The Closing Ceremony of the National Conference provides an
opportunity to recognize and thank outgoing members of the AISES Board
of Directors, and to welcome incoming members. This year, Rick Stephens
completed his term as chair, having served two consecutive terms on the
board as well as having served as a member of the Executive Committee
and on the board of AISES Publishing. He provided invaluable leadership
to AISES over the course of several critical years in the organization’s
history, and CEO Sarah EchoHawk expressed appreciation to him for his
generosity and service on behalf of the entire AISES family. Another
retiring member who provided invaluable support and leadership is Bill
Black, who was responsible for providing a grant to AISES to produce its
two public service announcements, as well as pro bono airtime to help
bring more visibility to AISES. Over his six years on the board, Dr.
John Herrington was unfailingly generous with his time, stepping up as a
vigorous advocate for AISES and STEM education and bringing increased
visibility to the organization and its mission.
Bringing their own fresh energy and enthusiasm to the board are the
following new members and re-elected board member Michael Laverdure:
DEANNA BURGART, Fond du Lac First Nation,
Saskatchewan, Canada, brings more than 20 years of experience in
providing solutions in the energy industry in Canada, as well as her
talent as a speaker, trainer, and mentor, to her position on the board.
ANDREA DELGADO-OLSON, Ione Band of Miwok Indians,
switched careers after 17 years as a teacher to do computer science
outreach in Native communities. She is founder and chair of Native
American Women in Computing and program manager for Systers and GHC
Communities at AnitaB.org.
JODI DILASCIO has more than three decades of
experience in the gaming industry and serves on the boards of the
National Indian Gaming Association and the Tribal Gaming Protection
Network. She leads the team at BMM Testlabs that supports tribal
regulators and operators and helps ensure the integrity of their games.
WILLIAM TIGER, Miccosukee Indians of Florida,
retired this year from General Motors after a career that took him from
project engineer and assembly superintendent to engineering manager,
assistant plant manager, and plant manager.