Board and Staff Biographies

The Nakani board and staff are responsible for defining the organization’s mission, vision and values and for providing overall leadership and strategic direction to the organization. We are integral in designing and implementing programs and policies through guidance with our strategic plan and community partners.


Our Program Committee

Our multicultural board weaves their experiences together to expand consciousnesses to Native  ways of being.

Esther "Little Dove" John

Identifies as African American and Native American. She was part of the American Friends Service Committee Northwest Indian Committee since 1999 during the Makah whaling dispute. She also served on the AFSC’s Northwest Region and West Region Executive Committees. As a Quaker, Dove brings the values of peace, simplicity, integrity, community and equity to her work on the Nakani Native Committee.

Ann Bates

Is an anthropologist with many years experience working with Native Americans.

Ellany Kayce

Is an enrolled tribal member of the Tlingit Nation, Raven Clan. She’s worked as a cultural consultant, event planner, coordinator, facilitator, trainer, curriculum developer and fundraiser.  Ellany has life-long experience working with Alaska Native, Native American, First Nations communities, and is a trainer, traditional drummer, singer, and dancer, and activist.


Jonathan Betz-Zall

Identifies as Ashkenazi Jewish American. He was part of the American Friends Service Committee’s Northwest Region Executive Committee, and is currently a member of the AFSC’s Corporation, representing North Pacific Yearly Meeting. He was also a long-term volunteer with the Community Coalition for Environmental Justice and continues to build a justice-oriented version of “Ecotopia”.

Greg B. Urquhart

Is a Tsalagi (Cherokee) descendant and water protector. He serves as the President of the WSU Chapter of the Society of Indian Psychologists and as a board member of Urban Indians Northwest. In the past he has served in leadership positions within the American Psychological Association’s Division 17 (Human-Animal Interaction) and 18 (Psychologists in Indian Country). 

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Washington in 2011. He holds a M.A. in Community Counseling from Washington State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Washington and associate degree’s in Arts and Sciences and General Studies from Tacoma Community College. His interests include, Earth Justice, Tribal sovereignty, veterans’ issues, Native American psychology, social justice through research, career counseling, human-animal interaction and psychology across cultures. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, from Washington State University.

Our Program Staff

Jeff Smith

Is an enrolled member of the Makah Tribe. He served as staff person for the American Friends Service Committee’s Northwest Indian Program, where he built a strong support network for the Tribal Canoe Journey.

Nakani Native Program is Recruiting New Board Members

The Nakani Native Program (NNP) is currently recruiting for three positions on its volunteer Board of Directors. Serving on the NNP’s Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about advocating and protecting treaty rights of Indigenous Peoples while engaging with community events, meetings, and other solutions which contribute to the equity and health of our communities.

NNP is committed to continuing the diversity of our representation, and encourage women, non-binary folks, Indigenous/Alaska Natives, People Of Color, and individuals with diverse abilities to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and one-page summary of relevant experience and education to Ellany Kayce, Board Chair, at:

Ellany Kayce (Tlingit Nation)
Board Chair
Nakani Native Program
206-778-4668 (cell)

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