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Soboba Foundation Board of Directors
President Dondi Silvas was raised on the Soboba Indian Reservation, is the daughter of Charles "B-bop" and Yvonne Silvas. She is the proud mother of Joseph Burton, who plays professional basketball in Japan and grandmother of Joseph Charles Lee Burton. Spending time with family and friends is what she enjoys most. Sports was always a big influence on her while she was growing up and continues to play a big part in her life. She stays very active in the Soboba Vegas bowling league in Hemet and is an avid sports fan who enjoys attending many sporting events. She has been a board member for NIAA (National Indian Athletics Association) softball committee and is past Project Coordinator for Ahmium Education Even Start Programs. Dondi has dedicated many years to supporting her son in achieving his dreams and goals. Now that Joseph Burton has fulfilled most of his goals and continues to keep working on them, his mom has the opportunity to get more involved with her tribe and sitting on the Foundation allows her to reach out and help others. Dondi enjoys attending events where she can reconnect with old friends and make new ones. She feels truly blessed to be part of the Soboba Tribe, which has touched so many lives by giving back.
Vice President Jacob Briones was raised on the Soboba Reservation and has served on the Soboba Tribal Council and the Casino Development Committee. He enjoys giving back to the community and feels the Foundation is a great way to be involved. He is a tremendous advocate of sports and youth development and hopes to see the Foundation continue its support for these types of programs. Jacob has worked for the Soboba Fire Department since its inception in 2014. He is currently a Fire Apparatus Engineer and is working towards completing his company officer certifications while continuing his career goals in Rescue Operations. Jacob and his wife Faith are blessed with four children: Jacob, 20, a graduate of UTI with an associate’s degree in occupational studies; Yawaywish, 16, who commits her time and efforts to softball and scholastics and is preparing for the United States Military Academy (West Point); Posuunyot, 14, who plays rugby and football; and, Huahnee, 11, who plays soccer and aspires to have a culinary arts career. Any spare time Jacob has is spent at the gym working on his personal health and fitness goals.
Secretary Michelle Modesto was raised on the Soboba Reservation but moved when she turned 18. She is currently living in San Jacinto but is renovating a house on the reservation and looks forward returning soon so she can be surrounded by family and lots of home-cooked meals from her sisters. She wanted to join the Soboba Foundation to become more involved in her community and to give back. Michelle also wanted to be part of something that attaches nothing but good deeds and positive vibes to the Soboba Tribe. She intends to focus her energy on building solid relationships with all the surrounding communities. As an accounting administrative assistant, she enjoys her job and all her co-workers at Tribal Administration. She has two children who are students at San Jacinto High School. Michelle enjoys watching her 15-year-old daughter, Avelaka, perform as a varsity cheerleader and her 14-year-old son, Brian, play on the basketball team. She is very proud of her talented and hard-working children.
Treasurer Julie was part of the inaugural Soboba Tribal Member Employment Development Program in 2016 and after a one-year internship, she was hired permanently as the front desk receptionist. She enjoys her job, being the first point of contact for visitors to the Soboba Tribal Administration office. She performs friendly customer service on a regular basis and said the best part of her job is helping people.
Julie has been representing the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians for the Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health Inc. Board of Directors since January of 2013 and enjoys helping to write policies, attend conferences and assist with hosting conferences for men and women. She finds the mini-Olympics event for children a favorite event. She welcomes the many opportunities she is given to communicate with other reservations regarding keeping all the clinics up to date and ensuring everything is running as smoothly as possible.
Julie and her husband Albert Parcero live in San Jacinto and have four children: Jenna, Alan, Michelle and Ajay.
Member at Large
Member-at-Large Monica Herrera was raised on the Soboba Indian Reservation and currently serves as Secretary on the Soboba Tribal Council. She has been a member of the Noli School Board and Enrollment Committee for several years. She has worked for the Soboba Casino and is a Licensed Cosmetologist. She currently works part-time as a Hair Stylist in between being a wife and proud mother of six. Her driving passion is the tribal and local youth. She has volunteered for both the Hemet and San Jacinto Unified School Districts and is an appointed Board Member to the Soboba Foundation. She strives to make a difference in both the Tribal and Local communities by giving back to those that have afforded her the opportunities to achieve her goals.
Member at Large
Member-at-Large Isaiah Vivanco is a lifelong resident of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Reservation and was recently elected to serve as Chairman for the Soboba Tribal Council. This is his sixth term overall, having served as Vice-Chairman for three terms. He was elected to the Soboba Foundation in 2014 and currently serves as the Tournament Director for the annual Soboba Foundation & Soboba Casino Resort Charity Golf Tournament, the foundation's most successful fundraising activity. He has been on the NIAA softball tournament committee since its inception. Isaiah also serves as an executive committee member to the Compact Tribes Steering Committee and as Tribal Liaison to the Soboba Economic Development Corporation. Isaiah was recently elected to serve on the CNIGA Executive Committee as treasurer to assist with its efforts to promote and protect Tribal government gaming and protect Tribal sovereignty. He previously worked for Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District for 28 years, before retiring in 2015 to dedicate all his time to the tribe. He enjoys playing Peon and watching his children sing and dance at Bird Singing gatherings. He also likes golfing and fastpitch softball. Isaiah works hard to deliver strong leadership for his tribe. It is very important to him to provide for the current membership as well as future generations to come.
Member at Large
Member-at-Large Sally Moreno-Ortiz was recently elected to the Soboba Tribal Council for her first two-year term and will serve in the position of Treasurer. She has more than 30 years of gaming experience at Soboba, Morongo and Pechanga. She has dedicated 10 years to sitting on the Soboba Enrollment Committee and eight years with the Soboba Foundation board, serving as past president. Sally strives to help the Tribe achieve its highest possible status with regards to charity and sponsorship. She enjoys representing the Tribe throughout the community and networking with old friends and new contacts. She enjoys spending time with family every chance she gets. She is passionate about her service to Indian Country and enjoys contributing her experience and work ethic to help Soboba continue all its successful endeavors. Her past experience, managing nearly 500 individuals with a fair and consistent method of understanding of what it means to be part of a large team, has given her the insight and skill to work alongside other members to keep the Soboba Foundation the recognized and respected organization it has grown to be.