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Meet Our Community

Collaborators to share Indigenous Visions...

a Leadership Team to guide the way


Engineers Without Borders, Rams 

Colorado State University

   Engineers Without Borders at Colorado State University (EWB-CSU) partners with disadvantaged communities in Latin America to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. Through these projects, we give students of all backgrounds, from engineering to anthropology, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in international development.  

   We are a chapter of Engineers Without Border-USA, a non-governmental organization established in 2000 which helps students and professionals with the design and construction of water, wastewater, sanitation, energy, and shelter systems. We strive to include the community in all phases of the project to ensure ownership, appropriateness, and long-term effectiveness while building self-sustainability.

Buckville Energy Consulting, LLC

 Buckville Energy Consulting LLC is located completely off-grid at 8200 feet elevation in the Northern Colorado Rocky Mountains, 11 miles from the nearest power line or telephone pole. Offices are powered entirely by solar and wind, with biodiesel and wood-fired steam for backup.

   Dan Fink and Dan Bartmann are the owners, and they are also responsible for the popular do-it-yourself renewable energy website Dan B grew up off the grid, hauling a car battery up and down the hill to an antique WinCharger turbine to charge so he could watch Star Trek. Dan F moved off the grid in 1991, and has been a professional renewable energy system designer, installer and troubleshooter since 1994.


Spirit of the Sun

Shannon Francis

An Indigenous womxn-led nonprofit located on Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute), Tséstho’e (Cheyenne), hinono’eino’ biito’owu’ (Arapaho) land, Comanche, and 48+ other tribes sacred land, working to empower Native communities, one youth at a time.

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Larimer County United Way

The Impact Center

The Community Impact Center is a place for local nonprofits to Connect, Collaborate and Change. The building represents a partnership between mission-driven real estate developer, Brinkman, and philanthropic leader, United Way of Larimer County. Located at 525 West Oak Street in Fort Collins.


CCIVS, Vicki Lovelock

Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service

SCI, David Axtel

Service Civil International

Her Many Voices

Alicia Fall

 Her Many Voices Foundation (HMVF) is a small organization that does big things in the world. We started out as artists responding to humanitarian need. Now we're joined by global community members as well.​

   Our mission is to ignite the Artivist (Artist/Activist) in us all, in order to move our passions to purpose, for the betterment of women, children and our Mother Earth.​ We aim to achieve our vision by uniting humanity through the arts.


Village Earth, Ft. Collins

David Bartecchi

 Village Earth helps reconnect communities to the resources that promote human well-being by enhancing social and political empowerment, community self-reliance and self-determination. 

   We do this by strengthening intermediate and grassroots organizations through fiscal sponsorship, networking, training, research and advocacy.  Village Earth was founded on the belief that poverty is not the problem, but rather, merely a symptom of the larger problem of individuals and communities becoming disconnected from the resources that contribute to human well-being. We believe that the real challenge that we face as a global community is how everyone can have access to the resources needed to live well without compromising the ability of others and future generations to do the same.


BIPOC Alliance

Johanna Ulloa

Collectively, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are taking action to decolonize systems and institutions, redefine our relationship to the movement, and liberate ourselves and our people.  

   Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) have autonomy and power over our own lives and futures.  Our collective joy, gifts, stories, and cultural and ancestral practices are the life force that weaves our communities together. We can and will be our whole selves without fear of state-sanctioned and institutionalized violence. White supremacy must be abolished on all fronts.


Igenia Boccalandrio


Faith Community Initiatives

Tiyospaye Winyan Maka has partnered with several faith communities including Unity Church in Boulder, CO; Unitarian Universalists in Rapid City, SD; and Washington Park United Church of Christin Denver, CO. To organize a group of volunteers: Click here for more information.

350 Colorado

Our Mission is building the local grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis and transition to a sustainable future.

Our pillars of action: Movement Building, Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground, and Promoting Solutions.


Women's Alliance to Save the Earth

Tiyospaye Winyan Maka created an Advisory Board and we call it “Women’s Alliance to Save The Earth” or the acronym is W.A.S.T.E. (“Was’te” in Lakota means “Good”). Our advisory board is made up of women who work with Indigenous Peoples around the globe.  Members:

Alicia Fall –

Mary Tuchscherer –

Bernadette Hollow Horn – Wounded Knee Community

Shannon Francis – 

Carol Hiltner –

Elissa Tivona - Harmony Design Group


National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalitions, Working for Truth, Healing, and Justice for Boarding School Survivors and Descendants.


Meet Our Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Christinia Eala

Founder, Tiyospaye Winyan Maka

More to come...

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Rita Martinez

Finances and Co-director

More to come...


Elissa Tivona

Communications Specialist

Elissa Tivona has been serving as Communication and Development Specialist to Tiyospaye Winyan Maka for more than a decade. She brings a passion for peace, justice, and dignity for all to this position which she also shares with Colorado State University students as a Professor with the Office of International Programs (teaching Education for Global Peace).  She consults with charitable organizations and philanthropies to expand meaningful support to underserved communities. She is the author of The Promise of Peace from the Last Good War and is currently working on a manuscript through at the request of her adult children.

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Jessica Gillespie

Co-director, Chicago

More to come...

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