Catching the Dream Board of Directors


James Lujan, President (M.A. Education)

Retired President, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque NM. Governor, Taos Pueblo, 2010. Former Agency Superintendent for Education, Northern Pueblos Agency, BIA, Santa Fe NM. M. A., Counseling Psychology and Education, New Mexico State University, 1969. Tribe: Taos Pueblo. Address: P. O. Box 2534, Taos, NM 87571. Phone (575) 758-9593. Cell Phone: (505) 301-5507.


Dr. Lester Sandoval, Apache, Vice President (Ed. D., Higher Education)

Director of Research, Jicarilla Apache Nation, P.O. Box 507, Dulce NM 87528, (575)235-825-8226


John Tohtsoni, Jr.Treasurer  (M. A., Political Science)

Title III Director, San Juan College. BA, Purdue University, MA political science, University of Colorado.  Catching the Dream Scholar. Tribe: Navajo. Address: 3212 Crestridge Drive, Farmington NM 87401, cell (505) 566-3982, fax (505) 566-3153.E


Jodie Palmer, Secretary  (M. A., Education)

Assistant Director, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, Former Director of Education, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, MI, Former Supervisor of Indian Education, Kalamazoo Public Schools, MI. Tribe: Potawatomi. Address: 6951 Kiltz St., Portage MI 49024-3300. Phone: (269) 808-0773 (cell), (269) 387-1722 (work), (269) 387-2882 (fax).


Dean Chavers, Board Member (Ph. D., Communication Research)

Director, Catching the Dream, Albuquerque NM (1986-Present), Board Member, two terms, National Indian Education, 1983-86, 1987-90 (elected position), Former President, Bacone College, Muskogee OK, 1978-81, Member, Advisory Panel on Minority Concerns, The College Board, 1979-85, Recipient of Human Rights Award, City of Albuquerque, 1996. Tribe: Lumbee. Address: 9710 Camino del Sol, NE, Albuquerque NM 87111. Phone: (505) 823-2914 (home), (505) 262-2351 (work), (505) 553-8435 (cell) work.


Ms. Lynn Okon Scholnick, Board Member (MSW, Social Work)

Psychiatric Social Worker, Artist and Sculptor. MSW in Social Work, University of Southern California. Address: 210 Grand Avenue, #303, Long Beach CA 90803, (562) 438-8009.




Ed Harris, Board Member (BFA, Fine Arts)

Actor and director, “Radio,†“Apollo 13,†“Alamo Bay,†“The Hours,†“Pollock.†Human and civil rights activist, Address: 22031 Carbon Mesa, Malibu, CA 90265, (310) 456-1048 (home), (310) 758-8626 x 119 (work).


Lindsay Wagner, Board Member

Actor and activist, model, spokesperson, Television star, “The Bionic Woman.†Address: 78365 Highway 111, #116, La Quinta, CA 92253. Phone: (310) 968-1090.


Mr. Kelvin Sampson, Board Member (MA, Health and Political Science)

Assistant Basketball Coach, Houston Rockets. MA Graduate, Michigan State University. Tribe: Lumbee. Address: 1510 Polk St., Houston TX 77002. Phone: (877) 428-2825.