Donna DeGennaro, PhD Founder/Executive Director/Board Chair
Donna obtained her PhD in education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her passion for creating socially just learning designs that are technology-mediated and youth-driven fueled her work with youth in informal learning environments in the US and abroad for the past 10 years. During this time, she developed an innovative pedagogical model that simultaneously addresses the digital divide, culturally responsive learning, and social justice education. Donna recently founded Unlocking Silent Histories (USH), a non-profit organization that aims to amplify the voices and identities of indigenous youth. USH utilized this pedagogy model that emerges from the local context. She was motivated to start USH after being perpetually inspired by the ways that the pedagogical model not only unleashes youth voice & agency, but also opens spaces for young people to envision and create their own futures. Her commitment to indigenous populations began in Guatemala, where she witnessed USH participants capturing their languages and cultures. Donna has learned conversational Spanish from our USH students.
Janelle is the founder and CEO of One Red Lion, an online social platform where people can easily find a current list of hundreds of thousands of nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to their passions that they don’t know exist. In her past life Janelle has Planned and presided over 100 plus board meetings. Janelle has a passion for animal welfare and is an active donor and philanthropist.
Jennifer Baker, JD
Jennifer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Oklahoma. She subsequently obtained her JD from OU, where she served as an Articles Editor for the American Indian Law Review and received a Certificate in American Indian Law. Jennifer spent three years working at DNA-People’s Legal Services, Inc., nonprofit legal services corporation that operates on and around the Navajo Nation, before moving to the Denver area to enter private practice. Jennifer’s legal practice focuses on representing Indigenous Nations and individuals in areas including sovereignty, tribal governance, contracts, and environmental issues.
Heather has gathered 19+ years of professional experience in a variety of areas (ranging from entrepreneurial to corporate) in fields of biochemical research and development, patent and business law, advocacy in education, and consulting. She continues to consult in business program and project management, both locally and internationally. A common thread in all of her work has been in upholding individual access to information and education – which is what led her to support USH and their mission.
Mark has twenty years consulting experience with skills in cyber security, system development life cycle, and training & curriculum development, with Booz Allen Hamilton and CAP Gemini/Sogeti, delivering to clients such as US Treasury, IRS, VA, HUD, Mellon Bank, and American Red Cross. He also worked at United Way of America of over eight years as Director of Membership and various positions in their IT and Research Departments. He is an award winning screenwriter/producer and is a partner in film production company, Matching Sweaters Productions. He's been a professional member and youth mentor with the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, and founder and co-chair of the Native American Forum at Booz Allen Hamilton. He's passionate about tribal culture and all things indigenous.
Ingrid Sub Cuc
Ingrid is Kaqchikel and Q’eqchi’ Maya from Sololá, Guatemala. She grew up in Sololá and moved to the US at age 12. Ingrid went on to pursue her passion for Indigenous rights and medicine in the US graduating with a B.S. in Biology from Whitworth University in Washington State. Ingrid has returned to Guatemala various times throughout her years spent abroad, working as an intern and volunteering for health organizations in Guatemala. She has also participated and worked for various institutions in the U.S. Ingrid currently works for Cultural Survival, an Indigenous Rights organization, based in Boston with a sister organization in Guatemala. She is the program assistant for the Community Radio Project that works to legalize community media access for indigenous communities all over Guatemala. She speaks English, Spanish and proficient Kaqchikel.