Governing Council

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Dream Diné’s Governing Council is responsible for school governance, fiscal oversight, and strategic planning.

All community members are welcome to attend our Governing Council meetings. See a schedule of upcoming meetings or read meeting minutes here.

Governing Council Members

Telletha Valenski, President

Telletha Valenski is Kinyaa’áanii, born for Hashtł’ishnii. Her maternal grandfather is Tódich’ii’nii and paternal grandfather is Ta’neeszahnii. She is originally from the Crownpoint, NM area and currently resides in the Four Corners area. Telletha has worked since 1997 as a school health education technician to specialist for Navajo Coordinated Approach for School Health at Northern Navajo Medical Center. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Sciences at Northern Arizona University in 1994 and continued her post-graduate studies at Harvard University, Northern Arizona University, and John Hopkins University in respiratory physiology to natural sciences education, and epidemiology. In 1995, while studying at Harvard University, she was awarded a “Certificate of Distinction in Teaching” as a teaching fellow. During her graduate work she was also a graduate student board member of “Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science” (SACNAS) from 1995-1997. She has also taught at Diné College in Shiprock, NM, as an adjunct professor. In recent years, she has become a youth advocate on the Navajo Nation and Xela, Guatemala, College of Albert Einstein. Her passion is to continue empowering youth to excel in academics and to inspire them to give back to their communities.

Yolanda Benally-Littletree, Vice President

 

Kimberly Mohs, MD, Member

Kimberly Mohs, MD has lived in Shiprock since 1999, working as an Internal Medicine physician and the Medical Director of Shiprock’s Health Education Center for Wellness. She was trained at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. Since 2000 Kim has been the Chair for the Internal Medicine Department for the Northern Navajo Medical Center, Navajo Area IHS in Shiprock, NM. She supervises 9 internal medicine physicians. She is currently the Executive Director of the Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program, the Medical Director of Diabetes Education and Counseling Center, the Medical Director of the Northern Navajo Medical Center Intensive Care Unit, the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy, a Clinical Adjunct Professor for the Department of Medicine at the Duke University Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Columbia College of physicians and Surgeons. As a medical doctor, Kim oversees standards of care, provides direct medical care, and direct performance improvement for the service unit’s approximately 4,000 diabetic patients. Kim is also a professional grant writer and researcher. Kim’s community-based work in Shiprock includes developing the Native Lifestyle Balance Program, a medically supervised weight loss and fitness program for NNMC employees and patients with over 275 completed participants. She coordinates the Northern Agency Adolescent Wellness Camp each summer in Mancos, CO. She has coordinated the Shiprock Women’s Shelter Toy Drive and the Elder Gift Basket Drive in Shiprock for the past several years. Kim’s three children were all born in Shiprock at the Northern Navajo Medical Center, and they attend the local BIE school.

Clarence Hogue, Member

 

Brenna Clani-Washinawatok, Member