Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Rena Marquez is a member of the Yakama Nation and has lived on the Yakama Reservation her entire life. She has six children ages 3-15 and enjoys being a mother the most. She graduated in 2014 from Heritage University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration while working full time and supporting her family. She is excited to be the Board Chair for Mending Wings and looks forward to serving the teens and community.
Board Vice Chair
Diane Pebeahsy, Yakama (Enrolled) and Comanche, currently works for Yakama Nation Youth Activities as a Youth Program Manager, and for the Yakama Nation Justice Office as an On-call Associate Judge. She previously was employed as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator for 6 years, University of Washington Healing Season Research Assistant and the Tobacco Prevention Program Manager under the Master Grant settlement for over a decade. Diane was a squad leader for the first year of Salmon Corp with the Yakama Nation, and a teacher for the Yakama Nation Head Start. She also volunteers for Peacekeepers on many projects for the community as well as lead support groups for Grief Recovery Method as a Grief Recovery Specialist.
Diane has a CDA & AA from Yakima Valley Community College. She has many certifications and is a facilitator of many programs and curriculum.
Diane has five children: Carmen Selam (30), Atwi Dawn Pebeahsy Moore, Atwi Eric Pebeahsy, Reed Sekaquaptewa (14) and Helen Sekaquaptewa (13). She is very protective of her kids and does her best for them. Her daughter, Dawn, was lost at birth and her son, Eric, was lost to suicide 3 years ago. Those were heartbreaking times for her and her family. She is also blessed with three recue cats that she loves very dearly.
Throughout her career, wellness, spiritually and philosophy Diane has been drawn to the teachings of her family, elders and peers. She recognizes and validates the potential in everyone to make a difference. Diane follows her sense of purpose, intuition and innovation to propel her towards personal, family, and program development and growth, to reach every corner of the Yakama Nation Reservation from the river to the plateau. Diane serves her indigenous people, community and tribal nations.
Gina is the co-founder of Mending Wings, the Community Liaison and has served on the Mending Wings Board since 2006. She currently works for the Yakama Nation in the Human Resources department as a Training and Development Specialist. Prior to working for the tribe, she was employed at Indian Health Service for 24 years. Gina also volunteers with Mending Wings as a youth leader. She is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. She is also a descendent of the Puyallup and Grand Ronde Nations, as well as Filipino and Hawaiian.
Jordan Meninick is a proud, enrolled member of the Yakama Nation. Jordan and his wife, Crystal, have 4 amazing kids ranging from the ages of 4-15 years old. Jordan was born in Yakima, WA. and raised on his tribal lands. His mother, Darcy Stahi, raised him in his childhood years and his paternal grandparents, Atwai Ernest and Fidelia “Tom-Sis-Nye” Andy, raised him during his teenage years.
Jordan was introduced to the Native American Youth Outreach (NAYO) program (now called Mending Wings) during his freshman year of high school in 2000. The following summer, Jordan participated in his first mission trip to Showlow, Arizona. Then, he participated in his second mission trip to Vancouver, BC in 2001. He also served on the Native American Student Council for the Presbyterian Church USA. While on this council he helped to plan a conference for Native American youth in the PCUSA.
Jordan continued his journey with NAYO until 2008 when his family started. As his family started to grow he focused on his career with the Yakama Nation Legends Casino for 10 years. He now works for the Yakama Nation Behavioral Health Services as a Victim’s Advocate in the Victims Resource Program.
Phil Ball was born and raised in Spokane, WA, attending Cheney High School and then attended Gonzaga University for three years before transferring to Christian Heritage College in El Cajon, CA to pursue God’s call on his life to serve in youth ministry. He graduated in 1999 and returned to Spokane. He worked with at-risk youth at Excelsior Youth Center for five years, including several native youth. He also served as a volunteer youth pastor at New Creation Fellowship, a church plant from the church of his youth, Trinity Baptist.
He and his wife, Anna, moved to Vancouver, WA in 2004 so Phil could attend Western Seminary. He was hired that same year as a youth intern at Laurelwood Baptist Church. In 2007, he became the youth pastor, serving for ten years before stepping down in 2017. Later that year, Phil joined the National Network of Youth Ministries as the NW Coordinator of Engagement and Training. Phil, in his work with NNYM, seeks to build youth leader networks to connect and equip youth leaders, so that every student has the opportunity to hear and respond to the gospel. In that endeavor, the voice of our Native brothers and sisters is crucial. Phil and Anna have four children, Naomi, Jada, Caleb, and Shiloh. Phil first connected with Mending Wings at a youth ministry conference in 2013. This started him on a journey of learning and in the summer 2021, he, his wife and his two oldest children attended their first SLAM Trip – hopefully the first of many.
Brandon was born in 1964 in Corvallis, Oregon. His parents are from the Midwest, being of German (from Russia), Texan, English, and Sicilian backgrounds. Other than four years in Virginia, he grew up in Corvallis, attending the Methodist Church there. He has always been drawn to books, music, nature, fishing, walking on the beach, canoeing—quiet things, mostly. Brandon met his wife while on a semester abroad in London during college, and about the same time he became a member of the Episcopal Church. They were married in Salem, Oregon the week after he graduated. He started law school but then left in order to discern a call to the priesthood. When his community discerned there to be a call, he moved to New York City for four years while attending seminary and did an internship. Their first child was born there, moving back to Oregon just after his birth, where Brandon served a congregation in Forest Grove, their second son being born there. In 2007 he was called back to Salem to serve the parish they had left to go to NYC. It was a few years after this (2009) that Brandon was introduced to Mending Wings through a parishioner (Zachary Harmon, who had been an intern with MW). This relationship has been one of the most important parts of his adult life and a great blessing to his congregation.
JR Lilly was born in Fort Defiance, AZ, and is a member of the Diné (Navajo) Nation. As part of a new generation that straddles a cultural chasm, he leads efforts to further the conversation around defining the role of our generation for both Native and Non-Native communities. Born and raised amongst a rich culture of generosity, he learned the beauty that comes from centuries of resilience. With the help of his community he survived poverty, domestic violence, and other harsh realities during his childhood. It is this life experience that has created his passion and desire to do as others have done for him.
As a storyteller, cultural consultant, and community advocate, JR regularly shares from the Indigenous perspectives about spirituality, community engagement, and justice. With nonprofit boards, governing agencies, and community groups he works hard to help create a preferred future for Native American families.
Moses Lugemye was born in Uganda, East Africa. He immigrated to the United States as a sophomore in high school in 1996 and graduated with a BA in Worship from Grand Canyon University in Arizona. Moses and his wife, Erica, have a music ministry which exists to put the name of Jesus on the lips of nations. They love to create songs that blend sounds and languages, connecting people to Jesus and to each other and allowing diverse people to express their worship together. They also have a passion to see each culture’s unique reflection of the Father brought to the table in worship as each expression reflects Him uniquely and opens our eyes to how truly beautiful He is. They travel and minister together, along with their three children. Moses and Erica have ministered in nations in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. They are currently the worship pastors at Heights Church in Yakima.