Vicky Young | Prescott College

Vicky Young

B.A., M.Ed., M.Ed., M.A., & Ph.D.
Academic Statement

Vicky believes the mission of education is to promote understanding and respect so as to educate students who will enhance our environment and diverse world community.

Ethically, all students deserve educational systems that use the strengths of their culture because:


Ph.D., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate University, 2007

M.A., Human and Organizational Systems, Fielding Graduate Institution, 2004

M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University, 2001

M.Ed., Counseling with an emphasis in Human Relations, Northern Arizona University, 1999

B.A., Human Services, Prescott College,1995

Creative Writing Certificate in Progress with Yavapai College

  • UNOS/OPTN Board of Directors

Elected to the UNOS/OPTN Board of Directors in March 2013. The new Board member training was on June 24-25, 2013, in Richmond, VA, headquarters of UNOS. The term of service is 2013-2016.

The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families to develop the United States of America’s organ transplantation policies. The OPTN  is managed by UNOS under contract with Health Resources and Services  Administration (HRSA), Division of Transplantation, under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 2013 – Present

 Board observer on the Kidney Committee, 2014 to Present

  • Living Kidney Donor

In 2004 , Vicky donated one of her kidneys joining the unique ranks of Living Organ Donors. She participates in the local activities of the tri-city (Prescott, Prescott Valley, and Chino Valley ) with other area organ donors and recipients. In addition, she contributes to on-going research on living kidney donors through the Living Organ Donor Network.. 

  • Data Subcommittee

Selected on April 28, 2009, to serve on the national Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN)/ United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Living Donor Committee. She served an additional year past the normal two-year service commitment.

The Living Donor Committee considers issues relating to the donation and transplantation of organs from living donors to recipients. The committee makes recommendations to improve the process of living donation and transplantation. The OPTN brings together medical professionals, transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families to develop national organ transplantation policy. The OPTN is managed by UNOS under contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Transplantation.

  • Living Donor - Invited Participant

Invited in July 2010 to participate in a conference entitled “Living Kidney Donor Follow Up: State of the Art and Future Directions” on September 27 – 28, 2010, in Arlington, VA.  Living kidney donor outcomes have recently been the focus of increased interest by the transplant community (including potential recipients and donors), payers, and agencies within the Federal government.  The general goals of the conference are to identify areas of need for future research on living donor outcomes, developing strategies to accomplish these goals, and researching mechanisms through which the studies might be funded.

Indonesian Ministry of National Education (MoNE)

Educational Consultant, International Recognition of Recognition of Prior  Learning  (RPL), Directorate General of Quality Improvement for Teacher and  Education Personnel (PMPTK) and the World Bank for the Better Education through Reformed Management and Universal Indonesian Teacher Upgrading (BERMUTU) project; worked with team of Indonesian consultants  and MoNE staff to develop a culturally-appropriate RPL system for over 1.4 million academically under-qualified Indonesian teachers with education levels less than bachelor’s degree; created RPL system for teachers; delivered recommendations for a MoNE RPL Policy Document, Procedures Manual, Training Materials, and Assessment Materials; taught two courses on-line with Prescott College while living in Jakarta, Indonesia. (September - December 2008)


Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium (1993-2014)

Since 1993, Vicky has served on the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium (NNTEC) for Prescott College.

The other members of the NNTEC are: Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; Dine College, Tsaile, Navajo Nation; Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado; Navajo Nation Department of Education; Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance; Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ; San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico; University of Northern Colorado – Greeley, Colorado; University of New Mexico – Gallup and Albuquerque branches; and University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Prescott College has a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Navajo Nation to support the academic processes to ensure a continued pipeline into the classroom of certificated Navajo teachers, fluent in English and Navajo language, culture, and history.

  • Early Childhood Education Program and Curriculum Development

In 2000-2001, Vicky was part of a three-member grant team from Prescott College and Northland Pioneer College (NPC) to be accepted in the Head Start Bureau’s Pilot Early Childhood Higher Education Faculty Initiative. This team of educators that created an academic bridge from NPC’s early childhood associates degree program to a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Prescott College.

Vicky served on the Arizona Department of Education’s (ADE) team to formulate the assessments for the new ADE Early Childhood Education Standards.

