Floyd O. Beller, Chickasaw, is President and Chief Executive Officer for the Alliance for Education and Community Development, Inc. He earned his undergraduate and graduates degrees from Oklahoma Central University and the University of Oklahoma and his teaching, counseling, and administration credentials from the University of California, Santa Barbara and California State University, Northridge, California.
His experience in education in Oklahoma and California is as follows: classroom teacher, vice-principal, principal, counselor, Coordinator of Ventura County Indian Education Consortium, Research Associate with West Ed, an Educational Laboratory in San Francisco and Los Alamitos, California where he worked with the Language and Cultural Diversity Program and the Northern California Comprehensive Assistance Center. Served as the Curriculum Coordinator for the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools on the Chemehuevi Indian Reservation in Havasu Lake California. Consultant for the U. S. Department of Education with the Office of Indian Education and the Trio Programs and was the former President of the Santa Barbara American Indian Urban Health Board of Directors.
He is now identifying and developing programs which will assist teachers, counselors, administrators, coaches, Para Educators who work with American Indian and Alaska Native Students in Indian Country. This corporation will follow President Obama’s Educational Plan and will be accountable for success.
Senator Albert A. Hale, Navajo, has a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973) and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University Of New Mexico School Of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977). He is also the former President of the Navajo Nation served as the President from 1995 to 1998. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the Navajo Nation and special counsel to the Navajo Nation Council. Senator Hale is also the former President of the Navajo Nation Bar Association. Senator Hale is the former Chairman of the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission and is now in private law practice with offices located in St. Michaels, Arizona. He represents Navajo and non-Navajo clients in federal, state and various tribal courts and is a member of the New Mexico State Bar Association and the Navajo Nation Bar Association.
Senator Hale has been practicing law for over 27 years, mostly in private practice. His law practice concentrates on representing businesses on Indian Nations.On January 20, 2004 Senator Hale was appointed to the Arizona State Senate to fill the District 2 Senate seat vacated by Senator Jack Jackson, Sr. Senator Hale was elected to the Arizona State Senate in November, 2004. Committees Senator Hale serves on are: Appropriations; Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare; Judiciary; and Rules.
R. James “RJ” Peterson is an Oglala Sioux of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Beginning in 1981, RJ became a member of the Ventura Unified School District’s Indian Education Parent Committee, serving as Chairperson. RJ attended Woodbury University in 1973 earning a Bachelor of Science degree, and Ventura College of Law in 1998 where he received his Juris Doctor degree.
RJ was one of the founding members of the Native America Indian Inter-Tribal Association of Ventura County, Inc. (NAITAV); he assisted in preparing the grant for the California Indian Education Center of Ventura County (CIEC); he assisted Floyd Beller in the founding and incorporation of the Alliance for Education and Community Development, Inc. (AECD); and he was one of the initial presenters in AECD’s acclaimed “Reading First” seminars, and was instrumental in organizing the initial Annual Conference.
Marian Holstein, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, has an Associate of Arts Degree in Administration of Justice from Hartnell College in Salinas, California and extensive college courses in various disciplines. She also has 28 years of experience in working with local, state, federal, and tribal governments. As a Monterey County Deputy Sheriff, she was the first female Native American Deputy Sheriff in the state of California in 1979.
After returning home to the Winnebago Reservation, she became the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska’s Head Start and Education Director. The holistic nature of the Head Start Program served as a catalyst for Ms. Holstein to sustain change in the education of Native American children at the local, state and national levels.
Ms. Holstein was a member of the Nebraska Indian Education Association Executive Board, and hosted the 1991 National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Convention in Omaha. As a member of both the National Indian Head Start Director’s Association Board and the NIEA Board of Directors, she was able to serve as a link between the two and established a partnership that culminated in the Indian Specific amendments of the 1994 Head Start Reauthorization.
Ms. Holstein is now the sole proprietor of First Nations Head Start, a consulting company providing training and technical assistance in all areas of the Head Start Program. In 1990, Ms. Holstein received the Winona Sample National Health Award and since the passing of Winona Sample, Ms. Holstein will be taking Winona’s seat on the AECD Board.
Robert K. Chiago, Navajo, earned a Bachelors Degree from Arizona State University in 1965 and joined the United States Marine Corps during the same year, completed Officer Candidate School and The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia and became an Infantry Officer attaining the rank of captain while in Vietnam. He earned a masters degree from Northern Illinois University in 1970 and while at the University of Utah completed several years of course work toward a doctorate.
Robert or “Bob” is currently known as an independent consultant. He has been a Presidential appointee on three different occasions to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education. He began directing Indian education programs in 1970. Positions that he has held include Associate Director of the American Indian Culture Center at UCLA; the first and original Director of the Ramah Navajo School Board in New Mexico (now called Pine Hills School); the first and original Director of the Navajo Division of Education; Director of Native American Studies and Director of the Indian Education Program at the University of Utah; Special Assistant to the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Navajo Tribal Council; Chief of Intergovernmental Operations for the Department of Economic Security, State of Arizona; Director of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Department of Education, Executive Director of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, Community Manager of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Grant Program Manager of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and BIA Education Line Officer for Fort Apache and Pima Agencies. Bob has held faculty appointments at the University of Utah, Scottsdale Community College and Arizona State University.
Wilfred Numkena M. Ed., Hopi, has had tremendous experience in the areas of Teaching, Administration, Technical Assistance, Indian Tribal Administration, Tribal, Public , Executive Director of the State of Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Chief of Staff, Office of the Chairman of the Hopi Tribe, and Director of Indian Education at the Utah State Office of Indian Education.
Wil brings a depth of educational knowledge from pre-school to college to this educational corporation.
Linda L. Baldwin Ed. D., Brothertown, comes to the Board of Directors with outstanding professional experience in education. She has been an Elementary, Middle School, High School, private public, BIA School and University Level Home Economics, and Social Studies teacher, a Director of an American Indian Education Department, Executive Director and Founder of the American Indian Education Center in Santa Clara, California, an adjunct Faculty Member of the National Hispanic University, Coordinator of Healthy Start, and is currently with the Educational System Planning Corporation as an Educational Consultant. Linda is also a grants writer for various state and federal grants in the state of California.