Board of Directors

Garry Biakeddy, President

Garry is a local business owner and community leader, advises TLE on the planning process of small business/enterprise development. He advises on cost estimating for projects and TLE’s general operations. His extensive knowledge of running businesses in a rural environment greatly informs project and operational planning.


Bill Edwards, Vice-President

Bill has a long history of entrepreneurial ventures, non-profit management and coordination, is a former production grower with market experience, and is a lifetime gardener. Because of his experience and insight into economic development on Native lands, he now is a member of the Navajo Nation Vice-President’s Gardening Advisory Committee.


Vanessa Vandever, Treasurer

Vanessa has extensive knowledge and experience in policy, project planning and implementation, and innovative economic development practices that impact multiple Native communities throughout the region. She also brings a refined approach to cultural awareness and is fluent in Navajo.

Jacques Seronde, Secretary

Jacques is an “inlaw” to the Navajo people. He has a deep commitment to growing sustainability and self-sufficiency within Native communities and a long history of creating high-impact, sustainable projects within this region. In addition, he is highly experienced in building meaningful partnerships and recruiting skilled talent to TLE projects.

James Skeet, Member

James has been working with Native American communities for 35+ years. Over the years, James has held positions as an inspirational cross-cultural speaker and consultant to support organizations to incorporate Native world views that create successful interventions and relations with Native Americans. Known among many organizations as a Native leader and spokes person for speaking engagements and reconciliation events across the country, he effectively communicates the condition and challenges of Native people.


Joyce Skeet, Member

Joyce Skeet currently serves as the Program Manager for Covenant Pathways, a non-profit organization that she co-founded with her husband, James Skeet. Joyce has over 15 years of experience in project management, grant writing and administration, and hands-on regenerative agriculture practices. Prior to joining Covenant Pathways, Joyce served as a Care Coordinator with United Healthcare and Amerigroup, where she was responsible to insure Medicaid members were receiving their maximum services.