Hollywood, FL, March 06, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- The Native Learning Center, a Seminole Tribe of Florida program dedicated to the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people, is proud to announce the addition of a new team member – Staci Eagle Elk (Osage Nation), Director of Training and Technical Services.
Staci Eagle Elk is one of the Osage Nation’s proud women professionals. Staci is considered to be an expert in public affairs and tourism marketing. Staci began her career in Indian Country with her own Tribe in 1995 and although she cut her teeth in social services, Staci had an interest in Tourism Marketing and charted a new course in 2003 as her Tribe’s Tourism Director. Staci had the honor of serving as the Osage Representative for the Circle of Tribal Advisors (COTA) during the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial, Standing Bear Memorial, and Board of Directors for the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce.
When looking back on her progressive career path, Staci credits her formal education. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, where she earned a B.A. in Journalism Public Relations/Advertising and has completed her course work for her Master’s degree in Rural Sociology, specializing in Native Community Development at South Dakota State University.
As a tourism professional, Staci served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). Staci was part of a dynamic team and helped launch AIANTA as a national Native American nonprofit association dedicated to introducing, growing and sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native tourism. The Board of Directors saw Staci as a valuable resource and decided her role would best be filled as a member of the organization’s executive staff. During her tenure, Staci held the titles of Marketing Director, Operations Manager, and Public Affairs/Media Specialist for AIANTA as well as the International Outreach Coordinator. Staci also served as Interim Executive Director during several national search efforts.
Staci is passionate about creating opportunities for Native communities and believes that diverse tribal economies with a strong grassroots focus will enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of Native youth and future generations of Native Americans. Beyond Staci’s professional life, she is the proud mother of two and is looking forward to a long and fruitful career with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
Staci will lead the Technical and Training Services department and partner with other NLC departments to strategize and promote the Native Learning Center’s goal of providing education and training to Tribal members and those working in Indian Country.
The Native Learning Center (NLC) is an educational resource that offers Native and Indigenous people the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills that improve quality of life through housing related educational programs. The NLC hosts conferences and individual courses that bring Native and Indigenous people together to discuss vital topics that promote cultural development within Indian Country. In cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development Office, Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (EWONAP), and various Native American trainers throughout Indian Country,
the NLC developed areas of concentration to complement current national organizations that support EWONAP’s mission to promote development of Native housing and housing related activities. For more information, visit www.nativelearningcenter.com or contact us at (954) 985-2300.
Contact: Christina Gonzalez Marketing Coordinator at (954) 985-2300 ext. 10691 or via e-mail at ChrtistinaGonzalez@semtribe.com