PREVENTION EDUCATORS
TOP® - Certified Prevention Educators work directly with the teens participating in the Navajo Youth Builders project.



Tiffany Dawes

Tiffany Dawes

Prevention Educator

Originally from Gallup (New Mexico), Tiffany relocated to Farmington in 2011 to work with the Navajo Youth Builders project. She graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology and Human Services. Tiffany recently worked with the Navajo Nation Office of Youth Development in Fort Defiance, Arizona. At OYD, she assisted in planning and organizing youth development activities and events. She has also worked with the Del Alma program in Durango, Colorado. During her tenure in this program, she endeavored to improve the quality of life for minority children in the Durango elementary school system. Tiffany now works with Kirtland Middle School, facilitating eleven TOP® clubs and co-facilitates TOP® at Kirtland Central High School.


Tina Gray

Tina Gray

Prevention Educator

Tina Gray was born and raised in Kayenta, Arizona, and graduated from Monument Valley High School. She currently resides in Farmington, New Mexico. Tina obtained a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, and her Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University. She also holds two Associate's degrees from Diné College in Social Work and Social Behavioral Sciences. Tina previously worked for Children Youth and Families as a placement worker. She also facilitated group work in mental health at San Juan Regional Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit; the psycho-education of domestic violence survivors and perpetrators with the Family Crisis Center; and has helped people address substance abuse issues while working with the Navajo Nation Department of Behavioral Health in Shiprock, New Mexico, as an Intern. Tina currently facilitates the TOP® program with clubs in Kirtland Central High School and six clubs in Shiprock High School.


REGIONAL COORDINATORS
Our two Regional Coordinators oversee the Navajo Youth Builders project and provide technical assistance to the Prevention Educators.



Rachel Nawrocki

Rachel Nawrocki

Regional Coordinator

Rachel currently serves the Navajo Youth Builders project as Lead Regional Coordinator. Graduating from Kutztown University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Biology, she brings over 20 years' administrative and project management experience to Capacity Builders, Inc. with expertise in many areas of nonprofit, project and staff management, and organizational capacity building. She began her career in purchasing and donor development with the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, D.C. Moving to New Mexico in 1995, Rachel took advantage of the wide-open energy sector, managing projects as Vice President and Director for an archaeology consulting firm, and later as a Human Resources Director in the construction industry. Among her many responsibilities, Rachel works tirelessly to create lasting and meaningful partnerships with agencies and organizations serving Navajo communities and Navajo youth.


FOUNDER



Deborah Montgomery

Dr. Deborah Montgomery

Founder of Capacity Builders, Inc.

Dr. Montgomery is the founder of Capacity Builders, Inc. She chose to focus the resources of the agency in serving the tribal community because of her own Native American heritage and because of her strong commitment to the Navajo people. Although she worked as the Director for CBI for the past decade, she now spends the majority of her time providing volunteer services to Navajo nonprofits for special initiatives, including teen alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention and sexual abuse prevention. Dr. Montgomery holds a Doctorate Degree in Law, a Masters' in Business Administration, and a Bachelors' Degree in Social Science. Deborah is a former school teacher who taught the Botvin Life Skills Program as well as several teen health courses to more than 300 local Navajo youth. As a teen mother herself at the age of 16, she is a strong advocate for educating teens on the realities and hardships of teen parenthood as well as prevention and sexual health alternatives. She has served as an advisor to CBI for 15 years.