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ZYEP is all about the people. ZYEP's amazing staff and wonderful community partners and volunteers make it all possible.

Tom Faber, MD, MPH – Co-Director

Tom Faber, MD, MPH is a pediatrician and Clinical Director of the Zuni Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospital. He moved to Zuni in 2006 and helped found the organization. He enjoys coaching youth sports (especially soccer) and spending time with his wife and three kids.   

Joseph Claunch, PhD - Co-Director

Joseph Claunch is a member of the Puyallup Tribe in Tacoma, Washington and graduated with his Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from University of Kansas. Joseph is ZYEP’s co-director and his interests include being with his wife and three children, sport, exercise, being in nature, and reading.

Andrea Pepin - Program Manager

Andrea moved to Zuni in 2014 and joined Zuni Youth Enrichment Project in the winter of 2016 as the Program Coordinator. With a masters in Kinesiolagy, she is excited to share her passion of improving the health of others through physical activity and nutrition with children and families.

Avery Tolth - Physical Activities Coordinator

Avery Tolth is the Physical Activities Coordinator for ZYEP. He moved to Zuni in 2012 and officially became a ZYEP team member in the fall of 2015. With diverse skills and interests, Avery leads our trail and fitness station work and is instrumental in our youth sports leagues. Avery believes in the importance of physical activity to the health of community children and is eager to expand his work.

Jessica Quinlan, MPH, RD - Nutrition Education Coordinator

Jessica came to Zuni in 2008 to serve as the Registered Dietitian at Zuni's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. Since then, Jessica has collaborated with ZYEP on several garden projects, and offered garden-based nutrition education at ZYEP summer camps. After getting her Master's in Public Health from the University of Arizona, Jessica officially joined ZYEP in August 2018 as the part-time Nutrition Education Coordinator. She is excited to support ZYEP's misson of building resilience and enriching the lives of Zuni youth and families.

Tahlia Natachu - Youth Development Coordinator

Tahlia is from Zuni and joined the ZYEP team in September of 2019. She received her Master's in Education from Portland State University and taught at Zuni Middle school before joining the ZYEP team. Her passion to care for the whole child steered her towards the multifacted enrichment that ZYEP fosters. 

Shelley Edaakie - Office Manager 

Shelley was born and raised in Zuni. She joined the Zuni Youth Enrichment Project in the summer of 2016. With a Bachelors of Fine Art in Photography and Graphic Design, as well as a background in Zuni pottery, she is excited to share her knowledge of the Zuni culture and art.

Josh Kudrna - Program Assistant

Josh joined the ZYEP team in fall of 2018. He received his Bachelors in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University and brings his background of working in outdoor adventure-based programming. Josh is excited to play a part in helping youth find lifelong enjoyment in different physical activities.  




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Zuni Youth Enrichment Project
PO Box 447, Zuni, NM 87327