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Meet Our Team

Our people are among the most talented in the industry. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you.

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Miguel Flores Jr., LISAC, CSOTS, ADS

Chief Executive Office

Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, Arizona

Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist

Acu-Detox Certified

 

Mr. Flores is a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor in the State of Arizona, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, and certified by National Board of Forensic Counselors. He is a proud member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and Tohono O'odham Nation, a husband, father, artist, traditional healer, counselor, teacher, community leader and advocate. He is Chairman for The Arizona Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (University of Arizona/Northern Arizona University) and a member of the Community Advisory Board for Arizona Cancer Center. He also serves as Chairman of the Community Action Committee for American Indian Research Center for Health, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, at the University of Arizona; a member of National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program, Precision Medicine Initiative and currently he serves on several national committees including the Steering Committee advocating for the protection of AI/AN data, culture, and traditions. He also served as a consultant to the National Institutes of Health Tribal Health Office and now the White House on cultural competency and traditional healing.  Serves as a member of the American Indian & Alaska Native Behavioral Health Center Of Excellence National Steering Council. As well a member of the Tribal Advisory Committee for the Southern Arizona Tribes for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Indian Health Services (IHS).  

   

He has a 36-year career in providing behavioral health services, Spiritual Leadership, and Traditional Medicine for The People. As the CEO of Holistic Wellness Counseling & Consultant Services, He is able to coordinate a team of traditional healers, acupuncturist, counselors and artists to provide a holistic healthcare.

Mr. Flores provides prevention, outpatient, residential, and aftercare services to patients using a holistic Native American model of treatment using the Medicine Wheel.  Which teaches culture and healing of the: Body, Mind, and Sprit and the understanding that also depends upon individual experiences of connectedness with the human, community and with the natural world that supports it.

 

Our goal is to assist Native American and Latino men, women and youth in developing healthy and holistic lifestyles by achieving harmony and balance in areas of:

 

Mental Health - healthy self-esteem, communication with self, Creator, and others, and joy in living

 

Physical Health - developing life-long healthy habits including healthy and more traditional eating and exercise patterns, and disease prevention

 

Spiritual Health – grateful hearts, appreciation of creation, respect for self and others, learning about their tribal/ethnic culture, history, and ceremonies, and self-expression through art and music, and healthy laughter

 

Prevention of HIV/AIDS and Chronic Illness: My philosophy is that people and use drugs or adapt problem behaviors for similar reasons: self-acceptance, safety, and belonging. For Native youth, it is particularly important to address these issues in a culturally relevant way. I believe that once youth come to an understanding of who they are culturally, spiritually, mentally, and physically, they will develop a positive self-image, appreciate their identity, and find a vision of their life’s journey. That leads to making better decisions about their lives. Someone who does not respect him/herself is not likely to respect others or plan for a productive future. It is with this positive approach that I hope to help youth prevent Substance Abuse, Mental Health Issues, STDS and chronic illness, respect themselves and their bodies, and regard all living things as sacred.

 

Focus – Prevention and intervention for clients with problems or potential problems in such areas as: substance abuse, mental health, cultural and personal identity, relationships, prevention of STDs, self-esteem, anger management and healthy expression of emotions, love of education, motivation to work, and healthy living as a way of life.

 

Networking & Boards

  • Board Member - Wassaja Carlos Montezuma Center for Native Health, University of Arizona College of Medicine

  • Member of American Indian Health _AHEC Advisory Board

  • Member of American Indian & Alaska Native Behavioral Health Center Of Excellence National Steering Council

  • Board Member for Indigenous Resilience Center, University of Arizona

  • National Steering Committe Member, National Institute of Health, All of us Research Program

  • Community Advisory Board, University of Arizona/Northern Arizona University/Dine College, Center for American Indian Resilience (CAIR)

  • Chairman for American Indian Research Center for Health (AIRCH), University of Arizona

  • Chairman for Arizona Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention (NACP), Community Action Committee, Outreach Core

  • Arizona State University Indigenous Health Executive Leadership Team

  • Chairman for Tohono O’odham Caner Partnership

  • Co-Chair for Diverse Voices in Prevention (DVIP), Pima County Community Prevention Coalition

  • Executive Board of Directors for the Amistades, Inc

  • Representative for Southern Arizona Tribes for the National Center for Disease Control and Prevention Tribal Well-being Convening’s

  • Faculty, Native American Public Health into Medicine Course, University of Arizona

  • Faculty, NACP Cross Cultural Training Curriculum, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University

  • Faculty, NARTC American Indian Research Center for Health, University of Arizona

  • Participant Engagement Board Member, All of Us, Precision Medicine Initiative

  • All Of Us Native American Community Advisory Committee, University of Arizona

  • Ambassador, All of Us National Program, National Institute of Health

  • Member Bio-Specimen Policy Task Force, National Institute of Health

  • Member AOU Research Access Board, National Institute of Health

  • Involving Native Stakeholders in Pain Research Efforts (INSPIRE) Steering Committee Member, Northern Arizona University

  • Active member of the Tohono O’odham Community Suicide Prevention Network

  • Provide consultation for the Sells Service Unit / Tohono O’odham Nation monthly 

  • Child Team Meeting that includes healthcare professionals from a variety of agencies and schools.

  • Provide individual, family, couples’ and group psychotherapy for youth and adults with a focus on wellness, trauma & loss, sobriety, suicide prevention, and living with chronic pain.

  • Conduct assessments and provide counseling and prevention services for the Pediatric Developmental Clinics, Sells Service Unit and San Xavier Clinic

  • Develop and provide activities for youth including campouts, movies, cultural/spiritual ceremonies, arts & crafts, sports, and entertainment. The focus is a holistic approach to developing a lifestyle of fun, work, and wellness to prevent substance abuse, behavioral health problems, STDs, and chronic illness and to promote physical and spiritual wellness.

