Alan Basham

Alan Basham, MA

Eastern Washington University

 Alan Basham is a counselor educator at Eastern Washington University, where he has helped train mental health counselors and school counselors for over twenty years. As such, he has taught on diversity issues, developmental and existential aspects of human nature, family systems, and addictions, among other topics.

Alan is Past President of the Washington Counseling Association and the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values Issues in Counseling, a national division of the American Counseling Association. He recently received the EWU Trustees Medal, the University’s highest recognition of faculty accomplishment in teaching, community service, and scholarship. He has published on a variety of topics, including consultation, psychological testing, and the inclusion of client personal belief into the counseling process.

Alan lives with his wife, Janna, near the quiet woods just outside of Spokane.

Colbie Caughlan

 Colbie Caughlan, MPH

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

 Colbie Caughlan is the Suicide Prevention Project Manager for Project THRIVE (Tribal Health: Reaching out InVolves Everyone) at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB), and works closely with Project Red Talon and We R Native. She manages the SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith youth suicide prevention and IHS Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention grants at the NPAIHB, and provides suicide prevention training and technical assistance to northwest tribes. Colbie works to develop and disseminate culturally-appropriate suicide prevention materials and resources. She is also a certified trainer of two well-known suicide prevention workshops: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).

Colbie completed her Masters of Public Health concentrating in Health Promotion at Portland State University.

 Don Chapin

Director/Men’s Program Supervisor, Crossroads Nonviolence Education

Don Chapin is the Director/Men’s Program Supervisor for Crossroads Nonviolence Education (batterer re-education/intervention) in Lincoln County, Oregon. In addition, he recently spent four years coordinating the Lincoln County Community Works/Work Crew Program as a Probation Technician for Community Corrections (Probation and Parole). He is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, and has worked on a number of projects with them since 1999. He has also been a publicly-elected official for his home district, Otter Rock, Oregon, since 2005.

Currently Mr. Chapin is a member of several training faculties which provide technical assistance to the US Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women on these issues, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on working with, in, and for Tribal and rural communities.  Since 1996 Don has been doing Peer Grant Reviews as a contractor with Lockheed Martin Inc. for the US Department of Justice since 1996.

Don Coyhis

 Don Coyhis

President,White Bison, Inc.

Don Coyhis, of the Mohican Nation, is the President and Founder of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit organization located in Colorado Springs, CO. Don originally set out to raise awareness and treat alcoholism among Indian youth on the reservations; after studying the underlying causes of alcoholism, White Bison’s mission expanded to include drug addiction, dysfunctional families and relationships, and the American Indian suicide rate. From this, the Wellbriety Movement was born. The teachings of Wellbriety go beyond being sober to include thriving in the community and being balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Over the past 26 years, Don has developed a series of culturally-based programs to address recovery and treatment, youth prevention and treatment, programs for healthy families, and healing from unresolved grief and traumatic loss due to inter-generational trauma. These programs have been implemented throughout the United States and Canada.

Don has authored several books addressing recovery, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse for adults, youth, and families. He has provided technical assistance for national policy organizations such as the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, SAMHSA, and others, to develop prevention and recovery programs for Native American communities.

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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.


Cheryl Fairbanks, JD

Ms. Fairbanks works in the area of Indian law as an attorney and Tribal Court of Appeals Justice. Her practice and consultation services concentrate on Tribal-State Relations, Personnel, Tribal Courts, Peacemaking (and family conferencing), Mediation, Family, School, Educational, and Indigenous law. She is a visiting Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico’s Southwest Indian Law Clinic. Cheryl received a BA from Fort Lewis College in 1969 and a JD in 1987 from the University of New Mexico. She has also been a teacher for the Albuquerque Public Schools, Zia Day School, and Administrator for Acomita Day School and the Santa Fe Indian School. She was a Senior Policy Analyst in state-tribal relations for the New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs, and was instrumental in establishing the Indian Child Welfare Desk, New Mexico Office of Indian Tourism, the University of New Mexico Indian Law Clinic, and the passage of the New Mexico Indian Arts and Crafts Act.

Ms. Fairbanks is Tlingit-Tsimpshian and was born in Ketchikan, Alaska. She is currently a Contract Attorney for the Cuddy McCarthy Law Firm, and was previously a partner with the law firm of Roth, VanAmberg, Rogers, Ortiz, Fairbanks & Yepa, LLP, where she specialized in Indian law.

 Roger Fernandez

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.

