To partner with community-based organizations to advance and affect meaningful improvements in educational quality, promote healthier lifestyles, and foster enriched opportunities for 21st Century careers for under-served populations.
Raphael Nevins serves as the project development director and grants management officer for Healthy Futures. His 30 years’ experience in both the business and non profit worlds encompasses collaborations with Native American tribal organizations, innovative educational providers and progressive charter schools, as well as community organizations serving homeless and underserved populations. Mr. Nevins was the founder of the Raven Research Group, assisting the SBA to help minority enterprises become more sustainable. He served as a vice president of Prudential Bache; he was instrumental in helping Price Club prepare for a public offering and raised venture capital for COSTCO. Mr. Nevins received his bachelor’s degree in Labor Relations from Cornell University and his MBA in Finance and Management from NYU Graduate Business School.
Lorna Samraj serves as communications director and outreach manager for Healthy Futures. She is the founder and president of Andele Tutors, where she managed a team of twenty tutors, providing educational support and mentoring for over 500 families sin Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Ms. Samraj previously served as director of admissions for Canadian University College. She holds master’s degree in English from University of Pune.
Mr. Atcitty has served as a range management consultant for the past five years. He received a Master of Science degree in Range Management from the King Ranch Institute. Mr. Atictty previously was employed as a rangeland management specialist for the Bureau of Land Management, providing technical expertise for managing 880,000 acres of tribal lands. Mr. Atcitty has also consulted with First Nations Institute on strategic planning for tribal ranches. He serves as a board member of Navajo Agriculture Products Industry.
Ms. Bureau serves as a communications and marketing consultant for Healthy Futures. Ms. Bureau provides our clients with skill training and guidance on how best to use social media create video messages, and write press releases to advance their business brand awareness and improve their sales messaging strategies. As founder and principal of Erica Bureau Communications and Branding Consultants, she consults with artists, fashion designers, retail, restaurant and educational clients to help them convey their print and digital messages. Prior to founding Erica Bureau Communications and Branding Consultants, Ms. Bureau served as Director of Public Relations for Academy of Art University (AAU), where she was in charge of print and social media publications and digital press releases for the 30,000 student art and design university. Erica began her marketing, management and public relations career, as assistant to the president of Bumble and Bumble (NYC). She received her BS in fashion design and human ecology from Cornell University.
Dr. Chuck Havlik
Over the past eight years Dr. Havlik has served as a horticultural consultant for many Healthy Futures USDA and foundation grant initiatives geared to providing technical guidance to indigenous family growers and farmers across New Mexico. Dr. Havlik received his PhD in horticultural science from the NMSU Department of Agriculture.
Duane Chili Yazzie
In addition to serving as a consultant to Healthy Futures, Mr. Yazzie serves as the Director of Toohnii Bina AA, a traditional indigenous farm collective, as well as a Board member of the New Mexico Food and Agricultural Council. Mr. Yazzie previously served as the Executive Assistant to Navajo Nation Chairman, Peterson Zah; he was also elected to serve as a Navajo Nation council delegate, and has served as President of the Shiprock Chapter house.
Healthy Futures Inc is a New Mexico 501(c)(3) non profit corporation that was incorporated in 2012.
Raphael Nevins, Project Director