Thomasene (Jackson) Cardona is born for the Bear Clan and a gift to her father’s clan, the Des che’ ish kidn, (The Rocky Ridge Clan). She is of Acoma, Yavapai and Apache descent, was raised in the Clarkdale community, and currently resides on the Yavapai-Apache reservation. Thomasene has a Masters of Art in Social Justice and Human Rights degree with an emphasis in Community Organizing from Prescott College and obtained her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Interdisciplinary Studies – Applied Human Behavior with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. Thomasene’s work experience includes her position as the Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) officer, tribal administration, energy efficiency, and gaming. She is currently on the Tribal Council of the Yavapai-Apache Nation. She also possesses experience in legal and individual advocacy, and the civil court.