Executive Cabinet

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 continuing 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. 


Jessica Hallstrom, Vice President for Marketing & Communications

Jessica is responsible for developing the communication strategies that help advance Red Cloud Indian School's efforts to share the amazing stories of the people and programs here. She brings two decades of communications experience as a skilled writer, editor, and communications project manager developing dynamic publications and digital content. Jessica has worked for several high-profile think tanks, universities, and non-profit organizations including the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Brookings Institution. She also previously worked for South Dakota's former Senator Tom Daschle. Jessica is a graduate of Barnard College.


Fr. Peter J. Klink, S.J. - Vice President for Mission and Identity

Fr. Klink first came to Red Cloud Indian School in 1975 and taught in the high school. After completing subsequent studies in theology, he was ordained in 1981. He served as an Interim Principal at Our Lady of Lourdes in Porcupine for one year, prior to serving at the Jesuit Novitiate in St. Paul for two years. Fr. Klink then returned to Red Cloud, serving as President from 1985-1991, at which point he was asked to head the National Office of Jesuit Social Ministries in Washington, DC. He returned to Red Cloud in 1995, to serve in succession as Superintendent of Schools, Director of Development, and finally as President again from 1998-2010. After spending a year at Marquette University studying current missiology and its cultural sensitivity in the Church, Father Peter returned in 2011 to serve successively as School/Parish Chaplain and Pastor in the Reservation communities of Porcupine and Manderson. Fr. Klink now serves as Vice President for Mission and Identity.


Jane Farrell - Director of Donor Relations, Director of Planned Giving, and 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.


Tashina Banks Rama - Vice President of Advancement

Tashina Banks Rama is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. She is Red Cloud’s Vice President of Advancement, the first Lakhota to lead the Advancement team. Tashina came to Red Cloud in 2009 from New Mexico where she worked in the executive branch of higher education appointed by Governor Bill Richardson as the Director of Financial Aid overseeing the distribution of $80 million to state post secondary institutions. Prior to the appointment, Tashina worked in education the previous 10 years at St. John's College in Santa Fe, the University of New Mexico and the Native American Prep School. Tashina holds a BBA from the University of New Mexico and an MBA from Gonzaga University. Tashina is married to Matthew Rama, a Lakota language revitalization advocate - they live on 32 acres on the Pine Ridge Reservation with their six children.


Lisa Swallow - Director of Human Resources

Lisa Swallow joined Red Cloud Indian School in 2014 as the Director of Human Resources. Lisa holds a bachelor’s degree from Black Hills State University and is certified as a Lay Counselor. Lisa is a native-born Californian, yet has spent most of her life with her family in the Black Hills Region and the plains of the Pine Ridge Reservation. Lisa has one son, Forrest, who has joined the generations of relatives who have become a Red Cloud Indian School Alumni.

Lisa has been instrumental in improving employee relations and coordinating strategic plan efforts for campus safety. Lisa finds it inspiring to work with such a devoted group of individuals to ensure future generations of Lakota people can improve their lives and those of their families and their community through a common goal of educating the mind, body, and spirit.


Moria Coomes - Superintendent of Schools

Moira Coomes has thirty-two years in educational experience including eighteen years in the classroom teaching English to middle and high school students. She has 14 years of administrative experience as an assistant principal, principal, and director of curriculum. Moira is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and grew up in Hot Springs SD. Moira earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Northern State University of South Dakota in 1985 and her Masters in Education Administration and Curriculum from Azusa Pacific in California in 2002. She is currently the superintendent at Red Cloud Indian School where she oversees the provision and management of a quality K-12 educational program that is rooted in faith values and cultural competencies for all students enrolled in the school system.


Mary Maxon - Director of The Heritage Center

Mary joined the Red Cloud staff in August 2012 as the Collections Manager for The Heritage Center. She was hired as the Curator in 2014 and became the Director in 2015. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, she earned degrees in Studio Art and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A museum professional since 1985, Maxon is experienced in almost every aspect of museum work and is especially interested in the arts as an integral part of vibrant communities. She has been responsible for managing several large projects in the arts. Most recently she guided The Heritage Center through an artist-led, community-influenced exhibition development process for Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówin. The now touring exhibition provides a platform for Native artists to express themselves and their culture in an authentic voice. The process included almost two years of community and artist input meetings. The exhibition itself includes more than one hundred contributors, and catalog and film publications are in process.

In 2012 she was responsible for leading the selection and hiring process for a $2 million sculpture commission for Rapid City’s Main Street Square, a project that has truly transformed Rapid City’s downtown atmosphere. In 2014 she established a community program for displaying artwork at Rapid City Regional Airport. As early as 1991 she was responsible for exhibit development for the Field Museum of Natural History’s monumental Life Over Time exhibition that remains on display today. She has also worked for the Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls, the Idaho Museum of Natural History and the Rapid City Arts Council at the Dahl Arts Center.


Fr. Brad Held, S. J. - Pastor of the Reservation

Fr. Held is in his second stint at Red Cloud, but his first one here as a priest. He currently serves as Pastor of the Reservation, which is the chief administrator of the Catholic community on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He ensures the people's sacramental and pastoral care as well as oversees and directs all areas of pastoral ministry on the reservation, in collaboration with the other priests, religious, and laity serving our churches. From 2011-2014, during his Jesuit formation, he served as a teacher and campus minister at Red Cloud High School. He left Red Cloud in 2014 to complete theology studies at Boston College in preparation for his ordination to the priesthood. Fr. Held was ordained in June 2017 and then served as a teacher and campus minister at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He began service as Pastor of the Reservation in June 2019.

 

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