Board of Directors:
LL.M., J.D., President
Terry played on the Washington State University varsity basketball team from 1977-1980 and is very active in local organizations serving on the Boards of Directors of Holy Family Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, Spokane Country Club, Spokane Athletic Club, Gonzaga Preparatory School, Spokane Hoopfest Association and Eastern Washington University Foundation.
B.Ed., Kalispel Tribe of Indians
In 2000, when the Kalispel Tribe of Indians opened the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights, Phil was employed there, first as a Tribal Gaming Inspector, then as a Supervisor, and eventually as Executive Director of the Kalispel Tribal Gaming Agency.
In 2002 Phil attended the Indian Police Academy at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. His classmates selected him to give the graduation speech, and he received the Director’s Award as the cadet who most exemplified what a Federal Officer should be. Phil is still listed as a reserve officer with the Kalispel Tribe.
Eventually moving into the operations division at the resort, Phil was promoted to Assistant General Manager and in December 2010 was named General Manager of Northern Quest Resort and Casino. In that position, he has overall responsibility for leading the operations of Northern Quest’s 250-room hotel, its world-class casino, its top-flight entertainment, its 14 restaurants and lounges, and it’s more than 1,700 employees.
LL.M., J.D., Moravian of the Thames Band, Delaware Nation:
Lisa Koop is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the WSBA Indian Law Section and the Northwest Indian Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for Western Washington, Washington State Courts, Tulalip Tribal Courts, and Quinault Tribal Court.
In addition, Lisa Koop was a member of the Canadian Basketball National Team and played professional basketball in Spain. She’s also been playing on the Native American Basketball circuit since she was 18 years old.
B.S., Klamath, Siletz, N. Cheyenne
bio coming soon.
PhD., Confederated Tribes of the Colvile Reservation
Prior to her human services leadership efforts, Dr. Whelshula, an educator by training and passion, was appointed by the Washington State Governor to the Washington State P-20 Council and was confirmed by the state Senate as a Trustee for Evergreen State College to serve students from diverse cultural communities.
B.S., MBA, Muscogee Creek Nation
Bethany Huston is one of the founding board members of the Rise Above Organization. Based out of Denver, Colorado, Beth played collegiate basketball with Jaci (McCormack) at Illinois State University. While at Illinois State and the years to follow, Beth and Jaci formed a bond and friendship that has propelled them into the partnership they have today and the mission and passion they both share for the Rise Above Organization. As a Muscogee (Creek) native, Beth has a passion for giving back to the Native Youth to help provide them with guidance and a vision for what is truly possible in their lives. Through sports and partnering with local tribes, Beth hopes to continue to inspire the youth to challenge themselves to achieve more and dream bigger to make a difference in this world. She can light up any room and gymnasium with enthusiasm and her contagious positivity, and is looking forward to making a positive impact in our youth's lives.