Student Staff

NACC Student Staff work at the Center during open hours (4:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday through Firday) and assist with publicity, planning and coordinating events, and maintaining the NACC facilities.

We are currently hiring! The NACC is looking to fill a limited number of house manager positions and first-year liaison positions. Contact our assistant director, kapiolani.laronal@yale.edu, for inquiries.

Graduate Affiliate

  Sean Massa

Divinity ‘18

Hometown: San Jose, California
Native Nation: Kanaka Maoli, Mescalero Apache

Sean is the NACC graduate affiliate and a second year Divinity school student studying Ethics and Religion. Moving from California to Connecticut, Sean has come to love New Haven as a place that has all four seasons and yummy pizza. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring nature, trying new food trucks, and navigating existential crises with friends. Following graduation, Sean hopes to attend law school and pursue and international career in the public sector.

House Managers

  Woesha Hampson-Medina

Branford ‘18

Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Chemistry
Native Nation: Winnebago, Chippewa

Woesha is currently a senior in the Native community. This is her first year on house staff and her second year working as a dean’s assistant in the Yale College Dean’s office. Woesha is also the President of the Yale Food Critic’s Society and coordinates Baking and Bonding every week at the NACC. She is working toward a chemistry degree to pursue a career in food chemistry as an experimental chef. In her spare time she likes to watch New Girl, play soccer, listen to music, and cook.

 

Ashton Megli
Saybrook ‘18

Hometown: Mansfield, Texas
Major: Psychology
Native Nation: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
 

Ashton Megli is currently a senior in Saybrook College. She likes to hike, run, do yoga, and spend time with friends and family. She is active in the Blue Feather Drum Group, the Association of Native Americans at Yale, and Yale Faith and Action. 

 

Haylee Makana Kushi
Timothy Dwight ‘18

Hometown: Hilo, Hawaiʻi
Major: Ethnicity, Race and Migration
Native Nation: Kanaka Maoli
 

Haylee is a current senior in the Native community. She is the president of the Association of Native Americans at Yale and is involved in other NACC student organizations. This is her fourth year working on the NACC House Staff and co-editing the Yale Native community newsletter. She is also a staff writer for DOWN magazine and enjoys journalism and other forms of writing. Haylee plans to pursue a career in advocating for Kanaka Maoli self-determination and Hawaiian language education. 

 

Kyle Ranieri
Pauli Murray ‘18

Hometown: Lansing, Michigan
Major: History and Global Affairs
Native Nation: Diné/Navajo
 

Kyle is a senior in Pauli Murray College from Lansing, Michigan. He majors in History and Global Affairs, and is in the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. On campus, Kyle is involved in a diverse range of student groups, including the LGBTQ Co-op, Yale AIDS Support Coalition, Yale Ballet Company, The Politic, and is the head Peer Liaison for the Office of LGBTQ Resources. In his free time, Kyle drinks too much coffee, performs as a drag queen, and goes to beaches, though he longs for the salt-free waters of Lake Michigan. 

 

Paige Johnson                                                                                               Hopper ʻ20

Hometown: Blackfeet Reservation, Montana
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Native Nation: Blackfeet, Navajo

Paige is a sophomore in the Native community. She’s interested in pre-medical studies. In her free time, Paige enjoys playing the clarinet in the Yale Precision Marching Band. 

    

Matthew Motylenski
Trumbull ‘20

Hometown: Flushing, New York
Major: Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Native Nation: Mohawk, Bay of Quinte Band
 
Matt is a sophomore who is actively involved in our community.  In addition to serving on the house staff of the Native American Cultural Center, he is a member of the Association of Native Americans at Yale and the Indian Health Initiative. Also, he has been on the Native American Heritage Month Committee and the Intercultural House Committee. He is committed to social justice, and he plans to attend law school so that he will be able to represent tribes in their pursuit of legal remedies.  When he is not studying, he is busy organizing social events to welcome students to Yale. He is the third bulldog in his family as he follows both his sister and his Mom, fellow Trumbullians. He enjoys stand-up comedy, dancing, baking, and working out at the gym.
 

