Boys and Girls Club

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. If you are interested in becoming a board member please fill out an application and email it to Bruce LeClaire.

Our Board

Lindsay Box- President

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 Strong Elk- Vice President

“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.

Oolcu Buckskin

“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.”

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.”

Brandi Archuleta

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 am currently employed by the Southern Ute Police Department as a Victim Advocate. 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.