Sean Bear, (Meskwaki Tribal Nation), Co-Director, National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center
Sean Bear, BA, CADC, is a member of the Meskwaki tribe in Tama, Iowa, being an Army veteran of over 9 years of service and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. He has worked as an Administrator/Counselor in EAP, a counselor in adolescent behavioral programs, substance abuse, and in-home family therapy. It has been very rewarding to work with individuals and groups in the areas of Substance abuse, Behavioral, and person/family/social issues. He has had experience in building holistic, Native American based curriculum, and implementation with substance abuse clientele. He graduated from Buena Vista University with a double major in psychology and human services, as well as two years of Graduate school with Drake University’s mental health program. It is his goal to continue and receive his Master’s degree. His passion is the life-long education of Spirituality, particularly in Native American Spirituality.
Regina Begay-Roanhorse, (Diné), Court Administrator, Navajo Nation Judicial Branch Judicial District of Alamo and Judicial District of To’Hajiilee
Regina Begay-Roanhorse is a United States Army Veteran (CPT, OD) and presently works for the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch as a Court Administrator for Alamo Judicial District and To’Hajiilee Judicial District. She develops specialty court projects for the branch. She is a licensed member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association for 30 years as a tribal court advocate (1991-2021). She also worked for DNA Legal Services, a tribal prosecutor (1992-2000), and private counsel. She also worked for the New Mexico Indian Affairs Department with New Mexico Voices for Children as a lobbyist and program manager for a school-based health project for Native American youth. She received her Masters of Legal Studies in Health Care Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She received an Honor graduate distinction at her 1987 Officer Basic Course for leadership. Her father is Thomas H. Begay, Navajo Code Talker, U.S Marines (WWII), and U.S. Army Frozen Chosin survivor (Korea). Her brothers all served in the U.S. Army. In 2008, she received the New Mexico Public Health Association’s award for the advocate of the year and the 2008 Volunteer Advocate of the Year award from the New Mexico Behavioral Health Collaborative which are statewide honors for organizations or people committed to improving behavioral health services in New Mexico.
Will Blakeley, Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
Will Blakeley, Mr. Blakeley currently serves as a Program Associate for the Family Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Team for Children and Family Futures. He coordinates grant projects and program responsibilities and provides various training and technical assistance to courts and teams around the United States. Mr. Blakeley has seven years of experience in the child welfare system, including the role of court coordinator for Yellowstone Family Recovery Court, grant management in father engagement, and as a child protection worker. He has also taught at the high school and middle school levels. He received a Master of the Arts of Teaching from Christian Brothers University and a bachelor’s of arts in Human Rights Studies from the University of Dayton.
Francis Bradley, (Diné), Patrol Officer, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
Francis Bradley is the former Chief of Police for the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs, Arizona and current patrol officer for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 232 and retired as a commander with the Navajo Nation Police Department where he served from 1980 to 2002. Officer Bradley Is Dine’ and of the Bitter Water clan born for the Towering House clan. Being an Indian Country warrior and given the opportunity to learn the traditional teachings and philosophies of his people while serving and protecting them has given him the unique opportunity to meld the “traditional” and “modern” ways into his daily life as a peace keeper in Indian Country. He has followed the Warrior philosophies taught to him and has shared these beliefs with Indian Country youth, the communities, the tribes and all those he has had the honor to have served with for over 40 years now.
Charlene Burns, (Blackfeet and Haida), Cultural Advisor, Blackfeet Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts Project
Charlene Burns is a Blackfeet and Haida Indian who resides in Babb, Montana, the beautiful gateway to Glacier National Park. She and her husband Bob own a steak house there called the Cattle Baron Supper Club. They reside on a ranch about 6 miles from the Canadian border where their dream is to spend their remaining years raising Percheron horses. They are ceremonial elders that have dedicated 30 years of their lives to learn and teach the Blackfoot culture. This is their passion as well as to always help where ever they are needed to bring health and restoration to their people. They believe this can be accomplished by reintroducing the Blackfoot philosophy that sustained their people for thousands of years. Their desire is to leave the world a little bit better for the next generation which is inclusive of their more than 60 grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Jill Campoli, Clinical Director, Pueblo of Pojoaque
Jill Campoli M.A., LPCC is the Clinical Director for the Pueblo of Pojoaque and oversees the treatment programming for the Adult and Youth Healing to Wellness programs. Ms. Campoli has had the honor of working with tribal communities in northern New Mexico since 2014 and is passionate about building community relationships. She has presented on several panels throughout New Mexico and was an adjunct professor for Northern New Mexico College. In addition to her work, Ms. Campoli enjoys making art, writing and taking her dog on hikes.