In 2009, Prescott College was one of the first colleges/universities in the State of Arizona to reach Arizona Department of Education (ADE) early childhood teacher certification. Dr. Young developed and created Prescott College’s first early childhood education curriculum and program of study at both undergraduate and graduate levels. ECE Program was reviewed by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) site team for the first time in February 2008. Programs of study received preliminary approval to meet all Arizona teacher certification requirements and was a consent agenda item at the next Arizona State Board of Education meeting, consequently in 2009 it received a 2-year program approval, which was the maximum at that time. Dr. Young was also the faculty member to lead the revision and ADE re-approval process in 2010 for the College's ECE programs.

In early 2011, Dr. Young was selected to be a member of the ADE's team to review state and private institutions of higher education's undergraduate and graduate programs in ECE.


Arizona Community College Certificate in the Teaching Field: Psychology/Counseling - Valid for Life


Rude, H. A., Ramakka, V., Benally, E., Young, V., Webb, T., & Gorman-Keith, T. (2007). Educating minds and moving mountains: Guiding American Indian students to become teachers. Native American Review,12(4), 22-28.

Young, V. (2012, Spring). Adrift after donation. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research. Special Edition on Living Organ Donation from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Young, V. (2009, September 1). From the other side. Survivor Chronicles.

Young, V. (2009, September 1). From the other side. Inkless Magazine.

Young, V. (2008, September). The Experience of Living Kidney Donors: Disenfranchised Grief Before, During and After Donation. Biomedical Ethics Publication #: 3287706. The Health Sciences Library System with University of Pittsburg Medical Center.


Book Review as requested by Publisher

Canty, J. M. (Ed.). (2017). Ecological and social healing: Multicultural women's voices. New York, NY: Routledge. 


Book (Memoirs) Acknowledgments for Writing Support

Marquez, A. (2017). A life in five years: A memoir. Self-published.

Jordan, E. G. (2012).Mrs. Ogg played the harp: Memories of church and love in the high desert. Minneapolis, MN: Two Harbors Press.

Malinowski, C. (2015). Tattletale: A teacher’s memoir. San Jose, CA: Pegasus Books.

Nelson, N. O. (2015). Searching for Nannie B. Brownsboro, AL: The Ardent Writer Press.



National Poetry Month, Second Place in Student Contest for “Laser’s Beam.” Yavapai College, Prescott, AZ, April 2015

Professional Writers of Prescott (PWP) , Third Place for Non-Fiction Story: "Shiprock." Published in PWP first anthology, 2017




Post-Traumatic Stress: Veteran and Family Member Panel, 2nd Annual Northern Arizona  VA Health Care System Community Mental Health Summit, Strengthening Collaboration and Care in Support of Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families, Northern                        Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ, August 15, 2014

Common Core: Gaining More from Culturally-Appropriate Literacy, Northland Pioneer College and First Things First Navajo-Apache Regional Partnership Council 24th Early Childhood Fair, Performing Arts Center, Snowflake, AZ, October 5, 2013

The Southwest Writers Series and Prescott College: The Life in LettersLiterary Conference, Prescott, AZ, March 30, 2012

  • Panel: Writing Across the Disciplines.Participated with Prescott College professors, who teach primarily in non-literary disciplines, to discuss the significance of writing in their professional and personal lives

LaPaz/Mojave Council First Things First Council, Littlefield, AZ      February 23, 2012

Presented information about the Prescott College Helios ECE scholarship opportunities

AZ Head Start Association, 5th Annual Birth to Five Mental Health Symposium, Phoenix, AZ,October 20, 2011

  • Provided 1-hour 45-minute workshop: “Place-based Education: Connecting Children’s Social and Emotional Development to the Landscape”

Northland Pioneer College and First Things First Navajo-Apache Regional Partnership Council 23rd Early Childhood Fair, Snowflake, AZ, September 21, 2011

  • Provided two 1hour and 30-minute workshop: “Literacy and the Community Landscape”

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., 2011 Inter Tribal Circle of Caring & Sharing Training,Fort McDowell, Yavapai Nation 

June 22-24, 2011

o    “Literacy for Place-based Education: Books that Connect Children to Their  Communities”

o    “Place-based Education: Connecting Children to Nature”

  • Panel: “Pathways to Success: Higher Education Opportunities for the Tribal Early Childhood Workforce”   

Third Annual Apache Families First Conference                    March 24, 2011

Provided two 70-minute workshops:  “Place-based Education:  Connecting Children to Nature” and “Literacy for Place-based Education: Books that Connect Children to Their Community”

Western Navajo Agency  Head Start Staff Training               November 19, 2010

Tuba City, Navajo Nation, Place-based Education: Inclusion of Navajo Language and Culture” 

Yavapai College, NAEYC Student Club                                  October 27, 2010

