Tenant and Homebuyer Representative
Kris Beecher, Chairman, is the representative for tenant and homebuyers. He holds a degree in Political Science from Arizona State University and is originally from Tuba City, Arizona. He is a graduate of Tuba City High School. He will be a second year law student this fall at ASU. He was confirmed on May 25, 2017 to serve a three-year term.
“As a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association, a student of law, a former business manager and owner, having many years of manufacturing, and housing management experience, I too have approached my duties here in the same vein. I am looking at transparency and communication, and ensuring that an organization is upholding the business practices and culture that fosters effectiveness and efficiency.”
Business Management Representative
Derrith Watchman-Moore, Vice-Chairman is a former U.S. Housing & Urban Development and Environmental Protection Agency official. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. Watchman-Moore fills the position of the business management professional. Watchman-Moore is originally from Todilto (Navajo) New Mexico and graduated from Window Rock High School She was confirmed on May 25, 2017 to serve a four-year term.
“As a former HUD and EPA official, I certainly know a lot about Federal monitoring and compliance. I have participated in high-level discussions about performance issues of public housing or federal grantee performance issues. Any enforcement action requires careful review of the facts and accuracy in data interpretations. It was my job to enforce compliance with Federal regulations. I am approaching NHA with the same perspective and reviewed the latest HUD program monitoring report done in FY 2016 that shows only one finding for lack of efficient operation of 1937 act units. To be the largest Indian housing authority with one finding is a good indication that internal controls are maintained.”
Certified Public Accountant Representative
Sean McCabe, Secretary/Treasurer fills the Board position of certified public accountant. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Fort Lewis College and is a CPA within the states of Arizona and New Mexico. He is from Window Rock, Ariz. and graduated from Albuquerque Academy High School. He was confirmed on May 25, 2017 to serve a four-year term.
“As a CPA I look at documents through the lens of accounting and auditing. Having spent my career conducting all types of audits, I have gained significant experience in reviewing Federal government awards. I have reviewed recent and past audit reports by HUD and the independent auditors. From this I can tell the difference between a thorough audit and one done in haste. From this perspective, it appears NHA has done great work as depicted in its latest fiscal audit done in 2015 and is even supported by a recent draft HUD Monitoring Report.”
Licensed Professional Engineer Representative
Frankie Lee, Member fills the position of Licensed Professional Engineer. His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Colorado and a master’s in business administration from the University of Nebraska. Over the past 20 years, Lee has worked in engineering and construction fields for various organizations which include the Nebraska Department of Roads and the Massachusetts Highway Department. He has also worked for various engineering firms, but most recently as a self-employed engineering consultant.
Tenant and Homebuyer Representative
Kerrie Begaye, Member fills the position of Tenant Homebuyer Representative. She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Management. She returns to the Navajo Nation with years of experience in Human Resources, Business/Finance and Education Leadership.
“Yá’át’ééh shik’éí dóó shidine’é! Tábąąhá Nishłį́, Tótsohnii Bashishchiin, Mą’ii Deeshgiizhinii dashicheii, Tódích’íi’nii dashinalí. Kerrie Begaye yinishyé, Ho’yee (Steamboat) déé’ naashá Ákót’éego diné asdzáán Nishłį́. Its on honor to serve my Dine’ people as one of the commissioners. – Ahéhee’”