Judy Pinay

Judy Pinay

Director of Finance

Judy Pinay is the Director of Finance for Treaty Education Alliance. She has worked with TEA since April 2012, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge from her field to her role with the senior management team. Prior to her work with TEA, Judy worked for the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council for 24 years. Judy is a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM), earning her designation in 2008.

1-306-332-7168
jpinay@educationalliance.ca

Faith Watson

Faith Watson

Executive Director

Faith Watson is the Executive Director for Treaty Education Alliance, she has worked for the Alliance for 4 years. 1 year as Executive Director and 3 years as the Assessment Coordinator. Faith is a member of the Gordon First Nation and has worked as an educator for 15 years as an Education Assistant, Teacher, and Administrator in provincial and federally run schools. Faith has earned a Bachelor of Indigenous Education, a Master of Educational Administration and is currently completing her second master’s degree in Educational Psychology, all from the University of Regina.

Faith is a mother to 4 children and a grandmother to 3 grandchildren who are her pride and joy.

1-306-331-5411
fwatson@educationalliance.ca

Angus Vincent

Angus Vincent

Director of Human Resources

Angus Vincent hails from the Waterhen Lake First Nation in northern Saskatchewan. He has made Yorkton his home since 2009 and has worked in the business field since 2005 ranging in topics such as Finance, Procurement, Marketing, Human Resources, and Management. He has obtained his professional designation in HR through AFOA and is educated in the fields of Accounting and Management through University of Regina and Sask Polytechnic.

Angus is married and has two children. He is also a professional actor, an ACTRA Board Member and an accomplished musician with two albums released to date. Angus joined Treaty Education Alliance as the Director of Human Resources in 2021.

1-306-331-8831
avincent@educationalliance.ca

Kristen Tootoosis

Kristen Tootoosis

Director of Mental Health Services

Kristen Tootoosis is the Director of Mental Health Services. She is from Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. Kristen is married to Aaron, her life partner of 23 years and they are blessed with two sons, and one daughter. Kristen has broad experience as a psychotherapist, therapeutic program manager, educator/teacher, and post-secondary instructor. She has devoted her career to working with Indigenous Peoples of all ages in the area of Education and Psychotherapy. Kristen has worked with various First Nations communities focusing on educational therapeutic supports for students, families, and schools.

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Indigenous Education through the First Nations University of Canada, and a Masters in Educational Psychology, through the University of Regina. Kristen has been with the Treaty Education Alliance since September 2021.

1-306-331-0153
ktootoosis@educationalliance.ca

Sarah Ballard

Sarah Ballard

School Services Coordinator

Sarah Ballard grew up in Ontario and received her Bachelor of Education Degree and Reading Specialist certification from Lakehead University. She was a classroom teacher for fourteen years, mostly teaching grades 2, 3, 5 and 6, in Ontario and Alberta. Sarah joined Treaty Education Alliance as a Literacy Facilitator in January 2018 and has been in her current role as the School Services Coordinator since August 2021. Her primary responsibility is to work with principals and teachers to coordinate services required by the schools. She also works directly with teachers regarding assessments, student data and resources.

Sarah is currently working towards her Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Leadership through the University of Regina. She is the mother of one amazing little man and is very honoured to be able to work alongside the team at TEA.

“My passion is for everything literacy and I love every chance that I get to work with teachers and their students.” - Sarah

1-306-331-7556
sballard@educationalliance.ca

Jaclyn Yuzicappi

Jaclyn Yuzicappi

Executive Assistant

Jaclyn Yuzicappi is Treaty Education Alliance’s Executive Assistant. She is from the Standing Buffalo Dakota Nation. Jaclyn is an integral part of our administrative team working within the Alliance over the past 5 years. Jaclyn works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Negotiating Chiefs, Technical Team, and the Elders Advisory Committee.

Jaclyn takes pride in teaching her four beautiful children about their Dakota culture, language, and ceremonies. She is a mother, a sister, an aunt and a friend.

1-306-331-5090
jyuzicappi@educationalliance.ca

Claudine Yuzicappi

Claudine Yuzicappi

Administrative Assistant

1-306-331-9060
cyuzicappi@educationalliance.ca

Brent Endicott

Brent Endicott

Principal/Instructional Designer

1-306-331-5284
bendicott@educationalliance.ca

Sheena Koops

Sheena Koops

Nation Builder Advocate

Sheena Koops is a Nation Builder Advocate with Treaty Education Alliance. Sheena has taught in urban, rural, band, provincial, and community schools for 27 years. Sheena is married to Michael and they share three daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter. Sheena is a doctoral student and sessional instructor at the University of Regina. In 2011, she founded a blog, www.treatywalks.blogspot.ca. Sheena has worked for the Alliance since August 2018.