Sonora Taffa
Trumbull ‘18

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Major: English/Anthropology (Sociocultural)

Native Nation: Quechan
 
Sonora is a senior in Trumbull College, majoring in English and Sociocultural Anthropology. She is involved in a variety of student groups, including the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project and the Yale Climbing Team. In her free time, Sonora enjoys bike rides and reading. On house staff, she works on the garden and plans health-related events for the NACC community.
   

Charelle Brown
Ezra Stiles ‘20

Hometown: New Mexico
Major: Prospective Architecture

Native Nation: Kewa
 
Charelle is a second year student from Kewa Pueblo, New Mexico. This is Charelle’s second year working at the NACC. She is planning to apply to the Architecture major during the 2018 Spring term. Her interests in architecture primarily focus on the idea that traditional pueblo architecture is a source of indigenous feminist knowledge. She intends to explore this idea in order to formulate solutions to housing issues in Kewa Pueblo. During the summer of 2017, Charelle worked as a project coordinator with the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi) at the Univerisity of New Mexico’s School of Architecture. She hopes that her work with iD+Pi can her help introduce Indigenous design and planning concepts that are missing from Yale’s School of Architecture. Charelle is also an avid crossfitter. She is a member of Crossfit Science Park in New Haven. 
 
 

Bobby Pourier 
Davenport ‘20

Major: Psychology

Native Nation: Oglala Lakȟóta
 

Háu mitákuyepi. Čhaŋté waštéya napéčhiyuzape. Lakhol chaze Chante Wathogla emaciyapi. Wasicu chaze Bobby Pourier emáčiyapi. Khangi Thanka Thiyospaye na Pourier Thiyospaye ematanhan. Tȟokȟála okȟólakičhiye ówapȟa. Wichasa hemacha. Matho Zi takuwaye. New Haven él wathí. Pahin Sinte emátaŋhaŋ. Oglala Lakȟóta hemáčha. Waníyetu ma akenapčíyuŋka. Até Bob Pourier ečíyapi. Iná Cecelia Big Crow ečíyapi. Thunkashila Bub Pourier e na Gabby Brewer ewíčhakiyapi. Uŋčí Leatrice Big Crow é na Jeanne Ryan ewíčhakiyapi. Yale Owayáwa Wankatuya él wabláwa na tȟawáčhiŋ wóuŋspe uŋspémič’ičhiye. Wetu 2020 kiŋháŋ Yale Owayawa Wankatuya él wóuŋspe éwakihuŋni kte. Chančhaȟkázo na tȟabškátA na háŋpa etaŋ na itówapi ičú waštéwalake.

First Year Liaisons

 

Micah Young
Saybrook ‘21

Hometown: San Francisco, California
Major: Undecided
Native Nation: Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian)
 

Micah is a first year student working on house staff. He hopes to be studying math at Yale, but is open to pretty much any major. In his spare time he performs with Yale’s Russian Chorus and reads. At the NACC, he specializes on graphic design and caring for the community garden.

 

Gabriella Blatt
Ezra Stiles ‘21

Hometown: Rocky Boy Reservation, Montana
Major: Environmental Engineering
Native Nation: Chippewa Cree
 

Gabriella is a first-year in Ezra Stiles College. She hopes to major in environmental engineering and get a certificate in Energy Studies. In her free time she likes to watch stand-up comedy and read too many books about sustainable agriculture. In the house she specializes in dish washing and social media outreach.

 

Madeleine Freeman
 Benjamin Franklin ‘21

Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Major: History
Native Nation: Choctaw/Chickasaw
 

Madeleine is currently a first-year at Yale. She is looking forward to getting to meet new people and learn the ways of Yale. She is hoping to major in History with an area of concentration in Native American history. She is also going pre-med with the intention of applying to medical school. In her spare time, she likes to paint and listen to classic rock.