Office of the Commissioner
Michelle Sauve, an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, is the acting Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community-based projects as well as training and technical assistance.
Under the authority of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), acting Commissioner Sauve oversees ANA’s discretionary funding programs to American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, serves as an advocate for Native Americans, and coordinates activities within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop policies, programs, and budgets affecting Native Americans.
As acting Commissioner, Ms. Sauve also serves in the dual role of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Affairs (DAS), affirming the government-to-government relationship between the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Indian tribes.
In addition to her roles as acting Commissioner and acting DAS, she serves as the Executive Director of the Secretary’s Intradepartmental Council for Native American Affairs (ICNAA) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As the Executive Director for the ICNAA, she provides coordination across the Department, and supports the ANA Commissioner and the Council in cross-program collaborations and coordination on policy impacting Native Americans within HHS.
Ms. Sauve is also the Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist in the Office of the Commissioner at ANA. Her work includes providing policy and program advice across a variety of issues that impact Native American communities. Currently she is leading an HHS-wide subcommittee addressing missing and murdered Native Americans through a public health prevention framework. In addition, she helps ANA collaborate across federal agencies via participation on various work groups and interagency initiatives. She has been at ANA since December 2010, and previously worked as the Senior Project Consultant and Communications Lead as a contractor for ANA.
Ms. Sauve’s previous experience includes providing training and technical assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native Head Start programs, as part of the Office of Head Start Technical Assistance Network from 2006-2010. Ms. Sauve has also provided direct program management in higher education for the Washington Internship for Native Students at American University. She has raised program funds, managed federal, state, and foundation grants, and directed staff as the Executive Director for the Commonwealth Tenants Association, a public housing development in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to that, she served as a Case Manager and was promoted to Project Manager for families receiving child care subsidies through the Child Care Development Block Grant in California. She has a degree in American Studies from the University of California at Berkeley, where her honors thesis was a comparative analysis of the impact of gaming in three tribal communities. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
Hope MacDonald LoneTree
Hope MacDonald LoneTree serves as the Deputy Commissioner for the Administration for Native Americans. For the past year Ms.LoneTree has served her people through the Office of the Speaker, 24th Navajo Nation Council. Previously she provided expert analysis and guidance as a Tribal Relations Advisor for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Her wealth of knowledge and experience with tribal and government affairs was instrumental during her two, four-year terms as a Councilwoman on the 20th and 21st Navajo Nation Councils.
During her service as a Councilwoman, she served on numerous committees and subcommittees and broke the gender barrier by being the first woman elected to lead the Public Safety Committee of the Navajo Nation Council. She was elected by her tribal leader peers to co-chair DOJ’s Office of Justice Programs Tribal Justice Advisory Group. In 2010, she served on the U.S. Attorney General’s Tribal Nations Leadership Council.
Hope was the first Native American to be elected to the executive board and to serve as Vice-President of the National Foundation for Women Legislators. She has received numerous public service recognitions and honors including the 2013 Elected Woman of Excellence from the National Foundation for Women Legislators and Arizona Citizen of the Year from the National Association of Social Workers. She is married and has three lovely children.
Mirtha Beadle serves as Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) where she provides strategic advice on ANA’s efforts to improve the well-being of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native American communities. She is charged with contributing to the Commissioner’s extensive consultations with Tribal Leaders, collaboration with Tribal leaders on the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Tribal Advisory Committee, and leadership of the ACF Native American Affairs Advisory Council to ensure these efforts yield improvements for Indigenous communities. Ms. Beadle contributes to ANA’s efforts focused on responding to the tragedies of missing and murdered American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Americans and human trafficking. She is also charged with advancing ANA’s collaborations with urban Indian organizations and coordinating ANA’s policy and program internal think tanks. She also currently serves as the Acting Deputy Commissioner.
Prior to joining ANA, Ms. Beadle held several roles at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), including serving as the first Director of the Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy, Deputy Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Deputy Administrator for Operations, SAMHSA. Before that, she served as the Deputy Director of the Office of Minority Health within the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, she was the principal advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health in planning, developing, and implementing policies, programs, and activities to achieve the Secretary’s goals for improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives, African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asians, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and eliminating health disparities.
Ms. Beadle emigrated from Cuba at a young age and holds a Master of Public Administration from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Systems from the College of Technology at Andrews University.
Division of Program Operations
Carmelia (Mia) Strickland is the Director of the Division of Program Operations. She has more than 15 years of professional experience in the financial assistance field and previously held positions at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Secretary. She gained invaluable experiences in grant management and operations while working in the private sector at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), a non-profit organization representing the nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities, and CSR, Incorporated, a government contractor.
Ms. Strickland started her career as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Congress where she developed an appreciation for federal assistance programs, especially for policy and programs that affected Native communities. Ms. Strickland attended the University of South Florida, Tampa, for two years and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland — College Park. She is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and has one son who graduated from high school in 2012. She is the oldest daughter of W.J. and Barbara Strickland, both enrolled members of the Lumbee Tribe.
Division of Program Evaluation and Planning
Amy Zukowski, an Alaska Native, is the Director of the Division of Program Evaluation and Planning. She has worked at ANA since 2009 in several capacities — Impact Evaluator, Program Specialist and Project Manager. Her career has been primarily in Native American affairs, health care, and environmental preservation on Capitol Hill, as a lobbyist and policy specialist for several non-profit organizations.
Amy graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Government and Politics, specializing in International Environmental Affairs. In 2005, Amy took a sabbatical, attended culinary school, and cooked in fine dining restaurants in Washington, DC.
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