Sara Moncada Madril (Yaqui) - Director of Special Projects
Sara Moncada Madril began consulting with TCC in 2015. Co-Founder of Wise Women Circles films, Sara manages the daily operations of the organization and has primary responsibility for Production, Post Production, Marketing and Program Development. Sara brings to The Cultural Conservancy a strong start-up background as well as experience working in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked with multiple technology start up companies in the healthcare arena in the areas of marketing, product management, program management, corporate film development and Client Relations. She was previously the Managing Director for the not-for-profit Institute for Staffing Excellence and Innovations and On Nursing Excellence an organization devoted to inspiring and strengthening the effectiveness, recognition and well-being of nurses world-wide. Sara also has a unique background in the arts as an artist and educator. She is the Program Director for Sewam American Indian Dance, an organization that specializes in sharing the music, dance and arts of Native American culture across the country in both education and theatrical arenas. She is also a company member and Project Director for La Tania Baile Flamenco, sharing the art, power and beauty of traditional Flamenco.
As co-facilitator of TCC’s Guardians of the Water Summer Internship, Javier applies skills woven together through lifelong engagement of dance, and environment issues, as well as a decade engaging non-profit & arts management, critical cultural studies, and indigenous issues. At Stanford University, Javier majored in Earth Systems and graduated with honors in a minor in Chican@/Latin@ Studies. Much of Javier’s consultant and administrative work supports Indigenous cultural expression and intertribal communities. He volunteers as Secretary of the powwow committee of the Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits(BAAITS) Powwow. As a performer and lead admin with Dancing Earth Indigenous Contemporary Dance Creations, for the last 6 years, Javier has worked in all aspects of artistic creation, from event production, to social media, outreach, development, and strategic planning. Soon after joining After joining TCC in 2015, Javier co-produced Seeds & Soul: Festival of Indigenous Cultural Exchange and Art, with co-sponsorship from The Cultural Conservancy. Javier maintains a creative performance practice, and is currently developing a two-spirit piece about Motherhood for the Performing Diaspora Artist Residency at Counterpulse, an experimental performance venue in San Francisco.
Kescia Turner-Harris - Accounting Services
Kescia Turner-Harris has over a decade of experience delivering comprehensive financial services that employ solid accounting and business systems. While working in the healthcare industry, Kescia learned the pitfalls of poor financial management and the importance of establishing a solid accounting infrastructure. She applied her innate sense of order and financial acumen to designing accounting systems for businesses that lacked organization and internal controls. Her increasing focus on financial processes and procedures was the catalyst that led to the formation of Multi Business Solutions, Inc. She has a proven track record of partnering with non-profit executives and small business owners to develop robust financial solutions for critical accounting issues. Her commitment and expertise helps each client realize sustainability.
Julianne (Juli) A. Hazlewood - Educational Consultant
Julianne (Juli) A. Hazlewood, PhD. As a scholar-activist, since 1997, she has been learning from and walking with the Chachi, Awá, and Afro-Ecuadorian communities of Ecuador’s Pacific Northwestern rainforests. Juli has a BA in Community Studies, a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies, another MA in Native American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Geography. Along with various other writing projects, she is Co-editor of a collective volume called Geographies of Hope. “Geographies of hope” are peace-with-justice processes that are rooted in respecting pluricultural, self-determinative territories and life practices, as well as establishing multi-scaled networks that push the boundaries of knowledge and defend the rights of ancestral communities to live in peace and with dignity. Juli is currently an Associate Researcher at La Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Quito, Ecuador and the Co-Instructor and Community Engagement Facilitator with Dr. Stefano Varese’s UC Davis Summer Abroad program in Ecuador.
Lois Ellen Frank, PhD (Kiowa) - Foodways Educator/Chef
Lois Ellen Frank is a a Santa Fe, New Mexico based James Beard Award-winning author, Chef, Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, and photographer. Lois has spent over 20 years documenting the foods and life ways of Native American communities throughout the Southwest writing and photographing many articles and papers on the topic. She is presently working on completing her PhD on the discourse and practice of Native American cuisine, which she is planning to publish as her next book, tentatively entitled The Turquoise Plate. Lois is an adjunct professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), where she teaches about the anthropology of food, the ethnobotany of foods and plants of the Southwest and Traditional Arts & Ecology. She is a featured cooking instructor at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and the chef/owner of Red Mesa Cuisine, a Santa Fe catering company where she cooks Native American, local and sustainably sourced foods and teaches about Native American foods of the Southwest Indian Nations with Diné Chef Walter Whitewater.
Kaylena Bray (Seneca) - “Braiding the Sacred” Consultant
Kaylena Bray is the former Foodways Program Coordinator (2013 - 2016) and currently serves as a Foodways advisor and consultant for the “Braiding the Sacred” and “Conversations with Maize” network. Over the last 5 years, she has consulted for Indigenous-led and social entrepreneurship organizations including Ashoka, Conversations with the Earth (CWE), Indigenous Peoples Biocultural Climate Change Assessment, and the California Indian Environmental Alliance. Kaylena has spent her career working to strengthen the role of traditional ecological knowledge on climate change mitigation and agricultural food systems locally in Ecuador, Peru and the Seneca Nation; and internationally with Indigenous leaders and activists at major international events at United Nations fora. Her experience in social media includes marketing and strategy development to bring Ashoka’s Changemakers and CWE increased visibility, audience, and support. She is currently a MSc candidate in Environmental Change Management at the University of Oxford.