Steph is Tódich’ii’nii, Bitterwater clan born for Kinłichíí’nii, Red House clan; her maternal grandfather is Bilagáana, Anglo and her paternal grandfather is Honágháahnii, One-walks-around clan (In the Navajo culture they introduce themselves with their clans first because they might find others with the same clan and have family where ever they go).
Steph is originally from Tuba City, a town on the Navajo Reservation, but currently lives in Flagstaff, Arizona. She was raised by a single-mother who taught her to be an independent, strong, hardworking woman with a big interest in science. In high school, Steph fell in love with research biology and that sealed the deal as to what she would study in college. With a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and a Master’s in Climate Science and Solutions, she’s found her purpose in life as an educator. In the classroom, on the river, in the southwest, Steph is able to share her knowledge as a Navajo woman, a scientist, a river guide, and as a lover of the outdoor world.
A few of her favorite things in life: coffee, art, the color green, cooking, gardening, and unicorns. Steph feels privileged and blessed to work with an amazing organization like No Barriers and she is excited to meet you on her next expedition!