Professional Experience

1998 to Present Associate Vice President For Diversity: Responsible for the overall organizational development of cultural competency at Gonzaga University and to inspire systemic change at all levels of the University in order to be more academically responsive to diversity needs. Responsibilities include such initiatives as: to increase the diversity of faculty, student and staff populations; develop and implement diversity training and other opportunities for the community to increase its understanding of diversity; work directly with faculty members in the special skills of multicultural education and assist in on-going development of a diversity-sensitive curriculum; teach in the classroom at least one course per semester; and join with the larger community and region to create solution to racial intolerance and other social justice issues.

School of Education

1993 to 1998 Assistant Professor: Taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in multicultural education and educational psychology as part of a joint appointment with the Department of Teacher Education and the Department of Administration, Curriculum and Instruction (ACI). Faculty load was nine semester credits, site student advisor for the Salish Kootenai Tribal College ACI Masters off campus program (cohort group successfully graduated May 1997), and undergraduate advisor for teacher education students.

1988 to 1996 Center Director/Assistant Professor: Department Chair and Director of Gonzaga University's Indian Education Technical Assistance Center. Responsible for the overall administration and management of a program commissioned to provide regional training & technical assistance (T/TA) to school districts in Oregon, Montana, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. Supervision of 5 staff. Responsibilities included: (1) Coordinate teacher training programs for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and co-sponsor regional conferences with State Education Agencies (SEAs) & Office of Superintendents Of Public Instruction (OSPI); (2) Administrative and managerial oversight on the Center's regional T/TA service delivery system, supervision of specialist staff and the development of resource material publications; (3) Negotiate Letters of Cooperative Agreements with federal, state and private educational organizations; (4) Prepare and submit all contract deliverables; and (5) on-going consultation with the Dean of the School Of Education in policy and procedural issues concerning service delivery and contract compliance. As an adjunct faculty, in 1988 and 1989, developed and taught classes (Psychology 489 & Education 487) at Gonzaga University on American Indian Psychology and Mysticism.

Coeur D'Alene Indian Tribe Of Idaho
Plummer, Idaho

1987 to 1988 Tribal Administrative Director: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Coeur d' Alene Tribe of Idaho. Responsibilities included: (1) Overall administration and management of tribal government; (2) Assist the Tribal Chairman in the implementation of the Tribal Council policies and directives; (3) Supervise twelve (12) department heads and thirty-eight (38) grants and contracts; (4) Negotiate all federal, state and private contracts on behalf of the Tribe; (5) Fiscal management of a ten million dollar tribal budget; and (6) Develop, implement and evaluate staff development plans.

American Indian Community Center
Spokane, Washington

1985 to 1987 Administrative Officer/Cooperative Manager: Assist the Chief Executive Officer in the operational management and administration of the Center's human service delivery system. Responsibilities included the overall project management of a highly innovative program known as the "East Plateau Indian Cooperative (EPIC)." EPIC was an Indian community owned business marketing cooperative which provided training opportunities, created jobs and marketed products harvested and/or produced by Native people throughout the northwestern plateau region. Responsibilities and duties included: develop policies and procedures; staff training and supervision; budget preparation and monitoring; business proforma development for EPIC activities and products; public relations to promote community involvement; coordinate community resources to meet student needs in the Center's educational programs; case consultation with student counselors, cost analysis, production scheduling, and performance assessment.

Solano County, Chief Administrative Office
Fairfield, California

1983 to 1985 Administrative Budget Analyst: Responsible for the preparation and monitoring of the county budgets for fourteen (14) County Law and Justice Departments with a total operational budget of $35 million dollars. Working as an analyst for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) included such responsibilities as: (1) Analyze managerial, administrative, organizational and personnel issues in developing and implementing recommendations on policy to the Solano County Board Of Supervisors; (2) Project management of two County Capital Projects, i.e., construction of a new animal shelter and renovation of a county historical landmark (an old courthouse). Capital project management involved coordinating tasks between architects, bond counsel, engineers, city and county planners, and other county departments; and (3) Member of the county management negotiation team on collective bargaining with the county employees labor union for the 1984-85 contract cycle.

American Indian Community Center
Spokane, Washington

1979 to 1983 Director Of Indian Education: Department head for the Center's education programs with responsibilities which included: (1) overall management and administration of a federal grant to provide Adult Basic Education/GED preparation services to Spokane County's urban Indian population; (2) Develop and maintain a comprehensive system for admissions, counseling, financial aid, registration, testing and assessment; (3) Coordinate student services with District #17 ABE/GED program, Employment Security Department and the Department Social and Health Services (DSHS); (4) Prepare and submit all grant proposals to private and public funding sources; (5) Develop and deliver educational presentations to community organizations on ethnic minority topics; (6) Maintain public relations with government agencies, education contractors and the Spokane business community.

The Antonian School For Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents
Cheney, Washington

1977-1979 Assistant Director: Responsible for the overall administration of clinical treatment, counseling services, educational programming and residential support services. Duties included: (1) Establish special education program in coordination with the Cheney Public Schools; (2) Supervise education and clinical staff; (3) Train and conduct case consultations with school counselors and therapists; (4) coordinate services and activities with families, DSHS, Juvenile Courts and other federal and state agencies; (5) Assist Executive Director with contract negotiations, grant writing, fiscal planning and budget preparation; (6) Plan the financing, purchasing and support of major fixed assets and; (7) Coordinate long range planning with other regional child care and educational service providers.

Youth Help Association
Spokane, Washington

1975 to 1977 Clinical Therapist: Responsible for the overall case management of a psychiatric substance abuse clientele in a residential treatment program. Duties included: (1) Assist staff psychiatrist in the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment plans; (2) Provide staff development training to agency counselors on group dynamics and ethnic minority populations; (3) Coordinate student educational and employment needs with District #17 and Employment Security Department; (4) Individual therapy caseload of twelve (12) clients; and (5) Administer and interpret diagnostic psychological tests and other assessment tools.