Student Staff

NACC Student Staff work at the Center during open hours 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.

House Managers

  Woesha Hampson-Medina

Branford ‘18

Hometown: San Diego, California
Major: Chemistry
Tribal Affiliation: 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
Tribal Affiliation: 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                                                                  Tribal Affiliation: 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                                                                              
Tribal Affiliation: 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.