Amelia Marchand (skʷumqnálqs)
Amelia has been serving on the Hearts Gathered board of directors since 2009. She is a member of the Colville Tribes, and is affiliated with the Moses-Columbia, Chief Joseph Band of Nez Perce, Palus, Okanogan, and Lakes tribes. She works as the water regulatory specialist for the Colville Tribal Environmental Trust Department. In 2016, Amelia earned a master’s degree in environmental law and policy from Vermont Law School, focusing her studies on water use, environmental justice, and climate change. Born and raised on the Colville Reservation, Amelia attended Eastern Washington University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies in 2005.
Amelia formerly served as the Colville Tribes resource archaeologist, the first woman and first tribal member to hold that position. Amelia is an associate scholar with the Center for World Indigenous Studies and also serves on the board of directors for Conservation Northwest.
Glenda Breiler (skʷərxan)
Glenda is a member of the Colville Tribes, descending from the Okanogan Band. She is the director of the Math, Engineering, Science Achievement Program at Edmonds Community College, focusing on initiatives to improve diversity and retention with an emphasis on traditionally underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math fields. Her teaching focus involves community healing from historical and intergenerational trauma with an emphasis on resiliency, indigenous foods and the environment, Indian Child Welfare and indigenous family wellness. Her path is to increase sustainability for students from all backgrounds and this can be achieved by building learning environments that promote grounding community-based change in indigenous knowledge, which is leading in making that transformative change.
Glenda earned a master’s in social work from the University of Washington in 2009, and a bachelor’s degree in human services from Western Washington University in 2004. A member of the Puyallup Tribal Canoe Family, she traveled on the 2014 Tribal Canoe Journey to Bella Bella, B.C. She most recently played a key role on the 2015 Youth Tribal Canoe Journey to Muckleshoot, Washington. She serves as a volunteer on the Local Indian Child Welfare Advisory Committee in Seattle.
Jill Nanpuya Moomaw
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 of arts degree in law and diversity from Western Washington University in 2005.
Paula Gibson-Smith began teaching in a Montessori elementary classroom in 1986. After spending her 20’s trying out various degrees (pre-law, accounting, human services) and occupations (legal secretary, sales, ski instructor, radio disk jockey) Paula completed her Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Elementary Education, with a minor in Mathematics, from Eastern Washington University, where she received the Mary Shields Wilson Award, in 1985. She went on to receive her Association Montessori Elementary (AMI) teaching diploma for ages 6-9 from the Ohio Montessori Training Institute and her Master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, with a Montessori emphasis from Cleveland State University.
After four years at Woodland Montessori in Spokane, Paula joined the small but growing Montessori program in the Spokane Public Schools in 1990. Her leadership in Montessori developed through serving on the board of the AMI-Elementary Alumni Association as Publications Coordinator and Chair. She deepened her understanding of Montessori by earning an AMI Primary teaching diploma for ages 3-6 from the Montessori Institute Northwest and interning at the Montessori Institute of Minnesota in the AMI Elementary Training of Trainers Programme.
Her passion is to bring Montessori education to more children and families through attracting more teachers. Her classroom is the setting for college students to experience Montessori both as student teachers and in her Methods in Elementary Social Studies class taught through the Whitworth University Masters in Teaching program.
Lois is a member of the Colville Tribes, and is affiliated with the Moses Columbia, Wenatchi and Entiat tribes. She is a small-business consultant, specializing in organization, productivity and efficiency. She has done business management for 40 years in the fields of construction, retail, and nonprofit, medical and financial services. As part of this work, she has successfully implemented new systems while working closely with staff and has hired and trained new agents for financial planning.
Lois has been closely involved with Hearts Gathered for more than two years, doing bookkeeping and financial consulting. She helped establish a new bookkeeping and recordkeeping system as a consultant, and currently serves on the board as well as volunteering her financial services to the school. She plans on staying involved with the school well into the future.