JR Lilly (Dine - Navajo)
Personal Assistant to Richard Twiss, Wiconi International
JR Lilly was born in Fort Defiance, Ariz., as a member of the Dine (Navajo) Nation. He belongs to the Red Running Into Water People Clan and was born for the Cliff Dwelling People Clan. As a child, his family proudly practiced the Native Traditions of his people, as well as the traditions of the Native American Church. During his early teenage years, JR became a follower of Jesus Christ, thus beginning a new spiritual journey. His participation in leadership activities, both with his church and school, lead him to attend Lee University, a faith-based liberal arts college in Cleveland, Tenn.
While completing his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, JR earned double minors in Anthropology and Biblical Studies. He also founded several student-led organizations on campus and was very involved in other aspects of his school and community, including Firebrand Youth Ministries, Bridge the Gap Mentoring Program, Service Learning and Benevolence Programs, and the Global Perspectives Program.
JR was decorated for his involvement in the community, particularly for his leadership roles in the Diversity Council, a group of on-campus clubs that promoted and celebrated the cultural diversity of his classmates, and the Campus Kitchen at Lee University (CK-LEE), a feeding program that served the needs in the community. Moreover, he was awarded with the FTE Scholar Fellowship and the Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito Scholarship, as well as being given the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award by the Tennessee State Government.
A passion for serving the Native American community is evident in many aspects of JR's life, most noticeably in his serving as a youth minister with Indian Ministries of North America, leading multiple service trips to his reservation, and guest lecturing in various classroom settings. He has also served different tribes in North Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Virginia, New Mexico, and Arizona with several projects over the years.
As part of a new generation that straddles a cultural chasm, JR leads efforts to further the conversation around defining the role of our generation for both Native and Non-Native communities.
You can contact JR at firstname.lastname@example.org or the office at 360-546-1867.