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BOARD MEMBERS

Rhonda Begay

Navajo Nation Employee
Rhonda is originally from Teesto and currently resides in Hardrock, Arizona. Rhonda works with the Navajo Nation’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program providing food and nutrition programming for underserved communities on the Navajo Nation. Outside of WIC, she is tending to her livestock, attending ceremonies and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Dana Eldridge

Organizer
Rhonda is originally from Teesto and currently resides in Hardrock, Arizona. Rhonda works with the Navajo Nation’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program providing food and nutrition programming for underserved communities on the Navajo Nation. Outside of WIC, she is tending to her livestock, attending ceremonies and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Dan Herder

Rancher/Retired NGS Employee
Dan Herder is originally from Howell Mesa and resides in Hardrock, Arizona. Dan is a full-time rancher and spends the majority of his day tending to his livestock. In 2013, he was invited to Nairobi, Kenya as a representative from the United States on Indigenous Pastoralism. He is a member of the World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP), where he advocates for Indigenous pastoralism in the United States. As a frontline community member, Dan has seen, first hand, the impacts of climate change and resource extraction on the indigenous pastoralist lifeways. With these experiences, Dan is able to tell his story at the international level to bring attention to this endangered lifeway.

Edith Simonson

Sheepherder/Traditional Weaver
Edith Simonson was born and raised in Hardrock, Arizona. Edith is a full-time sheepherder and Diné weaver. She is one of the few Diné weavers that still hand processes her wool and uses natural colors from her sheep and vegetable plant dyes for her weavings. As a sheepherder and traditional weaver, she has experienced first hand the impacts of climate change and industry upon her way of life. As a result, Edith took it upon herself to advocate for those truly impacted such, as the livestock, wildlife, and plant life on Dziłijiin (Black Mesa). In 2016, Edith and several other community members took to the streets of St. Louis, Missouri, home of Peabody Energy, to demand reclamation of the Navajo aquifer. 

Germaine Simonson

Business Owner/Educator
Germaine Simonson was born and raised in Hardrock, Arizona.  In 2003, Germaine graduated with her Masters degree in Social Work from Arizona State University.  She returned to her community of Hardrock and has since worked in the surrounding communities developing and implementing prevention programs, building partnerships and creating youth leadership programs.  Her current venture includes being a small business owner and consultant. Ms. Simonson is passionate about working and empowering individuals, families and communities.