Board of Directors

Red Cloud Indian School is grateful to our board of directors, who make up men and women from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and around the country who guide our organization forward each and every day.

Officers:

    • President: Fr. George E. Winzenburg, S.J.
    • Chairperson: Gayle Lessert Kocer
    • Vice Chairperson: Fr. John Paul, S.J.
    • Treasurer: Dr. Gloria J. Coats-Kitsopoulos
    • Secretary: Jane Farrell

Gayle Kocer - Chair

Ms. Kocer is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She and her late husband were farmers/ranchers and were active in the National Association of Wheat Growers for many years. Together they co-founded the Martin Area Recovery Center to assist Lakota and non-Native people living in their community. She remarried in 2013 to John "Duke" Schneller. She served a term as mayor of Martin. She is member of the Pastoral and Executive Committees.


Fr. John Paul, S.J. - Vice Chair

Fr. Paul is a former teacher, superintendent of schools, and director (president) at Red Cloud Indian School. He served for many years as the Assistant Provincial as well as Director of Formation for young Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province. He knows Jesuit governance and has an intimate knowledge of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. He previously served on the RCIS Board of Directors from 2007 to 2013. He presently works with Jesuit Mission and Identity at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis. He is a member of the Red Cloud Mission and Identity Committee. 


Dr. Gloria J. Coats-Kitsopoulos - Treasurer

Dr. Coats-Kitsopoulos is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Born on the Pine Ridge Reservation, she graduated from Todd County High School on the Rosebud Reservation and then earned a B.S. in education from the University of South Dakota. She earned a Master’s Degree in Reading from Virginia Commonwealth University, and later earned a second Master’s Degree in Education and a Doctoral Degree (Ed.D.) from the University of South Dakota. She retired from the USA Medical Service Corps with a permanent rank of Lieutenant Colonel with 26 years active duty service. She has two children; her son John is a high school biology teacher and football coach in Frisco Texas and her daughter Kathleen is a Genetic Microbiologist in New York City, and has one grandson Nickolas Kitsopoulos who is 1 1/2 years old. She is currently the superintendent at American Horse School in Allen, SD. She understands education at all levels and knows the needs and strengths of Lakota students. She is a member of the Education and Executive Committees.


Rodney Bordeaux

Mr. Bordeaux is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and a former president of RST. He graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls and earned a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership from Oglala Lakota College. He is Chief Operating Officer at St. Francis Mission, which is sponsored by the Wisconsin Province Jesuits. He is a member of the Education Committee.


Br. James J. Boynton, S.J.

Br. Boynton is Regional Vocations Director for the Chicago-Detroit and Wisconsin Provinces of the Society of Jesus and is based in Detroit. He has taught at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland. He has worked abroad in India, Nepal and Haiti. He has often taken groups of students and young adults to Central America, and has developed a local church museum on Mackinac Island, MI. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University and a master's degree from Weston School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. Born and raised in St. Ignace, Jim is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Ojibwe (Chippewa) Tribe in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.


Dr. Emmett J. Doerr, Jr. 

Dr. Doerr graduated from Marquette University, Creighton University, and the Sloan School of Management at MIT. He spent the first half of his career in building health systems including Camcare serving the poor in Camden City and several managed care organizations. He then practiced primary care for the Veterans Health System and taught medical students and residents at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Emory University. He enjoys photography and the arts. Currently he works with the American College of Physicians in health care policy advocating for universal health insurance and improvements in the health system. He is a member of the Education and Heritage Center Committees.


Robert Ecoffey, Jr.

Mr. Ecoffey is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. A retired Federal Employee with over 36 years of service. He was the longest serving Superintendent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs at the Pine Ridge Agency in serving a total of eleven years. He also had a distinguished career in Law Enforcement were he served as the First Native American to be appointed as the United States Marshal for the Federal District of South Dakota. He also served as the Director of Law Enforcement Services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C. He holds a BA Degree from Chadron State College in Criminal Justice. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has been involved in many high profile investigations. Upon retirement he and his wife Darlene opened a Subway Franchise on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in providing jobs and service to the local community. Bob has spent many years associated with Red Cloud School beginning in the early 1960's at Our Lady of Lourdes. He is a member of the Facilities and Finance Committees.


Michael Hora

Mr. Hora is a retired executive with A.T. Kearney, a consulting firm. He has been interested in Native issues for many years and serves on many boards. He lives in Colorado for half of the year. He is a member of the Advancement Committee.


Fr. David Mastrangelo, S.J.

Fr. Mastrangelo is a Jesuit priest and educator. He earned master’s degrees in history, divinity, and theology and has taught English, theology, and history at four Jesuit high schools in the Upper Midwest. He was principal for eight years and president for twelve years at Loyola High School in Detroit for African-American boys. He currently is the director of mission and identity at Christ the King High School in Chicago for African-American boys and girls. He has served on the boards at three Jesuit high schools and a retreat house. He is a member of the Mission and Identity Committee.


