Paula Gutierrez, Board President
Paula Gutierrez is a member of the Santa Clara Pueblo. She works as the Disaster Recovery manager for the Santa Clara Pueblo Tribal Administration. She has a BS in Applied Management from Grand Canyon University and will be completed her MS in Leadership with an Emphasis in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership in April 2016. Paula also serves as the Secretary and Northern Pueblos representative on the New Mexico Indian Education Advisory Council. Previously, she served a 3-year term as a School Board member for the Santa Clara Day School.
Paula is a proud mother of four children, the oldest currently a sophomore at Dartmouth College while the other three attend Pojoaque Valley Schools. Education has always been important to Paula, and her dedication to providing students with the support and opportunities they need runs deep. She feels it is an opportunity that the Pueblo community provide an excellent, relevant education for our youth, and show them how we need them now and in the future to move our tribe forward and enable the Santa Clara Pueblo to remain resilient.
Loretta Chavarria, Board Vice President
Loretta Chavarria works for the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She earned her BS and BA from the University of Phoenix while working full time and raising two children who currently attend Northern New Mexico College in Espanola, New Mexico. Previously, Loretta has served as the Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. She is also the Chair for the Santa Clara Pueblo Gaming Commission and Tax Administration Board of Commissioners. While sitting on the Board for the Tribally Controlled School, Loretta also currently serves in her second year as the President of the Santa Clara Day (SCDS) School School Board.
As a School Board member, Loretta wants to oversee a seamless transition from a BIE-operated school to a Tribally Controlled grant school, which would eventually become a success and a role model for other schools and tribes. She also hopes to have an exemplary working relationship with the BIE and the Tribe as the Board strives to provide the best education for the children of Santa Clara. As a Board Member, she would like to ensure that she serves to the best of her ability as the community builds the foundation for the future leaders of our Pueblo and those that will educate our children.
Francis Tafoya, Board Treasurer
Francis Tafoya is an enrolled member and resident of Santa Clara Pueblo. He works as the Head Start Director for Santa Clara Pueblo and has held this position for the last ten years. Francis has been in the field of Indian education for over 35 years. He has earned a BA degree from New Mexico Highlands University. He is a watercolor artist and participates in the annual Indian Market in Santa Fe, NM. He is an alumnus of the Institute of American Indian Arts.
Francis previously served as Higher Education Director for the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, he was also an Art Development Specialist and the Johnson O’Malley Program Coordinator. He began his educational career as a teacher in the Espanola Public School District teaching History for four years.
Francis is the current Chairman of the Board of Regents (BOR) for the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute. He has been a member of BOR for the last seventeen years. Francis has also served on the Santa Clara Day School and the Santa Fe Indian School as a board member. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the Southwest Consortium of Indian Head Start Program, serving the four corner state’s Head Start Programs. He also served as Chairman for the New Mexico Tribal Higher Education on Higher Education Commission for ten years; as well as the Chairman and Housing Commissioner for the Santa Clara Pueblo Housing Authority.
Matthew Sisneros, Tribal Council Representative
Matthew Sisneros is an enrolled member and resident of Santa Clara Pueblo. He has two children and works in the Santa Clara Pueblo Vital Statistics and Enrollment Office. He also worked at Camel Rock Casino as a slot technician, repairing and setting up slot machines. He attended school at Northern New Mexico College and Northern Arizona University for Pre-forest and Forestry. He is the Tribal Representative and School Board Member for Kha’Po Community School. He is currently on the Tribal Council and also served as the Tribal Treasurer of Santa Clara Pueblo. He is very honored to serve as the Tribal Council Representative and Board Member of Kha’Po Community School to help children receive a better education.
Alvin Warren, Board Member
Alvin Warren is an enrolled member and resident of Santa Clara Pueblo. His wife Pamela, an enrolled member of Isleta Pueblo, and he have three children. He works for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as program officer for New Mexico Programs and focuses on Family Economic Security, impact investing, dual language education, policy, Native American initiatives and food systems. Alvin has previously served as the cabinet secretary of Indian Affairs for the State of New Mexico, lieutenant governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, executive vice president of Blue Stone Strategy Group, director of The Trust for Public Land’s national Tribal Lands Program, associate director of the Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative and land claims / water rights coordinator for Santa Clara Pueblo. Altogether, he has served ten terms in Santa Clara Pueblo’s tribal government. During his career Alvin has helped: tribes regain and protect significant traditional lands; ensure tens of millions of state dollars flow to tribes to build essential infrastructure and enact state legislation to ensure effective and collaborative state-tribal governmental relations. He earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in History from Dartmouth College. Alvin serves on the Khap’o Community School Board of Education, Gates Millennium Scholars Advisory Council and the Native American Visiting Committee for Dartmouth College.
Anya Dozier Enos is an enrolled member of Santa Clara Pueblo, where she lives with her husband, Terry (Pima/Tohono O’odham), in close proximity to immediate and extended family. The Enos children are grown and come home regularly for feasts and family events.
Anya holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, with an emphasis on Sociocultural Perspectives, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds both teaching and administrator (principal) licenses, and has experience teaching English and working as an administrator in a variety of capacities. She has worked collaboratively to build programs and curricula for Native students, as well as having written and administered a variety of grants to support education and language. She is currently the Curriculum/ Professional Development Director at Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS).
When asked about her role as a member of the Kha’p’o Community School Board, Anya said, “The importance of a smooth transition and capitalizing on the opportunity to make our school an even better place for our Santa Clara children is uppermost in my heart. I am excited to support the process of our school as it focuses on both ensuring Tewa language revitalization and academic excellence.”
School Board Information
Paula Gutierrez, President
Loretta Chavarria, Vice President
Beverly Singer, Secretary
Francis Tafoya, Treasurer
Anya Dozier-Enos, Board Member
Matt SIsneros, Board Member
Alvin Warren, Board Member
School Board Meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:00 PM at Kha'p'o Community School