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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.

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Tisheena Yazzie

Warehouse Manager

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.

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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.

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Becca Berry
Graphic Designer