Board of Directors

Theodore Roosevelt School Board of Directors

Our school is unique because of the people who have come together to ensure we provide the best opportunity for Native American young people.

Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, Theodore Roosevelt School Board President (image)
Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, School Board President

Gwendena Lee-Gatewood born in Whiteriver, Arizona raised in Show Low, Arizona
Her matrilineal lineage is from Carrizo/Limestone and is of the Pinetree Clan, her Father is from San Carlos/OakCreek/Cibecue and is of the Tse’kine clan. Gwendena is the youngest of a family of 11 siblings, she is married to Marty Gatewood and has three children and one step-son. She graduated from Show Low High School and then went on to graduate with her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration/Human Resources Management from Northern Arizona University. She also received her Public Health Certificate from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health through Native American Research Center for Health and is a Marshall Memorial Fellowship Scholar Alumni. She serves as the White Mountain Apache Tribal Chairman’s Executive Assistant and is the Public Information Officer for the Tribe.

Gwendena is the President of the School Board for Theodore Roosevelt School and believes that education is the foundation for all children, and she sees children as the future and wants them to succeed in school, home and as a citizen with the help of family, school staff and other resources, she believes that working together to achieve this success so that the children can be the beneficiary of a better tomorrow is a common goal that she strives to work toward day by day.

Cline Griggs, Theodore Roosevelt School Board Vice President (image)
Cline Griggs, School Board Vice President

Cline Griggs was born in McNary, AZ; however he grew up in Whiteriver and spent his summers in Canyon Day. He is of the tí’ slèdñt’í dn clan (“cottonwoods joining people”), born for the t’ùàgàidn clan(white water people). Since graduating from Alchesay High School in 1984, Cline has continued to gain knowledge in the Apache
Way of Life. He has been married to Dorthea (Armstrong) Griggs for 33 years and has four children. Cline has worked for the White Mountain Apache Tribe over the last 24 years and has held various positions. He has worked as a White Mountain Apache Tribal Council, been Director of the Tribal Education Department, as well as held positions within the Work Adjustment Program and the Vocational Rehabilitation Program, and presently, he works as a Behavior Health Tech, with Rainbow Treatment Center. Mr. Cline is very involved in his White Mountain Apache Tribe. Cline has served on the Arizona State Independent Living Council Outreach Committee and the Parent Advisory Council for Cradleboard Elementary School. Cline shares his knowledge of the White Mountain Apache History and Culture by presenting at local schools, ceremonies, and conferences. In addition, he has served on the following Boards:

  • Theodore Roosevelt School, Fort Apache AZ
  • Riverside Indian School, Anadarko, OK
  • WMAT Community Development Corporation.
Lorene Billy, Theodore Roosevelt School Board Treasurer (image)
Lorene Billy, School Board Treasuer