Trula Ann Breuninger Takes the Helm at Native American Connections
Introducing Trula Ann Breuninger, the new Chief Executive Officer of Native American Connections (NAC), an organization dedicated to providing essential services and support to individuals, families, and communities in Arizona and beyond.
With a wealth of experience in the healthcare and social services industry, Breuninger’s appointment as CEO heralds a new chapter for NAC. Scheduled to assume her role on June 5, 2023, she brings a passion for advocating for underserved populations and a commitment to promoting health equity and access to vital resources.
A Leader with a Vision for Change
Trula Ann Breuninger, a seasoned professional in the healthcare and social services sector, is ready to embark on her journey as CEO of NAC. With an impressive track record spanning more than 20 years, she has worked extensively with private enterprises and tribal governments across several states, including Arizona, California, New Mexico, Oregon, and Massachusetts. Breuninger’s diverse experiences and expertise uniquely position her to lead NAC into a future of continued growth and positive transformation.
Expressing her deep honor and humility upon accepting the position, Breuninger stated, “For more than 50 years, NAC has been a significant leader in providing vital services and support to individuals, families, and communities in Arizona and across the country.” Her words reflect her admiration for NAC’s legacy and the unwavering dedication it has shown to those in need.
A Collaborative Approach to Impactful Change
Breuninger recognizes the importance of teamwork and collaboration in achieving NAC’s mission. She eagerly anticipates working closely with the organization’s dedicated staff, partners, and the community to amplify the positive impact on the lives of those served by NAC.
By fostering strong relationships and harnessing the collective effort, she aims to build on NAC’s legacy of comprehensive behavioral health services, integrated medical care, affordable housing solutions, and community-based economic development opportunities.
A Journey of Excellence and Expertise
Trula Ann Breuninger’s journey towards becoming CEO of NAC has been marked by her relentless pursuit of knowledge and professional growth. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and a Master of Business Administration from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.
Her academic achievements have complemented her practical experiences as she served in various leadership roles, including Tribal Administrator and CEO, CFO, and COO for multiple tribal health programs and community health centers.
Instrumental in Nonprofit Success
Breuninger’s commitment to serving vulnerable populations extends beyond her direct involvement in the healthcare and social services sector. She has also played instrumental roles in helping nonprofit organizations achieve operational and financial success.
Her expertise in navigating the complexities of nonprofit management positions her well to lead NAC into a prosperous future, where its services can continue to positively impact the lives of Native American individuals, families, and communities.
Board Chair’s Acclaim
Roxann Gallagher, the chair of NAC’s board, expressed her confidence in Breuninger’s ability to lead the organization. She commended Breuninger’s dedication to advocating for underserved populations and her relentless pursuit of health equity. Under Breuninger’s leadership, NAC aims to thrive and further its mission of ensuring timely access to healthcare and social services while promoting the overall well-being of its clients.
A Cultural Connection
Breuninger’s deep connection to Native American culture and her upbringing on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona are invaluable assets that will guide her as she takes the helm at NAC. She proudly identifies as a member of the Todich’ii’nii (Bitter Water) clan, born for Honághááhnii (One-Walks-Around). Her maternal grandfather’s clan is Tsi’naajinii (Black Streak Wood), and her paternal grandfather’s clan is Tábąąhá (Water’s Edge). These cultural ties will undoubtedly inform her decision-making and further strengthen NAC’s commitment to serving Native American communities.
NAC’s Transformative Impact
Native American Connections, throughout its remarkable 50-year history, has evolved from a grassroots organization focused on supporting Native American men in recovery from substance use disorders to a Native American-operated nonprofit that provides comprehensive behavioral health and integrated medical services to over 10,000 individuals and families annually.
Additionally, NAC offers affordable housing options and actively pursues community-based economic development opportunities. With Breuninger at the helm, NAC is poised to continue its transformative impact on the lives of countless individuals, further expanding its reach and influence.
A Fond Farewell and a Bright Future
Trula Ann Breuninger assumes the role of CEO from Diana “Dede” Yazzie Devine, who retired after dedicating an astounding 43 years of service to Native American Connections. As NAC bids farewell to a beloved leader, it warmly welcomes Breuninger and anticipates the positive changes she will bring to the organization.
Trula Ann Breuninger’s appointment as CEO of Native American Connections ushers in a new era for the organization. With her extensive experience, dedication to advocating for underserved populations, and passion for transforming lives, Breuninger is poised to guide NAC towards continued excellence.
Her collaborative approach, combined with NAC’s longstanding commitment to comprehensive services and community empowerment, promises a future where individuals, families, and communities receive the support they need to thrive. As the NAC community eagerly awaits Breuninger’s arrival on June 5, 2023, hope and excitement fill the air, as the organization embarks on a journey of even greater positive impact.
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