Celebration 39 Keynote Speaker and Honorees Bios and photos
Director, Catalyst Initiative
The Minneapolis Foundation
Suzanne Koepplinger is the director of the Catalyst Initiative at the Minneapolis Foundation. Catalyst’s purpose is to honor and foster culturally authentic self-care practices to advance health and well-being. Previously she served for ten years as the executive director of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, where she led the first research, community response, and program implementation in the country to address sex trafficking of American Indian women and girls. In that capacity, she has twice testified before Congress and is a certified trainer for the Office for Victims of Crime Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVC TTAC) and the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTTC). Suzanne holds a Master’s degree in the Art of Leadership from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, and is one of 15 national leaders chosen for the NoVo Foundation’s first Move to End Violence cohort. She has extensive international experience as a trainer and public speaker. Current community service includes board membership with ArtSpace and Frank Theatre.
ARTISTS IN HEALING HONOREES:
Dr. Joi Lewis is author of Healing:The Act of Radical Self-Care. She is a highly sought after speaker, mindset coach, community healer, facilitator of liberation and social justice activist. Dr. Joi (as many fondly call her) inspires us to hold heartbreak and “joy” as we reach for our own humanity and each other’s. Her work is deeply informed by growing up in East St. Louis, Illinois and is grounded in healing justice. Dr. Joi completed her doctoral work at the University of Pennsylvania, conducted research in South Africa, had a 20+ year career on college campuses as a Dean, Faculty, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer before founding her wildly successful company, Joi Unlimited, Coaching and Consulting and the Orange Method. You can stay connected with her work at The Radical Self-Care University (RSCU) on facebook. She is an unapologetic joy instigator, a certified kemetic and hot vinyasa yoga teacher, a facilitator of meditation and mindfulness and a food prep pro, living in St Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Joi is on a mission to “put healing in the hands of anyone, anywhere”. For more information or inquiries about engaging with Dr. Joi, visit www.joiunlimited.com
Nancy Bordeaux is Sicangu Lakota from Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Her upbringing by her Grandparents enabled her to retain her Lakota thought and language. A practitioner of Lakota ceremony and celebration, she is grounded in the women’s protocols. Her culture played an influential role in her former capacity as an Indian Child Welfare court liaison where she spoke for out-of-state-tribes in Minneapolis and St. Paul state court. For a decade, she founded and directed the Indigenous Women’s Life Net, a domestic violence and sexual assault program at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. Today, her extensive experience has contributed significantly to her successful transition into consulting work. She is an Indigenous Cultural Consultant. She integrates her unique background and professional expertise to support and provide cultural competency training to diverse nonprofit organizations and state and federal agencies in and outside of Minnesota. She also provides cultural and experiential-oriented presentations, workshops, retreats and staff trainings for professionals and community members in transcending the impact of historical trauma through cultural intervention and healing work.
REBEKA NDOSI, L.AC, M.S., RYT is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, certified teacher of Kundalini Yoga & Meditation and Radiant Child Family Yoga, and a certified community coach in healing justice. She is co-owner of People’s Movement Center (PMC) in Minneapolis and founder of the Youth Healing Justice Network @ PMC. Dedicated to building a culture of mind, body and wellbeing practice for youth of color and the adults in youths’ everyday spaces and places, her work recognizes, honors and nurtures the individual and collective wisdom that we hold and is driven by the firm belief that lasting, revolutionary change and healing starts from within. She focuses on practical, relevant and integrative healing modalities to support children and youth, especially indigenous youth and youth of color, and the adults and communities who surround them in relieving stress, processing and healing from trauma, and affirming their greatness.