2020 Officer Election

Candidates

Treasurer
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BJ BOYD, PhD (Cherokee)

for Treasurer

I am approaching the end of my term as SIP treasurer and would be honored to be considered for a second term. I have enjoyed working with our society presidents and other leaders to make sure we remain good stewards of our resources and meet shared goals as a community of Native psychologists. 

Secretary
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ROYLEEN ROSS, PhD (Laguna Pueblo)

for Secretary

Please be informed of my willingness to continue serving as secretary.  I have very much enjoyed working with the presidential trio and serving n this role.  I am looking forward to continue being a contributing member of SIP and I am excited about the future direction of SIP.

Student Representative
in alphabetical order by first name

Art Director

Anna Kawennison Fetter (St. Regis Mohawk)

I am St. Regis Mohawk and am entering my fifth year at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. I have recently proposed my dissertation examining historical loss among college students and culturally protective factors, and will be applying for internship this year. I had the opportunity to participate in the Mentorship program and greatly benefited from greater connection with elders, mentors, and leaders within SIP. I would love to serve as the Student Representative to continue to learn as well as contribute to the organization’s development amongst graduate and undergraduate students, including forming student chapters. I also had hopes of bringing forward an extension of the mentorship program with the idea of graduate students serving as mentors to undergraduates. Regardless of how I can participate in SIP, I’m grateful for the organization and hope to continue to be involved in some fashion, whatever is needed.

KellyLynn Zuni (Diné/Navajo)

Kellylynn Zuni, M.S., is a Diné (Navajo) doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Palo Alto University. Kellylynn will start her predoctoral internship in July 2020 at the Southwest Consortium Doctoral Psychology Internship Program in Albuquerque, NM. Kellylynn assists in managing a five-year, almost a $1,000,000 funding opportunity with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She aids in developing and instructing a culturally informed curriculum for substance use and suicide prevention for a tribal university. Kellylynn hopes to work with SIP leadership and members to strengthen the values and goals of the organization.

Jorene Volkheimer (Cup'ig, Yupik/Alaska Native)

Camai, I am Alaska Native from Nunivak, Island, Mekoryuk, AK. My tribe is Cup'ig and the regional tribe is Yupik. My Cup'ig name is Carr'er which means 'a little bit.' My dissertation topic for my General Psychology Research Program is Transgenerational Trauma, Locus of Control, and Stigma as Predictors of Mental Health Help-Seeking in Alaska Native Communities. I'm currently seeking Alaska Area IRB approval to move forward to data collection. I volunteer my time for Healing Racism Anchorage, so the protests because of race is relevant to the current situation during the pandemic. I hope to work with tribes to help with grant writing and my goal is to write a book on Alaska Native Worldview Theory when I complete my program. Quyana Caknek!

Kristen Pyke (St. Regis Mohawk)

She:kon, my name is Kristen Pyke and I am Saint Regis Mohawk from Akwesasne. I am currently a fifth-year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at the University of Montana applying for internship in the fall. Throughout my graduate career, I have benefited from the incredible support and mentorship from the members of SIP. I would like to be the SIP student representative to serve this important community, which has fostered my growth as a psychologist in training. If chosen as the SIP student representative, I would like to continue the efforts made by our previous student representative through student outreach and coordinating student meetings. I believe that through continuing our efforts of outreach to students, we can provide them with a community that is accepting, nurturing, and supportive. SIP brings together a wide array of tribes with two common goals: supporting Native American Psychologists; and advocating for mental health rights among Native people. I want to be able to further this mission by serving as a student representative of SIP, allowing me to support all of our members, because this community has always encouraged my growth as an individual, student, and clinician.

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