Board of Directors

Sadie Young Bird/Board President           

Director, TAT Victim Services

New Town, ND                                   


Cheryl Donoven/Board Vice President

Williston, ND


Rev. Larry Thiele/Board Treasurer

Pastor, Dakota Oyate Lutheran Church

Tokio, ND


Renee Bourque

Member at Large/ Board Secretary

New Town, ND 


Imogene Belgarde

Director, Spirit Lake Victim Assistance Program

Fort Totten, ND


Amy Whiteshield                        

United Tribes Technical College Campus Violence Program

Bismarck, ND


Alisa White Eagle

Sacred Plume Women's Shelter

Fort Yates, ND




Our Team's employees are highly trained, experienced and dedicated to the success of our coalition members.

Sandra Bercier

Executive Director

Sandra Bercier is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.  She is wholeheartedly dedicated to her work as the Executive Director of First Nations Women’s Alliance.  Sandra has a Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Mary.  From a biological perspective Sandra has 4 daughters, 1 son, 7 granddaughters, and 4 grandsons and 1 great-granddaughter.  From a heart perspective she has innumerable children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Sandra lives a humble and traditional life with her love Rick; though, admittedly, she often finds herself in the middle of critical issues where she feels she must stand.  She loves flowers, plants, water, rocks and all things provided by Creator.  

Bonnie Palacek

Organizational Development Specialist

Bonnie Palecek has worked in the movement to end violence against women for many years. She has been part of FNWA since 2007.
Her responsibilities include policy and organizational development, assisting with grant writing, and technical assistance to coalition members.
She is currently also involved with efforts to create a broader pool of victim specialists to serve in various capacities in Indian Country.

Stacey Kartes

Executive Adminstrative Assistant

Stacey has worked with FNWA for the past 5 years as the Executive Administrative Assistant. Prior to that she has had extensive experience working with individuals to find community resourses and housing opportunities.  Stacey brings a wealth of experience in working with victims of domestic violence, and sexual violence. She is looking forward too many more years with FNWA. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her young children and animals.

Ashley Roulette

Education and Training Coordinator

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Amber Warman

OVC Project Coordinator

Amber works on the “Developing Future Victim Specialists in Indian Country” OVC grant.  She travels to the Tribal Colleges and Tribal Victim Services programs of North Dakota. Amber recruits students from the Tribal Colleges for the Victim Specialist Internship Program. FNWA provides the interns with training while the host sites provide a hands-on experience working in victim services.  (Adjustments have been made for Covid-19.) Amber enjoys meeting new students, providing training and learning from them. She also enjoys working with the staff at each location; many of them have become like family. Amber is available for Trainings on Healing from Generational Trauma, Self-Care, Resilience and ACE’s, Victim Advocacy 101, Sexual Assault 101, Domestic Violence 101.

Amber is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. She grew up in both Ohio and on the reservations of North Dakota, giving her great perspective of both worlds. Amber graduated from United Tribes Technical College with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Amber has worked with a wide variety of people and has a ton of life experience. She has worked with our elders as a CNA, provided care for adults and children with disabilities, given direct care and mentorship to youth in corrections and shelter. She was also an advocate for abused families, victims of sexual assault and human trafficking. Amber lives in the moment and in this moment FNWA is her family and she will continue to work hard with them and for them. She is a mother, wife, sister, auntie, and friend. Amber has always done what we at FNWA call “Creator Driven Work”. She can be reached by email at or call or text 701-350-8099.

Ruthanna Buffalo

Special Projects Coordinator

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Tania Barnhart

Director/Advocate Shell of Hope

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Please call us at: 701-662-3380 701-662-3380 or fill out our contact form.



PO Box 107

Devils Lake, ND 58301

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