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Soboba Foundation Board of Directors
Sally Ortiz works as a Cash Operations Manager for a large company and sits on the Soboba Enrollment Committee. She serves as President of the Soboba Foundation and strives to help the Tribe achieve its highest possible status with regards to charity and sponsorship. Sally enjoys representing the Tribe throughout the community and networking with old friends and new contacts. She is married with four children and 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 was raised on the Soboba Reservation and is a tribal member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. The San Jacinto High School alumna attended 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. Geneva has served 3 two year terms on the Soboba Tribal Council in the capacity of treasurer and secretary for the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. In addition to spending time with her two young children, she is a board member of the Soboba Foundation, Soboba Economic Development Corporation, Soboba Pow Wow committee and chair of the annual NIAA Softball Tournament. She has coached varsity softball at Noli Indian School and is a member of the Noli School Board of Trustees. Geneva is currently employed with Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health with Native Challenge as a Health Educator where she enjoys working with the Native and non-Native community. Her role as a Health Educator is to inform pregnant and parenting teen to reduce repeat pregnancies, encourage pregnant and parenting teens to complete high school or other alternative schooling, motivate teens to pursue higher education/technical school and promoting healthy parenting skills. Her passion is to work with the youth and become a positive role model. She hopes to pursue her Master's in Public Health and continue her career with Riverside San Bernardino County Indian Health.
Dondi Silvas raised on the Soboba Indian Reservation, is the daughter of Charles “B-bop” and Yvonne Silvas. Sports was always a big influence to her while she was growing up and continues to play a big part in her life. Her passion is playing volleyball twice a week, bowling in a league and dancing. She is an avid sports fan who enjoys attending all types of sporting events. She has been a board member for NIAA (National Indian Athletics Association) softball committee for the past three years. She is also membership coordinator for the Parent Teacher Organization at North Mountain Middle School in San Jacinto, where her niece is a student. She is past Project Coordinator for Ahmium Education Even Start Programs. Dondi has dedicated the past 24 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 will allow her to reach out and help others. She is looking forward to continuing what the tribe has already established and share in touching the lives of others. “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16
Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Tribal Member Patrick Placencia moved to the Soboba Reservation when he was 10 years old. He was recently elected to the position of Treasurer for the Soboba Foundation. He will serve the remainder of Kelly Hurtado’s term as she was recently elected to the Soboba Tribal Council. Patrick 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. The NIAA puts on a first-class All Indian Tournament each summer as a national tournament. Teams come from around the country and Canada. 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. His goals for the Soboba Foundation will be to represent the Tribe in a positive manner, treat his fellow board members with respect and friendship and to continue making a great name for the Tribe in the community.
Soboba Foundation: "It has been my honor to represent the Tribe as a member of the Soboba Foundation. We have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to non-profit charities in our community and surrounding communities. We have reached out all over Riverside, Orange, San Diego, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties to help out needy organizations."
Coaching: "I have been a coach most of my life. I have coached since I was a freshman in high school. I have coached baseball, basketball and softball for various organizations. I find it rewarding in the sense that I can make a positive difference in the lives of our youths."
Sports: "My favorite sport is basketball. Although I do not play that young man’s game any longer, it is still my favorite sport. I played basketball for my high school and the Tribe has sponsored my basketball teams in the past. I am currently the coach for the Soboba Women’s Fastpitch Softball Team and a player/coach for my men’s teams: Thrown Together, Bryan’s Blackhawks and the Banning Renegades."
Family: "To me, my family is most important in everything I do. I have the support needed by my kids, wife, brothers, sisters and especially my mother to carry me through this thing called life. Everything that I have succeeded in was with their backing and support. I love spending time with them on holidays, special events and of course the birthday parties. Family is everything to me."
Personal: "This is who I am. I am glad and proud to serve on the Soboba Foundation representing my Tribe in the communities that we support."
Member at Large
Monica Herrera was raised on the Soboba Indian Reservation and currently serves at Secretary on the Soboba Tribal Council. She has been a member on the Noli School Board and Enrollment Committee for over 7 years. She has worked for Soboba Casino and is a Licensed Cosmetologist. She currently works par-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 forted her the opportunities to achieve her goals.
Member at Large
Isaiah Vivanco is the Vice-Chairman for the Soboba Tribal Council and is a lifelong resident of the Soboba Indian Reservation. He has worked for Valley-Wide Recreation and Park District for more than 25 years, starting when he was 16. He enjoys managing the So Cal Tribes Men’s fastpitch team and coaching the Mayhem women’s fastpitch softball team. He likes golfing, fastpitch softball and attending his three children’s sporting events. He served two terms on the Soboba Tribal Council, has been on the NIAA softball tournament committee since its inception and is a Soboba Tribal Delegate for the current Compact Steering Committee. He looks forward to creating more partnerships within his local community and wants to obtain a better understanding of the issues that affect it. 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.