One Spirit Volunteers

 

Managers / Administrators

 

Jeri Baker 
Jeri Baker
Director
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By the age of 15, Jeri had lost both her parents. With the support of her family, she came to Berea Foundation School to finish high school and stayed on to graduate from Berea College. During the ensuing years, she followed a passion to help others. For 30 years she worked in Child Protective Services and Children’s Mental Health for the State of Virginia. During her career, Jeri worked to overhaul foster care and government support systems so that children with emotional and mental disabilities could have access to free and appropriate education, high quality treatment, and other services while remaining in their own home.

After retiring, she learned about the extreme poverty on Pine Ridge Reservation and established a nonprofit organization. One Spirit’s goal is to provide support to the Lakota Native Americans while they increase their capacity to care for their own people. The organization now provides food to over 5,000 people monthly, heats more than 200 homes, built a youth center and a safe house for children, and is now launching a meat processing facility where the Lakota can process their own buffalo to feed their people. One Spirit also supports a variety of programs that are Lakota cultural initiatives, instilling in more than 400 Lakota youth a vision that recognizes that they are defined by more than the poverty in which they live.

Jeri was also a devoted wife, until her husband’s passing in 2005, and the mother of three children. Her children and 9 grandchildren have been a constant source of support and inspiration. In what passes as her free time, she cares for two grandchildren while their parents work – a job she cherishes.  

   

 Lisa Knouff

Lisa Knouff
Administrative Assistant

   

I’m an animal lover, nature lover and free spirit… always on the side of the underdog. My motto is: Every living thing has its own right to live. Favorite quote: Time is not the boss of me. ~ The 11th Doctor, Doctor Who

 

 

 



Area Service Coordinators

Deborah Holcomb

Deborah Holcomb
Area Service Coordinator for Red Shirt

 

I've worked in the non-profit sector since the early 1990's and am a certified addiction counselor.  My greatest strength is my family and I love being a grandmother! Volunteering here has been a wonderful experience, as I get to know the families that I work with. I have never met such resilient and inspirational people! I believe that love, kindness and gratitude are best expressed through action and that all creations have value. We are all related.

 

 

 

 

   

Peta Cook

Peta Cook
Area Service Coordinator for Oglala and Manderson

 

 

I live in the United Kingdom and even though I am across the ocean, Native Americans and their history with the UK's behaviour towards them in the 1800's made me want to do my part. I researched how I could become involved and I found One Spirit. 
It was a perfect fit for me because it was hands on with the people. As I had always been in the social work field before I retired, I am lucky to be able to work with Lakota people and their families. It has truly been fulfilling.

 

 

 

 

   

Barbara Speer

Barbara Speer
Area Service Coordinator for Porcupine and Wounded Knee

 

 

I care - that is who I am... I am a mother, adoptive mother, foster mother - worked with an adoption agency - brought children from overseas to their new families... ran motherland tours. My kids use to say who is coming to dinner - we always had room for one more  at our home....

I work with One Spirit  and I have been privileged to visit the Pine Ridge Reservation many times and meet with the families... I feel it is important we all do our part - whether we work for One Spirit - sponsor - donate to the food program or Okini - every little bit counts. We will never truly know what it is like to walk in their shoes - but I know one thing - it is not easy.

 

 

 

 

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