The TLE Team

Growing Our Own

Garry Biakkedy, Interim Executive Director (OPEN) 

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.

Since Garry has been with TLE, he has realized that our local Navajo Nation Dine people’s livelihood could use additional education in becoming more self-sufficient in acquiring food, water, and financial empowerment. He values and praises the TLE Team and Warrior Youth in diligently working to make these happen.  Garry’s current expectation is that TLE’s demonstration garden will become a year round food producing model and that Tolani Lake Enterprises will become more self sufficient.

Temporary Business Manager 




Aletha Johnson, Program Coordinator

Bio and Photo coming soon!

AJ Taptto, Program & Communications Coordinator (She/Her/Hers)

AJ is Bitter Water Clan born for the Nez Perce Tribe. Her maternal grandfather is Red Running into the Water Clan and her paternal grandfather is Kiowa. She is from Tolani Lake, AZ. AJ recently graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor's Degree in Native American Studies. She is passionate about photography, abstract art, sculpture, and hopes to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in the near future. 

Gardener Manager