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.


    • President: Dr. Raymond Nadolny, Ph.D.
    • Chairperson: Fr. Tom Merkel, S.J.
    • Vice Chairperson: Robert Ecoffey
    • Treasurer: Mary Gresens
    • Secretary: Jane Farrell (non-board member)

Br. James J. Boynton, S.J. (Detroit, MI)

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.

Mr. Kevin Burns (Green Valley, AZ)

Mr. Burns is an active senior executive and former Red Cloud Indian School volunteer. He is a high-performance leader and software company founder, business builder, and strategic advisor who helps non-profit organizations and for-profit companies build for the future. Kevin excels at listening and working with stakeholders to crystallize strategic plans, maximize investments, improve operational efficiencies, increase market awareness, and optimize financial management. A graduate of Georgetown University, Kevin met his wife on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and was married in October 1991 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Pine Ridge, South Dakota.

Fr. Joseph Daoust, S.J. - Ex-Officio (Pine Ridge, SD)

Joe Daoust is the Superior of Holy Rosary Mission Jesuit Community and a sacramental minister at Our Lady of the Sioux in Oglala and St. Bernard Church on Red Shirt Table. He earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught constitutional law at the University of Detroit Law School (J.D., Michigan). He is a former Provincial of the Detroit Province and President of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. Before coming to Red Cloud in 2016, he lived in Rome and an advisor to Fr. General as well as the Regional Superior of the Jesuits in Rome and the Holy Land.

Mr. Paul Daoust (Boston, MA)

Paul Daoust lives in Boston and is a retired CEO/Senior Executive who ran both turnaround (4) and growth (2) companies in the human resource, technology and insurance industries. He spent almost 30 years in HR consulting with Watson Wyatt and has since been on the board of 10 companies, both publicly traded and private. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy, where he serves on its Advisory Board, and Boston College. He has also served on several education related boards including Xaverian Brothers High School and 4 Nativity Prep model boards. He continues to serve as board chair of Nativity Prep of Boston, a Jesuit sponsored school.

Mr. Robert Ecoffey (Rapid City, SD)

Mr. Ecoffey is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. A graduate of Pine Ridge High School, he holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Chadron State College, and attended the FBI National Academy. He was the first Native American to be appointed as United States Marshal in 1994 by President Clinton. He was the Agency Superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pine Ridge Agency from 1996-2001; Director of the Office of Law Enforcement Services; Deputy Regional Director-Indian Services for the Great Plains Region, Bureau of Indian Affairs, responsible for managing programs such as Credit, Housing, Human Services, Roads, and Tribal Government Services. He then served a second stint as the Agency Superintendent for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Pine Ridge Agency, until his (first) retirement. He is also a local business owner, operating a Subway franchise. He previously served on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2002, again from 2008 to 2014, and from 2015 to 2018, when he resigned to assume the leadership of the Oglala Sioux Police Department, from which he (again) retired this past spring.

Ms. Mary Gresens, Ph.D. (Birmingham, MI)

Dr. Mary Gresens is a retired international automotive executive and business consultant.. She is a professor in the Jesuit Worldwide Learning Program. She is a certified spiritual director in the Ignatian tradition and holds a Masters in International Policy from The George Washington University and a Doctorate of Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Dr. Gresens is a registered yoga teacher and holds a First Degree Black Belt in NIA.

Mr. Michael Hora (Chicago, IL)

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 previously served on the Red Cloud Board of Directors from 2011-2019.

Ms. Dakota Hoska (Denver, CO)

Dakota is a Native American artist, and member of the Oglala Lakȟóta Tribe, with extensive experience in the curatorial field. She is currently the Assistant Curator for the Denver Art Museum; which houses approximately 20,000 works which is one of the country’s largest collections of Native American art. She is also a Research Assistant for the Minneapolis Institute of Art. She has participated as a co-presenter and co-moderator on numerous panels on Native American Arts and has been featured in the press and other mediums. She is a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, has studied at the University of Minnesota and has a Master of Arts in Art History with a focus on Native American Art History from the University of St. Thomas. She is also the recipient of numerous scholarship and awards.

Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey (Wilmington, DE)

Mr. Brendan P. Kennealey began his tenure as Salesianum’s fourth president on July 1, 2011. Mr. Kennealey started his career as a volunteer teacher at Nativity Preparatory School in Boston before becoming the founding principal of a Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford, MA in 2000. He then moved on to work with the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales to start the Nativity Preparatory School in Wilmington. Turning his sights internationally, in 2004 he founded the Benebikira Sisters Foundation (BSF) which raises awareness and funding for the Benebikira Sisters' schools and health clinics in Rwanda. Before Salesianum, Mr. Kennealey was an Area Superintendent for the Catholic Schools Office in the Archdiocese of Boston. He also served as an adjunct professor at Boston College where he created and taught the Social Entrepreneurship course. He received a BA in Psychology from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Fr. James M. Kubicki, S.J. (St. Francis, SD)

Fr. Kubicki taught at Red Cloud as a Jesuit scholastic from 1977-80. From 1989 to 1995 he was associate director of the Sioux Spiritual Center as well as the Rapid City Diocese's formation program for deacons and lay ministers. He has served the Jesuits as vocation director, formation director, and assistant to the provincial for Native American ministry. For fourteen years he was the national director of the Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network (Apostleship of Prayer).

Mr. John Levy (Omaha, NE)

Mr. Levy is the Vice President of the William and Ruth Scott Family Foundation.  In this role, John helps oversee the philanthropic investments of a Giving Pledge family. John previously was the executive director of a large social service agency and an attorney at two large regional law firms. In the past ten years, John has served on the board of more than 15 nonprofit organizations. He earned his bachelor degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies with honors and distinction from the University of Kansas, his master’s degree in history from University of Nebraska-Omaha, and his Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Law. In his free time, John spends time with his wife and three boys ages 5, 8, and 10.  He travels extensively and has completed multiple ultramarathons.

Mr. Stephen F. McCarthy (Rapid City, SD)

Mr. McCarthy’s connection with Red Cloud began as a Red Cloud Volunteer teacher in 1968. Since that time he has devoted himself to numerous nonprofit and professional boards and is well known in the region for his expertise in construction. He is a supporter of the arts and historical preservation. He is a graduate of St. John’s University (New York, NY) and earned his Master’s degree from City University and a Master of Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University. He previously served several terms on the Red Cloud Board (1996-2002 and 2003-2009). He is the Owner/Operating Manager of McCarthy Properties, L.L.C.

Rev. Thomas J. Merkel, S.J. (Omaha, NE)

Rev. Thomas J. Merkel, S. J. serves as an Assistant Vice President for University Relations at Creighton University, the Vice President for Mission and Identity at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School (2015-2016), the President of Creighton Preparatory School (2003-2012), and the Superintendent of Schools at Red Cloud Indian School (1997-2003). He taught at Red Cloud High School (1990-1993) and Boys Town High School (1992-3). Fr. Merkel is a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). He entered the Jesuits in 1985, pronounced his first vows in 1987 and was ordained in 1997. He studied at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at the University of Indiana, earned a M. A., Private School Administration from the University of San Francisco in 1997, a M. Div., Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1996, a Ph. L., Philosophy from Gonzaga University, Ponficia Facultas Philosophica Sancti Michaelis in 1990 and a B. A., Theology from Creighton University in 1985.

Dr. Raymond Nadolny - Ex-Officio (Pine Ridge, SD)

Raymond Nadolny, Ph.D., a leader in higher education for over 25 years, became Red Cloud’s 27th president on June 1, 2019, succeeding Fr. George Winzenburg, SJ. Dr. Nadolny has focused his life’s work on creating opportunity for students in rural and low-income communities. From 2009 to 2016, he served as the third president of Williston State College, a dynamic community college within the North Dakota University System. Dr. Nadolny received his Ph.D. in Education from Oregon State University, a certificate in fundraising management from the University of Indiana, and a higher education management certificate from the University of Oxford. He taught both college- and high school-level courses in business, information technology, philosophy, and theology. He holds a master’s in theology and has served as a chaplain, Catholic youth minister, and faith formation director.