Janelle Chapin, (Koyukon Athabascan) OVW and FVSPA Program Specialist, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
Janelle Chapin is Koyukon Athabascan. Her family is originally from Kaltag and Illinois. She is married with two children. Janelle holds an associate degree in addictions counseling and bachelor degree of fine arts in Social Work with a minor in Alaska Native Studies. Janelle has worked in the domestic violence field with both survivors and batterers throughout her career. Janelle spent several years working in behavioral health and addictions. She believes the way we change family patterns is working with the whole family and through addressing cultural and historical trauma and cultural resiliency.
Anna Clough, (Muscogee, Yuchi), JD, Co-Director, Tribal Youth Resource Center, Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Lead
Anna Clough is a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Yu- chi Tribes. She graduated from The University of Oklahoma with a BA in Sociology and double minor in Native American Studies and Criminology. In 2008, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with a Juris Doctorate and a certificate in Native American law from the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy. She is an admitted and practicing member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in numerous Oklahoma Tribal courts. She has spent her legal career working with Tribal youth and families in both State and Tribal Courts throughout Oklahoma. Mrs. Clough has served as a Tribal prosecutor handling both adult and juvenile matters, represented adults and youth in criminal, dependency, and delinquency matters, and has served as a legal services provider for a Tribal domestic violence program. Mrs. Clough currently serves as a training and technical assistance provider on behalf of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and has supported the development and implementation of numerous national training efforts for Tribal youth prevention, intervention, and diversion programs. She currently serves as a lead trainer for the Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts initiatives. Most recently she authored the Tribal Juvenile Healing to Wellness Handbook, a primer planning guide supportive of Tribal community development of wellness courts for Tribal youth and served as primary author of Truancy Prevention to Support Tribal Youth (forthcoming) a practical guide for implementing community-based truancy prevention programs. Anna is a wife and mother to five children and resides in Oklahoma.
Ray Daw, (Diné), Consultant, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Ray Daw, MA, is a former behavioral health administrator in Alaska, who has worked with Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart using the historical trauma model in trainings and health care to create a better quality of life for Native people. Specialty areas include substance abuse, mental health treatment, criminal justice, health education, program management, grant writing, rural health, needs assessment, and research.
Adelle Fontanet, Director, Tribal Justice Exchange
Adelle Fontanet is the Director of the Center’s Tribal Justice Exchange. She provides on-site and long-distance training and technical assistance to tribes seeking to enhance their justice systems around the country. Ms. Fontanet works with tribal justice systems to design and implement problem-solving strategies such as the use of alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice practices, diversion and deflection programs, and risk-need tools. She has also lead justice system needs assessments and strategic planning projects with numerous tribes, including child welfare focused needs assessments and healing to wellness court assessments. Prior to working in technical assistance, she participated in a fellowship with the Center where she worked with Bronx Community Solutions to provide alternatives to incarceration to low-level misdemeanor adult and youth defendants in Bronx Criminal Court. Additionally, she was one of the lead planners of the Red Hook Peacemaking Program where she served as a peacemaker for disputes referred from the court system and other partner agencies. Ms. Fontanet has a J.D from Columbia Law School, where she participated in the school’s peacemaking clinic, and has a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Anthropology from the University of Florida. She is a licensed attorney in the state of Florida.
Hon. Stacie FourStar, (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes) Chief Judge, Fort Peck Tribal Court
The Honorable Stacie FourStar is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, of Lakota, Nakona and Hidatsa decent. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law, with a certificate of specialization in Indian Law. She has served as a prosecutor for the Fort Peck Tribes, an Associate Judge, and currently holds the office of Chief Judge for the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes since 2015.
She presides over all cases of general jurisdiction and serves as the judge for the Family Healing to Wellness Court (family drug court) which focuses on reunification of families. She strives to utilize sentencing alternatives for rehabilitation. She is progressive in working with tribal communities to bring awareness by outreach. She has been part of the movement with enhanced sentencing authority (TLOA) and special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (VAWA). She strives to build and reinforce relationships with other tribal, state and federal agencies while upholding the sovereignty of the Tribes through interpretation of the law.
The Honorable Stacie FourStar is the President of the Montana Wyoming Tribal Judges Association (MWTJA) and is a region representative on the Board of Directors for the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA). She is appointed to the Access to Justice Commission under the Supreme Court of Montana and the Native American Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team under the Attorney General for the State of Montana. She is certified as an instructor by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and the National Judicial College (NJC).
