Si Yo! My name is Cherie Ann Bird Rose, and I am running for the office of Painttown Community Council Representative. I am the daughter of William E. (Bill) and Marion Bird. I am a graduate of Western Carolina University, where I earned a B.S. in Social Work. I am also a veteran of the United States Army, having served 11 years and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. Upon my Honorable Discharge from the Army, I served my country further by working for the Department of Defense in the Information Technology field. When the opportunity to serve my Tribe presented itself, I took the skills that I had learned in my years with the Army and the DOD and put them to work to help establish the EBCI Tribal IT Department, where I rose to the position of Director of IT. It was my honor to serve our tribe in this capacity for 20 years until my recent retirement.
There are many issues facing our Tribe that affect every Painttown Community member, and all Tribal members, such as deficiencies in Health Care, Addiction & Recovery resources, Economic Growth and Diversification, Overall Communication, Domestic Violence, and the basic rights of our people. I believe that the years of experience in military leadership, Departmental and Personnel management, coupled with my education in Social Work create a skill set that uniquely qualifies me to work with Tribal Council to develop and implement solutions to the issues facing our tribe. I’m asking for your support in the upcoming election and would like an opportunity to hear from you about the issues that are most important to you and your family.