One of NAYA's ten core values is leadership. Our strong leaders are the key to creating the change in the world that we want to see. Last month, two of our leaders, Ashley Thirstrup, Director of Youth and Education Services and Rey España, Latino and Yaqui, Director of Community Economic Development, moved on to their next journeys. We applaud their service, and celebrate their immense contributions to Portland's Native Community.
Ashley Thirstrup, former Director of Youth and Education Services has joined the team at Oregon Health Authority, where she will have the opportunity to support policy and system change through capacity building of tribes, local public health systems and regional health equity coalitions statewide. And after 14 years of visionary work at NAYA, our beloved Mr. España, Latino and Yaqui, has retired.