Ndudi Chuku, and her husband Ikoro, were born and raised in the Ibo tribe of Eastern Nigeria. They relocated to the U.S. in 1996 and 2003, respectively, and have since become United States citizens.
The Chuku’s have firsthand experience living with inequity and poverty. They founded Mission Africa in 2002 (https://missionafrica.us/) with the mission to provide children in remote African villages with the opportunity for better lives. Originating from the mission department of their church, International Living Word Ministries, Mission Africa later separated and was incorporated as a 501c3 in 2006.
Today, through strategic alliances and partnerships, they help underprivileged children and families in Africa. They also serve South Seattle families with programs that. for example, provide kids with food, warm coats, and school backpacks.
They are both ordained Christian ministers in Kent, WA, with a passion to find resources to help people live a better life – in body and spirit.
Dr. Crawford’s experience explains why. She has served as a Higher Education professional for over thirty years, most recently as an Associate Vice Chancellor for the Dallas County Community College District. Her leadership further reflects broad experiences at many institutions: the California Community College system, Western Governors’ University, University of North Texas at Dallas, University of Phoenix, Nevada State College, and College of Southern Nevada.
Our speaker, President and CEO of SIHB Esther Lucero. is Diné, Latina, and a third generation "urban Indian" from Colorado Springs. After completing a Master of Public Policy in Native American Studies and several years at the California Consortium for Urban Indain Health, she arrived at SIHB in 2015. Her leadership has furthered the organizations dedication to the "urban Indian" community in health, number of clinics, and staff spirit. She currently serves on the Governor’s Behavioral Health Taskforce, and is a delegate to the American Indian Health Commission as well as the Governor’s Indian Health Advisory Council.