Gerald J “Walishkii” Danzuka Jr. – Board President
Mr. Danzuka was born and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. Growing up with the cattle herd, he then received an Associate of Arts in 1981 in Liberal Arts. Since then, he has focused his education on Business/Accounting. Gerald became a Tribal Court Lay Advocate and subsequently Tribal Court Lay Trial Court Judge and eventually as Tribal Court Appellate Court Judge. More recently, Gerald has filled positions including Small Business Development Counselor to assist aspiring and existing businesses either start or expand their businesses.
In addition to serving on the Tananawit Board, he is a Life Member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Warm (VFW) and past President and Charter member of the Warm Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (WSACC).
Gerald enjoys working with people of all ages and is especially delighted when a person has an eye-opening experience about their own skills and capabilities surrounding seemingly insurmountable challenges in their life. He also shares his knowledge and is lifelong learner of tribal languages.
Shayleen Macy EagleSpeaker – Board Vice-President
Shayleen Macy EagleSpeaker is a Wasco member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Shayleen is interested in community development, tribal languages, education and culture. Shhe has a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking, 2014 from the University of Oregon and is currently a graduate student at the University of Oregon studying linguistics, language teaching, and nonprofit management. Her artwork includes printmaking, painting and drawing, and traditional Native American artwork of the Wasco-Wishram and Columbia River Plateau cultures. In addition to serving on the Tananawit board, she is a member of the Warm Springs Community Action Team board.
Tamera Moody – Board Treasurer
Tamera Moody is a Tribal Member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. She was raised on the northern part of the reservation and, like many of the children of the small family-based community, she spent her time and grew to love the outdoors. As a child she began learning the basics from her family: to draw, bead, gather traditional foods, and most important, take care of the land. Today she incorporates her family’s teachings into her artwork. In 2015, she received Honorable Mention for her beaded belt buckle featured at The Museum at Warm Springs. She primarily creates beadwork, jewelry, woven baskets, and traditional and contemporary regalia. Tamera’s work also includes drawings in pencil, ink, mixed media, and acrylic paintings. Tamera in a staff member at The Museum at Warm Springs and currently serves as Treasurer for Tananawit.
Tamera Calhoun-Coffee – Board Member
Tamera is a Warm Springs Tribal Member; she is also half Eastern Band Cherokee. She is an artist in beadwork and sewing. Tamera joined the board because she wanted to be part of something positive in the community, but also because she wanted to support the traditional way of life while giving a voice to those that don’t like to be on the logistical side of things. This was inspired by her mother, an elder artist, who wanted opportunities to sell her work and supplement her income without the extra strain of coordinating her own events.
Marjorie ‘Marge’ Kalama – Board Member
Marge was born in Prineville, graduated from Sandy High School, and attended Vocation Business in British Columbia before returning to Warm Springs to work at the KWSO radio station. She was introduced to beadwork by her mom, who would pull out heirlooms; this spawned her beading skills. She has been practicing beadwork since high school and began making regalia in the 1990’s.
She has been involved in the development of Tananawit since December 2013, when Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) began a training called “Made at the Kitchen Table” to help small business owners learn about marketing. She then became involved in the IDA program and, with the help of WSCAT, learned about developing a business plan.
For Marge, joining the Tananawit board is a step towards a greater vision experienced during the Celilo Falls trading tradition. She felt the resurgence for the families who depend on the income generated by their talent to “get-by” or supplement income. Time has tested the talents of the people, but support and continued development in all marketing areas will be realized as Tananawit grows.
Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) – Board Secretary
Since WSCAT has been an integral part of the development of Tananáwit, they currently serve as a board liaison and secretary. In this position, the WSCAT executive director can ask any WSCAT staff to serve in the position. Currently, the position is being filled by Leah Guliasi.