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Meet the NavajoStrong Team

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.

Meredith Lam

Program Director

Meredith grew up in Page and Prescott, Arizona. She is a proud member of the Diné tribe. Meredith has three children and has resided in Provo for fourteen years. She has a Bachelors's degree from BYU in English, with both a History and American Indian Studies minor. Currently, Meredith serves as the Coordinator for American Indian/Alaska Native Education for Provo City School District. As the coordinator, she is in charge of overseeing the education and cultural preservation of over 200 American Indian & Alaskan Native students in the Provo area. Meredith loves working at the school district level because it allows her to serve and highlight the voices of her Provo Native American community to the state of Utah.


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.

Melani Glassman

Community Support & Outreach Coordinator