NEC Team

neskonlith team (5)

Craig Adams


Kayla August

Administrative Assistant

Brianna Phillips


Larissa Lutjen


neskonlith team (5)


Secwepemc Language Teacher

Bev Saul

Cultural Worker

Tashina Baptiste

Cultural Worker

Tahina Deneault

Classroom Assistant

Mariah Deneault

Classroom Assistant

David Paul

Nutrition Specialist

Dr. Natalie Clark,

Counsellor and Girls Group Facilitator

Adam Rawn

Adult Teaching Assistant

Kayla August ~ Administrative Assistan

Larissa Lutjen ~ High School Instructor

Weytk! I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University College of the Cariboo in 1998, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria in 2001, and later a Bachelor of Education degree in 2019. I have two kids, aged 15 and 17, and while they were I volunteered extensively in the North Shuswap community, including coordinating the One to One Reading program at North Shuswap Elementary for 6 years and organizing the Celista Hall Farmers’ Market for 11 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, working in my garden, and playing Slow-pitch. This year I am teaching the High School class at the Neskonlith Education Centre. I am happy to be back with this great group of kids and excited for a fun and full year ahead. Kukstemc!

Spi7uwe ~ Secwepemc Language Teacher


Tashina Baptiste ~ Cultural Worker

Mariah Deneault ~ Calssroom Assistant


David Paul ~ Nutrition Specialist

David joined the NEC team in the latter half of the 2021/22 academic year.  NEC is very grateful for David who provides his expertise in the kitchen including:  nutritional and meal recommendations / planning, preparation of morning and afternoon meals, shopping, coordination and storage of ingredients.  

For more information please contact the NEC:  250-679-2963

Dr. Natalie Clark, PhD, MSW, BSW, RSW ~ Counsellor and Girls Group Facilitator 

Cell: 250-377-1736

Weytk, I am the counsellor and girls group facilitator for NEC, in addition to being a First Nations Health Authority counsellor and a Professor at TRU.  I am part of the Secwepemc community through my kinship ties, as Ky7e, Ki7ce, auntie, and family.  My children are Neskonlith Band members and I am honoured to be part of the wellness and healing journey for those who I walk alongside. I am also a board member for the Wumec Society to support healing and language learning. I have over 25 years of experience in the area of trauma and violence with a focus on healing, wellness and the coping and survival responses to trauma/violence including self-harming, substance use, disordered eating and other survival responses.  I also consider the impact of intergenerational trauma, and colonial and gendered policies on Indigenous children, youth, families and communities. 

Education and Specializations: 

  • Bachelor of Social Work UBC (1990)
  • Masters of Social Work focus on healing from abuse and trauma (1992)
  • PhD with specialization in Secwepemc and Indigenous approaches to healing children and youth from trauma (2018)
  • Specialization in sexualized violence, intergenerational trauma, art and play therapy, EMDR, and other approaches
  • Professor, School of Social Work, Thompson Rivers University teaching courses on Indigenous trauma and violence informed practices; groups and practice
  • Registered First Nations Health Authority Therapist
  • Registered Social Worker 
  • Registered BC Play Therapy Association Member

Adam Rawn ~ Adult Teaching Assistant