Dr. Kristin Frescoln, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
Kirstin Frescoln is a Senior Program Associate with Children and Family Futures where she supports implementation of Family Treatment Courts. She has more than 25 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based programs and policies to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals and families. She has worked at the local, state, and federal level; former positions include North Carolina Drug Treatment Court Manager, Senior Consultant for the National Drug Court Institute, Senior Research Associate with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Urban and Regional Studies, and Maternal, Infant, and Child Home Visiting Coordinator with the North Carolina Division of Public Health, Children, and Youth. She has provided technical assistance and training for the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Juvenile Justice, Center for Court Innovation, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, National Drug Court Institute, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Children and Family Futures, and Reclaiming Futures, as well as numerous local and state entities. She is a Certified Public Meetings Facilitator and Mediator and has a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Public Manager Certification from North Carolina State University, and bachelor’s in Foreign Affairs and History from the University of Virginia.
Pejuta Cangleska Win (Sacred Medicine Circle Woman), Tasha R. Fridia (Wichita, Kiowa, and Caddo), Assistant Director, Tribal Youth Resource Center
Tasha Fridia is the owner of Fridia Consulting where she assists tribes with strategic and justice system planning, code drafting and policy implementation. Tasha also serves as a Policy Analyst and Political Advisor to the Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She previously served as a Senior Associate at the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College. Prior to her work with TLPI, she worked for the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Program Training and Technical Assistance Center at the University of Oklahoma in the Tribal Law and Policy Division. Tasha is a graduate of Oklahoma City University School of Law, where she earned her Juris Doctorate as well as a certificate in American Indian Law. While in law school, Tasha held numerous leadership positions including Student Bar Association Vice President, Pupil of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Inn of Court, and an appointment to the Dean’s Council on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion where she helped establish a regalia policy for Native American Law Students. Tasha served on the National Native American Law Students Association board and was awarded Future Trailblazer in Indian Country by her local chapter. Tasha previously worked in the Tribal Human Resources field and is currently on the Board of Managers of Quivera Enterprises LLC, a division of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Industrial Development Commission. She is a member of the 2020 class of Leadership Native Oklahoma and a 2020 recipient of the Native American 40 under 40 award. Tasha earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma and a MA in Human Resources Development from Webster University. Tasha is passionate about the work she does and approaches it with the guidance of cultural and traditional teachings.
Maria Galvan, Special Agent, Criminal Investigations Bureau, Pueblo of Laguna
Maria Galvan was born and raised in New Mexico. She attended Escalante High School in Tierra Amarilla, NM. She also attended the New Mexico State Police academy and was with the department for 2 years before being hired on to the Pueblo of Laguna’s Police Department. While with Laguna PD she has been an active member with the Pueblo of Laguna’s Wellness Court as the police representative. Maria is a certified School Resource Officer and Field Training Officer. She is currently with the Criminal Investigations Bureau within the Laguna PD. When Maria is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially love her nephews and nieces. She also enjoy reading and researching different topics.
Suzanne Garcia, Child Welfare Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Suzanne Garcia has twenty three years experience in the field of Indian law, with six of those years being focused on better understanding issues related to Indian child welfare. She has spent her career working with Native nations in support of their vision of wellness for their families, of the safety for their people, and of collaborations both internally and with state and local entities. Suzanne currently serves as a Tribal Legal and Child Welfare Specialist for the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI). At TLPI, Suzanne works on a several projects as a technical assistance provider including the National Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for Tribes and the Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts project.
Hon. Carrie Garrow, (Akwesasne Mohawk), Chief Judge, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court
Carrie Garrow, J.D., M.P.A., received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, her law degree from Stanford Law School, and a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has worked as a Visiting Assistant Professor and as the Executive Director of the Center for Indigenous Law, Governance & Citizenship at Syracuse University College of Law. She is also a consultant with Tribal Law and Policy Institute and has had the opportunity to travel to numerous Indian nations to provide training to tribal courts. Hon. Garrow is currently on the board of the National American Indian Court Judges Association and the Native America Humane Society Advisory Board. She has co-authored Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure (2nd edition) with Sarah Deer, in addition to writing several articles on tribal law and governance.
