Tawna Sanchez ~ Board Chair (Shoshone-Bannock/Ute)
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 received her Master’s in Social Work from Portland State University.
Patricia Jordan ~ Co-Chair, Executive Director (Creek)
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 ODOC 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 Executive 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.
Shana Radford ~ Treasurer (Nez Perce, Umatilla)
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.
Myrna Taylor ~ Secretary (Cherokee)
Myrna is currently a stay at home mom, raising 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 Edmo ~ Cultural Advisor (Shoshone-Bannock)
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/
Art McConville ~ Community Organizer/Activist (Nez Perce, Umatilla)
Art has experience in grant writing, community organizing and youth services. He designed and implemented the Youth Fun Place Center at the Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton, OR and received an award from the Board of Trustees for his efforts. He also assisted in creating a youth center for troubled youth on the Umatilla Reservation. Art is a grant writer and professional beadworker. He has a long history of activism, and is involved with several other grassroots organizations.
Rusty Butler ~ Youth Prevention Coordinator (Siletz)
Rusty works for the Siletz Tribe as a Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator and Juvenile Crime Prevention Coordinator. His work is primarily directed toward the youth. Rusty assists in the men’s prisons as a spiritual practitioner and Native American Advisory Council member. Rusty is working toward certification as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist. He is a member of the Lincoln County Teen Justice Panel, an Oregon Youth Authority Advisory Committee member, Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse County Coalition member, and a policy Council Representative for the Siletz Tribal Head Start. Rusty conducts sweatlodge and pipe ceremonies within his community one to two times a week. He also provides religious services to the Lincoln County Detention Center when Tribal youth are incarcerated.