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Julie is the deputy director of the Washington State Budget and Policy Institute based in Olympia, WA. She works to strengthen relationships with legislative partners and to advocate for our policy priorities. She was previously deputy director of the Budget & Policy Center and a lecturer at the University of Washington School of Social Work, teaching courses in poverty and inequality, public policy, and community and organizational change. Her experience also includes serving as lead public policy staff for the Statewide Poverty Action Network and the Washington Association of Churches (now the Faith Action Network), where she led statewide campaigns to address poverty and inequality and to advocate for a progressive state tax structure. Julie holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Washington. Julie enjoys spending time with her husband Joel and daughter Zula and tending to various things that grow in her backyard, including veggies, roses, and chickens.
Livia Millard is a faculty member and Wenatchee Valley College at Omak (WVCO) Multicultural Coordinator and Academic Advisor. Livia coordinates events and empowers students to be successful towards their academic goals. Livia has been working at WVCO since 1994. Born and raised in the Omak area and on the Colville Indian Reservation, she descends from the Umatilla and Colville tribes. As a first generation college student, Livia understands community needs. Livia is an advocate towards a better world in climate change, sustainable living, eliminating human trafficking, and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. Livia received her Bachelors of Education from Eastern Washington University and a Master’s in Education from Gonzaga University. Livia resides in Omak, Washington and her hobbies are gardening, working on her farm, community organizing and spending time with her family.
Tang Cheam serves as Director of Information and Technology for the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. He has over 25 years experience in the technology field specializing in building simple systems-based approaches that solve real-world problems. During his time with NIWRC, his contributions include working to help establish the StrongHearts Native Helpline and the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center. Prior to NIWRC, Tang worked as Technology Director for the Clan Star Institute, the first technical assistance provider for the Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. He has also served as Systems Administrator, Technology Director, and General Manager for LCNW, a family owned manufacturing business located in Auburn, Washington. Mr. Cheam received his BA from Washington State University and an MA from the University of Washington, Tacoma. His graduate work centered on how one community’s adaptation of a cultural practice is used to strengthen participants’ sense of cultural identity. Tang is married and the proud father of two strong women, who serve as the inspiration behind his commitment to nurturing a society that honors women.
Betsy Tulee began her social work career in 1988 at United Indians of All Tribes Foundation as a case manager, foster home licensor and community advocate, serving the American Indian/Alaskan Native population in the Puget Sound area. She began her work at DSHS in 1992 as a CPS Social Worker in the Native American Unit in Seattle. After working in CPS for five years, Betsy served in various capacities for DSHS including as a Children’s Administration Academy Trainer, a Social Work Supervisor and as an Indian Child Welfare Program Manager. Betsy began working for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in 2013 as a Project Manager and also a case manager for Muckleshoot children under the jurisdiction of State agencies. On October 1, 2020 Betsy began serving as the Practice Consultant and Tribal Liaison for DCYF, Region 3. Betsy is an enrolled member of Makah Nation and most importantly, she is a grandmother of four granddaughters and mother of three daughters.
Cathy Adams-Bomar served as the regional administrator for the Administration for Children and Families Region X, before retiring in 2016. The region is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington state. In this capacity, she oversees the high-priority human services initiatives of the agency, administrative leadership and support for ACF Seattle staff, and human service emergency planning, preparedness and response. Cathy Adams-Bomar is a US Navy veteran, and worked as a civilian for the Department of the Navy for over 25 years. Her career included leadership roles in domestic violence prevention and intervention, family advocacy, child counseling and human services management. She has supervised large teams and managed a broad range of social service programs, including family advocacy, sexual assault prevention and response, new parent support, inter-cultural relations and crisis response, serving thousands of U.S. military members and their families. She has spent more than fifteen years providing services overseas, and has a deep respect for cultural traditions. Adams-Bomar holds a bachelor’s in sociology and a masters in social work. While a graduate student, she was involved in developing screening tools and program materials for the Department of Defense Demonstration Program that continues today as the New Parent Support Program, providing home visitation services to military families throughout the world. Adams-Bomar previously held numerous positions as a civilian employee for the U.S. Navy having served in many capacities worldwide including leadership roles in Spain, Japan and the U.S. Northwest region. She has three grown children, two grandsons, and a granddaughter.
Meera is a lawyer, licensed with the states of Washington and Texas, and currently working as the Assistant Director of Contracts and Chief Compliance Officer for the Washington State Hospital Association. She is responsible for the management of the association’s contracts and its compliance to state and federal grants, contracts, and regulations. Meera has a background in public interest health law with a focus on mental health, HIV, public benefits and estate planning. She has provided training on end of life care, Business Ethics, and contract development and management. She also volunteers as a Seattle Public Library Homework Helper, tutoring low income, kindergarten-12th grade students.