Chaniel Grant, (Piikuni/Blackfeet), Juvenile/Adult Healing to Wellness Court Coordinator, Blackfeet Tribal Court
Chaniel Grant is a member of the Blackfeet Tribe (Piikuni) of Montana, and lives on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, MT. Chaniel received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana in June 2015. She has served as the Healing to Wellness Court (HWC) Coordinator for the Juvenile HWC since October 2016, and Adult HWC Coordinator since January 2017. She has worn many hats in the HWC realm, adapting to change within the teams, court structure, and the program’s growth and challenges. When Chaniel was hired, the programs were stagnant, not operational, and just less than 12 months left in the grant period. In this short period of time, she managed to get the programs off of the ground by creating strong teams of high-level community stakeholders and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Training and Technical Assistance, who then collaboratively developed a strategic plan, and policies and procedures. The adult and juvenile projects quickly began implementation and had great outcomes. Chaniel helped write grants and sustain the projects by securing additional Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)/OJJDP HWC grants. Her newest project has been developing and implementation of a Blackfeet cultural component to both programs, through a series of cultural modules to be taught by Blackfeet cultural leaders and elders. Chaniel is passionate about establishing the HWC model in her own community, but also aspires to influence other Tribal Court system’s nationwide as this model empowers tribal communities to develop systems to fit their unique cultural needs, and nurtures not only individual, but community healing.
Medina Henry, Director, Community Justice Initiative – Deputy Director of Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation
Medina Henry is director of Community Justice Initiatives and deputy director of Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation. In these roles, Ms. Henry provides consulting services to jurisdictions nationwide and internationally, and advises attorneys, judges, and other practitioners implementing and strengthening problem-solving approaches to justice, with a special focus on community court implementation. Ms. Henry spearheaded technical assistance for nine sites funded by the Minority Youth Violence Prevention initiative, a collaboration between the Office of Minority Health at the US Department of Health and Human Services and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office at the US Department of Justice. Prior to joining the Technical Assistance Team, Ms. Henry served as program coordinator for the Center's AmeriCorps program and as planner for the Red Hook Community Justice Center. While in Red Hook she helped the Justice Center to plan and launch the Red Hook Responders, a social service program focused on addressing the community’s needs post-Hurricane Sandy; Red Hook CARES (Counseling and Restorative Services), which provides crisis support and case management to survivors of violence; and a host of other projects. She is a graduate of Hunter College with a B.A. in Sociology and a Master’s in Public Administration from Baruch College.
Lawrence Hott, Documentary Producer, Florentine Films
Lawrence Hott has been producing documentary films since 1978, when he left the practice of law to join Florentine Films. His awards include an Emmy, two Academy Award nominations, a George Foster Peabody Award, the duPont-Columbia Journalism Award, the Erik Barnouw Award, five American Film Festival Blue Ribbons, fourteen CINE Golden Eagles, screenings at Telluride and first-place awards from the San Francisco, Chicago, National Educational, and New England Film Festivals. Hott was the Fulbright Fellow in Film and Television in the United Kingdom in 1994. He received the Humanities Achievement Award from the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities in 1995; a Massachusetts Cultural Council/Boston Film and Video Foundation Fellowship in 2001; and the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship for Mental Health Journalism in 2001. He has been on the board of non-fiction writers at Smith College and has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Cultural Commission, and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. In 2009, 2010, and 2012 Hott presented his films in Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela and Algeria as part of the American Documentary Showcase, a program of the US Department of State. In 2015 he was a Fulbright Specialist in Vietnam teaching documentary in Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City. Hott currently teaches documentary production for the University Without Walls degree program for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts Sciences.
Hon. Charlene Jackson, (Diné), Owner/Managing Attorney, Jackson Law Firm, PLLC
Charlene Jackson is the founder of Jackson Law Firm specializing in the representation of American Indian tribes in all areas, including gaming, employment, ordinance/code drafting, and policy review. Attorney Jackson served as Chief Judge with the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation overseeing the overall civil, criminal, and juvenile dockets including administration of the Court system, including case management, Healing to Wellness Court, and probation.
Hon. Lawrence King, Juvenile Court Judge, Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Chief Judge Lawrence King joined the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in 2020. Judge King was the Chief Judge for the Colorado River Indian Tribes Tribal Court, he had been with that Court since 2009. He is a Magistrate for the Town of Paradise Valley. Judge King is on the Board of the Arizona Magistrates Association and serves as its President, and teaches continuing education subjects. Before his appointment as Chief Judge in 2014, Judge King worked as a Judge Pro Tempore and Acting Chief Judge for Colorado River Indian Tribes; Judge Pro Tempore for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Hualapai Tribe and the White Mountain Apache Tribe. In his career as a civil servant, Judge King has served the public by working for Governor Rose Mofford of Arizona and Lt. Governor Thomas P. O’Neil, III of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He was also a Candidate for United States House of Representatives in 2002. He clerked for Judge Stephen L. Reinhart on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the California Tribal Court Forum and Arizona State Court Tribal Court Federal Court.
