ZYEP is governed by a committed Board of Directors who volunteer their time and wealth of expertise to youth development. Picture left to right above are Marnella Kukate-Yepa, Carrie Gashytewa, Caroline Ukestine, Darlynn Panteah, Val Wangler, Kate Faber and Tom Faber.
Kate Faber, President
Kate Faber, MSN, FNP currently serves as Board President and was one of the founding members of ZYEP. She moved to Zuni in August 2006 from Boston. She has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner at the hospital in Zuni for the past nine years. She is passionate about serving the community both professionally and in her free time. She and her husband Tom have three children. She enjoys hiking and exploring local areas.
Marnella Kucate-Yepa, Vice-President
Marnella Kucate-Yepa is currently employed with the Pueblo of Zuni Teen Health Center where she has served as a Program Manager for the past 8+ years. Marnella serves as the ZYEP Board’s Vice President, and is very passionate about her work and serving her Zuni Community. She also serves as a board member for the Zuni Health and Wellness Coalition and as an advisory member for the Northwest New Mexico First Born Program, as well as volunteering for the Zuni Neighborhood Watch program.
Janis Bowekaty, Secretary
Janis Bowekaty is mother, wife and a lifelong learner. Janis is currently employed as a Third Grade Instructor with the Zuni Public School District, she has over 12 years of experience in education working with various ages. Janis has an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Multicultural Education from the University of New Mexico, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in Reading and Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Janis has shown commitment to working with the youth in the community and continues to dedicate time to volunteer to various programs.
Darlynn Panteah, Treasurer
Darlynn Panteah is a Zuni Pueblo tribal member with over 27 years experience in finance, accounting, management and contract administration. She attended New Mexico State University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Managerial Accounting in 1981, and then returned home to serve her community and the Zuni people. She has held a variety of important roles in finance, accounting and management including CEO/President of Zuni Technologies Inc and CEO/President of the Intertribal Information Technology Company (IITC). Darlynn independently operates a tax preparation company she established in 1997 and is currently CEO/President of Panteah & Associates, LLC. In addition to serving on the Board for ZYEP, she serves on the Board of Zuni Pueblo Mainstreet. Darlynn is committed to helping her community by engaging youth in our culture and bringing jobs to stimulate business and economic development.
Caroline Ukestine has served on the ZYEP Board of Directors since it was first founded. She is a native of Zuni, born and raised to serve her community. Caroline has been an educator most of her life, starting in 1975 as an Educational Assistant with the Zuni Public School District. She has worked in different capacities including as a Third Grade teacher for 8 years, an Elementary School Principal for 9 years and currently serves as the Director of Federal Programs for the school district. Caroline enjoys working with parents and students whether it be fundraising or attending school activities/meetings. She has one daughter and two granddaughters and enjoys spending time with them. Her hobbies include eating out, reading mystery/romance novels, attending concerts, or just going window shopping with her family.
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