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BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Chairman

Ernie Stevens, Jr. III
Oneida

Chairman National Indian Gaming Association

Vice Chairman

Ralph Marchetta

Sr. Vice President Suns & General Manager
Talking Stick Resort Arena

Treasurer

Jason Coochwytewa
Hopi & Isleta Pueblo

President & Owner
Red Note, Inc.

HONORARY BOARD

NABI Co-founder

Mark West
Former NBA Player & Vice President of
Player Programs Phoenix Suns

NABI Tournament & Officiating Consultant

Donnie Nunez

• Has been involved with the NABI Foundation since its inception in 2002.

• Tournament Director for the Tommy Nunez National Hispanic Basketball Classic since 1980.

• Associate Supervisor of officials at the Division I level for six NCAA conferences.

• Supervisor for the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference for both men and women’s basketball officials.

• Son of long-time NBA referee, Tommy Nunez, who worked 30 years as an official for the NBA.

• The motivation for dedicating much of his time to basketball is not only his love of the game, but his commitment to giving back to those that play and coach the game.

• Donnie was born and raised in Arizona and has lived in Arizona his entire life. He has been married to Cathy for 31 years, has two daughters, Carissa Romero (son-in-law Marcos), Brianna, and a grandson, Jameso

Honorary Board Member

AC Green
Former NBA Player & NBA “Iron Man”

STAFF

GINAMARIE SCARPA

President & CEO

GinaMarie has dedicated her life to working with non-profit youth organizations; remembering the positive influences these organizations had in her life while growing up in the inner-city of Boston.

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LYNETTE LEWIS

Programs Coordinator/Brand & Marketing

Lynette’s inception with the NABI Foundation began in the Summer of 2011 as a volunteer. Since then, she has devoted her attention and time to the Foundation.

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GinaMarie has dedicated her life to working with non-profit youth organizations; remembering the positive influences these organizations had in her life while growing up in the inner-city of Boston.

 

While working for Federal Expressand attending college, GinaMarie’s non-profit career started as a volunteer for numerous Phoenix based youth organizations, which included the A.C. Green Foundation, founded by L.A. Laker A.C. Green. Predicated on her dedication and hard work as a volunteer, she was eventually hired as the Assistant Program Coordinator, ultimately working her way up as the Foundation’s Executive Director.

 

After almost 9 years with the A.C. Green Foundation, GinaMarie would embark on a new opportunity and passion by co-founding the NABI (Native American Basketball Invitational) Foundation in 2002, alongside Mark West, Vice President of Player Programs of the Phoenix Suns; and the late Scott Podleski of the Arizona Rattlers. The mission of NABI is to use basketball as a tool to create college scholarship opportunities for Native American High School athletes through the implementation of programs that serve Native American youth.

 

In 2007, GinaMarie was directly responsible for encouraging the NCAA to change the NCAA legislation and governing rules to allow Native American athletes the opportunity to compete in NCAA certified tournaments as sovereign nations. Accordingly, this led to the exemption of tribal tournaments adhering to the NCAA same state rule – opening the door for many talented Native-athletes to be scouted by Division 1 & 2 colleges – setting historical precedence by becoming the first all Native American tournament certified by the NCAA. By 2010, Gina would fulfill her passion of establishing the NABI Foundation as a not-for-profit Organization.

 

As President & CEO of the NABI Foundation, Gina is directly responsible for donor & sponsorship development, partnership and board development, and working with the COO to ensure the NABI Foundation’s mission and goals are the Foundation’s main priority.

 

In addition to her work with NABI, Gina served as a board member on the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs for 5 years.  During this time, she developed and established the Chasing the Suns 5K & Pow Wowand the Phoenix 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.

 

In 2015, GinaMarie discovered through a DNA test she is 21% Native American (maternal), bringing her connection, passion and love for Native Country – the youth and communities she is dedicated to serving – full circle.

 

GinaMarie currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband Ralph Marchetta, two sons Vincent and Alexander, and grandson Antonio.

Lynette’s inception with the NABI Foundation began in the Summer of 2011 as a volunteer. Since then, she has devoted her attention and time to the Foundation. Now, as a Program Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, she continues to support the organization’s efforts of sustainability and growth.

 

Lynette is Navajo and grew up in the border town of Farmington, NM. She graduated from Piedra Vista High School and continued her education at Arizona State University where she would earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

 

With a background in basketball and other sports, Lynette has developed a love for the organization and values the commitment it provides for Native youth. Lynette’s goal is to continue to be an advocate of the NABI Foundation by upholding the Foundation’s mission of serving native youth on and off the court.