Mission & History
NavajoYES Board of Directors
Tom was involved in the conception of NavajoYES in 1994 and has served as the Executive Director on a voluntary basis since 2000. Tom has been instrumental in the planning and implementation of most aspects of the program, serving as trip leader on most youth outings and Tour de Rez, as well as the Race Director for the Navajo Parks Race Series. Personally, Tom is an avid runner and backpacker. In 2015, he completed his 100th marathon and qualified for the Boston Marathon for the 4th time. He has cycled from the Arctic to the rez, has trekked in Africa, Nepal and South America and has completed a marathon on all seven continents and in each of the 50 states.
Kristine has been involved with NavajoYES for over a decade, serving as a trip leader, event volunteer, board member and now President. Originally from Kayenta, Kristine brings a financial background to the organization and now works for Navajo Technical University’s Business Incubator in Gallup.
Having worked with Dine’ College for many years and now serving as Second Lady of the Navajo Nation, Phefelia brings a unique perspective to the organization. As the mother of two and wife of Vice President Nez, she brings her organizational and grant-writing acumen to the organization. She and her family live in Window Rock.
Rue operated the Chilchinbeto Health Clinic and served at Inscription House and Dennehotso for over a decade of her healthcare career. As Past President, she brings great leadership, grant-writing and organizational talents to NavajoYES. She has been instrumental in the growth of Shiprock Marathon and the Navajo Parks Race Series.
A social work major at Utah State University, Aaron is a Tour de Rez, Rainbow Bridge and Chuska Challenge alumni, and has volunteered at many events over the past three years. He has been a key player in our trail initiatives and service projects in the Carrizo and Chuska Mountains and on the Rainbow Trail. Aaron hails from Red Valley, Arizona and brings a strong youth perspective to the organization.
As a five-time Tour de Rez alumni, Myron continues to be involved in the programs and outings of NavajoYES. Myron was a key figure in the development of the Navajo Parks Race Series in the summer of 2015 and was instrumental in plotting the course for the Asaayi Mountain Runs, Rainbow Bridge Ultra and Monument Valley Marathon events. Originally from Shonto, Myron is a junior at Page High School.
The rez-renown flute player has been a part of YES outings and events for over 15 years. “Jimbo” has been a support staff, driver, entertainer/cultural educator and occasional trip leader over the years. Originally from Chilchinbeto, Jimbo has been a Navajo guide in Monument Valley for the past decade.
Irene has been involved in Tour de Rez each summer since 1996, bringing her cooking and camping skills to our annual summer trek. Each of her kids – and now the grandkids – have been a part of the tradition. She has also been a key volunteer on many of our events, and has served on the Board since 2005.
Since the age of nine, Bob has been an active participant in NavajoYES, doing hikes, biking trips and trail work. Now a senior at Page High School, Bob continues to be active in our trails efforts and has been a volunteer at many of the Navajo Parks Race Series events.
Scott Nydam is a former pro cyclist and current coach for the BMC Cycling Team. Scott has been a NavajoYES board member since 2015, with a special focus on our bike projects. He is co-owner of Silver Stallion Coffee in Gallup, New Mexico, where he lives with his family.
Daryl Billy – Navajo Rangers
Mark Flint – Southwest Trail Solutions
Jim Crittenden – Educator/Tech Support
Cindy Bates – Dine’ College, Shiprock
Clare Hoffman – Program Director, Grand Canyon Music Festival
Isaiah Lee – Student, Red Valley-Cove High School