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. If you are interested in becoming a board member please fill out an application and email it to Bruce LeClaire.
Nathan Strong Elk- President
“My name is Nathan Strong Elk, Jr. I am formally known as Nathan Winder, Jr. I have a Master of Business Administration, four daughters, two sons and married. I am a landman trainee, a certified addictions technician, former Museum Director, advocate for children, Ute Language teacher and passed into the US Navy in 1984 but got discharged because I chose to take care of my wife who was pregnant. My passion and desire are to empower our young people, children so that they can reach their fullest potential and to attain their dreams. I believe in the formula impact for success factors for the Boys and Girls Club and in our vision and mission.
I am a board member of the Old Spanish Trails Association, Southern Ute Native American Church member, Southern Housing Board member. I believe in working for the “land and Earth and people that we serve.” Lastly, I am a leadership Graduate of TIospaye and with that being said, “I am a passionate, loving and forgiving Leader.” Being in service is my desire to keeping faith, hope and charity as a foundation to our Native American Cultural traditions and way of life.”
Raymond Baker- Vice President
As a Southern Ute Indian (SUI) Tribal member, Mr. Baker grew up in the Durango, CO area and enlisted into the Navy in 1985, commissioned as a Naval Officer by the President of the U.S. IN 2004 and is a graduate from Mustang University. He served our Country for over 30 years as a Deep-Sea Diver and led/managed over twelve forward deployed missions worldwide for numerous national security line items and joint NATO operations worldwide. Twelve years of his time in the Navy was working for the Chief of Naval Operations for Special Projects, where he was the Officer-in-Charge of the most decorated diving command in U.S. military history; which is the same command he received his commission from.
After the Navy, he was employed with the SUI Growth Fund as a Safety Officer and also served as the Executive Director. Raymond is now currently retired and spends his off-time volunteering as the Vice-Commander of the SUI Veterans Association, SUI Board of Ethics Board Member, Adaptive Sports Association, Veteran of Foreign Wars, American Legion and a active Elks Club member. For his leisure time activities he enjoys the outdoors (hiking/camping/fly fishing/hunting) and re-designs/fabricates historical diving equipment that has been sold throughout the world
Laura Sanchez- Secretary
“I have lived and worked in the Ignacio community since 1992. I’ve been happily married for the past 28 years, a mother of three and a grandmother of three. I enjoy crafts and spending time with my family. I’ve worked for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for the past 27 years in various roles. My current role being the TERO Career Developer, where I’ve been able to work with the Boys and Girls club staff and volunteer for various BGC events. I currently sit on their board of directors as the Board Secretary as well as the Financial Development committee chair. My goal as a board member is to assist the club members and staff in flourishing and continue their mission.”
“I grew up on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and this community is my heart and my home. I am a Fort Lewis alumna and I have experience working within the tribe for various departments since 2000. My passion for volunteering with our community includes previous duties on the SUCAP Board of Directors and currently with the PAG for the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy, as well as supporting other community youth groups and events. I enjoy serving 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. I also want to make sure there is continuous support for the club by actively helping to build a positive community by giving the youth opportunities and an environment needed to learn and grow into healthy, successful adults.”
“My name is Brandi Archuleta. I am an enrolled member of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and a Southern Ute Descendant. I grew up on the Southern Ute Indian Reservation surrounded by family and friends. I have a certificate in Family Development and Case Management for the University of California-Berkeley. I am married and have 4 sons, 3 out of 4 have attended Boys and Girls Club. I believe that children are our future and Boys and Girls Club will help them through this journey of life. My goal as a Board Member is to give our children every opportunity to become healthy, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.”