Board of Directors:

Terry Kelly,
LL.M., J.D., President

Terry Kelly is a well known and respected tax attorney in the northwest with over 25 years of legal experience. Terry joined Lee & Hayes in January of 2010 after many years at the Lukins & Annis law firm where he served in various leadership positions. His legal emphasis is in corporate mergers and acquisitions, real estate transactions and the operation, formation and tax related transactions of tax exempt and educational organizations. Terry also has an extensive estate planning practice.
 
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.

Phil Haugen,
B.Ed., Kalispel Tribe of Indians

After graduating from North Central in 1981, Phil Haugen attended Eastern Washington University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in education. In 1991 he started working at Mary Walker High School in Springdale, Washington. During his nine years at the school, he coached boys football and basketball teams and girls basketball and softball teams. He also served as the Johnson O’Malley Coordinator for Native American Students.
 
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.

Lisa Koop,
LL.M., J.D., Moravian of the Thames Band, Delaware Nation:

Lisa M. Koop, an enrolled member of the Delaware Nation Moravian of the Thames band, and a descendant of the Ojibway Nation, graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2005. She accepted an attorney position with the Tulalip Tribes Office of the Reservation Attorney upon graduation and has served in this position for ten years. The Office of Reservation Attorney serves as chief legal representative and advisor to the Tulalip Board of Directors. Lisa works on all aspects of federal Indian law with special emphasis and responsibility for gaming, casino operations, tribal economic development, commercial leasing, and taxation. Lisa is also a liaison and legal representative to federal, other tribal, state, and local governments on matters of interest to the Tulalip Tribes.
 
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.

Joe Law,
B.S., Klamath, Siletz, N. Cheyenne


bio coming soon.



 

Martina Whelshula,
PhD., Confederated Tribes of the Colvile Reservation

As an educational and systems expert, Dr. Martina Whelshula has made significant contributions to the national discourse on transforming approaches to supporting families and children. With over three decades of educational consulting, speaking, and most importantly, real-life, in-the-trenches experience, her view is radically different. Dr. Whelshula appreciates, and shares with professionals and parents alike, that empowering youth who suffer requires a new and innovative paradigm approach. The old conventional approaches have very limited impact. Dr. Whelshula, sometimes referred to as the “Innovator” for her ability to change up the field or for her therapeutic skill that brings out the best in the most disenfranchised teens, is known for her practical, teen-savvy style. Dr. Whelshula has served as Executive Director for an adolescent inpatient treatment facility for seven years. She is a psychotherapist, educator, consultant, pubic speaker, and trainer. Her successes include: National iAward for revolutionary behavioral health care (honorable mention), Washington State Co-Occurring Disorders and Treatment Conference’s Innovative Program of the Year, Potlatch Foundation’s Educational Leadership Award, Washington State Public Health’s 2013 Health Champion for Empowering Healthy Communities, Harvard University Medical School’s online BASIS Editorial Board, and the Spokane Regional 2014 AGORA Business Award for the Large Nonprofit Category.
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.

Bethany Huston,
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.