BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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SADIE YOUNG BIRD

Board President

Director, TAT Victim Services

New Town, ND         

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REV. LARRY THIELE

Treasurer

Pastor, Dakota Oyate Lutheran Church

Tokio, ND

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AMY WHITESHIELD

Board Member

Amy WhiteShield has been with UTTC for almost 4 years. She received A Bachelor’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Keiser University in 2018. Her pursuit is to provide Chemical Health and Domestic Violence services to the

students of UTTC.

United Tribes Technical College Campus Violence Advocate

Bismarck, ND

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CHERYL DONOVAN

Vice President

Williston, ND

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Renee Stapp

Secretary- Member at Large

Renee is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Renee currently serves as the Program Manager for the Tribal Resource Tool for the National Center for Victims of Crime. Renee was recently appointed by Muscogee (Creek) Principle Chief to the Mvskoke Reservation Protection Commission as a committee member for the Violence Against Native Women committee and the Co-Chair for the Law Enforcement and Public Safety Committee. Renee has over 17 years of experience dealing with victims of crime in Indian Country, working on several different reservations including Oklahoma’s complex checkerboard jurisdiction. Renee hopes to use her experience and perspective to raise awareness of the unique issues facing victims of violent crime in Indian Country. Renee holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Gregory’s University, Shawnee, OK and a Master of Science Degree Human Resources (Criminal Justice) from East Central University, Ada, OK.

 

Choctaw, OK

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Dellis Agard

Board Member

Sacred Plume Women's Shelter

Fort Yates, ND

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JOLENE CROSSWHITE

Board Member

Director of the Spirit Lake Victim Services Program. 

STAFF

Our team of employees is comprised of highly trained, experienced individuals who are dedicated to the success of our coalition members.
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SANDRA BERCIER

Executive Director

Sandra 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. 

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BONNIE PALECEK

Organizational Development Specialist

Bonnie 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.

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STACEY KARTES

Executive Administrative 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 to many more years with FNWA. In her free time, she enjoys being with her young children and animals.

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RUTHANNA BUFFALO

Special Projects Coordinator