Martin Flores

Martin Flores

Comanche Nation Prevention & Recovery Center

Mr. Flores is a Cultural Advisor with the Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery Center. At the CNPRC, he focuses on the prevention aspect of the fight against drugs, alcohol, and problem gambling. He is a teacher of the Comanche language and cultural way of life. Mr. Flores helped to create the I Am Indian Native Drug-free Nations (IAMNDN) youth movement. CNPRC uses culture as a prevention method to heal and empower the native people, and hopes to positively impact the negative effects of prescription drug and alcohol abuse that often plague Native communities.

Stephanie Fryberg

Stephanie Fryberg, PhD

Associate Professor, University of Washington

 Stephanie Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes, accepted a joint appointment as Associate Professor in American Indian Studies and Psychology at the University of Washington. She previously served as an Associate Professor of Psychology and affiliate faculty member in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, and as the Director of Cultural Competency, Learning Improvement and Tulalip Community Development for the Marysville School District in Marysville, Wash. Her primary research interests focus on how social representation of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, and educational attainment. In 2011, Ms. Fryberg testified before the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on the topic of “Stolen Identities: The impact of racist stereotypes on Indigenous people.” She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Social Psychology from Stanford University, where in 2011 she was inducted into its Multicultural Hall of Fame.

Brad Galvin

Brad Galvin, LMHC, CDP, NCGC-I

Lummi Nation

Brad Galvin has more than a decade of experience working in the chemical dependency, mental health, and problem gambling fields. During this time, Brad has served in multiple capacities within tribal behavioral health programs, including managerial and direct service roles He helped to develop the Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling’s Responsible Gaming Certification Program, researching and authoring the policies and procedures manual and training modules to help ensure that potential gambling-related harm to casino employees and patrons are minimized. Brad currently runs the responsible gambling treatment program at Lummi Nation.

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Lorraine Glover, LICSW, LMHC

Ms. Glover has worked as a clinical social worker for forty years. Her training and experience as a play therapist with children, as well as her work with adult and geriatric populations in diverse settings, such as nursing homes, hospitals, clinics, schools, and in private practice, contributes to knowledge of the lifespan that benefits her clients, patients, and staff. Since 1978, she has worked with Native populations, including eight years for the Lummi, Nooksack, Upper Skagit, and Swinomish Tribes. For the last twenty years, Lori has been employed by the Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center, a co-occurring outpatient treatment facility, as the Senior Mental Health Counselor and supervisor. Her clinical interest is in the effects of chronic trauma on the individual.

Floyd Guthrie

 Floyd Guthrie

White Raven Center

(Tsimshian, Tlingit, and Haida) is a graduate of the University of Washington, a Vietnam veteran, and a leader and role model in the Alaska Native sobriety movement. His exceptional work with children, youth, and families has earned him a superior reputation as a gifted therapist, and a past appointment to the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet.

With more than 35 years of experience in the health care fields, Floyd has proven himself to be one of the most advanced therapeutic practitioners in Alaska, and perhaps the nation, for treating trauma and PTSD. He has studied Native American, Western, and Eastern treatment modalities, and blends all three to meet the needs of his clientele. Mr. Guthrie is also a traditional artist, singer, and dancer who lives by the spiritual teachings of his ancestors.

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William “Ted” Hartwell, MA

Mr. Hartwell has a Masters degree in Anthropology from Texas Tech University, with an emphasis in Archaeology. He has served on the research faculty of the Desert Research Institute of the Nevada System of Higher Education since 1991. His previous tribal interaction includes cultural resource consultations and fieldwork with representatives of the 17 Western Shoshone and Southern Paiute tribes that have some cultural affiliation with the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), the area where the United States tested nuclear weapons for four decades. Additionally, he runs a network of radiation monitoring stations in communities around the NNSS that involves the public directly in the process of monitoring for radiation in the environment, which includes some tribal involvement.

Mr. Hartwell is a disordered gambler in long-term recovery, and he serves in an advocacy position for the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling, promoting awareness, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling. He has served on the Nevada State Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling since 2012, and he was the 2014 recipient of the Nevada Council’s Shannon L. Bybee Award. He is currently engaged in research and outreach on the effects of problem gambling in Nevada tribal communities.

Mr. Hartwell lives in Las Vegas, Nevada with his 9-year old daughter and a cat, and in his spare time is a professional cellist with the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth

Arianna Johnny-Wadsworth

Northwest Indian Treatment Center

As a proud daughter of the Quw’ustun’ people, Arianna is working to uphold the traditional knowledge of her ancestors by passing it on to the next generation. Ms. Johnny-Wadsworth received a Wellness Councilor Certificate and a Life Skills Coach Certificate from the Rhodes Wellness College in Vancouver, BC in 2009. She combines the lessons she has received from her elders with her formal holistic wellness education to create learning experiences accessible to people of all ages. She uses this knowledge to help with ailments plaguing the Native community, including arthritis, eczema, and psoriasis, and teaches others to do the same at workshops at colleges and retirement centers.

