UNITY Staff members perform a number of duties that include planning, organizing and carrying out the National UNITY Conference, the Midyear Conference, and all other programs and projects that further the organization’s mission. Additionally, the staff works closely with a group of trainers/associates who play an important role in UNITY’s efforts.
Mary Kim Titla
Mary Kim Titla, San Carlos Apache, has served as a Native American youth advocate for more than 30 years. She’s served as UNITY’s Executive Director since 2013 and prior to that served as a Trustee. A former TV News broadcaster, she spent most of her career working for NBC affiliate stations in Arizona. She estimates telling as many as 5,000 stories during her career receiving awards from the Associated Press, Arizona Press Club and the Native American Journalists Association. After leaving TV News, she spent nearly five years working as a Communications Officer and Administrator for the San Carlos Unified School District in the community where she was born and raised. Mary Kim has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and two Masters degrees, one in Mass Communications and another for Education Leadership and Supervision, from Arizona State University. firstname.lastname@example.org
LorenAshley Buford, Yamassee descendant, is the Project Manager for the Tribal Youth Development Initiative. Buford continues to be active in her home community while working abroad. Recently, LorenAshley has worked with the PBS “Secrets of Spanish Florida” documentary on Yamassee history, and collaborated with University of North Florida for The Yamasee Indians: From Florida to South Carolina book. She studied American Indian Studies at Arizona State University with an emphasis in Federal Indian policy, decolonization and historical trauma. She has been a passionate advocate for prison ministries and cultural prevention LorenAshley’s former years as a Prevention Specialist, GONA facilitator, ASIST trainer and grassroots organizer, have helped mobilize communities to address indigenous health disparities, the awareness of HIV/AIDs, substance abuse and suicide prevention. Prior to being named to her new position, Buford was the a UNITY youth leader advisor and Project Manager for the UNITY Wellness Warrior Project funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. email@example.com
Tami Patterson is UNITY’s office Manager. Patterson grew up in Arizona, while her father worked for two Arizona tribes in community development and services, CRIT and YAN. She is a proud parent of children and grandchildren enrolled members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Sault Tribe) and worked for their tribe as a J.O.M. Youth Services Coordinator. Tami was introduced to UNITY in 1998 chaperoning the Sault Tribe Bahweting Anishinaabe Tribal Youth Council (TYC) at the national conference. Inspired by UNITY and serving as an advisor, she helped to establish the Sault Tribe Waaniniigaanzijig TYC. Patterson’s consulting business, Worthwhile Effects, involved working on various UNITY projects, one serving as project coordinator for two ANA grants, called ‘Preparing Native Youth for Life’s Journey’. Most recently Tami served as UNITY’s bookkeeper and she’s assisted with special projects, including UNITY’s Earth Ambassadors. firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media Specialist
Jared Ivins-Massey, White Mountain Apache/Navajo, is UNITY’s Social Media Specialist and Program Assistant. Jared is currently in a Tribal Management with an emphasis in Public Policy program at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks. Nationally, Jared has served in various capacities in his efforts to bring awareness to Indigenous issues across the United States. Nationally, Jared served as Co-President of the National UNITY Council for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) organization, the nation’s largest network of Native American youth, and two terms as the Male Co-President on the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission. Jared has also served on various committees including former President Barrack Obama’s White House Tribal Youth Gathering Steering Committee, where he’s met with the First Family on several occasions, as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Native American Advisory Council. email@example.com
Greg MendozaAkimel O’odham/Tohono O’odham/YaquiArizona
Greg Mendoza is the UNITY Youth Programs Director. He oversees and manages UNITY’s youth engagement strategy, including the management of programs and supporting Native youth outreach. He is the immediate past Governor of the Gila River Indian Community and brings over 30 years of work experience in the areas of youth development, public policy and tribal government to the role. He has served as an ASU Native American Alumni Chapter board member, treasurer/board member for the National Indian Education Association, co-chair for the Tribal Champions Council for Boys and Girls Clubs in Indian Country, and has been a member of UNITY’s Council of Trustees since 1997.