Category Archives: Team Member Biographies

Team Member Biographies: Govinda Budrow & Noreen Foster

Govinda Budrow, BAS Education¬† Govinda grew up in a traditional Ojibwe family in Duluth, Minnesota. She has been a teacher at Nay Ah Shing Tribal school on Mille Lacs Reservation for 14 years. Govinda is licensed in Elementary education, and … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: David Olson

David Olson is a school psychologist in the Faribault School District (ISD-656). Over the twenty plus years he has worked in the district, David has provided services at all levels from the Preschool, Elementary, Middle School, High School and Alternative … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Alexander Hines

Alexander Hines is currently the Director of Inclusion and Diversity at Winona State University. He served in the United State Air Force as a non-commissioned officer for 12 years. He earned a B.S. in Management Studies, with a minor in … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Tanis Henderson

Tanis Henderson completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota- Morris in 2008. She is employed by ISD #317- Deer River, Ross Resources, Ltd, where she has held positions as Truancy Prevention Specialist, Indian Home/School Liaison, and Mental … Continue reading

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Team member biography: Joan Bibeau

Joan Bibeau achieved her Bachelor of Education from UND in 1974, and her Master of Education from UND in 1984. She has worked with American Indian families her entire career throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. In her current position … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Shirley Kampa

Shirley works for the Minnesota Department of Education, where she engages in work to support parents and caregivers. She is an advocate for policies and procedures that support appropriate intervention and services for American Indian students. Shirley’s statement “The Creator … Continue reading

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Team Member Biography: Aquila Tapio, BA, MAE Candidate, Special Education Teacher – Minneapolis Public Schools

Aquila Tapio (Oglala Lakota), completed her EBD/LD licensures through Augsburg College’s Naadamaadiwin, “Helping One Another” Tribal Special Education Cohort and is currently working on her Master’s of Education thesis around Native Americans and special education. She also has a Bachelor’s … Continue reading

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