Meet the NIEA Board of Directors

GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS

Robin Butterfield

Robin Butterfield
Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, Chippewa
President

Robin Butterfield (Winnebago/Chippewa) has over 45 years of experience in Native education. She has been a teacher; a district administrator; worked in several Indian education offices and regional educational technical assistance centers in the Northwest; and the BIA. Retired from the NEA, she is currently writing for the National Indian Parent Center (NAPTAC) which supports Special Education Centers. She is a proud parent of three children; all graduated from the University of Oregon.

Marita Hinds

Marita Hinds
Tesuque Pueblo
President-Elect

Marita Hinds is a member of Tesuque Pueblo and a mother of two adult daughters. She comes from a family of artists, and grew up with parents who strongly encouraged higher education. She is a very active member in her tribal community. She has a degree in Museum Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History. She worked in higher education at the Institute of American Indian Arts for a cumulative period of 18 years. She currently works at her Pueblo’s Tribal Grant school, Te Tsu Geh Oweenge School. She sits on various advisory committee’s in the Santa Fe community and does consulting work.

Michael Vendiola

Michael Vendiola
Swinomish/Lummi/Visayan
Vice President

Michael Vendiola (Swinomish/Lummi/Visayan) is the Program Supervisor for the Office of Native Education (ONE) at the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. ONE oversees the implementation of the Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State curriculum, the State’s State-Tribal Education Compact schools (STECs), and provides consultation and support to Tribal and Indian Education programs across the state. Vendiola served previously as the Swinomish Communications director, a coordinator/activities adviser at Western Washington University, and the director of student activities at Northwest Indian College, totaling over 20 years in education. He earned a master’s degree in adult education administration from Western Washington University, and also earned his bachelor’s in American Cultural Studies from Western Washington.

Sylvia Hussey

Dr. Sylvia Hussey
Native Hawaiian
Treasurer

Since 2014, Dr. Sylvia Hussey has overseen the design and implementation of the Council’s strategic plan including its research, assessment, evaluation and data strategies, in fulfillment of the Native Hawaiian Education Council’s statutory responsibilities. Previously, Sylvia spent 12 years at Kamehameha Schools with operating responsibilities and oversight of the admissions, financial aid, scholarship, ancestry verification, community resources, education and information technology, human resources and project management functions. Sylvia received her Doctorate of Education in Professional Educational Practice and Master of Education from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa; earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Brigham Young University–Hawai’i.

Lori Quigley

Dr. Lori Quigley
Seneca Nation of Indians
Secretary

Lori Quigley is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Medaille College in Buffalo, NY, is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, wolf clan, and has a Ph.D. in Language, Learning and Literacy. Lori received a Presidential appointment (2004) to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, serving as Chair until 2010, was advisor on the documentary, Unseen Tears: The Impact of Native American Residential Boarding Schools (2009), and has received awards for her contributions to the Native communities in WNY. Lori helps communities maintain their indigenous languages, and chaired the 13th Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium, and publishes/presents research on indigenous languages, multicultural trauma, and indigenous women’s leadership roles.

Fredina Drye-Romero

Fredina Drye-Romero
Kaibab Band of Paiute
General Board Member

An enrolled member of the Kaibab Band of Paiute and a descendent of the Moapa Band of Paiute, she holds a BA from Haskell Indian Nations University and a MS from the University of Kansas. At the Nevada Department of Education, she serves as the Education Programs Professional for Indian Education. She serves on the Haskell Foundation Board; Indian Education Advisory Board and Region IX Equity Assistance Center Advisory Board at WestEd; and the Indian Education Advisory Committee for Nevada.

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Samantha Eldridge
Navajo Nation
General Board Member

Samantha Eldridge is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. She received a Bachelors of Science in Sociology and a Masters of Public Administration and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Utah. Her research examines the historical and institutional structures that create inequitable policies, practices and barriers that impede the success of Native American communities; specifically matters of public administration, representation and governance.

Darrick Franklin

Darrick Franklin
Diné
General Board Member

Mr. Darrick Franklin is from the Diné (Navajo) tribe from Twin Lakes, New Mexico.  He graduated from Tohatchi High School in Tohatchi, New Mexico.  He earned is Bachelors of Science degree from Northern Arizona University (NAU) in Flagstaff, Arizona and minored in Navajo.  Mr. Franklin also attended San Diego State University and earned a Master’s of Science degree in Education, Specialization in School Counseling.

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Dr. Renée Holt
Dine/Nimiipuu
General Board Member

dr. renée holt, is Dine enrolled Nimiipuu and works at the Washington State University as a project director and clinical faculty in teacher education on her traditional homelands. A mother of 3, her area of research foci centers Indigenous knowledge systems, reclaiming languages, and decolonizing education through Indigenous research and ancestral ways of knowing. As a project director, she oversees the Titooqan Cuukweneewit project working closely with Indigenous pre and in-service teachers, principal candidates, tribal nations, allied faculty, and higher ed and state administrators using culturally sustaining and revitalizing pedagogies in eastern WA public schools. 

Brian Jackson

Brian Jackson
Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
General Board Member

Brian Jackson is an enrolled member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. A veteran of the Army National Guard, he currently works as the Behavioral Health Director on the Cultural Connections team at the Lac Du Flambeau Public School. Brian is the President of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and has been a member of the Board since 2005. With inspiration from his wife and five children, Brian believes that you need to teach in a manner that respects and cares for the strong identity of our students and families. Brian is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program on Indigenous Education, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Minnesota.