Santa Fe Indian School

About SFIS

Parent Advisory Council

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) supports and serves in a liaison capacity to the Superintendent and the Board of Trustees. The PAC sponsors various activities on campus, and is a valuable resource and support network for both day and residential parents.  

The objectives of the PAC are:

  • To support SFIS strategic initiatives and parent activities associated with the continuous school improvement process.

  • To provide feedback regarding the operations of SFIS from the perspective of parents.

  • To create opportunities for parents to meet regionally.

  • To serve as role models for the SFIS school community.

PAC Membership

The Parent Advisory Council  has seven members with the following representation: two members from the Eight Northern Pueblos, two members from the Middle Rio Grande Pueblos, two members from the Southern and Western Pueblos, and one At-Large member. PAC members serve on a voluntary basis, and SFIS encourages parents and guardians of enrolled students to serve as members of the PAC. 

As of May 9, 2022, the Parent Advisory Council members are:

  • Chairwoman Lorissa Garcia, Pueblo of Acoma (Representing Southern and Western Pueblos)

  • Vice Chairman Stuart Gachupin, Pueblo of Jemez (Representing Middle Rio Grande Pueblos)
  • Secretary Dr. Denise Gabaldon-Thronas, Pueblos of Ohkay Owingeh and Taos (Representing Northern Pueblos) 

  • Member Gina Chavarria, Pueblo of Santa Clara (Representing Northern Pueblos) 

  • Member Colleen Paquin-Garcia, Acoma, Isleta, Laguna, Zuni Pueblos (Representing Southern and Western Pueblos)
  • Member  Delight Talawepi Hopi (At-Large Member)

  • Vacant  (Representing Middle Rio Grande Pueblos)

PAC is seeking letters of interest with a resume for one open Middle Rio Grande PAC position.   For more information please contact Yvette Aguilar at 505-989-6318 or   

Interested in becoming a PAC Member?  Contact Yvette Aguilar, Program Planner at (505) 989-6318 or 

PAC Meetings

PAC monthly meetings are open to all parents that would like to attend. Meetings are via Zoom on the third Friday of each month.  For the Zoom link, please contact Yvette Aguilar, Program Planner at (505) 989-6318 or

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