Patricia Hibbeler

Board President

Executive Director, Phoenix Indian Center Inc.

Salish and Kootenai from the Flathead Reservation in Northwestern Montana
Born:  Ronan, Montana, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes


Patricia K. Hibbeler, ABD, MA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center, Inc., an organization with a 64-year history and the first urban based Indian Center in the Nation. She raises funds for the Center and provides direction in operations and evaluation of the non-profit organization, specializing in workforce development, educational programming, social services and language and culture revitalization.

Ms. Hibbeler serves as a Steering Committee Member for the National Urban Indian Families Coalition, Trustee for the Heard Museum, ASU President Crowe’s Minority Advisory Committee, Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor’s Committee, Phoenix College President’s Advisory Committee, Still University Advisory Committee, ASU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center’s Community Advisory Committee, EFSP Maricopa County Board, and Arizona State School Superintendent’s Indian Education Advisory Board.  She also received the President’s Award from Arizona State University during her tenure there for program evaluation, design and implementation.

Previously, Ms. Hibbeler was the Field Research Director of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded grant entitled the American Indian Multi-sector Health Inventory (AIM-HI) study initiated by Washington University.  Prior to her work with the AIM-HI Project, Ms. Hibbeler was the assistant director of the Arizona Prevention Resource Center, Arizona State University and Drug Free Schools Director for the Nebraska State Department of Education.  In each position, she was successful in building relationships between tribal communities, urban communities, and state or local agencies focusing on creating collaborations to dialogue and create plans of action to address the health and education issues of American Indian people.  Ms. Hibbeler’s interests include dropout prevention and school-based substance abuse prevention issues for the American Indian population.


  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, University of Montana, Missoula, MT
  • Special Administrative Certificate in Bilingual Education, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • Masters of Arts Degree in Education, Hastings College, Hastings, NE
  • PhD Candidate, Educational Leadership, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