Elsie Meeks

Ms. Meeks retired in 2015 as State Director of the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development. She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and lives in Kyle. She helped South Dakota make national history through the first ever low-income housing tax credit project to be financed on tribal land, and was the first Native American to serve on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She also brought together key representatives from the South Dakota Housing Development Authority, Governor’s Office, Rural Development and the Department of Tribal Relations to form the South Dakota Native Homeownership Coalition to work together to ensure that housing programs effectively reach Native communities and increase Native homeownership rates. Her career included over 20 years of experience working to promote economic and community development first as the president/CEO of First Nations Oweesta Corporation. She is a member of the Advancement Committee.


Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria

Dr. Mohler-Faria was President of Bridgewater State University, the largest state college in Massachusetts, from 2002 to 2015. He is only the second Cape Verdean in the United States to be elected the president of a higher education institution. As president, he founded the Connect Partnership, an innovative higher education partnership between five public higher education institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts. He was a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, and was formerly the Special Advisor for Education to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick prior to the creation of a cabinet-level Secretary of Education in 2008. From 1966 to 1970, he served in the United States Air Force, and one of his assignments was at Ellsworth Air Force Base. He established a Bridgewater-Red Cloud partnership that continues today. He earned an M.A. in U.S. History and Afro-American Studies from Boston University and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a member of the Education Committee.


Dr. Alicia Mousseau 

Dr. Mousseau is the daughter of John and Vera Mousseau and the granddaughter of James and Lena Mousseau of Porcupine, South Dakota. Dr. Mousseau is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She graduated from Red Cloud High School in 2000, earned a bachelor’s degree from Creighton University, an associate of arts degree from Oglala Lakota College, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Wyoming. She did her clinical training at the University of Wyoming, Pine Ridge Indian Health Service, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. She is currently a Research Instructor for the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the Colorado School of Public Health where she studies substance use and health equity in tribal communities. Dr. Mousseau is active in her community and sits on the Oglala Sioux Tribe Research Review Board and is the Christ the King Parish Council president in Porcupine. As a member of the Red Cloud School Board she serves on the Education Committee.


Fr. Kerry Prendiville

Fr. Kerry is a pastor of St. Therese Church in Rapid City and St. John the Evangelist in New Underwood, SD. One of his previous assignments was pastor of the Catholic churches on the Standing Rock Reservation. He attended Seminary at Mt St Mary's in Emmitsburg MD. He is heavily involved in diocesan committees and activities and brings a thorough knowledge of the diocesan church in western South Dakota. He is a member of the Pastoral Committee. He serves on the Mission and Identity Committee.


Lisa F. Ryan

Ms. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School and has practiced law in Washington, D.C. specializing in Native issues. She has been instrumental in the development of the Lakota Language Project at Red Cloud. She chairs the Advancement Committee.


R. Matthew Simon

Mr. Simon is President of The Helen Brach Foundation. He practiced law for more than 25 years with Chicago law firm of Simon & Griseta. He also served as a member and as the chairman of the Civil Service Board of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for a period of 13 years. He also served as a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee for a period of 10 years. The Committee certifies candidates seeking admission to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is the immediate past president of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago and has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Dominican University. He and his wife, Jacqueline, have four children and live in Chicago. He is a member of the Finance Committee.


Deacon Fred Tully

Mr. Tully holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa. He retired in 2002 after 23 years with Black Hill’s Children’s Home, a residential treatment and education for children with emotional or behavioral problems, most of them victims of abuse or neglect. He became director of development at Crazy Horse Memorial in 2002 and remained on staff until early 2014. He has served on the board at the Journey Museum in Rapid City and at St. Francis Mission. He is an ordained deacon in the Catholic Church and ministers at St. Rose of Lima Church in Hill City, SD. He serves on the Advancement and Audit Committees.


Stephen T. Wilcox 

Mr. Wilcox is President of the Wilcox Family Foundation, which provides funding to organizations targeting under served communities. He is a retired senior executive of Accenture, LLP, a technology and outsourcing company where he spent 28 plus years. Steve is active on several non-profit boards. Most notably he spent eight years on the board of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, two years as Board Chair. Currently he is leading the effort to establish a Cristo Rey High School in Oakland, California. He serves on our Advancement Committee.


Fr. George Winzenburg, S.J. - ex officio

Fr. Winzenburg has been president of Red Cloud Indian School and an ex officio member of the board of directors since 2010. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, a master’s degree in counselor education from Boston University, and a master’s degree in divinity from Weston School of Theology in Cambridge, MA. He held leadership positions in Milwaukee: director of campus ministry at Marquette University, president of Marquette University High School, and pastor of Gesu Church. He moved to South Dakota in 2002 and was until 2010 the director of the Sioux Spiritual Center and of the Ministry Formation Program for the Diocese of Rapid City.

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