Board of Directors

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 Univ. Tawna was recently elected to the Oregon Legislature District 43 and is an advocate for prison reform, alternative sentencing practices and cost effective re-entry solutions.

Mable Jackson~ Secretary (Klamath, Hoopa)
Mable always starts her day with a prayer filled with gratitude and acceptance. She is
passionate about living in Wellbriety, a 12 step Native American recovery program.
Mable goes above and beyond serving her community, in addition to volunteering several
hours per week at Deer Ridge Correctional Institution as a Religious Services practioner.
Mable has a double major degree in Adult Substance Abuse prevention. She is certified
through NAMI as a Peer Mentor for behavioral health and is soon to be certified as a
foster parent for the Tribe. Mable travels the state with Red Lodge helping out with
annual events and bringing in special guests to state prisons. Mable conducts Talking
Circle for women at the Madras Jail.

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. Ed is certified in Native American Positive Indian Parenting (PIP). He teaches PIP for Red Lodge clients. Ed has performed within the prison walls, and occasionally conducts sweatlodge ceremony at two of the eastern Oregon men’s prisons. For more information on Mr. Edmo, please visit his web site.

Rusty Butler ~ Youth Prevention Advisor (Siletz)
Rusty works for Lincoln County as a Youth Prevention Counselor. Rusty assists in the Youth facilities 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. Rusty is also a member of the Siletz Community Coalition called CEDARR (Community Efforts Demonstrating the Ability to Rebuild and Restore) addressing alcohol and drug use in the community. Rusty conducts sweatlodge and pipe ceremonies within his community several
times a month. He also provides religious services to the Lincoln County Detention Center when Tribal youth are incarcerated.

Leon Araiza~ ( Paiute, Yaqui, Apache)
Leon is a General Contractor and business owner. Leon started Advanced Tribal three years ago as a self-performing general contractor with specialties in structural-framing, concrete, and interior-exterior finishes. Notably, he participated in the seismic upgrade and remodeling for the PDX 911 Call Center as well as the Sandy Fire Station, where Leon worked as a subcontractor. He also worked on the Oregon Trail School District project. Advanced Tribal, LLC is a felon friendly employer, in partnership with Northwest College of Construction. “I enjoy engaging our youth and introducing them to the trades. The concept of educating, inspiring and empowering is very natural to me.” – Leon Araiza

Patricia Jordan ~ Executive Director (Creek)
Trish is a co-founder of Red Lodge Transition Services.  She 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 is certified in Peer Support Services.  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.

Jody Ybarra ~ Co-Chair, Release Advisor  (Mescalero Apache)
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.


Laura Fallon Burns
Investment Advisor
Deschutes Investment Consulting
Portland, OR

Suzanne Kuershner (Oneida)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Specialist
Rhodendron, OR

Erika Silver (Dometic Violence Advocate – Interim Treasurer)
Certified in Non Profit Programming
Human Services Manager,
Clackamas County Social Services
Portland, OR