Board Chairwoman - Sherry Ely Mendes
Board Vice-Chairwoman - Billie Jean Guerrero
Billie Jean Guerrero currently works as the Director for the Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor Center. She is a member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe and has lived most of her life on the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in Northern Nevada. Billie Jean graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Human Services. She also graduated from Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nevada with a teaching license in Elementary Education. Billie Jean has worked for the Pyramid Lake Tribe for most of her career in Housing, Human Resources, Education, Social Services, and Youth programs. Billie Jean believes that she was guided to her present position and feels blessed to be an Ambassador for the tribe promoting the history and culture of the “Numu,” the Paiute people. Working in the Museum is rewarding because it tells the Pyramid Lake story from the native perspective. The purpose of the Museum is to collect, exhibit, and preserve the history and culture of the Northern Paiute People and provide an educational forum for the appreciation, respect, and understanding of the Paiute Culture. Ki Nasoomookwatu – Never to be Forgotten.
Billie Jean enjoys native craft work and is known for making shawls, doing beadwork, and weaving baskets. It is important to carry on our traditional arts, share, and teach our younger generations while they have an interest. In addition, preserving our cultural ways with language, storytelling, history, and cultural practices is a critical responsibility, so that our cultural identity is maintained. The Pyramid Lake Museum and Visitor Center works to perform the preservation and protection of the Paiute culture.