Wisdom Board of Directors Directory
Donald (Don) Motanic:
Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation
Don has been a Technical Specialist with the Intertribal Timber Council since 1995. He’s spent most of his 42-year career as a forest engineer and forest manager with the Bureau of Indian Affairs that included living and working with the Yakama Nation, Umatilla and Spokane Tribes. He has been involved with Native youth through the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc., Washington Ag Forestry Leadership Foundation, Washington State University-Vancouver Native Advisory Council, Society of American Foresters, Big Brothers and Big Sisters. At home in Brush Prairie, WA, the family’s horse boarding business has evolved with Don and his wife Mary Beth, helping their daughter Jayme move into breeding and training reining horses.
Mr. Robert (Bob) Tom
Mikonotunne: Sixes Bands of Tutuni Indians, and Rogue River, and Shasta and Enrolled Member of Umpqua of Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Bob lobbied for the Siletz tribe’s recognition as a sovereign nation which was achieved on November 18, 1977 and served as the first General Manager of the tribe for two and a half years. He was employed for 17 years as an Education Specialist and Education Director for the Tribes. He has been an advocate for Indian Education serving on local, state, regional and national boards/associations. He has served on Advisory boards at two four-year educational institutions. As well as a consultant to the National Science Foundation and NASA Grants, to bring more knowledge into the Sciences. Mr. Tom retired in 1998 after 19 ½ years with the tribes.
As an elder, Mr. Tom is a valuable source of information and educational insight into understanding our past, present, and direction of our sovereign nations and our urban and rural Indian communities. He has been an Emcee for over 50 years at countless functions and powwows and many tribal communities and tribal projects. He has many close family members, (including his beautiful wife who is a highly decorated Veteran: Medals of Honor and Bronze Star, (including his son and daughter), who are U.S. Veterans since WWII up to today and continues to assist and serve in support of all veterans on many fronts.
Vianna (Vi) Swiftcloud:
Hunkpapa, Standing Rock Agency.
Graduating with a degree in Business Administration in 2020
1995-Present- Central City Concern- Nonprofit Social Service in Old Town Portland, OR.
Tenant Assistance, Property Manager, Resident Service Coordinator, Housing Specialist, Team Coordinator, Supervisor. Helping homeless individuals to connect with services for substance disorder, mental health treatment, out/inpatient, transitional and permanent housing, and recovery support
Sande Bea Allman:
Oglala Lakota/Ni Mii Pu/Creole/Francais