Terri Kook, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
Ms. Kook serves as a Senior Program Associate for Children and Family Futures. Ms. Kook provides technical assistance and support to three jurisdictions in Oklahoma and to several tribal/county partnerships in Northern California as part of the Quality Improvement Center-Collaborative Community Court Teams Initiative (QIC). She is also a technical assistance provider through the Substance Exposed Infant, In Depth Technical Assistance Team where she works on systems change in Michigan and Oklahoma and South Carolina. Prior to joining Children and Family Futures, Ms. Kook served as the Vice President, Family Resiliency Strategies at the Empire Health Foundation (EHF) where she led grant making to prevent Adverse Childhood Events and mitigate the effect of trauma on young people. Prior to EHF, Teri was the Director of Child Welfare at the Stuart Foundation where she oversaw all aspects of child welfare grant making and program development in California and Washington states. Previously, Teri served in public child welfare for 17 years in various frontline, supervisory and management positions, including five years as the Child Welfare Director, in Stanislaus County, CA. Teri holds a B.A. in Sociology from CSU, Stanislaus and received a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Jose State University.
David Lucas, Clinical Advisor/Senior Program Manager, Technical Assistance, Center for Court Innovation
David Lucas MSW, is a clinical advisor, Technical Assistance, at the Center for Court Innovation. In this role, David specializes in the areas of court-supervised treatment and harm reduction and provides expert assistance to state and local jurisdictions. Prior to joining the Center, David was a clinical lead at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – Drug Treatment Court Program (Toronto, Canada), a course director at York University’s School of Social Work, adjunct professor at the University of Toronto, and a community outreach worker. David has spent the past two decades providing counseling, education, advocacy, program development, and case management for a variety of complex client populations, in community, legal, and clinical settings.
Patty Loew, (Mashkiiziibii /Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) Professor, Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism and Co-Director of NU's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and Co-Director of NU's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research
Patty Loew is a professor in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and Co-Director of NU's Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. Patty is a documentary producer, and former broadcast journalist in public and commercial television. A citizen of Mashkiiziibii (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe), Patty is the author of four books: Native People of Wisconsin, which is used by 20,000 Wisconsin school children as a social studies textbook; Teachers Guide to Native People of Wisconsin; Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal; and Seventh Generation Earth Ethics, a collection of biographies of Native American environmental leaders. Patty has produced many documentaries for public and commercial television, including Way of the Warrior, which aired nationally on PBS in 2007 and 2011. Her outreach work focuses on Native American youth and digital storytelling.
Jordan Martinson, (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), Tribal Law and Policy Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Jordan Martinson joined the Tribal Law and Policy Institute in 2019 where he serves as Tribal Law and Policy Specialist. Jordan brings a broad range of state and tribal interdisciplinary legal expertise to the TLPI team. His tribal legal experience includes serving as Assistant General Counsel for the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin in addition to working as social services and child support attorney for the Menominee Nation, where he intervened on behalf of the tribe in state and federal Indian Child Welfare Act cases. Most recently, Jordan served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for Manitowoc County, Wisconsin where he represented the state in child protective services, guardianship, mental health and child support related litigation. During his undergraduate studies, Jordan worked for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Equal Rights Division, where he aided administrative officials in fair housing and employment discrimination determinations. Jordan received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he focused his studies on federal Indian law, and completed research on Ojibwe treaty rights as well as the interplay between the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and federal employment law. Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a certificate in American Indian Studies.
Shelia McCarthy, Senior Program Manager, Center for Court Innovation
Sheila E. McCarthy is a senior program manager for the Center’s Technical Assistance department, leading and delivering a wide range of onsite and remote technical assistance projects including drug/opioid court teleservices initiatives, statewide strategic plans, and training events. Prior to joining the Technical Assistance team, Ms. McCarthy worked for the New York State Unified Court System for over a decade in several capacities within family court. Her career in the court system began as a coordinator for a program aimed at increasing offender accountability in domestic violence cases in Queens Family Court. She then transitioned to a Citywide position with the Child Welfare Court Improvement Project, a federally funded initiative that supports the family court’s mandate to promote the safety, permanence and well-being of abused and neglected children. Her last position before joining the Center was focused on a statewide initiative aimed at improving the child welfare, family court, and chemical dependency systems. In addition to her macro level work, Sheila has experience directly serving clients ranging from victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, to assisting criminal justice involved individuals with cooccurring mental illness and substance use disorders. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Boston College and a M.S.W. from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Hon. Kim McGinnis, Chief Judge, Pueblo of Pojoaque
Pueblo of Pojoaque Chief Judge Kim McGinnis earned a Ph.D. in neuropharmacology from the University of Michigan in 1999 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. She graduated from Boston University School of Law in 2004 and clerked at the Michigan Court of Appeals before joining Detroit Legal Aid and Defenders as a felony-level public defender. In 2008, she became an assistant defender with the Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, where she served as the principal appellate attorney investigating convictions tainted by Detroit Crime Lab malfeasance. In 2011, she moved to Taos, New Mexico and practiced domestic relations law, primarily representing victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in state and tribal courts. The Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Council appointed her associate judge in 2013 and chief judge in 2015. Judge McGinnis presides over Pojoaque’s Path to Wellness Courts and is project director for Pojoaque’s Sober Living/Re-Entry Project. She is a certified handler of ADW Kiki, the Pueblo of Pojoaque Tribal Court’s service-trained courthouse facility dog.
