Board of Directors

MICHELLE KULHANEK

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Michele is the Director of Safety and Quality for Maternal Infant Health at Washington State Hospital Association. In this role she is responsible for creating, leading, implementing, and achieving results to improve maternal and infant outcomes for all of Washington State’s birthing hospitals. As a labor and delivery nurse, Michele has worked as a staff nurse, assistant nurse manger, and perinatal educator in a community hospital, as well as in an academic hospital providing care to high risk antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum patients. Michele maintains certification in In-Patient Obstetrics, Electronic Fetal Monitoring, and provides clinical instruction at the University of Washington, School of Nursing’s BSN program. Michele is highly involved in AWHONN at the state level as Washington AWHONN’s Secretary Treasurer, Electronic Fetal Monitoring Instructor, and at the National level serving on the National Membership Committee. Michele speaks on perinatal loss, trauma informed care and human trafficking awareness to nurses across the nation.

DEBORAH JOAN GUERRERO

VICE CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Deborah Joan Guerrero, aka: “Uncle Debbie” (There’s a story to this name) is an enrolled Tlingit/Filipino tribal member through Sealaska in Juneau Alaska. This is her paternal side. On her maternal side she is Snohomish, Cowlitz, French Canadian, Irish and German. Her Tlingit name is GunSeek-which means Last of the Royal Princesses. She has worked as a Social Worker in Indian Child Welfare since 2000. She has worked within three local Tribes and has built relationships throughout Indian Country as a Spiritual advisor and mentor to many in need. She has worked as a political activist and Native community activist for many years. She is compassionate about sharing her life experiences with all women to uplift and empower them in several women’s circles. Since 2015 she has served to offer cultural traditions to Native Women Veterans who suffer with PTSD. As an organizer of Turtle Women Rising in 2007, she has shared her prayers, and songs across the country, as an honored drum keeper for Kiya’s (Grandmother’s )Heartbeat; a drum she has driven from Seattle to Washington DC (twice) to drum for 24 hours a day in a Stand For Peace, with the Veteran’s For Peace, and the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. She has been working within MMIW/P circles, and is honored to serve in any way to address this Human Trafficking cause. She is a Seattle Seahawk—Hawkaholic–fan, a devoted Grandmother, Mother, Sister, Aunt, and walks her life knowing that Every Woman/Sister is her Mirror, and She is theirs.

LIVIA MILLARD

BOARD SECRETARY

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.

JULIE WATTS

BOARD TREASURER

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.

BETSY TULEE

BOARD MEMBER

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

BOARD MEMBER

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 GEORGE

BOARD MEMBER

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.

 
 

BRIAN FRISINA

BOARD MEMBER

Brian Frisina is a part of a state leadership team that works towards building new relationships and straightening existing relationships with their tribal nations as partners across the state of Washington. Brian comes to us with a Master’s degree in Tribal Governance from Evergreen State College and nearly 20 years working in state government. His work has focused on supporting information needs through research and effective communication. Brian has a depth of experience working with many diverse communities concentrating on “Tribal Nations”. Over the years, he has been a driving force in both his community, and the workplace promoting diversity, equality, equitability and inclusion related to all Tribal Nations especially those Nations that allow him to live in their home territories. Brian lives in Lacey Washington with his two kids, his daughter, and his son.

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