  • Create and coordinate Mural projects: Sells Service Unit Hospital and Clinics (to promote a sense of pride, cultural identity, and comfort to patients with chronic and debilitating physical disorders such as diabetes); Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and Sells Juvenile Detention Center. The Murals are designed and painted by the youth themselves with on-going oversight. The sessions provide team-building skills, inter-personal communication skills, and cultural/spiritual insights to support healthy, sober lifestyles.

Associates

Felina Cordova-M​arks DrPH, MPH

Assistant Professor

Health Promotion Sciences

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

University of Arizona

 

 

Dr. Felina Cordova-Marks  (Hopi) is an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona, Director of Community Engagement for the UA College of Public Health CoVHORT: COVID-19 Research Study, Chairperson for the Hopi Education Endowment Fund Board. She is a published author on topics such as, cancer, cardiology, informal health caregiving, mental health and American Indian health. She is a newly appointed Associate Editor for the American Association for Cancer Research Journal ‘Cancer Research Communications.’ Felina has been awarded Tucson’s Woman of the Year-40 Under 40 by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and named a Health Equity Scholar by the American Psychosocial Oncology Society; an NIH Health Disparities Research Institute Fellow and a Tribal Researchers Cancer Control Fellow. Dr Cordova-Marks is also the recipient of the National Native American 40 Under 40 Award, and the University of Arizona Centennial Award. She is also involved in her community as Founder of Tucson Volunteers, Indigenous Volunteers and Southern AZ Urban Native Indigenous COVID Relief.

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Associates

Daniel Sestiaga Jr, MPH

Program Manager

Indigenous Resilience Center

University of Arizona

 

 

Daniel Sestiaga Jr. is a member of the Ft. Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe of Arizona. Daniel is the son of Daniel Sr. and the late Rosie Sestiaga. His paternal grandparents are Carlotta and the late Julio Sestiaga. His maternal grandparents are Rosie Montoya and the late Tomas Montoya and the late Virgil Jack.

Daniel is currently the Program Manager for the Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) at the University of Arizona. Within his role, he manages the operations of IRes including, supporting faculty, professional and student staff on projects and managing an operation budget along with various grants and initiatives.  Within his leadership role, he liaises with UArizona faculty and administrators to further IRes goals and objectives around strengthening teaching, research and outreach related to Indigenous resilience. He works closely with tribal leadership through principles of respectful tribal engagement and collaborates with other external partners to execute successful and impactful outreach. In particular, he works effectively with University of Arizona Senior Leadership, the Native Nations institute, and other Indigenous Centers and programs on campus to provide a comprehensive approach to success engagement.

He joins the Indigenous Resilience Center from Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) where he served for nine years in various roles. During his time at TOCC he managed the college’s Dual Enrollment Program, the Braiding Success Initiative funded by AT&T through the American Indian College Fund and served as a Co-Principal Investigator on the A Student’s Journey Program funded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program. He served as the college’s representative to the Arizona Tribal College and Universities Dual Enrollment Council within the Office of Indian Education and has served as a member of the Arizona Indian Education Advisory Council to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman since 2020.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science in Public Management and Policy and Master of Public Health from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.

He is committed to advocacy, empowerment, and engagement with and for people of underserved and underrepresented populations in Higher Education He specializes in program implementation, development of strategic outreach, and initiating creative and collaborative guided professional networks through established practices. With a background in Public Health, he also examines health disparities and challenges surrounding individuals and communities, in particular Tribal Communities.

In his spare time, Daniel is an adjunct instructor teaching Community and Public Health courses at Tohono O’odham Community College. He also serves as the Vice-President of the American Indian Alumni Club at the University of Arizona and the Scholarship Chair for the Omega Delta Phi Alumni Association of Arizona.  He also serves as a member on the Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center Community Advisory Board at the University of Arizona and the REACH COVID-19 Community Advisory Board for Pima County. He lives in Tucson with his wife Xyntrice, daughters, Ariyah and AliAna and their labs, Shuri and Rajah.

  

 Associates

Bernice Rodriguez

Program Manager and Training Coordinator

Bernice Rodriguez is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Resilience Center where she will focus on implementation and activities to Native-FEWSS (Native Food, Energy & Water Security and Sovereignty) and the West Environmental Justice Center.  She is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and developed budget oversight and program coordination capabilities working for various departments in New Pascua on Tucson's southwest side.  Bernice transitioned to the University of Arizona in 2017 working with the Dean of Students Office before moving to Diversity and Inclusion in 2019 supporting the institutions' seven Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement Student Centers. Bernice is an undergraduate student with the College Public Health and is working to complete her bachelor's degree in the Spring of 2025.

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 Associates

Monica Yellowhair, Ph.D, (Diné)

Interim Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement

The University of Arizona Cancer Center

Office of Community Outreach and Engagement

 

Dr. Yellowhair is of the Towering House people (Kinyaa’áanii), born for the Red House people (Kinłichii’nii); her maternal grandfather is the Manygoats clan (Tł’izílání); and lastly, her paternal grandfather is the Reed people clan (Lók’aa’ Díne’é).  Monica is originally from Kayenta, AZ and has received her Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees at Northern Arizona University in Microbiology and Chemistry, respectively. Thereafter, she received her PhD at the University of Arizona in Pharmacology & Toxicology. Dr. Yellowhair currently works with the UArizona Cancer Center’s Office of Community Outreach and Engagement to increase cancer education and prevention across the state of Arizona since 2018. Monica’s research projects have ranged from studying the chemical effects of depleted uranium on DNA to increasing colorectal cancer screening rates among American Indians in Arizona.

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