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.

 

Meet Our Team

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Nadine Groenig

Laguna Pueblo

Owner, CEO, Lead Consultant

After almost 18 years in K-12 education and 11 years in the non-profit business sector, Nadine started SunClan Consulting.  An expert in federal funding benefitting Indigenous students and a student of Native , she has developed an outstanding team of educational 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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Sandra Freeland

Dine (Navajo), Apache, Mexican

Culture and Language Consultant

Sandra joined SunClan as an expert in developing culture and language programs.  She also brings with her extensive knowledge of systems development and administrative experience at the state and local levels.

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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!