Implementation Support Coordinator
“I’ve spent the past 15 years in the service of the betterment of human kind at different capacities. As a Dine (Navajo) woman I struggled with intergrading my traditional side with the modern world. I’m excited to have found the balance that provides me with a unique perspective in public service.”
Laurelle Sheppard is Naakaidiné (Mexican Clan) born for Ashiihíí (Salt People) clan from the Navajo Nation. Laurelle joined the Family Spirit team in 2018. She oversees post-training activities including management of quarterly reports and on-site technical assistance visits. She has extensive experience in the public service sector that include corrections, law enforcement and advocacy. Her public service experience includes an early start with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer. She then served as a Federal Police Officer throughout the United States while serving as a Vice President for the non-profit Hopi-Tewa Women’s Coalition advocating for change within the community and promotion of safety and support for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Through her passion to help and make a difference, Laurelle dabbled in work with administration which exposed her to funding, budgets, and housing planning with limited resources in the area. Laurelle most recently served as a Family Support Specialist as a home visitor providing direct services to children and families. Through her work as a public servant, she has experience from different perspectives that greatly built and builds a positive direction for the communities she serves.