We are pleased to welcome three new members this spring to our Board of Directors!
Nakia DeMiero is a descendant of the Isleta and Santa Clara Pueblos of New Mexico and a recent graduate of The Evergreen State College's Native Pathways Program, where she received her BA in Indigenous Humanities. As an Herbalist, Native Plant Specialist Supervisor, and Culture Coordinator she supports patients, staff, and other tribal communities in reclaiming healthier lifestyles and revitalizing traditional practices. As a resilient Indigenous woman in recovery with over eight years of sobriety and a survivor of many challenges, she is committed to using her experiences and skills to make a positive impact in her community, and has taken leadership in updating GRuB policies to be more equitable, clear, and aligned with our values.
Debra Grace Peri grew up in Arizona, worked as a software engineer all over the country, graduated from Evergreen in 2017 and now resides in Olympia. Debra is a musician, vegetarian, peace activist, yoga teacher and friend. We are grateful for her gracious kindness, curiosity, and her insights into organizational culture and dynamics!
Maritza Vega was born in Panama to two military parents, and has spent most of her life living and traveling the world. This experience along with her connection to her Puerto Rican roots has given her an appreciation for culture, community, and people! Maritza is a wonderful networker, and has brought perspective to GRuB from her diverse work experiences; currently she is a management analyst for the state ensuring community support is provided to our incarcerated individuals transitioning from prison into the community.