The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is governed by an eight member board of trustees.
Chip Lazenby is presently owner of Lazenby & Associates a strategic and legal consulting firm based in Portland. He has previously served as general counsel for Portland State University, general counsel for Governor John Kitzhaber, MD and for the Portland Development Commission. In addition to being an attorney, he holds an MBA from the University of Oregon. Besides serving on the Community Fund Board, Chip is on the Oregon Public Defense Services Commission providing oversight of public defender contracts for the state of Oregon. He lives with his wife Lynette and son Michael in Portland. They love the outdoors and travel. Chip is a baseball fan.
Senator Arnie Roblan represents the scenic and rugged central Oregon coast comprising the 5th Senate District. Previously Senator Roblan served 4 terms as Representative for House District 9, two terms as Co-Speaker. Senator Roblan's commitment to his community long precedes his election to public office. He is a founding boardmember of Friends of New and Sustainable Industry (FONSI) and has served on the boards of several local organizations, including the Coos Bay/ North Bend Water Board, the Coos Educators Federal Credit Union, Belloni Ranch, YMCA Youth in Government and the Oregon Coastal Environments Network (OCEAN). Senator Arnie Roblan also served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the Southwestern Oregon Transportation and Economic Development Workgroup, the Oregon Education Accountability Roundtable, the Governance Group of the Capitol Restoration Project, the Coastal Caucus and the Chalkboard Project. A former math teacher and principal of Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon, Senator Roblan earned his B.A. degree from the University of Washington in 1971 and his M.A. degree from the University of Oregon in 1983. He began his lengthy career teaching mathematics at Marshfield High School. He was soon promoted to Dean of Students, later to Assistant Principal and finally, in 1989, to Principal. Senator Roblan's received the Milken Education Award in 1997 and, in 2002, was recognized by his alma mater as a University of Oregon Distinguished Alumnus. In 2011, the Oregon Business Association named him Statesman of the Year Award in recognition of his extraordinary achievements for public service, consensus building, and forging collaborative solutions to critical issues facing Oregon. In 2012, he was honored with the “Public Officials of the Year” awards from Governing Magazine. Senator Arnie Roblan and his wife Arlene, who have lived in Coos Bay for the past 35 years, raised three wonderful children of whom he is very proud.
Denise Elvira Harvey was born in Castro Valley, California. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area from 1962 to 1976. In 1976, her mother decided to return to Oregon and she attended high school in Salem. Soon after graduation, she moved to Southern California, where she lived and raised four sons – Benjamin, Ryan, Sean and Jared. She also raised two stepchildren, Blair and Alex, with her husband, John Harvey. She worked in the Los Angeles County Emergency Department for 16 years as a health coordinator and attended Mount San Antonio College from 1999 to 2002. Her husband retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 2001 and the family decided to relocate to Oregon. Harvey started working for the Tribe in 2002 in the Human Resources Department as the Mentorship and Workforce Development coordinator, a position she held until 2010. In 2004, she was appointed to the Grand Ronde Gaming Commission and, in 2005, was appointed as chair of the commission. She was elected to Tribal Council in 2013. “In my 11 years working for the Tribe, I have continually worked with Tribal members and their families. I look forward to the future and I am honored to be elected to Tribal Council.”
Camille Mercier is the Assistant General Manager for Spirit Mountain Casino, where she has devoted the majority of her 25 year casino career. She has extensive HR experience in organizational development for three different casinos in three states.
Camille holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Atkinson School of Management at Willamette University and a bachelor’s degree from George Fox University. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes Grand Ronde.
Camille hopes to leave a legacy that includes understanding that people matter most and self-sufficiency comes to people who have opportunities to learn, contribute and achieve their potential.
Camille lives in Salem with her husband and pets; she has one adult son. In her spare time, she is a self-proclaimed closet artist working with various mediums, including traditional native regalia and artifacts.
Martha Schrader has served continuously as a Clackamas County Commissioner since January 2013. She previously served as a commissioner from 2003 to 2009 (and as Chair from 2005 to 2007). Martha represented Oregon’s 20th District as state senator from 2009 to 2011. Before entering office, Martha was an entomologist, a schoolteacher and a librarian. From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling local organic produce. She is the proud mother of five children and three grandchildren. In her free time, Martha enjoys kayaking on the Clackamas River and around Willamette Falls. Martha holds a bachelor’s degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a master's degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, and a master’s degree in education from Portland State University. She is also a fellow with the American Leadership Forum. Bringing together her love of fresh food, farms and home cooking, Martha has a cooking show on the Clackamas County Government Channel called Cooking with the Commissioner.
Michael Cherry was born and raised in Oregon and is a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde where she began her career in Indian Child Welfare in 1990. Most recently she worked for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund as the Executive Director and prior to that served as the Spirit Mountain Casino as a Marketing Manager from 2009 to 2017. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and is studying for her Master’s degree. She is happily married with 5 children, three grandsons & a granddaughter residing in Salem, Oregon. Michael feels honored to be serving in her role as an elected official of Tribal Council for the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.
Brenda Tuomi was raised in Marcola, Oregon and now lives in Grand Ronde. She went to the University of Oregon where she earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Human Services. She is married to a Retired Army Combat veteran and has two daughters and four grandchildren.
Brenda worked at the University of Oregon for 18 years, and her last position there was as the Academic Advisor in the Office of Multicultural Academic Support, where she was blessed to serve self-identified students of color. As an actively involved member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, she is proud to serve another term on Tribal Council, building on the hard work of tribal ancestors to provide a brighter future for generations to come.
Brenda strongly believes in sharing, giving and improving the quality of life for others whenever possible. Thus, it brings her pure joy to join our Board of Trustees so that she can help support organizations that improve the health, education, and social needs of Oregonians. Her hobbies include sewing, hiking/walking, reading, and she has a great passion for traveling to other countries to experience their cultures. She enjoys watching sunsets and taking care of her cat, Kona.
Julie Fahey represents House District 14 (West Eugene & Veneta) in the Oregon State Legislature. She was first elected to the House in 2016 and was elected by her colleagues to serve as House Majority Leader in 2022. Her areas of focus as a legislator include housing affordability, living wage jobs, worker protections, and improving education outcomes.
Rep. Fahey currently serves as Chair of the House Committee on Rules and a member of the House Committee on Housing. Past committee assignments have included the House Committee on Business & Labor, House Committee on Economic Development, Joint Committee on Student Success, Joint Committee on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Transportation and Economic Development, House Committee on Conduct, and the Joint Emergency Board.
Outside of the legislature, Rep. Fahey has two decades of experience in the private sector as a business consultant and co-founder of a human resources consulting firm for businesses and non-profits. Through her work, she helps employers pay their employees fairly, build skilled workforces, and make their organizations great places to work.
She is a strong advocate for equal access to quality education and has served as an officer in her Eugene chapter of PEO, a philanthropic organization which provides scholarships and educational opportunities for women around the world. In her free time, she loves to hike, foster rescue dogs, and do the Sunday crossword puzzle.