SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center

Expert Panel

The Expert Panel of the Tribal TTA Center is selected to provide guidance on the Center's activities.

The Expert Panel provides recommendations and guidance to the Tribal TTA Center on how to best develop, plan, communicate, and disseminate information on a range of issues related to the prevention of mental and substance use disorders and suicide, and the promotion of mental health for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples.

This national panel of experts represents each of the identified target audiences: Broad, Focused, and Intensive.  The current 15 Expert Panel members have distinguished backgrounds in social services, public health, behavioral health, higher education, and cultural practices. They represent federal, tribal, national, and private interests with expertise and interest in TTA subjects.


Expert Panel Members

Expert Panel Member

Areas of Expertise

Dolores Subia BigFoot, Ph.D.

(Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, affiliated with the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana)

Director, Indian Country Child Trauma Center

Center on Child Abuse and Neglect

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Oklahoma City, OK 

  • Treatment of child trauma, including historical trauma
  • Cultural adaptations of evidence-based practices
  • Culturally based traditional parenting practices
  • Implementation of evidence-based interventions
  • Suicide prevention, intervention, and research
  • Spirituality, loss, and grief

Candace Fleming, Ph.D.

(Kickapoo, Oneida, Cherokee)

Associate Professor

Director, Training Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health

Colorado School of Public Health,

University of Colorado Denver
Denver, CO

  • Assessment, treatment, and prevention of mental health and substance abuse issues in AI/AN populations
  • Development of behavioral health systems for Native children

Danielle Glenn-Rivera, C.D.S. 

(Osage, Cherokee) 

Contract Program Auditor, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Educator, Public Health, Substance Abuse Prevention and Control

Los Angeles County Public Health Department
Los Angeles, CA

  • Certified specialist in chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS, and diabetes
  • Health advocate for American Indians in urban areas
  • Cultural awareness trainer in tribal communities

Harlan Pruden 

(First Nations Cree– Saddle Lake Reservation, Goodfish Lake Band) 

Director and Co-Founder, NorthEast Two-Spirit Society

New York, NY

  • Behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse
  • HIV/AIDS, social media, and Two Spirit (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Native people) 

Maegan Ray

(Round Valley Indian Tribe)

Yuki Trails Human Services

Round Valley, CA

  • Youth engagement and youth leadership
  • Community planning
  • Digital storytelling
  • Gathering of Native Americans/Gathering of Alaska Natives facilitation 

Lisa Ray Thomas, Ph.D.


Suquamish Tribe Wellness Center Director

Seattle, WA

  • Respectful and ethical collaborative research in partnerships with tribes and AI/AN organizations
  • Community- and strengths-based, culturally grounded health promotion

Willie Wolf 

(Cheyenne River Sioux)

Red Road Leadership

Seattle, WA

  • Community development
  • Wellness
  • Historical trauma
  • Substance abuseprevention and recovery
  • Organizational development
  • Men's issues
  • Native American youth program development with reservations, tribal lands, and urban centers

Patricia Whitefoot


Indian Education Director, Toppenish School District

Yakima, WA

  • Education management
  • Research
  • Community outreach
  • Curriculum development
  • Program management
  • Public policy

Eva Petoskey

(Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians)

Director, Anishnaabek Healing Circle at the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan

Suttons Bay, MI

  • Wellness
  • Education
  • Culturally based substance abuse treatment
  • Strategic planning
  • Curriculum development
  • Research and evaluation technical assistance 

Theresa “Tiny” Devlin

(Athabaskan Deg Hit’an Indian)

Anchorage, AK

  • HIV/AIDS prevention
  • Community mobilization with emphasis on Alaska Native villages

Jerome “Brooks” BigJohn

(Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians)

Lac Du Flambeau, WI

  • Former tribal chairman for Lac du Flambeau Band
  • Experience in tribal advocacy, tribal courts, tribal prosecution, tribal education, tribal business and enterprise, and tribal housing

Zachary Hartlev

(Bad River Ojibwe)

Odanah, WI

  • Early childhood development
  • Teaching/curriculum support
  • Tribal school support
  • Youth team building and youth leadership
  • Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder support
  • Gathering of Native Americans
  • American Indian Life Skills Development Curriculum
  • Question, Persuade, and Refer
Last Updated: 12/14/2017