It is important for me to give rightful recognition to the many people, places, and things that have influenced my worldview, perspectives, and overall trajectory up to this point.


I am who I am today by the lasting impact that community has had on me. I was shaped by the individual mentors who sat with me and walked beside me while I took the actions to shape myself into a person of integrity. 


The individual teachers I would like to thank:


  • My mother Ximena

  • My son Owen

  • My brother Benjamin

  • My 1st grade teacher Mrs. Chun

  • My childhood mentor Owen P. Cramer

  • Devan Deuel 

  • John McMurray

  • Dr. Clifford C. Meeks

  • Dr. Lisa George

  • Mary Thompson (Cherokee)

  • Desiree Williams-Rajee

  • Clyde Hall (Shoshone-Metis)

  • Leroy Big Boy (Oglala-Lakota)

  • Phillip Archambault (Hunkpapa-Sioux)

  • Dr. Julius McGee

  • Dean Barlese (Paiute) 

I give thanks to the land that has held and supported me throughout my life and recognize the ancestral lands of the Clackamas band of the Chinook, the Watlala band of the Chinook, Cowlitz, Kathlamet, Multnomah, the Wilamette Tumwater, the Wasco-Wishram, Atfalati band of the Kalapuya, and the Tualatin Kalapuya, or what is known as Portland, Oregon for being my home for many decades. I now call home on the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nixon, Nevada, home of the Northern Paiute or Numu people. I also recognize and acknowledge my ancestral homelands of the Andes Mountains in Chile, where my mother immigrated from, and what is now known as Minnesota, where I trace my Anishinaabe roots on my paternal side. The land, and my connection to the land is deeply tied to who I am and how I move through the world.


These are some of the people who have invested time & energy on developing me as a leader. I would not be where I am today if it was not for the support these incredible people.


Lukas & Devan, my mentor for several years.


My Elder & Teacher Dean Barlese


Jeremy Hays, Lukas, and Desiree Williams-Rajee, Team Kapwa 2019


My mentor Dr. Clifford C Meeks and myself for my graduation in the Men of Color Leadership Program


My Elder & Teacher, Clyde Hall