Silver Bullet ProductionsLeadership
Silver Bullet ProductionsLeadership
Board of Directors
Pamela A. Pierce
CEO and PresidentPam has training in law, education, and child advocacy. An attorney for the past 20 years, specializing in children’s issues and mediation, she is licensed in Tennessee, South Carolina, and by the United States Supreme Court. For 15 years, Pam taught in public and private schools. As a special educator and learning specialist in the Baltimore Washington area, she directed Study Skills programs, identified learning styles, creating diagnostic instruments for this purpose, and conducted workshops for teachers, administrators, and parents. Pam was the Executive Director of the New Mexico Coalition for Charter Schools. A trained Mediator, Pam is an associate with Infinite Dispute Resolution Services. Pam served on the Governor’s Council for Media in New Mexico. Pam is the founding partner and President and CEO of Silver Bullet Productions.
Robert W. Pierce
Chief Financial Officer and TreasurerRobert is a seasoned CFO with comprehensive experience in senior financial management of publicly owned, multinational consumer products companies. Bob has experience in all aspects of corporate financial management, including the development of financial organization and reporting processes, direction of internal and external financial reporting, management of debt and equity financings, and formulation of strategic direction. He was formerly Executive Vice President and CFO of Carson, Inc., Executive Vice President and CFO of Maybelline, Inc., and Senior Vice President, Administration and Finance and CFO of Noxell Corporation. He was also Audit Manager of Arthur Young & Company.
Matthew J. Martinez
Executive Vice President, Co-Chair and serves on the Education and Executive CommitteesMatthew earned his Ph.D. in American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is currently the Director of the Northern Pueblos Institute and an Assistant Professor of Pueblo Indian Studies at Northern New Mexico College. Prior to Northern he served as the Director of Indian Education at the New Mexico Higher Education Department where he worked to advance a number of initiatives designed to increase opportunities for American Indian students. Matthew was born and raised at Ohkay Owingeh and is currently Associate War Chief of Ohkay Owingeh.
Chair of Board
Jhane, a Comanche and Blackfeet American Indian is known for her dedication to producing, Native language, Native cultural advising, acting and award-winning fine art. Most recently, she was named a Sundance/Time Warner Producer Fellow for her work on the documentary N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear (2018) for the American Masters Series.
Jhane has served her Comanche people as a two term vice chair of the Comanche National Museum board. She is also the project manager for the Native Cinema Showcase of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) and Class X, the film competition of the Southwestern Association of American Indian Art (SWAIA).
Karl Duncan is Executive Director for the Poeh Cultural Center at the Pueblo of Pojoaque. Karl is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he received a BA in Museum Studies. Karl has worked as the Curator for the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino Art Collection. He serves as Vice-President of the Continuous Pathways Foundation and board member of the Buffalo Thunder Incorporated board in Pojoaque. Since his arrival at the Poeh, Karl facilitated the return of a historic collection of 100 pieces of Tewa Pueblo pottery on long-term loan from the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the American Indian. Additional development at the Poeh includes the creation of an Arts & Culture District, construction of the Tewa Learning Center to house the Poeh Collections & Archives and development of a community Park.
Charlene KellnerCharlene has held a career in nursing before working at the Los Alamos National Lab in computer technology, system administration, IT professional support, and security officer. Silver Bullet has already benefited from her IT experience and leadership in Event planning. Charlene chaired three very successful SBP events.
Lisa LucasEmmy award winning Writer/Producer for film, television and new media: documentary, reality (docu-drama, docu-comedy, competition), lifestyle, magazine, clip shows, web series, pilots, presentation reels and promos with extensive experience directing in the field and in the edit bay. Grass roots social media marketing strategist and team builder. Strong background in legal affairs issues between production companies, talent, standards and practices within content as well as negotiations at all TV production stages. Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences since 2004.
JoAnn MelchorJoAnn is from Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico and has extensive experience working with youth, parents and communities throughout New Mexico, the U.S. and Latin America. She currently is the Executive Director of Southwest Youth Services, which is a nonprofit dedicated to the health and wellness of Native American youth around the state of New Mexico and beyond. JoAnn is a lifelong volunteer for programs and educational activities that promote the well being of children and positive development of communities. JoAnn serves on several local boards and is on the Education Committee of SBP.
