|Staff and Circle Keepers (Board of Directors):|
Nicole Matthews: Executive Director
Nicole Matthews is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, and is the Executive Director for Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition. Nicole was hired in March 2002 as the Coalition Coordinator after funding was made available to establish Tribal Coalitions to address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence in Indian Country.
Prior to her employment with the Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition, she worked in Mille Lacs County, Minnesota as the Sexual Assault Services Coordinator for Pearl Crisis Center. Nicole Matthews has spoken at numerous conferences on both the statewide and national levels regarding sexual violence and domestic assault. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. Cloud State University in Applied Psychology including a minor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education.
Nicole is also the proud mother of three beautiful children; Jazmin, Kiora, and Kionte. They give her the strength and motivation to continue working to end violence perpetrated against women and children.
Guadalupe Lopez: Membership and Outreach Coordinator
Guadalupe has been the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for nearly two years and is also a Volunteer Sexual Assault Advocate for Sexual Offence Services in Ramsey County and Okiciyapi in Granite Falls. Prior to her employment with Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, she worked for Women of Nations in Saint Paul, advocating on behalf of battered women.
Cristine Davidson: Business and Development Specialist
Cristine grew up in Red Lake, Minnesota, served four years in the Marine Corps, and has found her calling here with MIWSAC.
As a survivor of child sexual abuse by a self proclaimed medicine man, she is committed to challenging all forms of sexual violence. By breaking the silence, restoring traditional teachings, seeking healing solutions, holding each other accountable as Relatives, and dialoguing about healthy sexuality, her prayer is that our next generations can live free from violence.
Cristine is happiest out in the woods; At Sugar Bush making maple syrup/sugar, on the lake ricing, picking berries, or anything involving her amazing family. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Network on Abuse in Later Life.
Nancy Smith: MAP's- Minnesota Accessing Paths to Safety
Nicole Mattson: Accountant
Circle Keepers (Board of Directors):
To reflect our tribal values, we refer to our governing body as the Circle Keepers. To ensure the needs of the organization are met, tasks have been delegated and reflect the functions of a traditional Board of Directors. Major decisions are made collectively to reflect the universal tribal value of being inclusive and for the benefit of all tribal members, reservation, rural or urban, in the State of Minnesota, regardless of tribal affiliation. Our By-Laws require that the leadership of the Board of Directors consist of American Indian and/or Alaska Native women. The Circle Keepers shall consist of no more than ten and no less than five members.
MIWSAC has a strong sisterhood within the coalition and strives to empower and support one another in the work to end sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and children. MIWSAC strives to incorporate our culture and spirituality into everything we do, including our internal policies and the work we do within the community.
Keeper of Finances: Sarah Curtiss
Keeper of Records: Beryl Rock
Circle Keeper Members: