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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 youth development specialist and his interests include being with his wife and three children, sport, exercise, being in nature, and reading.

Andrea Pepin - Program Coordinator

Andrea moved to Zuni in 2014 and joined Zuni Youth Enrichment Project in the winter of 2016 as the Nutrition Educator. 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 our 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.

Shelley Edaakie - Office Manager 

Shelley was born and raised in Zuni. She joined 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.

Demetri Blanas, MD, MPH -  Development Coordinator 

Demetri joined the ZYEP team in 2017 as the Development Coordinator. He recently came to Zuni to work at the IHS Hospital and will be assisting in the areas of development and fundraising. 



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