David Ledgerwood

David Ledgerwood, PhD

Wayne State University School of Medicine

David Ledgerwood is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Substance Abuse Research Division, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI. He has published several research articles on problem gambling focusing on co-occurring psychopathology, impulse control and executive function, treatment outreach, and treatment effectiveness. He is also a paneled provider of problem gambling treatment services in the State of Michigan through HMSA and President of the Michigan Association on Problem Gambling.

 Don Ramos

Don Ramos, NCGC-I

Don Ramos is a member of the Comanche Nation and the Assistant Director of the Comanche Nation Prevention and Recovery Center (CNPRC). Mr. Ramos has worked in the field of recovery for 18 years, and with his tribal substance abuse and prevention program for the last 10 years.

Don and his wife worked with the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board to collect Native-specific data for alcohol and substance abuse as relating to tribal youth; through that data collection process, a new youth movement called I Am Indian Native Drug-free Nations (IAMNDN) was conceived, created, and instituted. The IAMNDN program began a year and a half ago and now boasts an online following of more than 4,000 Native youth. It is through this unique program and using Culture as Prevention that CNPRC hopes to positively impact the negative effects of prescription drug and alcohol abuse that often plagues Native communities.

Marianne Rolland

Marianne Rolland, PhD, LMSW

Director, White Raven Center

Marianne Rolland is the director and a practitioner at the White Raven Center, which she founded in rural Alaska in 1997. Dr. Rolland’s history of living and working in Alaska Native villages over a 24-year period generated a passion within her for helping to improve the quality of life for all human beings and inspired the development of the White Raven Center, which offers mental, emotional, and spiritual healing services. She draws upon methodologies from across a variety of disciplines including social work, regression therapy, energy medicine, traditional Western therapy, and both Indigenous and Eastern practices.

Dr. Rolland holds advanced degrees from the University of Washington School of Social Work, and is a long-time student of traditional healing practices and ceremonies (Lakota and Yupik) and other American Indian and Alaska Native teachings. She is a former faculty member with the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work. She has traveled, lectured, and taught internationally, and has published numerous articles on the topic of health and healing in Native American communities.

Kody Russell

Kody Russell, MSW

Project Director, Kitsap Strong

Kody Russell is the Project Director for Kitsap Strong and one of only 25 Washington State ACE Interface certified NEAR (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACEs, and Resiliency) Master Trainer/Coaches. Kody has more than ten years of experience working with children and families in the child welfare system who have experience significant trauma and struggled with a myriad of associated social and health problems. Kody received his Bachelors degree in Psychology from Seattle University in 2004 and a Masters in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 2014.

Sarah Sense-Wilson

Sarah Sense-Wilson, CDP, LMHC, NCGC-I, WSCGC-II

Tulalip Family Services

Sarah Sense-Wilson (Oglala, Sioux) is currently employed with Tulalip Tribes Behavioral Wellness Problem Gambling Program as the Problem Gambling Coordinator.

She is a Washington State Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Chemical Dependency Professional, and Washington State Gambling Certified Counselor-II. Ms. Sense-Wilson has been in the chemical dependency field for over 14 years and has served as a problem gambling counselor for more than 5 years. She has worked in both urban and tribal settings professionally and as a volunteer for countless years. Ms. Sense-Wilson is co-founder of the Intertribal Problem Gambling Providers Coalition, and co-founder and elected Chair for the Urban Native Education Alliance, a 501(c)3 Native-based volunteer organization.

Robin Sigo

Robin Sigo, MSW

 Robin Little Wing Sigo, a Suquamish tribal member, is a graduate of the MSW program in the School of Social Work, University of Washington. Ms. Sigo has worked for 18 years in Indian Country, focusing on behavioral health counseling, administration, and research. She was recently re-elected to the Suquamish Tribal Council, and has focused her political career on addressing mental health parity, poverty alleviation, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and community engagement on tribal, county, state, and federal lands.

 Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith, LPC, LADC, NCGC-II

CEO, RISE Center for Recovery

Sydney Smith is a PhD candidate and the CEO of RISE Center for Recovery. She currently holds licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC), and Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor (NCGC-II). Devoting 15 years to the counseling field, she has spent the majority of her career working with co-occurring disorders as a substance abuse and gambling addiction therapist practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ms. Smith trained under Joanna Franklin, and her expertise resides in the treatment of problem gamblers and their families. Sydney is passionate about the treatment and recovery of problem gamblers and their family members; she is currently active in clinical practice, and will also be opening a Residential Gambling Treatment Center in Las Vegas, NV at the end of 2016.