Jacob Metoxen, (Oneida), Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Tribal Youth Resource Center, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Jacob Metoxen is from Wisconsin and currently serves as a Tribal Prosecutor in New Mexico. He completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Master in Information Resources and Library Science at the University of Arizona, and Juris Doctor from the University of Arizona. Jacob is interested in supporting Tribal communities with the expansion of their community justice systems. Jacob serves as part of the National Criminal Justice Training Center and provides education presentations related tribal justice system development. Jacob has extensive experience with research, writing, and critical analysis for Tribal community projects.
Alisha Morrison, (Rosebud Sioux Tribe), Senior Program, Center for Court Innovation
Alisha Morrison is a Senior Program Manager for the Center for Court Innovation’s Tribal Justice Exchange, which seeks to promote the sharing of information between state and tribal courts and provides technical assistance to tribes seeking to develop or enhance their justice systems. Alisha works with tribal courts to assist with justice system needs assessments, strategic planning projects and implementation of problem-solving practices. Additionally, she is currently involved in tribal justice projects such as the development of a tribal Risk-Need-Responsivity tool for tribal courts and the development of court-based materials for Native child victims and witnesses. Before joining the Center, Alisha worked as a program specialist for the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy program at the James E. Rogers College of Law where she supported recruitment and retention initiatives for Native law students and worked with the program’s Tribal Justice Clinic and International Human Rights Advocacy Workshop. Alisha holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Arizona, with a minor in Adolescents, Community and Education, and a J.D. with concentrations in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy and Family Law from the University of Arizona College of Law. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and she is licensed to practice law in Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court and the state of New York.
David A. Natseway, (Pueblo of Laguna) LSAA, Addiction and Substance Abuse Counselor
A native of Arizona, David Natseway, LSAA, holds a B.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Basics in Addiction Counseling (BAC) from the University of New Mexico, and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in Communications from Central New Mexico College. David has served as a Substance Abuse Counselor, and Addiction Support Group Facilitator with the Pueblo of Laguna Behavioral Health and Social Services. He is trained in Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), MRT Trauma, and MRT Veterans Trauma and recently served as a member of the Laguna Healing to Wellness Court Team. David has also served as a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Consultant for Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI), and Advisory Board Member for the National AI/AN Addiction/Prevention Technological Transfer Center through the University of Iowa. David served in the U.S. Navy as a Musicians Mate retiring in 2011 after more than 20 years of Honorable Service, and remains active as a musician. With his music experience, and great appreciation for the therapeutic power of music, he has been a Music is Healing Presenter for the Pueblo of Laguna Prevention Program. David also enjoys umpiring baseball for New Mexico Activities Association, New Mexico Officials Association, and holds a Professional Certificate as a Baseball Umpire from the Minor League Baseball Umpire Training Academy, Vero Beach, Florida. David is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Karen Otis, Associate Director, Treatment Court Program, Center for Court Innovations
Karen Otis is the Associate Director with the Center’s department of treatment court programs, delivers expert assistance to state and local jurisdictions in the areas of adult drug courts, family drug courts, veterans treatment courts, mental health courts, and more. Karen also designs and delivers remote trainings via webinar and videoconference, and she develops content for the National Drug Court Online Learning System. Karen is a licensed mental health counselor with more than a decade of experience in family treatment court. She holds a master's degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from the City College of New York.
