Meet Our Board of Directors

Mark Cleveland

Mark Cleveland

Cherokee Decent

Board President/Treasurer

Mark Cleveland brings 30 years of business leadership experience to the mission of the gallery from his current role as a Senior Manager in a fortune 100 financial firm. He has been consistently involved in support work with-in the Native Community of Chicago as an former member of the Board of the American Indian Center and as a performer in many events and fundraisers over the past 20 years. Read More

As a graduate of Northwestern University, he was recently active as a member of NU’s Sand Creek taskforce which brought together University and Native American representatives at large to determine Northwestern’ s response to this historical event. Although not a registered tribal member, his family heritage includes Native American background, combined with immersion in Lakota traditions while a young man which have served to deepen his understanding and ability to contribute to important outcomes of the diverse Not for Profit organizations he serves.
Michael P

Michael Pamonicutt

Menominee

SGT at Arms

Michael is Head Veteran at Trickster Art Gallery Native Veteran Group of Illinois.

Lisa Davis

Nez Perce & Umatilla Tribe

Board Secretary

Lisa Davis is a Nez Perce descendant of the great Chief Joseph and a registered tribal member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservations. Growing up in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Lisa looked forward to annual family trips to the Nez Perce reservation where she learned of the native ways. Her fondest memories of her summer visits include utilizing the sweat house and dancing the fancy dance in the regalia that her aunt made for her. Read More

Her family is very close and she cherishes all the beaded jewelry gifts from her aunts and cousins, many of whom still live on the reservation. Lisa enjoys adding to this jewelry collection and supporting native artists by purchasing earrings at the multiple powwows she attends throughout each year with her two daughters. The cradle board on display at the Trickster Art Gallery, on loan by the Davis Family, was handmade by a cousin and was used to rock both of Lisa’s daughters. Lisa is an Executive Assistant at Tyson Foods, Inc., a long-time partner of the Trickster Art Gallery, where she serves on the steering committee of the multicultural business resource group and practices her passion of meeting planning.
Bunky Echo-Hawk

Bunky Echo-Hawk

Special “Live Art”

Trickster Board Member & Nike N7 designer

“It is my goal to truly exemplify the current state of Native America through art.”

Bunky Echo-Hawk is a multi-talented artist whose work spans both media and lifestyle. A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, he is a fine artist, graphic designer, photographer, writer and a non-profit professional. Bunky is a traditional singer and dancer of the Pawnee Nation and an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation.Read More

Throughout his career, he has merged traditional values with his lifestyle and art. He has exhibited in major exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally, including in NYC, Chicago, Denver, Santa Fe, and Frankfurt, Germany, to name a few. His poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies, and his plays have been performed and produced across the nation.
Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Mohican

Board Member

Bill is a three time Grammy Award Winner and a Native American singer/songwriter of Mohican heritage. He was born on the Stockbridge-Munseereservation, near Shawano in northern Wisconsin. Miller’s Mohican name is Fush-Ya Heay Aka (meaning “bird song”). He began playing guitar when he was 12 years old, and is an accomplished player of the Native American flute. Read More

In 1973, he moved to Milwaukee and won an art school scholarship; today he is an accomplished artist whose drawings and paintings have been widely praised. In 1984, he moved to Nashville. His biggest break came when popular musician Tori Amos, after listening to his Red Road CD on her tour bus, asked him to serve as the opening act on her Under the Pink tour.

Miller continuously gained fans with other artists from a broad musical spectrum. He went on to tour with diverse musicians such as Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, The BoDeans, Richie Havens, and Arlo Guthrie and wrote songs with artists such as Nanci Griffith, Peter Rowan and Kim Carnes. In 2005, Miller’s instrumental Cedar Dream Songs won a Grammy Award for Best Native American Music Album.

Eve Muir-Wilson

Educator, Maine South High School

Park Ridge, IL

Eve Muir-Wilson first became associated with the Trickster Art Gallery when she brought her freshmen reading classes to Trickster on a field trip to get background knowledge for the novel they were reading: Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  She developed a great interest in the American Indian culture because of her research with teaching the novel, so she decided to volunteer her summer time at the gallery.  She was very honored in August of 2014 when she was asked to join the Board of Directors, giving them an educator’s perspective.  She has been an educator for over 20 years, teaching reading for the past 17 years at Maine South High School.Read More

In addition to teaching, she sponsors the WrestleTechs (high school wrestling scorekeepers) and is the Varsity badminton coach.  Eve is also an active supporter of Futures for Children– an organization whose mission is to help American Indian students who live on reservations graduate high school.  She involves her students and the children at her church with mentoring her 4 American Indian students who live on Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona.  For more information about Futures for Children, visit their website: www.futuresforchildren.org.
Dr. Alaka Wali