Prescott, AZ, “Inviting Multicultural Literature into the Early Childhood Classroom”  

First Things First – Cocopah Nation                                      January 6, 2010

Somerton, AZ, “Place-based Education and Multicultural Literacy”

Yavapai College, Del E. Webb Family Enrichment Center         May 12, 2009

Prescott, AZ, In-Service Workshop for staff and early childhood education students,  “Early Childhood Multicultural Literacy”

Prescott College In-Service Workshop, Prescott, AZ                  March, 2004

“Cultural Diversity” with an emphasis on Native Americans

Prescott College In-Service Workshop, Prescott, AZ,                 January, 1996

“Native Americans and Education”


National Indian Education Association (NIEA), San Diego, CA, October 2010, “Reinvigorating Language and Culture through the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium” ”- joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium

NIEA, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, October2009, “Culturally Responsive Preparation of Teachers and Administrators: Navajo Nation Consortium”- joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium

NIEA, Honolulu, Hawaii, October2007, “Circle” -joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium

NIEA, Anchorage, Alaska, October2006, “Circle of Knowledge: Sibasin”- joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium

Arizona Department of Education (ADE), Early Childhood Education, Annual Learning Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, June 20, 2006, Panel Presentation “Arizona’s College and University Programs for Early Childhood Teacher Certification”

NIEA, Denver, Colorado, October2005, “Honoring Tradition by Creating Change through the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium” and “Educating Minds and Moving Mountains Through the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium

 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), San Francisco, CA, May, 2003, “Bridging Barriers: Resiliency-Based Support Systems for Native American Students”

National American Indian School-to-Work Conference, Phoenix, AZ, April, 1998, “Your Community Can Be Your Classroom: An Alternative Perspective on ’Indian Education’”

Southeastern Utah Third Annual Bilingual Conference, Blanding, UT, April, 1997, “An Alternative Perspective on ’Indian Education’”

4th Tri-Annual 1996 World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education, Albuquerque, NM, June, 1996,“Preparing Bilingual Navajo Teachers for the Classroom,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), Emerging Voices of Diversity, 48th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, February, 1996, “The Navajo Nation Ford Teacher Education Initiative,” - joint presentation with the members of the Navajo Nation Teacher Education Consortium


Awards, Grants, & Honors

Personal Academic Grants and Scholarships:

The Fielding Graduate University, Research Grant in the 2006-2007 Academic Year

Avon Foundation, Inc., Scholarships in the 2006-2007 and 2005-2006 Academic Years


Northern Arizona University, Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership with Distinction, 2001

Prescott College Grants:

The Helios Education Foundation, January 2010 through December 2013: $608K for four years for early childhood education scholarships for Native American students in reservation and rural communities of Arizona

Early Childhood Higher Education Faculty Initiative  Pilot Faculty Institute, funded by Head Start Bureau: 2001-2002        

Navajo Nation Ford Foundation, Subcontractor Consortium Member, grants manager: 1992-1997 and 2002 

Navajo Nation Title V, grant manager: 1994-1995

Fund for Post Secondary Improvement,  grant reporter: 1993-1995 

Coverage in News & Media

January 29, 2018    Associated Press 

Interviewed and cited in an article by Lauran Neergard, AP Medical Writer

Neergaard, L. (2018, January 29). Push to better track living kidney donors' long-term health. Retrieved from   And

July 2, 2012    National Public Radio (NPR) Morning Edition 

 November 2011           American Journal of Transplantation

  • Listed as a participant in the Meeting Report: “Living Kidney Donor Follow-up:

State-of-the-Art and Future Directions, Conference Summary and Recommendations” (pp. 2561-2568) doi: 10.1111/j.1600-6143.2011.03816.x

 July 31, 2011           Chicago Tribune (Sunday Edition)

  • Interviewed by Deborah Shelton, my comments included in:

o    “Kidney Donors Speak Out On Risks” (Section 1, pp. 1 & 12)


 also covered on

July 31, 2011              Los Angeles Times

  • Interviewed by Deborah Shelton, my comments included in: “Kidney Donors Speak Out On Risks” (p. 3),0,5755744.story

 Donor Network of Arizona – The Connection                       Fall 2009

            “DNA Volunteer Appointed to UNOS Living Donor Committee”


September 3, 2009        Channel 13 – Prescott Local Television Show                      

            Interview with Progressive Activists                          DVD #127             “I Believe”                 

            Host: Elisabeth Ruffner – Guest: Vicky Young