Advisory Board - Native American Advancement Foundation

Selina Jesus –  Education Program Coordinator

Selina was born in Ajo, Arizona and currently resides in Gu Vo District.  She attended  K-8th grade at San Simon Elementary Day School and attended the Tohono O’odham High School and Coconino High School in Flagstaff.  She has served in many capacities for the Gu Vo District including van driver, elected official for the Gu Vo District Governing Council as Gu Vo Community Representative 2001-2005, and Gu Vo Community Alternate 2007-2009.  Selina has also served on the Housing Committee as Chairperson, and as a member of the Health Committee, Education Committee, Economic Development Committee, and the Domestic Violence Coalition. She worked in collaboration with the Legislative Housing Committee to establish the Housing Committee by-laws for Gu Vo District.  She also volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club of the Tohono O’odham Nation coordinating the Horse Camp sponsored by Gu Vo District, Volunteer Youth Coordinator for Gu Vo Community, Chairperson for the Gu Vo District Day/Royalty Committee 2000-2009, Volunteer Coordinator for the Unity Run, and was also a volunteer for the Pima County Elections as a clerk.

Selina is a mother of a teenage daughter and an adopted nephew.   In March, 2012, Selina graduated from Tucson College receiving her license as a Certified Nursing Assistant and certification for Patient Care Technician. She is currently employed under the ALTCS program as a caregiver and sits on the Advisory Board for NAAF.  She is fluent in her native Tohono O’odham language as well as English.

Barry Kitay

Barry has worked with Whirlygig Properties, LLC in Tucson, Arizona, from 1997 to present where he is the Designated Broker and has been involved in brokerage, acquisition, management and development of commercial real estate properties.  From 1988 to present, Barry has also been involved as a general partner with Nanbarry Investments, a commercial real estate investment company.  From 1973 to 1988, Barry worked in various capacities, for Sunset Industries, Inc., which was involved in the manufacturing and retailing of building materials.

Timothy J. Finan

He started out in the Peace Corps growing tomatoes in a village of subsistence farmers in Northeast Brazil. He is a research anthropologist and former director of the University of Arizona’s Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology in the School of Anthropology. He oversees numerous projects worldwide while teaching at the UA and doing hands-on field research. Finan just completed a school feeding project in seven countries. School feeding is used in developing countries as a means of providing meals to hungry children while also attracting them to school when they otherwise would be working in the fields or elsewhere to support their households. He is currently working in Bangladesh, Paraguay, Kenya, and Ethiopia – in addition to Brazil, where he has maintained a research program on climate change and governance in the same state where he grew tomatoes 40 years ago. Finan helped assemble the interdisciplinary UA team that developed the nation’s first master-of-science degree in disaster risk science and sustainable development (DRSSD). The team included the Office of Arid Lands, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, plus two private partners. This is primarily a distance-learning program at Bahir Dar University in the provincial capital of Amhara, the northern province of Ethiopia on the edge of Lake Tana and the headwaters of the Blue Nile River.