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Soboba Foundation Board of Directors

 

Geneva Mojado
Geneva Mojado
President

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
Vice President

 

Vice 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.

Michelle Modesto
Michelle Modesto
Secretary

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.

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Jacob Briones
Treasurer

 

Treasurer 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.

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.