Yá' át' ééh shi' eiya Gloria Tom yinishyé
Ashiihi dine’é ei nishłį
Kinyaa' áanii dine’é ei báshíshchiin
Táchii' nii dine’é ei dashícheii
Tsi' naajínii dine’é ei dashínáłí
Ákót'éego Diné asdzáán nishłí
Hello my people, My name is Gloria Tom
I am from the Salt Clan.
I am born for the Towering House clan.
My maternal grandpa is from the Red Running into the Water clan.
My paternal grandpa is from the Black Streak Wood clan.
That is who I am as a Woman. In this way I am a Navajo women.
I am a 55 year young lady and have been working with NIYLP for 16 years as an evaluator assistant, administrative assistant and now as the Gallup Office Manager. I absolutely love my job and enjoy coming to work every day. I have had the great opportunity to have learned so much and have participated in many diverse activities; from rock climbing, rappelling, canoeing, hiking down Havasupai and up to Blanca Peak and also serve as a camp cook. I also obtained my Wilderness First Responder (WFR).
I not only am a role model to many youth, but I am a proud mother of 2 beautiful children. My daughter, Crystal was an Americorp for 2 years with NIYLP, and now is employed as a Cosmetologist and a masseuse in Albuquerque, NM.
My son, Casey started with NIYLP’s Youth Connect program when he was in 6th grade. He became a service staff, then an Americorp VISTA and later a staff member. He currently lives in Phoenix, AZ working as a welder/fabricator/motorcycle mechanic at Torch Industries. Both have learned valuable lessons from these programs and continue to mentor and share their knowledge with other youth.
My husband, Leland was a police officer with the Navajo Police Department in Window Rock, AZ and retired after 37 years.