Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is charged with making day-to-day decisions for Camp Thunderbird South Dakota. Members of the Board of Directors are voting members of the organization.
PresidentPresident, Kate Bartholomew, is a Program Associate in the Technology Solutions Global Program at PATH, an international non-profit organization focused on making innovative health technologies available in the developing world. Previous to her current career, she taught kindergarten on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Kate is also a youth mentor through the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. She has her BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College. She lives in Seattle, WA.
TreasurerTreasurer, Leah Yanoff, joined the board in 2017. She graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a BA in American History and Theater. A serious travel addict, she has worked in the Travel & Tourism industry for almost a decade, leading adventure tours around the United States, Alaska, Canada, and Italy. Prior to her life as a tour guide Leah worked in social work with troubled teens. She currently lives in Reno, Nevada.
Vice PresidentVice President, Kate Haswell, joined Camp Thunderbird’s team in the winter of 2013. She is currently teaching 6th to 8th grade math and science at Spring Creek Elementary School on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, where she has taught since 2007. Kate recently earned her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Black Hills State University. Kate does many things for the organization; her focus, though, is communication with and coordination of our community volunteers and partner organizations.
Development DirectorDevelopment Director, Morandi Hurst, was raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and attended Rapid City Central High School. She earned her degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she studied History. After graduating, Morandi returned home to South Dakota, and taught middle school at Spring Creek School on the Rosebud Reservation. After five years in the Todd County School District, Morandi relocated to Durham, North Carolina, with her partner. She now works as a community organizer, building power among youth and Latino immigrants, to act on issues important to them at a local and state level. Morandi currently serves as the Development Director for Camp Thunderbird.
Communications DirectorCommunications Director, Julia Cunningham, is currently the 5th-8th Grade Writing Teacher at American Horse School in Allen, SD, on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This is her third year teaching at American Horse, and her first two years were as Teach for America Corps Member. In addition to teaching, Julia also runs music classes at the Allen Youth Center. She received her Bachelors Degree in English from Fordham University, and also holds a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of South Dakota. She lives in Martin, SD.
Our Advisory Committee
Justin Poor BearJustin Poor Bear is an Adviser to the Board and a longtime employee at American Horse School in his hometown of Allen, SD. A proud father of four, Justin has served in many leadership roles in his community, including as American Horse School Board member, basketball coach, truancy officer, and public service announcer. Justin studied at the University of Oklahoma and lives in Allen with his wife Christine and his children Brittany, Brendan, Christin, and Justin Jr.
Stephanie NightpipeAdvisor to the Board, Stephanie Nightpipe, has lived in the He-Dog and Parmelee community on the Rosebud Indian Reservation her entire life. Over the years, all three of her children have participated in Camp Thunderbird summer camps as campers or junior counselors. Stephanie is currently Secretary at He Dog Elementary School. Her time outside of work is often spent supporting her children and their activities, one of the most predominant of which is rodeo. Her two sons bull ride, and her daughter barrel races.
Our Associate Committee
The Associate Committee is given the task of raising funds for the organization and helping in any other possible ways. Members of the Associate Committee are not voting members of the organization.
Hannah Kinmonth-SchultzAssociate Board Member, Hannah Kinmonth-Schultz, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in Botany, then taught a kindergarten and 1st-grade loop in He Dog, South Dakota. She founded Camp Thunderbird with Leslie Barnard and Cristin Hedman, two other He Dog teachers, in 2008 and led the first three camps. She served as President until 2013, and Treasurer until 2016. She continues to help with camp and led the STEM middle school camp in 2017. She has completed her MS in Forestry and PhD in Biology at the University of Washington. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Joy Ward at the University of Kansas. She lives in Lawrence, KS with her husband Nick and daughter Mica.
David SchlesingerDavid Schlesinger grew up in Portland, Oregon, and taught sixth grade at He Dog Elementary School near Parmelee, South Dakota, after graduating from college. He currently lives in Chicago, Illinois, where he works as an editor at a trade book publishing company that also develops educational products. David also freelances as a German-to-English translator. He likes Bob Dylan, steel-frame road bikes, the Trail Blazers, and eating baked goods while drinking warm beverages.
Jessica ViningMedia Chair, Jessica Vining, taught on Rosebud Reservation at Spring Creek Elementary for two years while living in the town of Rosebud. She is currently finishing her law degree at The George Washington Law School in DC. One day she hopes to be an Assistant United States Attorney working on tribal issues.