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Chief Executive Officer
Christopher B. Duro

Chief Financial Officer
Edward Duro

Secretary
Henry W. Duro

                     

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Chief Executive Officer
Christopher B. Duro

staff1Christopher B. Duro, a member of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Indians, graduated as a first-generation college student from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Indian Studies. Currently, Duro is pursuing a master's degree in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Duro, who was raised on the San Manuel Indian Reservation in southern California, has worked in several key positions within the San Manuel Tribal Government. Duro was instrumental in the creation and implementation of The San Manuel Fire Department and served as the driving force behind the development and creation of The San Manuel Education Department, in which he served as Chair of the Tribe's Education Committee. In addition to his work with the San Manuel Education Department, Duro created the Serrano Language Revitalization Project (SLRP) and dedicated himself to making both cultural and higher education accessible to all Tribal members.

As an undergraduate student in the UCLA Tribal Legal Development Clinic (TLDC), Duro realized the potential for universities to effectively serve Tribal communities and act as resources for the advancement of Tribal Nations. In order to put this realization into action, Duro sought the support of his Tribe to endow the Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange (TLCEE), which is currently operating at the UCLA School of Law.

To further his goals to help Native Communities, Duro established the Christopher B. Duro Graduate Fellowship for Native students. Students receiving this fellowship will be required to perform community service hours with the Southern California Tribal Education Institute, submit quarterly/semester grade reports and produce a work of publishable quality on their research.

"As Native peoples we have the responsibility to look towards the future while remembering the past. We respect the many sacrifices that have been made for our survival and the advancement of our communities. One of our greatest responsibilities is educating ourselves and securing a promising future for generations yet to come. As a Native graduate student I have been blessed with the opportunity to make these fellowships possible. It is my belief that we (as Native students) have an obligation to give back to our communities and these fellowships are my attempt to help those that are willing to help themselves. And it is through education that we can make our communities stronger." - Christopher B. Duro

 

Chief Financial Officer
Edward Duro

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Secretary
Henry W. Duro

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Executive Director
Karalee Mahealani Vaughn

staff4Karalee Mahealani Vaughn is an accomplished administrator and educator with demonstrated ability to teach, motivate, and train staff and students to meet objectives while maintaining high interest and achievement. An Articulate communicator she is able to effectively interact with diverse populations at a variety of academic levels. She  maintains excellent relations with clients, team members and administrators. She is self-motivated with strong planning, organizational, presentation and leadership skills and is well versed in federal and state educational laws and policies.

 

 

 

 

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