CANAR Committee Chairs

CANAR Inc. is always extending the need for participation for voluntary members of the CANAR Membership that is interested in serving on one of our committees. Feel free to reach out to one of the committee chairs below and begin to support the growth and message of the CANAR family.

 

 

Policy/Advocacy Committee

Treva Roanhorse 

The policy/advocacy committee work on legislative issues at the state, federal, and national level and assist tribes on legislative tribal issues. This committee is also responsible for: developing annual policy papers on CANAR Inc. and American Indians/Alaskan Natives with disability issues, update membership on legislative issues, federal, and state regulation changes, provide recommendations and draft language on various legislation when necessary, and develop resolutions for support and/or assistance with various organizations.

Treva's Biography

Treva Roanhorse is a member of the Navajo Nation from New Mexico. She is the former Executive Director of the Navajo Nation Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) and served as President of the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) for 20 years. She has an education and experience in vocational rehabilitation, special education, and social work from the University of Arizona. She has served on various local, state and nationwide organizations and committees. She currently serves on the CANAR board as Chair of Policy/Advocacy, Northwest Indian College Advisory, and Northern Arizona University IHD/CAC. She is fluent in the Navajo language and strong in her Navajo way of life and teaching.

Contact

P.O Box 1420

Window Rock, AZ 86515

Tel: +1 (928) 871-6338

Fax: +1 (928) 871-7865

Email: rmtreva@msn.com

ByLaws Committee

Rebecca Holland

The ByLaws committee is responsible to review annually and revise as necessary the approved bylaws for the CANAR membership. The ByLaws committee is also responsible for: research areas of issue and concern that has been brought forth by the membership or executive committee, ensure that changes/revisions support the need and integrity of the CANAR Inc. Organization, prepare revised bylaws for presentation, and review the recommend policies that support the bylaws that are to be approved by the membership.

Rebecca's Biography

Rebecca Holland is the Program Manager with the Pueblo of Jemez VR Program in New Mexico and has been with the program for a total of 11 years. She began her career in VR in 1998 working with the Veteran’s Administration in Albuquerque as a Psychometrist. She then applied for the position of Program Manager of the Jemez VR Program in the fall of 1998 and was the Manager for 8 years. Rebecca served as the CANAR bylaws Chair from 2000-2006. In 2006, Rebecca positions to administer a Healthy Marriage Demonstration Grant from 2006-2015. She returned to Jemez VR Program three years ago and loves being back as the Program Manager. Her passion is team building and reaching difficult consumers.

Rebecca was born and raised in Wyoming. She holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Family Studies from the University of New Mexico. She also has a certificate from San Diego State University in Post-Employment Training in American Indian Rehabilitation. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for 26 years and they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren. They reside in Rio Rancho, NM, where they have lived for over 20 years.

Contact

P.O Box 687

Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024

Tel: +1 (575) 834-0012

Fax: +1 (575) 834-0812

Email: rebecca.holland@jemezpueblo.us

Leadership Committee

Rachel Allen

The Leadership Committee conducts and supports activities that would identify training needs and resources related to American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation programs, develop procedures for coordinating needs with resources, and identify and implement strategies for developing leaders.

Rachel's Biography

Rachel Allen is the current director of the Delaware Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program, which covers 8 counties in Oklahoma. Prior to becoming a director, Rachel served as a VR Counselor for 4 1/2 years in Tribal VR. Her other experience includes working as a Disability Determination Specialist with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services, which consisted of processing Social Security Disability Insurance applications, working with an NIH-funded study to reduce the risk of heart disease for American Indians in SW Oklahoma through the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (Balance), and doing contract work for the Native American Parent Technical Assistance Program(Visions).

Rachel received her Bachelor of Science degrees at Oklahoma State University in psychology and zoology, and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from San Diego State University. Rachel is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC)

Contact

7249 S. Western Ave., Ste. 204

Oklahoma City, OK 73139

Tel: +1 (405) 632-3749

Toll Free: +1 (877) 297-3139

Fax: (405) 632-9753

Email: rallen@delewarenation.com

Conferences/Special Events Committee

Melonie Murray

The Conferences/Special Events Committee is responsible for identifying and developing conferences and special events that meet the current professional learning needs of the AIVRS projects. 

Melonie's Biography

Melanie Murray is the Program Manager with Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community VR, near Scottsdale, Arizona. She began her career in Salt River as a special education teacher and State Champion Basketball Coach at Salt River High School. She then became a part of the original founding team of the VR Program in Salt River. She has served as VR Manager for nearly six years. One of her passions is transition services, which has been an emphasis of the Salt River VR Program. Prior to working Salt River, Melanie was employed employed with Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico for over 12 years, working as a Special Education Teacher, IEP Specialist, Transition Specialist and Basketball Coach.

Melanie was born and raised in New Mexico. She holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Arts degree from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts from Eureka College in Illinois. She and her wife, Meg and their four sons, Dillion, Ethan, Nicholas and Devon reside in Mesa, AZ.

Contact

1000 E. Osborn Rd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Tel: +1 (480) 362-5435

Email: melanie.murray@srpmic-nsn.gov