Carma is also the Community Outreach Coordinator for Red Lodge, as well as the Lewis-Clark Law School, Indian Law Program Coordinator. Carma has a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Cross Cultural Conflict and Resolution. She has a strong background working with non-profit organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Josiah Hill Clinic and Raphael House of Portland. Carma has worked with tri county program management teams, taken responsibility for compliance and reporting and lead Management and Diversity training teams. She is currently working on her PhD.
Trish has been working with women in prison, and has been an active volunteer working within the Oregon Department of Corrections (ODOC), since November 2000. She received the Volunteer of the Quarter award in July 2011. Trish’s collaborative efforts working with the ODOC administration have resulted in several new programs and procedures being adopted state wide, on behalf of the Native American prison population. Trish has a Bachelor of Science degree, and works part-time as an infusion nurse. She volunteers 25 to 30 hours a week for Red Lodge, functioning as a Program Director. Trish also helps manage a small group of volunteers for Friends of Red Lodge, a small non-profit business, which when fully functioning, will help support the Women’s Transition Home.
Tawna is the Family Services Director at the Native American Youth and Family Center located in Portland, OR. She has been the Program Manager for the Family Healing Circle from its inception in January 2000. Tawna has facilitated and led workshops and training in culturally appropriate services, domestic violence, drug and alcohol prevention, diversity, and internalized racism issues. Tawna has worked in non-profit organizations for over twenty years in every capacity; she has been a representative of the International Indian Treaty Council, a non-governmental organization to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, to being a member of the Indigenous Women’s Network. She is currently working on her Master’s in Social Work at PSU.
Myrna is currently a stay at home mom, raising three grandchildren. She is currently experiencing some medical problems reducing her total volunteer hours. Myrna assists with keeping the secretarial duties up to date for Red Lodge. She is proficient in Word, Excel and spread sheets. Myrna assists newly released individuals complete paperwork and provides encouragement for those who contact Red Lodge needing assistance. She has been a part of Red Lodge since its inception, and is a formerly incarcerated individual.
Ed is an internationally acclaimed poet, performer, traditional storyteller and lecturer on northwest tribal culture, consultant to the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, and recipient of the national Endowment for the Arts grant. Ed conducts writing workshops, story-telling performances, and information lectures. He has performed within the prison walls, and conducts sweatlodge ceremony at two of the eastern Oregon men’s prisons. For more information on Mr. Edmo, please visit his web site. http://ededmo.tripod.com/
Jubel is employed as the lead maintenance person for Native American Rehabilitation Association. Jubel conducts sweatlodge ceremony for 8 of the 14 men’s prisons in Oregon as well as at Sheridan Federal Prison. He is a formally incarcerated individual who is extremely effective in working within the men’s institutions. Jubel sits on the Oregon Department of Corrections Native American Advisory Committee. He is working toward becoming a certified addictions counselor.
Jody is a self taught carpenter. He is currently employed as a home window installer. Jody has personally been through the re-entry process and knows what it takes to succeed. He gives inspirational talks to groups of incarcerated individuals prior to release. He turned his life around, and has remained clean and sober since his release in 2004. Jody is also an Ordained Minister. He performed his first wedding on September 22, 2007.
Shana received a congressional scholarship last year through the American Political Science Association. Her scholarship allowed her a unique opportunity working directly with congressmen and senators in Washington D.C. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Portland State University and is currently applying to Law School. Shana speaks English, Umatilla, Spanish and Nez Perce.