Our Team

Strength in Shared Leadership and Diversity
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Eva Marie Shivers, J.D., Ph.D. – Executive Director and Founder

eshivers@indigoculturalcenter.orgDr. Eva Marie Shiver’s Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Eva Marie Shivers is a proud, third generation South Phoenix resident. Dr. Shivers is a nationally recognized researcher on issues related to culture, community, and family and child development. Prior to relocating to Arizona and founding the Indigo Cultural Center, Dr. Shivers was a faculty member in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. from UCLA’s Department of Education, Psychological Studies in Education. Dr. Shivers also holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law, and a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University.

She has presented her research throughout the country and has numerous peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Shivers also provides research consultation to federal, state and local policy makers – especially around the issues of how to create culturally responsive and equitable early childhood systems.

Dr. Shivers has a dual identity as scholar and artist. She has danced professionally in Phoenix, New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She has taught dance and musical theater in community settings for more than three decades.

Diana Gal-Szabo, Ph.D. – Director of Evaluation and Research Division

diana@indigoculturalcenter.com

Dr. Gal-Szabo received her PhD in Family and Human Development from Arizona State University. Her research examines adults’ roles in supporting young children’s social and emotional development utilizing Attachment Theory, Bioecological Theory, Critical Race, and Color-blind Racial Ideology perspectives. Dr. Gal-Szabo works closely with local community organizations in early care and education settings to evaluate and implement a variety of programs aimed at enhancing adults’ abilities to support young children’s social and emotional development and to reduce racial disparities in opportunities and outcomes.

Dr. Gal-Szabo has been working with Indigo Research Center since 2018, currently in the role of Director of Evaluation and Research Division. In her personal life, Dr. Gal-Szabo loves spending time outdoors in nature. She enjoys live music and discovering new restaurants.

Darcy Heath, M.Ed. – Equity Division Manager

darcy@indigoculturalcenter.com

Darcy began her career as a classroom teacher in Arizona and Nebraska, where she taught in early childhood classrooms, served on district curriculum development committees, and designed and facilitated professional development across all content areas. Darcy has also worked at the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska supporting multiple school districts in implementing a birth – 8 change initiative focused on closing the race – and income-based achievement gap.

Currently, she works creating and facilitating professional development trainings in the early childhood arena alongside her work with Indigo Cultural Center as our Equity Division Manager. Darcy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education with a Reading Specialist focus, both from Northern Arizona University. Darcy is the mother to three grown sons and a grandma (Mimi) to a 5-year old boy and 2-year old girl.

Jena Nagamine  – Executive Administrative Assistant

jena@indigoculturalcenter.com

Jena Nagamine began her career working with women with eating disorders while studying Applied Social Psychology in Utah. She transitioned to working in Social Work and Early Childhood Education after graduating and moving to Arizona. While working with predominately immigrant families, Jena became more and more invested in racial equality, and supporting marginalized groups. Jena has been working with Indigo Cultural Center since 2017 as the Executive Administrative Assistant.

Jena spends the rest of her time either traveling or planning travel with her three kids, and running the soap company that she started with her husband in 2015.

Marissa Calderon – Social Media Communication Manager

marissa@earlychildhoodjourneys.com

Marissa has been working with young children and their families for over 20 years at every level. With extensive experience with Kith and Kin families and the social services sector, Marissa brings a deep understanding of the importance of collaboration between Early Childhood education, K-12 and the small business community. A first generation Mexican-American, Marissa’s background is in Educational Studies, with a focus on Child Development and Social and Emotional Development. Marissa is currently the Director of Early Learning and Organization for Whiz Kidz Preschool. She also provides consultation, working with classroom teachers and on-going consult services for child care programs.

Marissa has been working with Indigo Cultural Center as our Social Media Communications Manager, crafting our posts and helping our organization to communicate our projects and priorities to a wider audience. In her spare time, Marissa loves tacos, learning about technology, podcasting, creating “flipping“ learning environments and spending time with her husband and two daughters.

Jonathan Gonzalez, M.P.A. – Board Chair

Jonathan has been serving on Indigo’s board since 2013. Working with Indigo has helped Jonathan to reflect on his own work and career and his commitment to social justice and equity work. Jonathan is proud of the training on racial and social equity that Indigo has developed and values the commitment to social justice issues, as well as the importance of arts and early education. Jonathan has dedicated his time and expertise to Indigo because of his belief that in today’s climate of polarized racial politics and increasing tensions, social and racial equity programs and training are needed more than ever. “We need to continue to strive towards a society where racially just communities promote strong nurturing families and healthy child outcomes.”

Our Board Members

Dr. Mary Warren

Zel Fowler

Susan Jacobs

Dr. Raquel Monroe