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Board of Directors

Our Club Board of Directors creates clubs vision, plans programs, develops funding, and more. We are looking for experienced people who are invested in this community’s youth and are excited about being a key component of this organization.

Our Board

Lindsay Box

Ms. Lindsay J. Box was born and raised on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, where she remains currently committed to helping her Tribal community. I attended Ignacio Public Schools, graduating from Ignacio High School in 2005. Throughout Ms. Box’s academic years, she was acknowledged for her academic excellence which provided her opportunities to represent her Ute people in places such as Washington, D.C., Boston, MA, and Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa. For many years, she represented the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as one of the longest reigning members of the Southern Ute Royalty. In 2010, Box graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in American Indian Studies.

Box spent 6 years at the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as the Mentor Coordinator. While holding this position, she built relationships with many community partners, tribal departments, other youth serving organizations, as well as local schools, businesses, and numerous media sources and local law enforcement. Serving as liaison between BGC and these entities, she communicated policies and procedures, collaborative event planning and implementation as well as fundraising endeavors. Throughout her career at BGC, she led conversations with parents and Tribal Membership regarding the mission of Club. Box also served as a staff member on the following BGC Board of Directors Sub-Committees: fundraising, safety, and marketing.

Lindsay is currently holds the position of Tribal Council Communications Specialist within the Southern Ute Permanent Fund and serves as acting board president for the BGC Board of Directors. She also serves on the Southern Ute Permanent Fund Apprentice Committee, the National Tribal Energy Association and nominated for a position for the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and the National Petroleum Council and Infrastructure working group. She continues to find a way to advocate for youth in the tribal community, stressing education and employment opportunities, social and emotional learning, and leadership.

It is my honor to serve as a Board Member for the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Our youth need strong, resilient adults working hard on their behalf to secure a GREAT FUTURE,” declared Box. Box also wished to pass down what her parents instilled in her to maintain a strong moral integrity, respect, cultural awareness and understanding.

Ms. Box’s main priority is her family, including her 10-year old son who has been a Club Member at the Boys & Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe since he was 6 years old. When she not working, she spends her time traveling the Southwest with her son’s baseball and football teams, beading, sewing, and soon to be raising the newest family addition due October 2018.

Nathan StrongElk

“I ‘m a member of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and a first descendant of the Dine on my Mother’s side. I grew up on the Southern Ute and Pyramid Lake Reservations. I am a member of the Native American Church of North America, a family man, a gourd dancer, a bear dancer, a certified addictions counselor, and a sun dancer. I work as the Southern Ute Indian Tribe’s Ute Language Teacher Apprentice. I am on sabbatical from finishing my doctor of education and hope to finish when my children get older. I am passionate about working with the young people. I am also a Tiospaye leadership Graduate. In 1984 a Lakota Elder gave me my Indian name (Defender of the Prayers) and several years ago I was passed a Traditional sacred buffalo calf pipe. I hope to continue to serve the Southern Ute Boys and Girls club staff, children and community as a board member. I have worked for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribal Council, Wanbli Gleska Indian Program, Nevada Urban Indians, Navajo United Methodist Center as well as the Southern Ute Indian Tribe during my career. I am a member of the Southern Ute Montessori Academy Parent Advisory Group. I served as Board of Education member for Pyramid Lake High School and as a board member of the Association of Contract Tribal Schools in the past. It’s great to be back as a board member again and my two daughters have participated in Boys and Girls Club during the summer. I am married and have six children, four daughters and two sons. I enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and do Native crafts work when time permits.


Anna Marie Garcia




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“I grew up on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and graduated from Fort Lewis College in 2007. I worked within the Tribe for various positions since 2000 and I am currently the Vital Statistics Clerk with Tribal Information Services. I have served on the SUCAP Board of Directors and I am currently serving on the Parent Advisory Group for the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy. I am married and have five children, two of which are currently enrolled with the Southern Ute Boys and Girls Club. I wanted to serve on the board because I believe in the mission of the club and the emphasis on cultural awareness that the Southern Ute Boys and Girls Club strives to maintain and also to make sure there is continuous support for the club. I want to be active with helping build our community by giving the youth opportunities and the environment needed to learn and grow into healthy, successful adults.”

Laura Sanchez

“I lived and worked in the Ignacio community since 1992. I’m a mother of three and grandmother of two. I’ve worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for the past 25 years in various roles. My current being the TERO Career Developer, where I’ve been able to work with the Boys and Girls Club staff and volunteer for BGC events. My goal in being a BGC Board Member is to help the club flourish and assist them in accomplishing their goals.”

Lisa Olguin

I was raised in the Ignacio community. I have worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for over 20 years, 12 years in my current position. Two of my children are club members. The Boys and Girls Club is important to all kids as it gives them a safe, nurturing environment to grow. My goal is to help Boys and Girls Club of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe grow and educate the community about all they have to offer.”