Robert Brave Heart Sr., executive vice president
Bob has dedicated more than 25 years to educating the children of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. At Red Cloud, he has served many capacities, including as a charismatic leader in the classroom and as a coach on the court, a dedicated principal, an understanding and compassionate director of spiritual formation, and as superintendent. Bob is committed to continue to provide a quality education for the students of Red Cloud and he is focused on increasing the number of Native American teachers. In addition to his roles at Red Cloud, he has been the president of the Big Foot Athletic Conference (1990-1993), a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (1993-2001), Red Cloud High School's representative to the Lakota Nation Invitational board, and is a member of the Gray Eagle Society.
Angie Eagle Bull, vice president for finance
Angie grew up on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and comes from a long line of family members who have attended school and worked at Red Cloud Indian School. After graduating from Red Cloud in 1979, she attended New Mexico State University for one year before enrolling in Oglala Lakota College back home. She graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1994. Before accepting her current role, she was a major gift officer and director of direct mail operations in the advancement office.
Jane Farrell, general counsel
Jane has served as Red Cloud's chief legal counsel for several years, a service she has provided while also leading direct mail operations in the advancement office. Helping Red Cloud was a practice begun by her father, the late attorney Martin Farrell. Since 1950, the elder Farrell handled all the school system's legal work pro bono through his firm in Hot Springs, South Dakota, 60 miles to the north. When Jane joined her father's practice in 1981 she, like her father, gave freely of her services. Jane joined the staff of Red Cloud full-time in 2000.
Ted Hamilton, superintendent of schools
Ted has worked in Indian education for over 25 years, since he took on the job of Oglala Lakota College archivist in 1986. He worked at the college for eight years, primarily in the position of library director. During his tenure, he wrote over $1,000,000 in grants for the institution, presented testimony to the US Senate describing the need for more funds for tribal libraries, created the first dial-access CD-ROM network in South Dakota, and worked to acquire funds to build the first public library for the reservation. After leaving OLC, Hamilton continued work in tribal schools, including stints at Little Wound School and in the Todd County (Rosebud) School District. He then worked for ten years as Executive Director of the Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium, which serves 23 schools and tribal colleges on eight South Dakota reservations. Most recently, Hamilton has been the Superintendent of Tiospa Zina Tribal School in Sisseton, South Dakota. He has been concurrently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Administration through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Fr. Peter Klink, S.J., interim pastoral coordinator and chaplin of Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School
Father Peter Klink, S.J. first came to Red Cloud Indian School in 1975, to teach in the high school as part of his training in the Society of Jesus, the “Jesuits.” He taught at Red Cloud until 1978, when he left to continue his studies and be ordained in 1981. Since then, Fr. Peter has served the ministries at Red Cloud in a number of capacities, including serving a total of 18 years as president of the organization. While ministering as a priest on the Reservation during those years, he has also served as Superior of the Holy Rosary Jesuit Community, Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary, Superintendent of Schools, and as Director of Development.
Father Peter currently serves as Interim Pastoral Coordinator, School/Parish Chaplain at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary and as Pastor at Christ the King Church in Porcupine. He also serves as Acting Pastor at St. Agnes Church in Manderson. What delights Fr. Peter in his ministry today is the fact that, in some instances, he now is getting to know the grandchildren of students whom he taught in the mid-1970’s. “To work together with the families in both nurturing hope and living the deep human values of faith is exciting. It invites us to be the strong and capable people our Creator invites us all to be.”
Jill Marshall, senior advisor for strategy & operations
Jill Marshall, Senior Advisor for Strategy and Operations, works closely with Red Cloud’s leadership to support the organization’s priorities, and provides communication, financial oversight and planning tools to facilitate execution of programs and activities related to the organization's strategic plan, financial planning, and advancement efforts. Jill works for Red Cloud from her home in Arlington, Virginia, and calls South Dakota her “second home”, having worked for more than half of her career to improve the lives of youth and families across the state. Jill is passionate about her work at Red Cloud because of her commitment to helping nonprofit organizations realize their missions more effectively and her belief that social justice can only be realized through action not rhetoric. Jill began working at Red Cloud in 2008.
Colleen McCarthy, vice president for external affairs
Colleen McCarthy started as a Red Cloud Volunteer in 2003. After teaching social studies and religion, she left for further volunteer work with the Marianists in southern India. Always persuasive, the Jesuits asked Colleen back to serve in the Advancement Office in 2008, filling the roles of Major Gift Officer, Director of Annuities and currently as Vice President for External Affairs. Colleen graduated from the University of Dayton in 2003 with a BFA in Visual Communication Design. She is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio.
Colleen loves when people realize the impact they have made and are excited about that. She says she doesn't know anyone involved with the organization - from teachers to staff to donors to students - who is working for their own personal gain. To be able to see, everyday, people working so hard for someone else or something greater than themselves is a unique opportunity.
Tashina Rama, executive director of advancement
Tashina comes to Red Cloud from New Mexico, where she was the director of financial aid for the New Mexico Higher Education Department, working under New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s administration for three years. Prior to that gubernatorial appointment, she worked in education for several years beginning at the Native American Preparatory School, University of New Mexico, and the liberal arts college St. John’s College in Santa Fe. Tashina holds a bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in native american studies from the University of New Mexico. At Red Cloud since 2009 as the director of student advancement and alumni support before accepting an appointment in 2010 as the director of database management and most recently the executive director of advancement.
Tim Rutledge, director of human resources
Tim joined Red Cloud after more than 30 years of experience in human resources and others areas of management. He has served as city administrator, development and human resources director and rural development advisor for the City of Ainsworth, Nebraska. He earned an associate of science in civil engineering from Southeast Community College and a bachelor of science in human resource management from Bellevue University.
Peter Strong, director of The Heritage Center
Peter came to The Heritage Center in 2005, and has led the world-class Center ever since. Born and raised in Ohio, his interest in museums began at an early age when he volunteered at an area historical home as well as at his hometown museum. He attended Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia , where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history with honors. He then attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he earned a master's degree in American history and applied history with an emphasis on the use of new media such as the presentation of historical information in electronic form. During this time frame he was employed at the Center for History and New Media, as well as completing a four-month internship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Peter has served on the board of the Rapid City Arts Council, which oversees the Dahl Fine Arts Center, and the board of directors for the South Dakotans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to advance the arts in South Dakota through service, education and advocacy.