Leadership

Kevin Ollokot Keefe
CEO

Mr. Keefe (Nez Perce) is KAI’s chief executive officer and has more than 10 years of experience in strategic planning, operational improvement, project management, and business development. He has led numerous consulting engagements across areas such as public health, education, business and economic development in American Indian communities. Prior to joining KAI, Mr. Keefe advised executive leadership of private equity funds and large multinational companies. Mr. Keefe holds master’s degrees in economics from the University of San Francisco and in business administration and in international studies from The Wharton School & The Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania.

Holly Echo-Hawk, MsC
Tribal Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse SME

Ms. Echo-Hawk (Pawnee Nation) has more than 35 years of senior-level experience in supporting all aspects of system and service transformation to improve services and operations for vulnerable youth and family populations. She serves as a subject matter expert (SME) for KAI’s training and technical assistance (TTA) and research and evaluation (R&E) Teams. She is a former tribal and mainstream behavioral health (BH) director with experience in the administration and development of licensed and accredited mental health and substance abuse treatment services and was responsible for overseeing child and family BH services in coordination with primary health care, child psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical staff, and paraprofessional supports.

Her national leadership experience includes the integration of evidence-based practices and practice-based evidence in cross-cultural organizations and communities. Her knowledge of complex trauma, cultural influences, assessment tools for trauma and suicide risk, and best practice treatment approaches are key to her national BH leadership. Ms. Echo-Hawk commands strong planning, facilitation, and technical assistance skills with an emphasis on cross-cultural competency and knowledge, social return on investment, and human asset building.

Ms. Echo-Hawk also serves as the tribal behavioral health SME with the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry; lead cultural competence SME for the Opioid Response Network (ORN), serving as the national co-chair of the ORN AI/AN Workgroup; and tribal behavioral health SME for the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Network and C4 Innovations. Ms. Echo-Hawk received her master of science degree in organizational behavior from the California School of Professional Psychology.

Gloria Guillory
Vice President for Organizational Transformation

Gloria Guillory (Nez Perce) brings more than 28 years of experience and deep familiarity with Indian Country to build local capacity for developing programs that improve outcomes for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Gloria and her team support organizational transformation and work to open new doors and opportunities for the many communities and organizations KAI cares about and wants to help. Gloria holds her master of social work degree in social work administration from Eastern Washington University.

Dr. Janet Gordon
Vice President for Education Systems

Dr. Janet Gordon has more than 35 years of experience with research and evaluation of programs across multiple disciplines and social sciences including education, health, workforce development and computer science. She uses a participatory approach and works closely with many diverse communities building capacity.

Janet directs the conceptualization, planning, implementation and sustainability of work at KAI that is related to national-, state- and local education agencies.

Janet earned her doctorate in education from Montana State University, her master’s degree in Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University, and her bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Arizona State University.

Isabelle Penass
Vice President for Training and Technical Assistance

Isabelle A. Penass (Nez Perce Tribe, Nimiipuu) has cultivated expertise in the promotion of behavioral health and family and community wellness for underserved populations. She has more than 9 years of experience working in Indian Country and with other resilient communities to address prevention needs through strengths-based, solution-focused, and community-driven approaches. She has dedicated her career to the prevention of behavioral health issues through understanding the gaps in resources and the symptoms of unresolved trauma, including substance misuse, suicidal risks, lateral oppression, and family and school violence.

Isabelle incorporates evidence-, practice-, and culture-based interventions in her team's training and technical assistance work across the country and monitors data-driven progress toward achieving results. She works with her team to change lives and communities by honoring cultural resiliencies, creating a sense of belonging, and building key relationships.

Isabelle earned her master’s and bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, with a focus on clinical mental health.

Crystal Tetrick
Vice President for Health Systems and Policy

Ms. Tetrick has more than 20 years of experience supporting health equity and maternal, child, and infant health and compliance in Indian Country. She specializes in healthcare organization and community strategic planning. 

Crystal provides Indian health subject matter expertise for materials and deliverables for many of KAI’s contracts, and she recently directed the healthcare operations of Urban Indian clinics and Parent and Child Health programs in Seattle and King County, Washington.

Crystal earned her master’s degree in public health and bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Washington.

Dr. Aislinn Rioux
Vice President for Research and Evaluation

Dr. Aislinn Rioux (Blackfeet) is a research and evaluation professional with expertise in applied statistics, evaluation, research, and teaching for diverse audiences. She has more than 13 years of experience working with indigenous communities through quantitative and qualitative methodologies, data analysis and interpretation, representative data visualizations, and evaluation.

Aislinn works with her team to approach research and evaluation in a wholistic manner to provide clients with usable information that is embedded in context and has real world application.

Aislinn earned her doctorate in educational leadership, her master’s degree in applied statistics, and her bachelor’s degree in criminology/forensic anthropology from the University of Montana.

Dr. Amanda Cantrell
Vice President for Communications

Dr. Amanda Cantrell has nearly 20 years of professional experience in public relations and communications reaching underserved communities. She brings a strong background in project management, journalism, and content creation, as well as experience as an educator, photographer, and nonprofit leader.  Her varied experience provides a unique perspective for our clients and a variety of skill sets to go beyond traditional communication.

Amanda is originally from Dallas, Texas and arrived to Spokane by way of Alaska, where she lead the medical PR team for Southcentral Foundation.  She joined KAI in 2019 and is thrilled to have such a talented and diverse team. KAI’s communications service line provides a complete suite of services, including strategic communications, media relations, graphic and web design, quality control, and more. If it’s related to communications, this team can meet your organization’s needs. 

Amanda received her doctorate of public administration with a focus in nonprofit leadership from Valdosta State University. She also holds a master’s degree in human relations and business from Amberton University, two bachelor’s degrees—one in communications and one in theatre—from Texas A&M Commerce, as well as an associates in performing from KD Conservatory.

Jennifer Gillissen
Vice President for Meeting and Event Planning

Jennifer Gillissen has more than 20 years of experience in planning meetings and events, with numbers ranging from 10 to 14,000 participants throughout the United States.

Jennifer works with a wide variety of federal and tribal organizations. She is a board member of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals and holds a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Towson State University that includes a minor in business administration.

Josephine Keefe
Creative Director

Josephine Keefe serves as KAI’s creative director and has 6 years of experience in the creative field. She ensures that the best ideas are executed for all of KAI’s clients and their communications products by directing and overseeing the creative process and facilitating brainstorming sessions. She is experienced in creating culturally competent, targeted communications products to support outreach to vulnerable populations, including minorities and at-risk youth, on public health topics. Ms. Keefe earned her master of fine arts degree at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Theater, Film and Television.