Native American Suicide Prevention Advisory Council

Robyn Atencio

Susan Casias, MSW, ACSW

Joyce Naseyowma-Chalan, MPH

Pamela Hurley

Renee Levaldo

Dr. Melvina McCabe

Michael Montoya

Ardena Orosco

Dr. Mauricio Tohen

Melissa Wassana

Robyn Atencio, LCSW, Chairwoman

Pueblo of Cochiti
Ten Southern Pueblos Representative

Susan Casias, Vice Chair

Jicarilla Apache Nation
Jicarilla Tribe Representative

Susan Casias grew up in northwestern Arizona on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation. Susan has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. Susan also has a Master’s of Social Work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, she began work with Indian Health Service and retired with 30+ years of service. During her social work career, she gathered information and knowledge in suicide prevention and intervention with Native people.

“…Look at our many cultures and search for a plan to inform our providers and counselors about our ‘history’ and identify how we can come together for our families.”

Joyce Naseyowma-Chalan, MPH

Hopi, Pueblo of Taos
All Pueblo Council of Governors Representative

Pamela Hurley

Diné/Navajo
Eastern Navajo Nation Representative

Renee Levaldo

Pueblo of Acoma Laguna
Zuni Pueblo and Laguna Pueblo Representative

Dr. Melvina McCabe

Diné/Navajo
UNM Health Sciences Representative

Michael Montoya

Ohkay Owingeh
ENIPC Representative

Michael Montoya is a former Lt. Governor of Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Michael served in FY 2015-2016. From 1983 to 1985, Michael provided services as a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Santa Clara Rehab, Grande Treatment Facility in Embudo, New Mexico. In 2010, he began serving as a Tribal Elder for his community.

“I would like to see a Youth Council established; one that is active in the community, as well as at the Tribal Council level. The Youth Council would address youth-related issues, including voicing their wants and needs. Youth should be heard and included in their communities.”

Ardena Orosco

Mescalero Apache Nation
Mescalero Apache Nation Representative

Dr. Mauricio Tohen

UNM Health Science Representative

Melissa Wassana

Diné/Navajo
Urban Representative