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Meet Our Team

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Nadine Groenig

Laguna Pueblo

Owner, CEO, Federal Education Funding Consultant

After more than 18 years in K-12 education and 11 years in the non-profit business sector, Nadine started SunClan Consulting in 2020.  An expert in federal funding benefitting Indigenous students, their parents, and their educators, she has developed an outstanding team of professionals to lead new concepts and develop programs in Indigenous Education.

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Teri Fraizer

Laguna-Hopi Pueblos/Ojibwe

Artistic and Cultural Education Consultant

With an impressive resume that includes grants management, curriculum writing, parent engagement, cultural programs, philanthropy, Native American history, and more. Teri recently retired from Gallup-McKinley County Schools in New Mexico.  She joined SunClan and had an immediately positive impact on our team.

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Esther Nystrom

Dine (Navajo)

Program & Curriculum Development Consultant

Esther Nystrom is a K-12 educator who led the Native American Education Program for Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona. While there, she  implemented a Navajo language program and developed the 3rd Grade Native American Social Studies curriculum.  Her STEAM workshops include cultural arts blended with mathematical concepts.

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Dr. Elizabeth Johnson

Higher Education Consultant

"Dr. J" is a Distinguished Professor at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Her expertise lies in 
Instructional Design, Professional Development, and Educational Leadership.  Her passion is equity for all students.  Dr. J has worked extensively with Native American populations, including the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona and recently contributed to the success of our Native American Youth Leadership Academy in Holbrook.

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Tim McGowan

Building Healthy Social Networks Consultant

An educator for thirty-two years, Tim McGowan was a science teacher, school counselor, and program advisor in Rapid City, SD.  For the past decade, Tim has worked with schools around the U.S. to develop prevention strategies that proactively strengthen healthy social bonds.  For the past three years, he has been a trainer for the University of Rochester, NY on a research project  addressing military suicides.  The result: Zero suicides since the project began!

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Jacquelyn Power

Grant Writer Extraordinaire

Jacquelyn Power is more than an extremely prolific and successful grant writer; she is an award-winning superintendent and principal who spent more than twenty years on the Gila River Indian Community.  SunClan is so blessed to have her on our team!

William Brown

Youth Leadership Development Consultant and Strategic Planner

William Brown has extensive experience in the business world and worked for Proctor and Gamble for 27 years.  He retired to focus on community engagement activities, supporting disadvantaged youth and people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.  His experience includes board development, organization visioning, and strategic planning. Through SunClan Consulting, he has provided leadership academies to young tribal members from the Navajo Nation, Gila River Indian Community, White Mountain Apache Tribe, and more!

About Us

A Social Impact Venture

Providing Effective Solutions for Achieving Indigenous Potential

SunClan's mission is to greatly reduce suicide, significantly increase academic achievement, deepen self-worth and cultural identity, and improve health and wellness among Indigenous students and their communities.

​SunClan's vision is for every Indigenous American to reach their academic potential, know their purpose, be self-sufficient contributors to society, and thrive in every way.

SunClan Consulting offers multiple professional development and training opportunities for all stakeholders in K-12 Indian Education, including Native American students and families.

Our programs are customized to the needs of our clients based on research, experience, and knowledge of what works.  SunClan's providers have expertise in federal education funding, dropout prevention, equity, suicide prevention, social-emotional learning, historical trauma and resiliency, leadership development, civic engagement, culture, data evaluation and analysis, and more!

We provide our services both virtually and on-site where CDC protocols are observed.

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