Board of Directors

This group of people has more than 300 years of experience combined, own businesses in the local community, and their mission is to ensure New Day is successful.

The board of directors is a team of six who keep an eye on the operations of this nonprofit organization.  They meet at least quarterly and oversee operations, review reports, and recommend changes.

“We make sure that New Day is serving the children, staff, and the local community,” said Edie Adams, New Day Chairman of the Board.

In other words, the board of directors provides a checks-and-balances function to ensure New Day maintains its fiscal obligations in terms of responsible spending. When a person or organization donates funds, they can be assured the money is spent wisely.

“New Day receives funding from the state and federal government and we have to live up to their expectations,” Edie said.

Edie Adams
President

Vern Mummey
Vice President

Brian Knudson
Treasurer

 

Ed Turner
Board of Directors

 


Hometown
Laurel, MT

Education
Bachelor of Science in Business

Brief work history
U.S. Army officer, Certified Public Accountant practice in Billings

How many years have you spent in your profession?
44 years

When you were appointed to join New Day as a board member, what made you decide to do it?
I wanted to give back to our community

How long have you been with New Day?
20 years

In your opinion, what makes New Day unique?
Caring staff and the personal care of kids.

Is there a New Day event or experience that was memorable?
I really like the Christmas programs when we received education certificates.

Do you have any ideas of how to promote New Day?
Personal appearances at school law enforcement and court events.

 

Wilma (Cookie) Desjarlais
Board of Directors

 


Hometown
Wolf Point and Billings, MT

Name of reservation / tribal affiliation
Fort Peck / Assiniboine

Education
Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Brief work history
School Dist. 2 – Indian Education Coordinator,
BIA Social Worker, and Currently a Native American Child Worker Consultant

How many years have you spent in your profession?
Since 1976, I have worked exclusively with Indian families and Indian affairs.
Employed with School Dist. 2, as an Indian Educator Coordinator, then moved back to Ft. Peck Reservation and work as a BIA Social Worker. I transferred to the regional office and provided training and technical assistance to the Bureau and Tribal programs. Currently, I work as a consultant for Native American child welfare programs.

When you were appointed to join New Day as a board member, what made you decide to do it?
My interest in serving the community and continue being involved in child
welfare.

How long have you been with New Day?
Not sure, think I joined New Day around 2000.

In your opinion, what makes New Day unique?
New Day is unique because it offers Indian customs, values, and practices to
assist with healing and obtain the ability to return to family. The culture component is offered to all of the students that are with the program whether
they are Native American or Caucasian.

Is there a New Day event or experience that was memorable?
The Christmas plays and dinner are always nice. Billy Mills speaking at our
New Day picnic was memorable.

Do you have any ideas of how to promote New Day?
Personal appearances at school law enforcement and court events.

 

Nathel Show
Board of Directors

 


Hometown
Billings, MT

Name of reservation
Northern Cheyenne

Education
Two years as a licensed practical nurse

Brief work history
Bureau of Indian Affairs

How many years have you spent in your profession?
28 years

When you were appointed to join New Day as a board member, what made you decide to do it?
My daughter worked with the program

How long have you been with New Day?
2 years

In your opinion, what makes New Day unique?
The ranch, horses, and the fact that it’s more like country living

Anna Fisher
Board of Directors

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