LEADERSHIP

Lisa Carr

Lisa's educational background is in Early Childhood Development and Accounting. Working as the office manager for 16+ years and now as the Executive Director has helped her develop a unique skillset that is one of the most important assets of the San Juan Foundation. Additionally, she has nurtured educational development in others as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, Parent Teacher Association, and the Blanding Rotary Club.  She has been a supervisor and recruiter of volunteers for the AmeriCorps VISTA and Foster Grandparent programs. Each of these volunteer experiences has provided unique training and valuable networking opportunities throughout San Juan County.

Exectutive Director

Clayton Long

Clayton has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Educational Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public School Administration, ESL and Bilingual Education Endorsement. He has worked in education for 27+ years as an Elementary, Jr. High and High School Teacher in both English and Navajo. He also served as a High School Vice Principal and as an Elementary School Principal. He has helped publish curriculum material for multiple school districts with high Navajo enrollment and the Rosetta Stone Navajo project. Currently, he is in his 16th year as the San Juan School District Bilingual Education Director.

Chairman of the Board

Shirlee Silversmith

Shirlee Silversmith was raised on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in Central Eastern Arizona and on the Indian Placement Program. She is a member of the Navajo Nation and is now the director of the Utah Office of Indian Affairs appointed by the Governor Herbert of Utah. Shirlee has a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Brigham Young University and a master's degree in education from Arizona State University. She spent nearly 20 years at the Utah State Office of Education as the American Indian Education Specialist. She also worked as the Learning for Life director, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America, at the Utah National Parks Council.

Vice Chair

Kristian J. Olsen

Krisitan grew up in Blanding and attended the College of Eastern Utah before transferring to Southern Utah University and completing a business degree. He worked for the the University of Connecticut Stamford where he oversaw student life and activities and also earned a master’s in higher education leadership. Following his time at UCONN, Olsen worked provided marketing and recruiting services to higher education clients and began working for USU Eastern in 2013. He is now serving as the associate vice president at Utah State University Blanding campus. 

Board Member

Elsie Dee

Elsie has served on the San Juan School Board, the Board for the National Johnson O’Malley Association, the Utah Developmental Disability Council (UDDC) and the Navajo Nation Advisory Council on Disabilities. She was also a community organizer for the State of Utah ABCD Project. Dee believes education is the key to opportunity for all students. By acquiring skills and cultural growth, they can become contributing citizens.

Board Member

Cheryl Bowers

Cheryl was previously the Executive Vice President for Air Medical Resource Group for over 18 years where she lead the Accounting Department and supervised over 300 employees in Human Resources, Medical, Dispatch and Compliance. Cheryl is a City Councilwoman in Blanding, UT, serving a 4-year term and voluntarily manages the Utah Mobile Food Bank in Blanding. She has a Business Management degree and is Certified as a Medical Transport Executive, through the Medical Transport Leadership Institute in Wheeling, WV. Cheryl has 5 children and enjoys spending time with her family and singing.

Chief Financial Officer

Griselda Rogers

Griselda is from Towaoc, Colorado and is a member of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. She is the Education Director for Ute Mountain Tribe in White Mesa, Utah. She received a Bachelor’s degree from Utah State University and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University-Global Campus.

Board Member

Aldean Ketchum

Ute Mountain Ute families pass down artistic knowledge. White Mesa flute-maker Billy Mike taught his grandson, Aldean Ketchum, the art of carving instruments. Today, Ketchum performs on his flutes with symphonies and opera companies around the world. In 2002, he appeared in the Olympic opening ceremony in Salt Lake City.  Along with serving on the San Juan Foundation board, Aldean also serves on the White Mesa Ute Corporation Board and the White Mesa Ute Scholarship committee.

Board Member

Gregory H. Jackson

Greg has had two contrasting careers--- He is a former C-Level international banking executive and worked for many years overseas in Asia. He has broad, results-oriented project and financial management experience. Since 1992, he has maintained his own international consulting practice working for clients around the world. For over 20 years, he has also applied his talents in fundraising, grant writing, non-profit funds procurement in the Higher Education sector and other NGO causes. Since 2011, he has served as a Board Member of the San Juan Foundation and actively supports the Foundation's growth in a fundraising and special projects advisory role.

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PO Box 814

Blanding, UT 84511

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Blanding, UT 84511

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