Marissa J. Gehley is the founder of KNOW consulting, Kids Need Our Wisdom. She has more than 30 years of experience in education as a former teacher, counselor, child welfare and attendance specialist and coordinator of school safety and the Burbank OutReach Center. Additionally she is a trainer for the California School/Law Enforcement Partnership. Ms. Gehley has presented hundreds of workshops for community leaders, educators, parents and students in areas such as bully awareness/prevention, suicide prevention, effective communication techniques, school and neighborhood safety, diversity, relationship violence, child abuse and neglect and developing effective community partnerships. She holds a BS in history and social science and an MA in counseling.
Dr. Joe Hobot is a descendant of the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. He holds a Bachelorís Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Masterís Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Education from Hamline University. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian OIC, having served with the organization since 2006. He previously held the position of Director of Education, overseeing the progress of the organizationís alternative high school, its Adult Basic Education/GED program, and the Takoda Institute of Higher Education. Dr. Hobot was recently appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnershipís board of directors. He also serves on various other boards.
Patina Park is Lakota and an adult adoptee originally from Cheyenne River Sioux. She serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. In this role, she provides leadership and manages overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, working with the Board of Directors to determine depth and growth of operations. Ms. Park previously served as a tribal attorney with the Ho-Chunk Nation and has extensive experience representing families involved in ICWA proceedings in both state courts and tribal courts, as well as serving as an appellate court justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota for 5 years. Ms. Park enjoys facilitating trainings nationwide for tribal and state governments, attorneys, judges, community members and service providers. She is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law where she currently teaches Federal Indian Law and Children and the Law, and she received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.
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