Lead ArtisanPriscilla has been a leading artisan with ETKIE since its inception. Her inner strength and incredible work ethic have allowed her to spearhead projects and shoulder an enormous amount of responsibility within the company. Her determination and dedication have played a key role in ETKIE’s success. An exceptional beader, Priscilla crafts her bracelets with such meticulous detail that each piece reflects the passion and commitment she has for her artistry. She is an avid Broncos fan and enjoys spending time at home in Tohajiilee with her animals.
ArtisanDru was the first artisan to join ETKIE. She’s stood alongside us through the ups and downs of starting a new business, and we’re so grateful for the positive energy and spirit she brings to the team. As a mother and grandmother, Dru is a strong role model in her community and a beloved matriarch to her family. She is a connoisseur of pineapple upside down cake, and her favorite pastime is being outside in nature at her home in Tohajiilee.
ArtisanAs a mother of six, Tanya’s ability to bead at home enables her to spend more quality time raising her family. All of her children are in school and she often cares for or fosters children in her extended family. Having learned to bead from her mother and grandmother, she has a special aesthetic for colors and patterns. Tanya is committed to using her talent to empower youth and teach children how to create sustainable livelihoods within the creative economy.
ArtisanWorking as an artisan for ETKIE has given Val the ability to be a self-sufficient, stay-home mom. She is a strong role model for her family, community and the beading team. When she has a rare moment of down time, Val enjoys spending time with her extended family.
ArtisanCal has over a decade of experience as a skilled beader. He joined our team of artisans in 2015 as the sole gentleman on the team. Outside of his talents as an expert beader, his strengths are in keeping the team organized and in developing the framework for our artisan network. Cal lives in Tohajiilee and enjoys taking roadtrips when he’s not hard at work for ETKIE.
CEOSydney Alfonso, founder and CEO of ETKIE, grew up in rural New Mexico. Inspired by the rich culture and diversity of the Southwest, Sydney brought the women’s cooperative design-work she was doing in Istanbul back home to her community. The essence of ETKIE is to give people a platform to succeed, which she has successfully amassed a dedicated team to do. Sydney splits her time between Albuquerque and San Francisco.
Director of Community
Chelsea is the Artisan Relations Manager for Etkie. She hails from Cedar Springs, AZ on the southwestern part of the Navajo Nation. The element she likes most about working with Etkie is being surrounded by beautiful handmade jewelry and the people who make them. She is proud to be working with a team that creates jobs for Native people, especially in a state where with the lowest median individual and household income in the country. Her favorite past time is spending time with family.