It has not only been a pleasure to work alongside David as a co-teacher, but also to observe his work with the students. He empowers students on the Reservation in a unique way and gives them ownership of their communities through photography and reflection. During an intensive summer course, we combined photography with writing to prompt students to think critically of their surroundings and themselves. His process allows students to engage with hands-on activities that give them true knowledge of what they're doing. David displays tremendous patience with the individuals that he works with and ensures understanding before moving on to the next step of the learning process. The photographic process instills a sense of individual pride in the products students create.
- Alexander Herlich, Salish Kootenai College Upward Bound, Pablo, Montana

Our People

Our board is a diverse group of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experience. Their areas of expertise and leadership provide the organization with options that touch on the important aspects of our work, including issues related to education, society, and culture.

Our staff is small. We raise funds on a project-by-project basis so that all of the funding raised for a specific project goes towards that effort.

Our consultants provide us with teaching and logistical guidance so that our work is carried out and shared with the community.

Our volunteers are the people we come in contact with in the schools and communities in which we work. It is their interest and involvement that makes our work a truly collaborative effort.

Harold T. Judd, President
Professional Association: President Accion Group, Attorney at Law. Read more... Maggi Welliver, Vice President
Professional Association: Business Person. Read more... Penny Kipp, Board Member
Professional Association: Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribal Education Scholarship Officer Read more... Dan McIntyre, Board Member
Professional Association: Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University. Read more... George Price, Board Member
Professional Association: Lecturer, Departments of Native American Studies and History, and the African American Studies Program, University of Montana. Read more... David J. Spear, Director, Co-founder
David J. Spear is Director and co-founder of A VOICE-Art Vision & Outreach In Community Education. David oversees project development and implements programming for A VOICE. Read more... Jill L. Erickson, Associate Director, Co-founder
Jill L. Erickson is the Associate Director and a co-founder of A VOICE Art Vision & Outreach In Community Education. Jill oversees the administrative, grant writing, project development and accounting business areas for A VOICE. Read more... Jenifer Blumberg, Consultant
Professional Association: Executive Director, The Nest, serving the Flathead Reservation and Lake County, Montana. Read more... Jennifer Finley, Consultant
Jennifer Finley teaches writing and interviewing techniques for A VOICE projects. Jennifer lives on the Flathead Reservation in Montana where she was born and raised. Read more... Nicole Tavenner, Consultant
Nicole Tavenner provides technical and concept support for A VOICE. Read more...