Mr. Sam O'Rourke (Porcupine, SD)

A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Red Cloud's Class of 1992, Sam is a successful business owner and resident of Porcupine on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Sam's children continue the family tradition of attending Red Cloud as students at Our Lady of Lourdes. Following graduation from Red Cloud, Sam attended Chadron State before establishing his own businesses. Sam is the owner of Badlands Enterprises and Badlands Concrete. O'Rourke/Badlands Enterprises L.L.C. located in Porcupine, SD, United States is part of the Waste Management Services Industry. With over 20 years experience in the water and sewer installation field, Sam has grown his business to include: heavy construction, concrete work, building pads, roads, and site preparation. Sam credits Red Cloud for shaping "who I am today." A proponent of Indian owned businesses, Sam is a community leader advancing the prosperity and well-being of the Lakota people. He currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Ms. Lisa F. Ryan (Glen Echo, MD)

Ms. Ryan is a graduate of the University of Virginia (B.A.) and University of Notre Dame Law School. She has practiced law in Washington, DC, beginning her career specializing in natural resource issues for Native American Tribes and Alaskan Native Corporations. After a stint as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice’s Land and Natural Resources Division she returned to private practice primarily representing and advising tribally controlled school boards in funding, legislative, and other education related matters. She has served on several nonprofit boards for organizations providing education and social support services.

Ms. Norma J. Tibbitts (Porcupine, SD)

Norma Tibbitts lives with her husband Mike on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and is a member of the St. Agnes parish. She is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the mother of three children. She has five grandchildren who live out of state and is proud that one of her granddaughters is a graduate of Red Cloud High School. She has worked in education for thirty years, starting as a high school teacher at Red Cloud, and for a few years as its high school principal. She accepted the position of Agency Superintendent for the Pine Ridge Reservation, with the OST’s endorsement in 1994. She has worked on other reservations across the nation as an employee of the Bureau of Indian Education. She is retired and has taught part time for the Oglala Lakota College.

Rev. James M. Weiss (Dorchester, MA)

A graduate of St. Ignatius Prep and Loyola U. (Chicago) with further studies at the universities of Chicago and Munich, Fr. James Weiss has taught theology at Boston College since 1979, where he offers an undergraduate year-long sequence in social justice. In 1990, he founded and has since directed the Capstone Vocational Discernment Seminars Program for seniors. He has supported Red Cloud since the 1980s, visited many times, and encouraged students to volunteer here. An Episcopal priest and spiritual director who has served inner city parishes, he now serves the Commission on Ordained Minsitry for his Diocese. A church historian with interest in Lakota history, he is also an academic expert on the papacy and the College of Cardinals and has widely advised the press and media during the last two papal transitions.

Mr. Laurence Weithers (Chicago, IL)

Larry Weithers is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago and of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. He earned a Master’s in Math and Stats from the University of Massachusetts (he originally intended to teach math!) and an MBA in Finance from University of Chicago. He worked for many years as a trader at Citadel, a global financial institution based in Chicago. He currently is a trader at DRW Holdings. He and his late wife Shannon raised three sons.

Mr. Wlliam Whitaker (Kensington, MD)

Bill is the Founding President of Washington Jesuit Academy, established in 2001 to address the academic needs of underserved middle school boys in the Washington, DC area. He served in that capacity until 2020. A graduate of Acadia University in Nova Scotia he has served on many educational boards in the DC area and is the former Director of Admissions and Assistant Varsity Basketball coach at Gonzaga College High School, just north of Capitol Hill.

Ms. Sarah White Pierce (Black Hawk, SD)

Sarah Pierce, Director of Education Equity, NDN Collective, is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Ms. Pierce has 8 years of experience working and advocating for Title VI Indian Education Programs, working at Rapid City Area Schools in South Dakota and at Omaha Public Schools in Nebraska. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master of education degree from Creighton University, and a PK-12 Administrator endorsement from the University of South Dakota. Pierce leads NDN Collective’s education equity campaign work, expanding opportunities for Native American students to have access to culturally relevant and culturally responsive learning environments.

Mr. Stephen Wilcox (Danville, CA)

Mr. Wilcox is President of the Wilcox Family Foundation, which provides funding to organizations targeting underserved communities. He is a retired senior executive of Accenture, LLP, a technology and outsourcing company where he spent 28+ 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 serving as Chair of the Diocese of Oakland's Capital Campaign. He serves on Advancement Committee.