Meet the Cooperative Extension Team

Susan Given Seymour, M.Ed., Director of Cooperative Extension, Outreach and Community Education

Throughout her 21 years at NWIC, Ms. Given-Seymour has always served in administrative positions related to community education. Under her leadership, her staff has initiated and/or expanded programs on many topics, including: individual and family health and wellness; positive parenting; financial literacy; traditional culture and arts; tribal museum studies; hospitality management; and professional development in other areas of importance to tribal communities. Ms. Given-Seymour is a founding member and the treasurer of the First American Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON), a national organization that works to foster communication, cooperation, and professionalism among tribal college land grant educators. She also serves on the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities Policy Board as well as the National 4-H Healthy Liaison Committee.

Phone: 360-392-4248 Email:

Sunny Guillory, Financial Literacy Program Coordinator & Trainer

Sunny Guillory is enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, located in North and South Dakota. Sunny’s Lakota name, Wihenape wi’ “Rising Sun Woman”, was given to her by her grandparents, the late Reverend Innocent and Edna Goodhouse. Sunny is the mother of three and is passionate about supporting Native families in building financial assets. Sunny received her A.S. in Business Administration from Sitting Bull College and her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Mary.
Phone:  360-392-4280  Email:

Edna Revey, Financial Literacy Trainer

Kwel’ Sil’ Le’ Mault, English given name, Edna Revey, is daughter of Merle Jr. and Julie Jefferson. She is an enrolled member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and descendent of Lummi Nation. Edna graduated from NWIC with her Direct Transfer degree with highest honors in 2008 and is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Tribal Governance and Business Management. Edna is married with two beautiful children and has a passion for working for her people.

Phone: 360-255-4414  Email:

Ruth Solomon, Continuing Education and Conference Coordinator

Ruth is from Lummi and a mother of three and grandmother of five grandchildren. She is a graduate from NWIC with an A.A.S. General Direct degree in 2006 and is currently pursuing a 4-year degree. She has been employed at NWIC for 17 years, with 8 years in her current position. Ruth has a passion for family and wellness and enjoys giving back to her community by offering fun educational conferences and workshops for all ages to participate.
Phone:  360-392-4239  Email:

Tami Chock, Community Outreach Programs Coordinator

Tami joined the Cooperative Extension team in January 2010 after serving for nearly 10 years at a non-profit organization in the Lummi tribal community. She manages the Tribal Museum Studies Online Program, provides organizational support and works with staff to design evaluations that can be used to continually improve our programs and meet the needs of the communities we serve. Tami has a Masters in Education, Policy and Organizational Leadership from the University of Illinois, and a BS in Environmental Studies.

Phone:  360-392-4259  Email:

Vanessa Cooper, Traditional Plants Program Coordinator

Vanessa is an enrolled member of the Lummi tribe and a single mother of three beautiful children. She has worked as the Traditional Plants and Foods Program Coordinator since 2006. Vanessa teaches community education classes on the uses of traditional foods. Her work promotes positive lifestyle changes by providing opportunities for the community to participate in activities that encourage making healthy choices. A graduate of Northwest Indian College, Vanessa continued her studies at Western Washington University and graduated in June 2010 with her BA in Human Services. Her intention is to “Give back to a community that has given me so much to be grateful for.” 

Phone: 360.392.4343   Email:

Elise Krohn, M.Ed, Traditional Foods Educator and Herbalist

Elise is passionate about cultivating healing relationships between people and plants. Since 2005 she has taught classes and developed curriculum for the Northwest Indian College’s Traditional Plants and Foods Program. She also coordinates the Native Foods Nutrition Project at the Northwest Indian Treatment Center. Elise has a Master of Education from Lesley University, a BS from The Evergreen State College, and a Certificate in Ethnobotany from the Center for World Indigenous Studies. She is the author of Wild Rose and Western Red Cedar and the co-author of Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture.

Valerie Segrest, Native Nutrition Educator

Valerie specializes in local and traditional foods. As an enrolled member of the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, she serves her community through coordinating the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project and teaches classes on traditional foods and medicines. She is a graduate of the Northwest Indian College, received a BS in Nutrition from Bastyr University in 2009, and is a graduate student at Antioch University-Seattle. In 2010 she co-authored the book Feeding the People, Feeding the Spirit: Revitalizing Northwest Coastal Indian Food Culture. Valerie hopes to inspire and enlighten others about the importance of a nutrient-dense diet through a simple, common sense approach to eating.

Elizabeth Campbell, Traditional Foods Educator

Elizabeth is a Spokane Tribal Member and grew up harvesting native foods with her family. She now specializes in growing and teaching about healthy foods. In 2008 she received a BA from the Evergreen State College with a focus in Education and Native American studies. She is the Program Assistant and Educator for the N.W. Indian Treatment Center’s Native Foods Nutrition Project and also runs an organic farm with her family in Shelton, Washington and has managed the Shelton Farmers Market for the past two years.

Ethel Greene, Cultural Studies Coordinator

Ethel, an enrolled member of Nez Perce Tribe, lives on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation where she works for Northwest Indian College’s Nez Perce site as the Cultural Studies Coordinator.  The focus of the position is to promote and engage indigenous cultural arts in Eastern Washington and Oregon, including the development of a Tribal museum studies program. Ethel is an experienced weaver – she has taught corn husk and yarn weaving at various events in Washington, Oregon and Idaho for NNABA, Confluence Project, Nez Perce Arts Council and special requests.  She has also learned how to gather cedar bark and other weaving materials during past thirty years. Ethel has employment experience as: Cultural Arts Coordinator, 2010 Census -Tribal Partnership Specialist, Bicentennial Coordinator, Tribal Transportation Planner, Tribal School Grants Coordinator and 15 plus years as a teacher in Alaska.

Phone:  208-843-7409  Email:

Jessica Harshman, Cooperative Extension Administrative Assistant

Scho~lei~tsa III, English name, Jessica Harshman is 19 years young and graduated from Lummi Nation High School in 2012. In June 2013 she graduated from Northwest Indian College  with an AAS Direct Transfer Degree and Native Studies Certificate. She plans to continue her studies at NWIC to earn her Bachelors Degree in Native Environmental Science. She also serves as the Student Wellness Mentor for Women’s Wellness Program in Center for Health.

Phone: 360-392-4345