Meet the Officers

Chair- Celestina Castillo, Tohono O'odham

Chair- Celestina Castillo, Tohono O'odham

 
 

Celestina (Celeste) Castillo is Tohono O'odham and Chicana/Mexican-American. Her family has lived in LA and attended LAUSD schools for four generations. She is a proud mother of Tash and Lily, wife to Darryl, and auntie to Mando (and many others). She is extremely honored to serve on the committee for a second year. She brings her professional background and experience in education, policy, and community engagement and organizing with her and hopes to contribute greatly to the Indian Education Program.

 

 
 
 

Vice Chair- Desiree Belone, Navajo, Ponca

Vice Chair- Desiree Belone, Navajo, Ponca

Desiree Belone is an enrolled tribal member of the of the Navajo Nation and Ponca Nation of Oklahoma. She is close to her tribal family and travels home to the Navajo Nation often and spent this summer with her Ponca family as well. American Indian education is important and dependent on on the active participation of our community members, parents/guardians and students. This is her third academic year serving on the Board for the LAUSD Title VI Indian Education Program. She is currently a full-time student. During her free time she enjoys dancing different genres ranging from Pow Wow Jingle Dancing, Hip Hop, Jazz and Freestyle.


 
Student Secretary- Kaya Wilson, Fort Yuma Quechan, Cocopah

Student Secretary- Kaya Wilson, Fort Yuma Quechan, Cocopah

I’m Kaya Wilson, an enrolled member of the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe and Cocopah Tribe. I’m a traditional Bird Dancer that has participated in tribal gatherings and dances. I am currently a sophomore at Alliance MIT College Ready High School. My family is very traditional and our tribal language is strong within our family. I come from a family that holds different higher education degrees fromBA to PhD. I plan to continue our tribal legacy both traditionally and educationally.