, NM. Along with the 4 dogs, she also has 2 guinea pigs and 3 koi fish. Which she considers her “babies.” Leah also has a teenage daughter and a husband that loves volunteering for Navajostrong.

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Gretchen Willard
Program Director

Gretchen Willard started volunteering with NavajoStrong in 2020 and she was inspired by the work and mission of the organization. She developed an interest in health equity at a young age because of her dad’s career at a community health center. That interest, and preserving history and culture are passions that have grown from volunteering and working at NavajoStrong. She is a journalist and an author, and she loves to hike, travel, grow plants, and spend time with her two kids.


Dion Tapahe
Program Coordinator

Dion Tapahe is originally from Window Rock, Arizona and is Diné. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Science and Sustainability, with a minor in American Indian Studies. She is a jingle dress dancer for Art Heals: The Jingle Dress Project and has traveled from coast to coast sharing her culture and the power of the jingle dress. Her favorite quarantine activities are kayaking and Bananagrams. Dion hopes to pursue a JD degree emphasizing Environmental Law. With this, she hopes to be an ally for underrepresented populations and communities when dealing with environmental injustices.


Becca Berry
Graphic Designer

Bio coming soon...


Kati Price

Board Member

Kati is honored to be a part of Navajo Strong as the Marketing and Community Outreach. Kati is currently employed with Henry Schein One as an Association Campaign Marketing Manager. Kati is a mom to two "adult" boys, ages 21 and 18, and one fourteen-year-old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, mountain biking, and hiking in the beautiful Utah mountains.

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Curtis Frazier Sr.

Board Member

Bio coming soon...

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Teresa Frazier

Board Member

Bio coming soon...


Melani Glassman
Community Support & Outreach Coordinator

Melani lives to understand the depths of individual and collective human experience. She loves listening to stories and learning beliefs surrounding our relationship with Mother Earth, from mythology to medicine. She went to university in Boston, where she received a BA major in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. She has spent a significant amount of time in the East over the last decade, delving deeper into her studies of mind, body, and spirit. She started as a volunteer for Navajo Strong, and grew passionate for the mission, and people involved. Based in Park City, Utah, she regularly travels to the reservation, organizing drives, connecting with others, and serving for our different projects. In addition to her commitment to Navajo Strong, Melani is a lifetime student and guide in Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation, as well as a licensed massage therapist. She can often be found singing and dancing with nature.


Tisheena Yazzie
Warehouse Manager, 2020 - 2022

Tisheena Yazzie grew up in Navajo White Mesa, Utah. She is Tábąąhá (Water's Edge clan), born for Tł 'ááshchí'í (The Red Bottom People clan), whose maternal grandfather's clan is Bit'ahnii (Within His Cover clan), and whose paternal grandfather's clan is Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle clan). She is the new Coordinator for Navajo Strong and a Health Educator for San Juan Public Health in Blanding, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's degree in Health Education and Promotion. She is the mother of two amazing children who are so happy to help put Navajo Strong bins together.

Core Contributors

Bud & Candee Frazier
Curtis & Teresa Frazier
Travis & Jessika Frazier
Shea Frazier
Tyler Frazier

Lee & Lupe Haswood
Bahe Wilson

Nate Anderberg
Judy Barron
Brenda Munson
Megan Harris
Farrah Hudson
Kevin Kunz

Meredith Little
Megan Nelson
Melissa Pickering
Kati Price
Tisheena Yazzie

Vanessa Perez

April Baker, Fox 13

Those Who Have Contributed Above & Beyond

Matthew Frazier
Becca Berry
John Durling
Pete Sands
Eric & Kassie Christensen
Katie Graham
Elena Karas
Sahar Khadjenoury
Doug Kirmer
Kent Williamson
Deanna Weierholt
Tara Scarioni
Rita Sundberg
Todd Bailey
Blanding 2nd Ward
Jessi McKinley
Lladd McKinley
Provo City School District
Running Strong

DJ Battleship

Tania Dean, KSL
Allison Croghan, Fox 13
Tamara Vaifanua, Fox 13
Krista Allen, Navajo Times
Maren Jensen, KUTV
Jami Bayles
Alene Laney, San Juan Record
Ramsey Seweingyamwa
Kelli Morrow
Utah State University - Blanding
Liz Clawson
Mario Platero
Tammie Bedoni
YVonne Curely
Mike & Nicole Strong
Georgia Hafen
Jami Bayles
Parker at Enterprise Truck Rental

Ryan at Costco
Brody and the Utah Sunset

Fireman's Association

Dry Creek Physical Therapy

Utah Knights of Columbus
Mike Rowe & Returning the Favor
Brawny & Joan Creative
Family Literacy Centers, Inc.
Utah Navajo Health System, Inc.
Subzero Nitrogen Ice Cream
Melāni Glass
Nuzzles & Co
Dolls of Hope
Jules Chan
Alicia Martin & Family
A Ripple International
Chuck and Tanya Schumaker
Leah Swenson & Family
Mandi Gubler, VintageRevivals

Shawna Berry

Judy Stevens

Cottonwood Presbyterian Church

...and countless other Facebook friends and contributors.

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