Message from the President/CEO
Welcome! Native American Connections is pleased that you have taken the time to learn more about us. We are a place where lives are changed, families strengthened, and healthy communities are built.
Since our inception in 1972, Native American Connections has worked toward long term sustainability by leveraging our resources for the promotion and development of services that meet the critical needs of the Native American community in Phoenix and Tribes throughout the Southwest.
Our organizational philosophy and services are grounded in Native American cultural and spiritual values, with a deep sense of purpose. We serve a variety of individuals and families in a wide-range of services - from homeless men or women seeking recovery in hopes of becoming clean and sober and reuniting with their children and families - to working families looking for affordable housing or pursuing the path to homeownership.
Native American Connections has a dedicated Board of Directors who volunteer their time to keep our Mission, Vision and Values on course; a hardworking team of skilled and professional staff who dedicate themselves to transforming the lives of those we directly serve; and passionate alumni, volunteers and donors who want to give back to their community.
We invite you to join Native American Connections in making a real difference in the lives of Native people by sharing your gifts and talents with us. This website will help keep you informed of all our services, program activities, and community events. We count on you for support and thank you for visiting us.
Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine has been working within Native American urban and tribal entities since 1972 and has been employed as the CEO of Native American Connections (NAC) since 1979.
Ms. Devine has an MBA from Arizona State University and holds International and State license in behavioral health counseling. Ms. Devine’s leadership and dedication have been recognized within the community with the following honors: Valley Leadership’s Woman of the Year (2003), ONE (Organization for Nonprofit Executives) Executive Director of the Year (2006), YWCA’s Business Leader Award (2008); Arizona’s Centennial Legacy Project – Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women (2012); Phoenix Business Journal’s 25 Most Admired CEOs (2012), and ASU WP Carey School of Business Hall of Fame (2012).
Diana Yazzie Devine MBA, LISAC
President CEO, Native American Connections
Director of Property Management
Director of Real Estate Development
Director of Human Resources
Property Asset Manager
Executive Administrative Assistant
Director of Clinical Services
Alyssa Paone, LPC
Director of Quality and Compliance
Erin Wilkinson, LMSW
Director of Clinical Services – Patina Wellness Center
Jacqueline John, LMSW
Clinical Supervisor - Patina Wellness Center
Director of Operations – Patina Wellness Center
Emilie Karlin PH.D.,BHP
Clinical Supervisor – Children's OutPatient