Secretary of BoardLarri is retired from a successful career as a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Arent Fox LLP, a nationally know law firm. Larri practiced in the firm’s health care group where she worked extensively with pharmaceutical manufacturers, providers of cancer care services and most of the national patient assistance foundations offering help with prescription drug copayments. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers as one of the leading health care attorneys in Washington, DC. Before she became a practicing attorney, Larri worked in a Fortune 100 chemical company in Charlotte, North Carolina in their environment, safety and health group where she developed programs for and performed compliance audits at more than a dozen manufacturing plants. In addition to serving on the Development and Education Committees for SBP, Larri is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico and sits on its Governance Committee.
Terry A. Sloan
Maura Dhu Studi
Vice Chair of BoardTelevision, film and stage actress, film acting teacher, screenwriter, narrator for documentary films, director, singer in NY, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Nashville, and third generation entertainer, the daughter of Academy Award winner, Jack Albertson, wife of Wes Studi, and proud mother of fourth generation actor Kholan Studi.
Porter Swentzell, Ph.D, Pueblo of Santa Clara, is an Assistant Professor of Indigenous Liberal Studies at Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM. Porter has a Doctor of Philosophy, Justice Studies, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies; he is a Regent at Northern New Mexico College, and serves on several non profit and community Boards for leadership In Nation American culture and education. Porter has researched and presented on “Indigenous place-based education and traditional arts”; “Place-based Education and Sovereignty: “Tewa Based History” and dozens more, including “The Pueblo Revolt of 1680” and “Pueblos of the Rio Grande”. Porter was an essential Advisor and participant in Silver Bullet Productios “Defending the Fire” documentary.
Raffi E. Andonian
Raffi runs his insurance and financial practice affiliated with New York Life, specializing in working with AARP members and others age 50 and above. He has a professional background in public programming as well as in business and nonprofit organizational development, especially with cultural organizations.
A former television reporter and news anchor in Albuquerque and Los Angeles, Conroy Chino helped establish the Advocates for Business and Community Development LLC in 2009, a New Mexico company whose primary purpose is to provide tribes with technical assistance and consulting services in the area of business and economic development.
MaryEllen specializes in new business development and branding and strategic marketing for small to medium size businesses.
Award-winning writer/producer of numerous television programs and feature films. His most recent success is the 7-hour miniseries for HBO “John Adams” which won more Emmy nominations and awards than any TV show in history other than “Roots.” Mr. Ellis wrote and co-produced ABC’s “Anne Frank” and received the Western Writers of America award for the recent “Into the West” shot mostly in New Mexico.
Kim Suina Melwani
Kim Suina Melwani is from Cochiti Pueblo. She has a master’s degree in US West and Native American history from the University of New Mexico. She has worked at the New Mexico Historical Review, and with the New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative, the New Mexico State Historian’s Office, and most recently, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on renewing their permanent exhibit.
Lt. Governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, law enforcement and corrections officer, Commander of Specialized Divisions and Rescue Operations, teacher, coach, athlete.
Former CIA Covert Operations Officer, author, speaker, activist.
Past Governor of Pojoaque Pueblo, world renowned artist with work displayed at the National Museum of the American Indian. Visionary for Poeh Cultural Center and Museum and the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino. Advocate for Native American arts, language, culture, and economic development.
Noted historian, Dr. Veronica E. Velarde Tiller is a member of the Jicarilla Apache Nation and widely regarded as the contemporary authority on the modern-day economic life of Native American tribes. She is also an educator, lecturer, business owner, and publisher.
Brian D. Vallo
Brian serves as Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Governor of Pueblo of Acoma, Director of Historic Preservation, and Founding Director of the Sky City Cultural Center & Haakú Museum.
Honorary Board of Directors
A Cherokee actor, artist, and activist, star of The Last of the Mohicans, Dances with Wolves, and of the Hillerman films bringing Joe Leaphorn to life.
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