Priscilla Chapo

Priscilla Chapo

Lead Artisan

Priscilla 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.
Dru Chackee

Dru Chackee

Artisan

Dru 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.
Tanya Blake

Tanya Blake

Artisan

As 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.
Valeen Whitehorse

Valeen Whitehorse

Artisan

Working 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.
Cal Chapo

Cal Chapo

Artisan

Cal 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.
Shallow Secatero

Shallow Secatero

Artisan

Destiny Barbone

Destiny Barbone

Artisan

Shonna Chavez

Shonna Chavez

Artisan

Joylynn Jake

Joylynn Jake

Artisan

Dorothy Manning

Dorothy Manning

Artisan

Operations Team

Sydney Alfonso

Sydney Alfonso

CEO

Sydney 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.
Kerry Marler

Kerry Marler

Executive Director

Kerry has been with Etkie since its inception. She has come full circle from working out of her ranch kitchen in the company’s first year to overseeing current office management in downtown Albuquerque. After retiring from a 42-year-long healthcare career, Kerry joined Etkie as full time Director of Operations in 2017. While she enjoys being back at work and spending time amongst our artisans, Kerry still finds time to traverse the isolated roads of the southwest which she dearly loves.
Like mother like daughter, Sydney and Kerry are a dynamic duo, always on the lookout for an adventure!
Chelsea Chee

Chelsea Chee

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.

Wanda Tuck

Wanda Tuck

Administration Guru

Wanda provides administrative support to the Etkie team. She comes to us with a background in administration and event planning. Wanda is excited to have the opportunity of working with a group of talented artisans and being at a business that is an essential part of the community.
When not at Etkie, this native New Englander enjoys exploring New Mexico with her family and two dogs.