Dr. Alaka Wali

Curator, North American Anthropology

Science and Education Division

The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL

Dr. Wali was born in India and received her B.A. from Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA, and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University, New York City.  Dr. Wali is currently Curator of North American Anthropology in the Science and Education Division of the Field Museum. She was the Director of the Center for Cultural Understanding and Change (CCUC) from 1994-2010, when it merged with the Environment and Conservation Program to create the Environment, Culture and Conservation Division.    Read More

As Director of CCUC, she was responsible for coordination of programs designed to enhance interdisciplinary work at the Museum, strengthen public programming on cultural issues, and promote efforts to link the Museum closer to the Chicago Community.

Under her leadership, cultural understanding programmatic activities grew into a lively operation that had a staff of over 15 full-time professionals, obtained grants totaling over $3million and trained over 100 students in qualitative research between 1995-2004.  She pioneered the application of an asset-based approach to community engagement in everything from conservation programs in biodiversity rich regions to community building using arts programs in mixed-income residential developments in poor communities.

As Curator, she explores research themes of how changing social contexts impact identity and forms of activism within the urban context. She was Principal Investigator for a two- year project studying the social impact of the informal arts in Chicago, which has been widely cited and was used in developing the arts and cultural strategy for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s GOTO2040 Plan.  She has also been actively involved in the social and ecological sustainability efforts in the Andes/Amazon region.

In 2005, she was the Principal Investigator for a major study of the social, cultural and artistic assets of recent Mexican Immigrants.  From 2006-2009 she led the Field Museum’s innovative work on building social cohesion in a mixed-income residential project, using arts programs and arts based strategies.

She has worked on numerous temporary and permanent exhibits on contemporary culture for the Museum, most recently, “Fashion and The Field Museum Collections. Maria Pinto”.  In 2010, she assumed curatorial responsibilities for the North American Anthropology collections.  She has also launched a major initiative to build a collection of urban material culture that will document the diversity and vibrancy of urban life, arts and crafts.

Dr. Wali has received major grants from the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Science Foundation and from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  She has spoken at numerous community organizations around the City and appeared on public radio and television station programs.  She is the author of two books, several monographs and over 30 articles.  Together with Co-author Leith Mullings, she has written a book on the Harlem Research titled Stress and Resilience: The Social Context of Reproduction in Central Harlem (2001), published by Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.  Dr. Wali is active in anthropology professional organizations.

Dawn O’Keefe Williams

Shawnee and Cherokee

Board Member

Growing up near the Northwest side of Chicago Dawn started working in bands as a teenager, performing and writing songs.  Throughout the years while raising a family, she continued to be involved in music both as a performer and serving on various boards as a fundraiser for Midwest Women in Music, and The Chicago Recording Academy’s Songwriter Committee. She also produced independently benefits for musicians and their families in need as well as benefits for other charities such as Family Shelter held at Buddy Guy’s Legends featuring notable blues recording artists. Today Dawn is known for her music as a Roots/Blues indie recording artist. Read More

Dawn also worked for AT&T for over 22 years where she later became a member of a Native American  employee resource group, Inter-Tribal Council of AT&T Employees (ICAE).  She was instrumental in fundraising and promoting for this group.   Due to this membership she then forged a relationship with Trickster Art Gallery and The American Indian Center in Chicago partnering with AT&T’s ICAE branch in many events.

Recognized with a Billboard Award for her songwriting, she now devotes her time focusing on this aspect of her life as she has retired from the day job. Dawn is a descendant of Chief Hokolesqua Opecham (Uncle Cornstalk) and is honored to serve on the Board for Trickster Art Gallery. Dawn has participated as one of the fundraisers for TAG and also as Stage Manager on the Committee for the 2nd and  3rd Annual National Gathering of American Indian Veterans. Dawn has donated one of her songs “Call From The Heart” to Trickster Art Gallery’s fundraising CD “Music Tribute To American Indian Veterans”

Tracy Krakar

Customer Supply Chain Specialist

Joliet, IL

Tracy Krakar has been involved with the Trickster Art Gallery and the Native Community for over eight years through PepsiCo’s Native American Employee resource group RISE.  She was extremely honored to be asked to join the Board of Directors.  She hopes her past experiences as an Administrative Assistant, RISE Co-Chair, and event planning will help to enhance Trickster Art Gallery’s mission. Read More

Graduating from DeVry University with her Bachelors in 2014, Tracy has started a new direction through PepsiCo’s Supply Chain organization.  She is an avid lover of art and dabbles in painting, lampworking, and metalsmithing.

Jane Stevens

Jane Stevens

Board Member

Illinois State Museum Curator/Manager