1-306-331-5533
skoops@educationalliance.ca

Ray Petit

Ray Petit

Nation Builder Advocate

Raymond Petit is the Nation Builder and Youth Advocate and has been working for the Alliance for 9 years. Ray also works with the Negotiating Technical teams and supports other coworkers when asked. Ray has been working with young people for 40 years from residential school, young offenders, drug and alcohol counselling and his current position.

1-306-331-9745
rpetit@educationalliance.ca

Chris Chick

Chris Chick

ICT Computer Technician

Chris Chick has served as the ICT Computer Technician for Treaty Education Alliance since 2016. Chris proudly designs, manages, and upkeeps the TEA networks, keeping students, teachers, and staff safe and connected in this digital world. He also provides technical support in all other areas such as printers, smartboards, and programming classes for TEA digital literacy days.

“I’ve been working in the technology sector for 20+ years at this point but never has my work been more rewarding.” – Chris

1-306-331-6510
cchick@educationalliance.ca

Huu Pham

Huu Pham

Cloud Administrator/Developer

1-306-331-6980
hpham@educationalliance.ca

Brian Standingready

Brian Standingready

Consultant

1-306-575-6789
bstandingready@educationalliance.ca

Vern Severight

Vern Severight

Consultant

1-306-562-7052
vseveright@educationalliance.ca

Lisa Ewack

Lisa Ewack

Student Support Coordinator

Lisa Ewack is a Nakoda, Dakota, from the Ocean Man First Nation and resides in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. She is a Life giver and grandmother who is passionate and committed to working with First Nation children, youth and families.

Lisa joined the team in 2021, bringing a strength/asset-based approach in her role as Student Support Coordinator that aligns to the goal, vision and mandate of the Treaty Education Alliance. She is a professional educator with over 25 years of experience serving in the education sector. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Certificate of Extended Studies in Inclusive Education from the University of Regina.

Culture and language are very important to Lisa. She is personally grounded in her cultural values and practises and regularly threads this knowledge into the fabric of her everyday life and teaching.

1-306-331-6298
lewack@educationalliance.ca

Celeste Tootoosis

Celeste Tootoosis

Culture & Land Based Coordinator

Celeste Tootoosis is from the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Treaty 6 Territory. Growing up on the land with her grandparents, John and Louisa Tootoosis, she learned naturopathy and was taken to pow-wows and ceremonies as a child. Celeste earned the title of Miss Indian World in 1987.

Celeste’s passion is in the classroom working with youth, teaching language and culture. She developed a culture credit that is used as curriculum in Saskatchewan. She has traveled with youth around the world presenting on the Medicine Wheel Model to Natural Horsemanship. Celeste has her Master’s in Education and was awarded the Indspire Culture Language and Traditions award in 2020 during the pandemic. Celeste joined the team as the Culture and Land Based Coordinator in February 2022.

1-306-331-8225
ctootoosis@educationalliance.ca

Kimberly Petit

Kimberly Petit

Instructional Coach

1-306-331-7045
kpetit@educationalliance.ca

Shelly Bitternose

Shelly Bitternose

Finance Clerk

1-306-331-8337
sbitternose@educationalliance.ca

Allison Whiteman

Allison Whiteman

Communications Coordinator

Allison Whiteman (she/her) is a member of the Cowessess First Nation, Treaty Four Territory. Being the youngest of six siblings, she has been an Aunty most of her life to many brilliant nieces and nephews and, she has one son.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honours degree with distinction, and a Certificate in Indigenous Governance and Politics from the University of Saskatchewan. She’s also earned the designation of Associate Addiction Counsellor through professional development and her previous work experience in community. She’s been privileged to work for Indigenous Nations alongside the guidance of Knowledge Keepers for the most part of her career and acknowledges with gratitude all the old people throughout her life for all the prayers, gifts, and guidance they have shared with her. Allison is the Communications Coordinator at Treaty Education Alliance, joining the team in 2022.

1-306-331-6117
awhiteman@educationalliance.ca

Chelsea Ward

Chelsea Ward

Sports Grant Coordinator

Chelsea Ward is our Sports Grant Coordinator. She resides in Fort Qu’Appelle and is a member of the Peepeekisis Cree Nation. Chelsea enjoys sports and grew up playing volleyball, basketball, and fastball. An accomplished certified heavy equipment operator and journeyperson welder, Chelsea decided to take a break from her 10 year career with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways with the goal to work with youth at the community level and joined the team at Treaty Education Alliance in 2021.

1-306-533-2100
cward@educationalliance.ca