Kristina Pacheco, (Pueblo of Laguna), Tribal Wellness Courts Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Kristina Pacheco lives and works from her home in the village of Paraje/Casa Blanca, NM. She is a licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor in the state of New Mexico and has over 20 years of experience in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention. Prior to joining the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, she worked for the Pueblo of Laguna for 14 years as a Supervising Probation Officer, Lead Counselor, and Behavioral Health Program Manager. In 2007, Kristina and the staff of the tribal court began the Pueblo of Laguna Healing to Wellness Court (HTWC). The HTWC was granted Mentor Court Status in 2017 by the National Association of Drug Court Professionals Drug Court Initiatives. Kristina has previously served as a consultant to other Native communities and presently serves as a Wellness Courts Specialist at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Within her current position, she has had the opportunity to provide training and technical assistance to a wide range of Native communities as they work to develop and implement Tribal Wellness Court initiatives for both adult and/or youth populations. Kristina is the mother of one son, an adopted daughter, and a grandmother.
Gwendolyn Packard, (Ihanktonwan Dakota), Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Gwendolyn Packard has worked for many years in Indian country, both at the national and tribal level. She has served as editor for six national Indian publications. In 1990 she was instrumental in founding the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). She served as Executive Director for Morning Star House, an advocacy program that works with off reservation Indian women and children who are victim/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. She also served as Executive Director of the NM Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is founder and Co-Chair of Rain Cloud, the off reservation behavioral health collaborative in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a survivor of domestic violence, a writer, a grass roots organizer and community activist. She has made a commitment to social change in working to address social, environmental and economic justice issues that affect the health and well-being of Indian people as documented in her work experience.
Mark Panasiewicz, Program Director, Justice for Vets, National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Mark Panasiewicz is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He went on to get his B.S. in psychology from Michigan Technological University and then received his master’s degree in clinical social work from Michigan State University. He was involved with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) healing to wellness court from 2011 to 2018, serving as a team member on the court and acting as the group therapist/facilitator. Mr. Panasiewicz has also been involved with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute since 2014. He is a licensed clinical therapist in both Wisconsin and Michigan and was the clinical director of a 90-day inpatient substance use treatment center (Gookomis Endaad), where his treatment modalities and treatment plan were adopted and implemented. He currently serves as a project director for Justice for Vets, a division of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
Acosia Red Elk, (Umatilla) Indigenous Yoga Teacher, Pendleton Yoga
Acosia is a Member of the Umatilla Tribe in Oregon. She is a 10x World Champion Jingle Dancer, International Yoga Teacher, Artist, and Wellness Advocate. She is known for public speaking/storytelling, Indigenizing Fitness, and teaching Powwow Dance. Acosia travels the world sharing cultural knowledge, dance and yoga. Spreading awareness about the healing benefits of movement and the power of thought. Acosia is the creator of Powwow Yoga, a tribal yoga fusion practice
Hon. Pat Sekaquaptewa, (Hopi), Justice, Hopi Appellate Court
Pat Sekaquaptewa is a member of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona. She most recently taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in the Department of Alaska Native Studies & Rural Development where her teaching and research are focused on rural development in the Arctic and on tribal government and justice issues. She also presently serves as a justice on the Hopi Tribe’s high court in Arizona. She is also a co-founder, and a member of the Board of the Directors of, the Tribal Law & Policy Institute in West Hollywood, CA. She also currently serves as the president of the Nakwatsvewat Institute’s board of directors. The Nakwatsvewat Institute works with Native communities to develop and enhance their governance, justice and educational institutions and is known for the establishment of a community mediation program serving the Hopi community in Arizona. She has also formerly served as a tribal judge, mediator, and arbitrator for a number of other tribes. Finally, Ms. Sekaquaptewa served as the director of the UCLA Native Nations Law and Policy Center and its Tribal Legal Development Clinic. She also was the founder of the Hopi Appellate Court Clinic, which was initially launched at Boalt Hall School of Law, and then adopted and expanded at the UCLA School of Law to become the Tribal Appellate Court Clinic.
Ashay Shah, Senior Program Associate, Children and Family Futures
Mr. Shah is a policy and research focused social worker with a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged children, youth, and adults; including special-needs populations, adults with mental health or substance use disorders and children in the child welfare system. He has spent the last 7 years working for the Center for Children and Family Futures as an evaluator, technical assistance provider and program manager. He is currently the Program Manager for the National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams initiative. Mr. Shah received a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with a minor in Humanities and Law from the University of California.
Tiana Teter, (Koyukon Athabascan) OVC Program Specialist, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center
Tiana Teter is Koyukon Athabascan and currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska with her husband and two children. Her maternal family is from Huslia, Alaska, and her paternal family is from Rampart, Tanana and Manley Hotsprings. Her education includes an associate degree in Human Services with a concentration in addictions counseling, and a bachelor degree in Social Work. Tiana has spent her professional career working with children and youth who have experienced trauma, working with victims/survivors of domestic violence and/or sexual assault and assisting tribal communities in building resiliency through culture.
