Information on the 2018 presenters will be updated as received.

2018 Presenters

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Gayl Edmunds, LAC

Gayl Edmunds is the past president/ CEO of Recovery Concepts, Inc. (RCI), which specializes in alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation and prevention services. Gayl has recently retired and now serves on the RCI Board of Directors. Gayl fills in part-time for staff vacations and provides consulting services for RCI management.

Gayl is Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Reservation in Rosebud, South Dakota. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas, holding a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Personnel Administration. Gayl remains a Kansas State licensed alcohol and drug abuse counselor, and was in the field for over 40 years. He had worked extensively with American Indian populations on reservations and in urban settings.

Mr. Edmunds works with incarcerated American Indians and other inmates who practice American Indian healing ceremonies. He was involved with the implementation of American Indian Sweat lodges (11) in the Kansas Department of Corrections (KDOC) since 1989. Mr. Edmunds remains contracted by KDOC as a consultant for KDOC Staff and American Indians within the Kansas corrections system. Gayl was awarded the KDOC “Volunteer of the Year” award in May, 1997. Gayl was a federal contractor with the Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary where he served as spiritual mentor for Native American inmates participating in the Federal Life Connections Program.

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Mitch Factor

Mitch Factor is one of the top Indian comedians in the United States. Mitch has performed for thousands over the last ten years from Anchorage Alaska to Germany and most of Indian country. The fast pace and high energy comedy of Mitch Factor is a breath of fresh air and simply something new. His topics include children, relationships, teachers, getting older and Indian way of life. His comedy also includes original characters such as “Joseph From Up Nort” who sings an original blues song titled “Fry Bread Momma, Why Did You Sit On my Dog and Kill Him?” and “Garage Sale Babe”. Mitch has performed for National Indian conferences, casinos, Indian music festivals, POW WOWs, Indian Head Start programs, Indian banquets and private corporate events across the United States.

Mitch Factor is a Seminole and Menominee Indian who was born the youngest of ten and raised in Oklahoma. Mitch has also been involved in Indian Head Start since the early nineties, and has served as a teacher as well as an education manager of Head Start. Mitch performs comedy simply because he loves to see people laugh together.

 Roger Fernandes

Roger Fernandes, MA

Master Storyteller

Roger Fernandes is a Native American artist, storyteller, and educator who has worked in the field of American Indian education for over 40 years. He is a member of the Lower Elwha S’Klallam tribe and has a master’s degree in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University. He was born and raised in the city of Seattle and has worked in the local urban Native community in a variety of jobs and roles. As an artist he has done a variety of public and commissioned pieces that share the culture of the local tribal cultures. He works in a variety of mediums, but consistently tries to educate through each piece he creates. As a storyteller, he shares the wisdom and knowledge held in the traditional myths and legends of his people and other tribes across the region. With his degree in systems change he seeks to use both art and storytelling as primary communication styles to help people identify and create new models for community transformation. To help his Seattle urban Native community address social issues, Roger brings his talents as an artist and storyteller to the conversations. Through storytelling, people can see the issue in a larger context and thus find answers that cannot be articulated solely by words and statistics. Through art, people can find a different vocabulary to explain or analyze the issues that confront them.
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Maureen Greeley, BS

 Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

Maureen Greeley is the Executive Director of the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (ECPG), has worked with and for ECPG since 1998, and became Executive Director in November 2006. At the national level, she holds an Affiliate seat on the Board for the National Council on Problem Gambling and is the Board’s Immediate Past President.

She has presented on Problem Gambling, Process Addictions, Responsible Gaming, Gambling Counselor Certification, Social and Internet Gaming Standards and more across the United States. In Washington State, she serves on the Problem Gambling Advisory Council for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services’ Behavioral Health Administration.

Wiley Harwell

Wiley Harwell, D.Min, LPC, NCGC-II

Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling

Wiley Harwell