Wisdom Staff Members

Wisdom staff have more than three decades of experience

Wisdom staff have more than three decades of educational, project management and oversight experience designing, developing, funding and managing multi-year, multi-partner, culturally-responsive education programs with Native American adults and youth. This includes Native American adult interns completing the Wisdom Workforce Development Internship. Wisdom has accomplished projects with federal agencies since 2002, including National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Park Service. Established Wisdom staff who will coordinate this project include:

Teresa Montana

Teresa Montana

Executive Director
(Eastern Band Cherokee, Dakotah)

Executive Director (Eastern Band Cherokee, Dakota) Teresa has worked at Wisdom since January 2018 and now serves as Wisdom’s Executive Director. She has also worked at Washington State University Vancouver, Evergreen School District Title VII Indian Education Program, and Southern Oregon University’s Native American Studies Program. She also served on the board of the Vancouver Historical Society and volunteered with Wisdom in 2012 as Discovering Our Story Advisory Council member. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Washington State University, Vancouver, WA in 2015

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Tim Keenan Burgess

Multimedia Coordinator (Paiute, Shoshone)

Multimedia Coordinator (Paiute, Shoshone) Tim is Wisdom’s Multimedia Coordinator and Co-Director/Producer of Wisdom’s ongoing documentary film series. Tim received his Associates of Applied Science in Multimedia and a second Associates in Video Production from Portland Community College. He has served as Producer/Director at Eisenwald Records; Associate Producer for The Learning Channel; as well as editor, camera operator, key grip/gaffer for many broadcast companies. He was an organizer and promoter for the Portland Oregon Indigenous Film Festival “One Flaming Arrow” in 2016 and 2017. He currently provides training for emerging Native filmmakers and peer mentors and serves as supervisor to the team of educators and Native Peer Mentors. He is also Co-Producer of Wisdom’s monthly TV show.

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Adrienne Moat

Workforce Development Coordinator

Workforce Development Coordinator, Adrienne Moat, is an urban Indigenous environmentalist of Quileute and European lineage from Portland, OR. Adrienne coordinates with various partners and the community in the Wisdom Workforce Development (WWD) internship program, as well as, contracting related-projects for our WWD, LLC environmental restoration contract firm. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience related to non-profit work, environmental science, and Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK). Her previous work experience varies from non-profit development and communications assistant at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) to workforce development and community science at the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, to be a plant propagation and livestock specialist at Dusk to Dawn Farm and Harsh Farm located in Kitsap County, WA. She is a Wisdom Workforce Development Intern alumnus (2018), and is grateful to have also graduated from NAYA’s 2017-2018 Oregon LEAD program. Adrienne is inspired by the great leadership of Portland’s Indigenous communities and is passionate about working for the liberation, advancement, and leadership of Portland’s BIPOC environmentalists. In 2015 she graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Communication Studies.

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Roberta Ortiz

Roberta Eaglehorse-Ortiz

(WABI) internship Program Coordinator

Wisdom’s Agriculture Business Incubator

Founding Farmer and owner of Wombyn’s Wellness Garden
I am a proud member of the Oglala-Lakota Yomba-Shoshone tribe and I am enrolled in the Lower Brule Sioux tribe. Roberta Eaglehorse-Ortiz (Oglala Lakota/Yomba Shoshone) Founding farmer of the Wombyn’s Wellness Garden, LLC (WWG) Is a new farmer, dedicated to and so grateful for the support in the community thru an array of partnerships. Roberta is a Certified Full Circle Doula & Lactation Educator of 14 years & former Executive Director of the Oregon Inter-Tribal Breastfeeding Coalition from 2013-to 2020. She provides site-based hands-on supportive space and experience for beginners in gardening and farming, focused on natural growing practices, and permaculture gardening. Compiling life’s work to serve local Native families through pregnancy & breastfeeding/infant feeding relationships & well Wombyn care.

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Wisdom Work Force

Bruce Amik II:

Workforce Crew Manager

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Karrie Young

Karrie Young

Karrie Young was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I’m a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma. Besides my work at WOTE I also, take care of Native Elders and work for the Indigenous Market Place, And as a Native Flute Player
I’m a Mother, Grandmother, and Great- Great. Auntie.
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Dawn Lowe

Dawn Lowe

(ITEK) Instructor

Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge 
(Hawaiian,Apache, Mohawk)

Dawn is the ITEK Instructor for Wisdom Workforce Development interns. She was an original member of the first Wisdom Workforce Development LLC team in 2015 which collected and processed Native seeds for Metro’s Native Plant Center. She provides environmental instruction and habitat restoration lesson pans which integrates Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ITEK). She is a gifted herbalist with knowledge of the gifts of Native plant species as well as invasive species. She also strives to develop and share herbal remedies and traditional herbal arts using Native plants.

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Staff Member Damien Cross

Karina Ceron (Taíno)

Social Media Coordinator

Karina is Wisdom’s social media manager. She has been with Wisdom through several years of projects and internships. She has a degree in Anthropology focused in Environmental Studies, and a passion for ethnobotany, ecology, paleontology. Happy to have found a home at Wisdom, please contact Karina to be featured on any of our social sites

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Staff Member Damien Cross

Damien Cross

Director of Strategic Communications

Damien Cross has been working with Wisdom of the Elders for the last few years as part of the multimedia staff and Web Department. His passion for community, storytelling and blogging lead him to the organization naturally.

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