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Soboba Foundation Board of Directors

 

Sally Ortiz
Sally Ortiz
President

President Sally Moreno-Ortiz 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 works as a Cash Operations Manager for a large company and is the Soboba Enrollment Committee Chairperson. She likes spending time with family every chance she gets. Her goal is to ensure the Tribe reaches a level of deserved recognition for all the financial support it has provided to others through the Soboba Foundation’s efforts.

Geneva Mojado
Geneva Mojado
Vice President

Vice President Geneva Mojado has served three two-year terms on the Soboba Tribal Council in the capacity of treasurer and secretary. She was raised on the Soboba Reservation, attended San Jacinto High School, Mt. San Jacinto College and UCR and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice with a minor in Native American Studies. In addition to spending time with her two young children, she is a member of the Noli Indian School Board, Soboba Foundation, Soboba Economic Development Corporation, Soboba Pow Wow committee and chair of the annual NIAA Softball Tournament. Geneva is currently employed with Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health with Native Challenge as a Health Educator. Her passion is to work with the youth and become a positive role model.

Dondi Silvas
Dondi Silvas
Secretary

 

Secretary Dondi Silvas 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.

Patrick Placencia
Patrick Placencia
Treasurer

Treasurer Patrick Placencia moved to the Soboba Reservation when he was 10 years old. He works at the Soboba Casino as the Title 31 Senior Compliance Specialist. He is also a Softball Fastpitch coach and player for some local teams that represent the Tribe. He has been the Vice Chairman for the National Indian Athletic Association (NIAA) for the past 10 years. Patrick is a 1983 graduate of San Jacinto High School and attended the University of Phoenix for two years. His personal goal is to raise his family to be good citizens, retire in style and to be the best at what they take on. He said it has been an honor to represent the Tribe as a member of the Soboba Foundation, which has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-profit charities. Patrick said his family is most important in everything he does and said their support has allowed him to be successful in life.

Monica Herrera
Monica Herrera
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.

Isaiah Vivanco
Isaiah Vivanco
Member at Large

 

Member-at-Large Isaiah Vivanco is serving his second consecutive term as Vice-Chairman and fourth overall for the Soboba Tribal Council and is a lifelong resident of the Soboba Indian Reservation. He previously worked for Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District for more than 25 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 was elected to the Soboba Foundation four years ago and currently serves as the Tournament Director for the Soboba Foundation & Soboba Casino Charity Golf Tournament. This event is the foundation’s most successful fundraising activity. Isaiah has been on the NIAA softball tournament committee since its inception and is serving his fourth year as a Soboba Tribal Delegate for the current Compact Steering Committee, where he attends monthly meetings with the Governor’s office. Isaiah would like to provide for the youth, who will be taking over the current leaders' efforts someday. He wants to be part of supplying them with a solid foundation that will help to ensure their prosperous futures.

Scott Cozart
Scott Cozart
Member at Large

 

Member-at-Large Scott Cozart has lived on the Soboba Reservation continuously since 1980. He has been a resident of Soboba and the San Jacinto Valley since 1959. Chairman Cozart is the son of Gloria Castello Cozart and Bruce Cozart. He attended San Jacinto schools, graduating from San Jacinto High School in 1973. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Operations with a focus on Operational Management and Efficiencies from National University, San Diego. He and his wife Dee married in 1976 and moved back to the reservation in 1980 to raise their two sons, Jason and Justin. They have been blessed with six grandchildren as well. Scott is in his sixth term as a member of the Tribal Council, currently serving as Tribal Chairman for the third time. He is an Operating Engineer, having completed Operating School and Apprenticeship with Operating Engineers Local 12. Scott has worked as a contractor and in general construction with Cozart Construction. He served the tribe as interim manager for the Bingo operations and also as Interim General Manager for Soboba Casino. Chairman Scott was instrumental in developing the very first gaming contract to open Bingo operations for the tribe’s first gaming facility.