The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is governed by an eight member board of trustees.
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 Chief Executive Officer 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.
Victoria Ernst is a human rights attorney based in Yamhill County, Oregon. She teaches international law, works for the United Nations International Law Commission, and consults on human rights legislation. She also works for an international wine importer based in Oregon. She has previously worked for other United Nations bodies, including the Committee Against Torture, as well as for the European Union. She started her legal career in Montana, working in Tribal Court on Fort Belknap. She was raised in Newberg, Oregon, and is deeply involved in community service in Yamhill County. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Encompass Yamhill Valley, the City of McMinnville Budget Committee, and the Finance Committee for Yamhill Community Action Partnership.
Maria Rojo de Steffey was born and raised with her nine siblings in a small-town farming community in Colorado. As a young woman, Maria decided to attend college at the University of Oregon. While there, her love for Oregon grew. After graduating she made Oregon her home.
Maria’s extensive experience includes two terms as a Multnomah County Commissioner where, among many initiatives, she originated and co-chaired the County’s Vital Aging Task Force, secured funding for the building the new Sauvie Island Bridge, secured the initial funding for the new Sellwood Bridge, led the process for the green roof on the Multnomah County Library in Portland and fought for funding for the Sexual Minority Youth Resource Center.
Seeing a need for stable and safe housing for families, Maria co-founded with Clara Padilla Andrews the Hacienda Community Development Corporation.
As a small business owner, Maria served as the President and Owner of ALMAR Contracting, LLC. Her company was a state certified WBE/MBE business renovating and repairing multi-family housing apartment buildings.
With a lifelong commitment to public service, Maria Rojo de Steffey has followed her path towards economic security and social justice for a diverse community.