Lori Vallejos, Counselor III, Pueblo of Laguna Behavioral Health Services
Lori Vallejos, LMSW, is a counselor with Laguna Behavioral Health Services in Laguna, New Mexico. She has been a member of the Healing to Wellness Court for the Pueblo of Laguna since May 2017. In 2003 she worked with Juvenile Drug Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has received training in both Moral Reconation Therapy® and advanced Moral Reconation Therapy® and facilitates individual and group therapy using this treatment approach.
Lauren van Schilfgaarde, (Cochiti Pueblo), San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director, UCLA School of Law
Lauren van Schilfgaarde is the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director at UCLA School of Law. She was previously the Tribal Law Specialist at the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) in West Hollywood, California. At TLPI, van Schilfgaarde coordinated training and technical assistance to tribal courts, focusing on Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, tribal court infrastructure, and federal Indian law. Previously, van Schilfgaarde was a law clerk at Native American Rights Fund and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. She was also a Public Interest Fellow at American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. van Schilfgaarde received her B.A. from Colorado College and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Carole Warshaw, Director, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
Carole Warshaw, M.D., is the Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. Dr. Warshaw has been at the forefront of developing collaborative models and building system capacity to address the mental health, substance use and advocacy concerns of survivors of DV and other trauma, and to create accessible, culturally responsive, domestic violence- and trauma-informed services and organizations. She has written and spoken extensively on these topics both nationally and internationally and has served as an advisor to numerous health, mental health and advocacy organizations and federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). She also served on the National Research Council Committee on the Assessment of Family Violence Interventions. Dr. Warshaw has maintained a private practice in psychiatry since 1989 and is a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois.
Veronica Willeto DeCrane, (Diné), School Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, National Native Children’s Trauma Center
Veronica Willeto Decrane is Diné, of the Many Hogans Clan and born for the Mexican Clan. Her maternal grandparents are of the Tangle Clan, and her paternal grandparents are of the Bitter Water Clan. She grew up in Dinétah and now lives in Montana with her husband and children. Veronica holds a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies from Whitman College and has been in the field of Indian education for over 10 years. She has worked in school turnaround, parent and community engagement, youth leadership, afterschool programs, systems change, multi-tiered systems of supports, and cultural adaptation. She is an MTSS Implementation Specialist for the Montana Office of Public Instruction. As a School Training and Technical Assistance Specialist with the National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC), Veronica manages the healing work of providing trauma- focused training and technical assistance to Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal grantees, through the Tribal Youth Resource Center, in partnership with the Tribal Law and Policy Institute. Additionally, Veronica supports the piloting of a trauma resilient school model in several Tribal schools and partners with the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board on a trauma resilient schools peer learning network. She also contributes to grassroots healing and resilience initiatives in Diné communities and supports both the NNCTC and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network in culturally adapting products and resources for Indigenous peoples.
Kimee Wind-Hummingbird, (Muscogee), Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, National Native Children’s Trauma Center
Kimee Wind-Hummingbird, a citizen of the Muscogee Nation with Cherokee descendancy, joined the NNCTC in 2021 after 22 years serving youth and families in the child and family programs of her two tribal nations. In addition to extensive supervisory experience, program development and expertise on the Indian Child Welfare Act, she has trained and consulted with both tribal and non-tribal stakeholders, including judges, attorneys, state child welfare agencies, tribal child welfare agencies, and other service providers throughout Indian Country. Her focus across all of her professional activities has been keeping Indigenous families connected to their tribe, culture, and community. She and her three daughters reside on the Muscogee Reservation in Oklahoma.
Marc Yaffee, Comedian, Actor, Writer
Marc Yaffee’s diverse comedy career has landed him in 43 states and 11 countries spanning 4 continents. Additionally, Marc may be the only comedian with the distinction of air, land, and sea comedic credits. He’s entertained Alaska Airlines passengers at 30,000 feet, performed on a flat-bed truck for U.S. Marines in Iraq (while getting his head shaved), and done comedy for Holland America Cruise ship passengers on the high seas. Marc is a co-star of the historic Showtime special, Goin’ Native; the first-ever all-Native cable special. His new comedy special, Mid-Laugh Crisis, got over 2 million Facebook views in its first 8 days after release. Marc Yaffee is a founder and co-star of the Powwow Comedy Jam (2010 National Indian Gaming Association Entertainers of the Year). Additionally, Marc has also been seen on PBS, FNX, The Latino Laugh Festival, and Comics Unleashed. He’s performed six times overseas for Armed Forces Entertainment and he won the Ventura Comedy Festival’s “Funniest Person Contest” in 2012.