Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors
Omar was born and raised on the Yakama Reservation. He was actively involved in 4-1 Youth Group, as a youth leader, from its conception until the fall of 2004. It was not until he and his wife, Maria, became youth leaders that they realized the challenges many of our kids are facing are much more profound than one can imagine. Omar and Maria have three boys and currently reside in Yakima, WA. near the Yakama Reservation. Omar is currently on the Board of Directors for Mending Wings.
Lenore Three Stars
Lenore Three Stars is Oglala Lakota, born on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota where her father was born. Her mother is Minnicoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Reservation in South Dakota. Lenore retired from a federal career in civil rights in Seattle and moved to Spokane to be an active unci, grandmother. She also began her grad studies in indigenous theology and will earn a Masters in Intercultural Studies, Portland Seminary of George Fox University in 2019.
Lenore volunteers with Native and denominational ministries, including as a facilitator on the Journey to Mosaic, an annual 4-day racial reconciliation bus trip with the PacNW Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Dr. Forrest Inslee
Forrest Inslee teaches culture and community development at Northwest University, and The Seattle School. He has served as a pastor for many years, including four years as a church planter in Istanbul. His most recent research interests include the transformational possibilities of social enterprise in the church, and the potential of ethnographic methods as a means of understanding the heart and soul of community. He lives Edmonds, Washington with his teenage daughter, Kayra.
Jon was raised in Wapato, WA on the Yakama Reservation. He graduated from the University of Washington School Of Medicine and now works as a family physician in Zillah, WA. His wife, Deanna, also grew up in Wapato, and they have three young children. Jon was introduced to Mending Wings by family members who were active in the organization. He has been a board member since 2013.
Trena is currently the Director of Member Services with the Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce.
Previously, Trena was employed by the Yakama Nation’s Legends Casino Hotel as their Hospitality Sales Manager and the Tribal Development Specialist. She volunteered for a short time with the Yakama Nation’s Vocational Rehabilitation program for job/career readiness. Her experience in the Hospitality and Customer Service industry span over 30 years, working for Hilton Hotels and franchises. Prior to moving to Central Washington, Trena was the Program Manager of the Port of Seattle/Port Jobs program called Airport Jobs that assisted individuals from all walks of life; including Refugees, Immigrants, and Tribal in obtaining Airport employment, training, education, and resources for 7-years. Although Trena was a foster child from birth and later adopted, she has connected with her biological family and is enrolled Tlingit (Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes). She enjoys attending community events and festivals, and outdoor activities. Trena has two adult children living in state, and she is engaged with a 2019 Fall wedding planned.
Cooky Avlakeotes Wall was first born into an extended Greek and French Canadian family in the San Francisco Bay Area of California; and 35 years later, she was reborn into the family of the Creator. In 1994, she and her husband, Robert, received God’s call to Oregon, and so she retired as a free-lance paralegal and public official and left her family and friends. Cooky’s passion for racial/gender justice, healing, mutual honor and respect and reconciliation continues to grow. Her perspectives and theological categories continue to expand through her various opportunities which includes participation in a Rosebud Reservation Immersion as well as traveling as the only White woman with a group of Black women to the antebellum South where she witnessed the pain of her companions as they relived its history. She and Robert have supported Mending Wings for several years in different ways and Cooky is committed to the vision of “helping Native American youth and families to fly again” in the spirit of Jesus. Cooky continues to serve in various leadership capacities in the church as well as the Portland community. Cooky and Robert (and “Banjo”) live in Portland and they have a large extended family in California including two children, five grandchildren, and two granddogs.
Bobbi Morago is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation and is also Hopi. She currently works for the Yakama Nation Gaming Commission and is also a food gatherer for the Wapato Longhouse, a youth leader for Mending Wings and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Mending Wings. She sincerely believes in the vision and purpose of Mending Wings and has seen the positive effect that this organization has had on many of our native young people. Having lost a 12 year old daughter to suicide due to bullying in 2014, it has been her personal mission to be there to support the young people of the Yakama Nation. She hopes to live her life in such a way that the young people can see, by her example, that alcohol and drugs are not the road they want to walk down.