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Our Board members are dedicated to our mission and supporting our work to revitalize Okanogan Salish. They are members of our community, each with their individual gifts to offer, such as professional backgrounds in long-term planning and Montessori education.

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Paula Gibson-Smith

Board Member

Paula completed her Bachelors degree in Child Development and Elementary Education, with a minor in Mathematics, from Eastern Washington University. She went on to receive her Masters degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with a Montessori emphasis from Cleveland State University, her Association Montessori International (AMI) teaching diploma for ages 6-12 from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute, and an AMI teaching diploma for ages 3-6 from Montessori Northwest. She taught in the Elementary Montessori program of Spokane Public Schools for 30 years. Paula served on the AMI Elementary Alumni Association board as Chair and Publications Coordinator. She interned with the AMI Training of Trainers Program, and has worked as a course assistant, guest lecturer and album reader for several Montessori teacher training courses. She also serves Whitworth University as an adjunct Education faculty member and supervisor. 

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Jill Moomaw

Board Member non-voting

Jill is a member of the Colville Tribes, descending from the Colville, San Poil and Methow tribes. With over 20 years of experience working in tribal legal affairs and leadership, Jill brings considerable valuable contacts to her board position. Notable is her position as a gaming commissioner for the Colville Tribal Gaming Commission.  Her valued experience of years sitting on two previous boards for the Native Vote Washington and the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling will bring great collaborative works. Jill has worked with profit and nonprofit organizations, tribes, and local, state and federal governments. Jill earned a bachelor’s degree in law and diversity from Western Washington University in 2005.


Angelena Campobasso

Board Member

Angelena Campobasso, a member of the Colville Tribes, has a passion for working for Indian country to improve the health, safety, and welfare of Indigenous communities. Angelena has over 25 years of experience working for many tribes throughout the western United States. She has planned and implemented millions of dollars in health clinics, community facilities, economic development projects, transit, and transportation projects.

Angelena serves as the program manager of the Small Urban Rural & Tribal Center on Mobility (SURTCOM) at Eastern Washington University. Working with the SURTCOM Team of Urban & Regional faculty and graduate researchers to serve 71 Tribes within the western United States by publishing research on and for tribes. One of her main projects is research on the “The Effects of Climate Change on Tribal Mobility, Sustainability & Resiliency for Tribal and surrounding communities.” Recently published her research on “Colville Confederated Tribes Community Involvement & Citizen Participation Survey for CCT Transit” research project.

Angelena serves as a member of 350 Spokane Climate Change Board and of the Airway Heights Planning Commission.

She earned a master of science degree in urban and regional planning, a master’s in public administration, and an executive certificate in tribal planning from Eastern Washington University. She was a two-time recipient of the Dwight Eisenhower Fellowship in Transportation and served as Tribal Transportation Planning Organization president, American Indian Business Leaders president, American Indian Science & Engineers vice president, and National Center Senior Transit fellow.

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Shelli Martinez

Board Member

Shelli Caldwell (Martinez) is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. Her professional experience includes health promotion and disease prevention. Shelli is a Mother to son Braven who is thriving in the primary class at the Waterfall Immersion School. In her free time you can find her at Omak Lake or hiking the PNW with her family. She feels blessed to serve the patients on her homeland of the Colville Reservation as the Clinical Patient Advocate at Indian Health Service.

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Rhonda Breiler

Board Member

Rhonda is a member of the Colville Tribes.

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