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EXECUTIVE DIRECTORJackleen de La HARPE

Jackleen focuses on program, strategic planning and fundraising for Underscore and was a strategic development consultant for InvestigateWest to increase the visibility and reach of investigative reporting. She was the founding Executive Director of The Metcalf Institute for Marine + Environmental Reporting and is a former journalist and freelancer — her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal and, more recently, Indian Country Today.

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OPERATIONS MANAGERKatie WHITECAR

Katie Whitecar (pronounced whit-i-kerr) specializes in project management, designing and streamlining internal processes informed by data analytics. She has worked for environmental education nonprofits, healthcare administrators and energy efficiency programs. In 2018, Katie joined the Burgerville Strategic Initiatives team, researching regenerative agriculture to inform Burgerville’s eco-concious supply chain decisions. She believes strongly in the nonprofit journalism model and is applying her skills and expertise to build the foundation for Underscore’s sustainability.

Contributors

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REPORTERSergio OLMOS

A probing, long-form journalist, Sergio left college in 2014 and landed in Hong Kong in the last 24 hours of the Umbrella Movement. He decided to buy a notebook and try being a journalist, thus launching his freelance career. For three years, Sergio traveled to more than 20 countries. His work during this time published with Latterly. He joined InvestigateWest in 2018 to report on concussions in high school sports. Él habla español.

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REPORTERKevin ABOUREZK

Kevin Abourezk serves as managing editor for Indianz.com, a Native American news website. He has spent 21 years as a professional journalist, including 18 years as a reporter and editor for the Lincoln Journal Star. He is an enrolled citizen of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and a married father of five children. He lives and works in Lincoln, Nebraska. Indianz.com is owned and operated by Ho-Chunk Inc., the economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

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REPORTERDawn STOVER

Dawn Stover is a freelance science and environmental writer based in White Salmon, Washington, and a contributing editor and columnist at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, she was a staff editor at Harper’s and Popular Science magazines, and an adjunct instructor in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University.

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COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATORRyan BREWER

Ryan Brewer focuses on creative and strategic communications solutions for print and digital media. With a background in advertising and publishing, he strives to build a portfolio of socially-minded organizations—be it as a production artist for Image Comics, letterpress supervisor for the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and now as communications coordinator for Underscore. He is an enrolled citizen of the Oglala Lakota Tribe, and lives in Portland where he enjoys birding, biking, and all things books.

Board of Directors

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BOARD TREASURERSharon NIELSON

Sharon is the principal of The Nielson Group, and has extensive experience in the financing and development of community-based projects.
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BOARD CHAIRErin DYSART

Erin is a Program Associate at Meyer Memorial Trust who advocates for journalism's role in supporting transformational, systems-level change that shifts power imbalances and creates and sustains equitable conditions.
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BOARD MEMBERSarah KASTELIC

Sarah has been the Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association since 2015 and has worked for the past 20 years in national Native nonprofits including the National Congress of American Indians.
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BOARD MEMBERMatthew PREUSCH

Matt is an attorney with Keller Rohrback L.L.P., focused on consumer and environmental law. He's a former reporter who believes in fair and accurate reporting, the importance of public service, and the representation of individuals.
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BOARD MEMBERBryan DENSON

Bryan is an award-winning journalist and author with 35 years of slinging true words for a living, most in daily newsrooms. His insights inform Underscore's public service mission.
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BOARD MEMBERStone HUDSON

Stone Hudson will be a Master's student in Social Work at Portland State University in Fall 2020. He worked as a Field Representative for Congressman Earl Blumenauer, focused on operations management and community outreach. As a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, he is committed to mentoring youth and at-risk students.
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BOARD MEMBEREdward HERSHEY

An award-winning sportswriter and news reporter, Edward
Hershey wrote books on baseball and hostage negotiation,
served as New York City’s Assistant Commissioner of Correction,
spent two decades in communications at Cornell and Reed
among other colleges and universities. He was spokesman for
Oregon’s largest labor union. Along the way, he started a
journalists union, was president of a Shakespearean theater in
Maine, won two terms as a city alderman in Ithaca, N.Y.,
announced college basketball games, taught journalism at two
universities and, for the past 44 years, has judged the George
Polk Awards in journalism. His memoir, “The Scorekeeper,” was a
finalist for the 2018 Oregon Book Award.

Indian Country Advisory Board

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INDIAN COUNTRY ADVISORY TEAM MEMBERJason BEGAY (Navajo Nation)

Jason is an Associate Professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism in Missoula, Montana, where he oversees the Montana Native News Honors Project. He is a former Native American Journalists Association Board Member.
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INDIAN COUNTRY ADVISORY TEAM MEMBERCynthia COLEMAN, Ph.D. (Osage Nation)

Cynthia is a Professor of Communications at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, specializing in Native Americans in the media, science and communications.
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INDIAN COUNTRY ADVISORY TEAM MEMBERCharles HUDSON (Three Affiliated Tribes)

Charles is the Intergovernmental Affairs Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) in Portland, Oregon and serves as its congressional liaison.
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INDIAN COUNTRY ADVISORY TEAM MEMBERJames A. PARKER (Chippewa Cree)

James is Deputy Director of The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians and Director of the Oregon Native American Chamber in Portland, Oregon.