About Us

Founders Marjorie Ann Dancing Wind Heacock (left) and Terrie Robbins (right)

Chairwoman, Founder

Marjorie Ann Dancing Wind Heacock was born in San Antonio, Texas and has resided in Tribes Hill for past years, with her husband Jeff. A retired New York State educator, Dance graduated from SUNY Albany, MS in Science Education (Geology, Atmospheric Science, Biology, Physics, and Anthropology). A master leather worker, she specializes in traditional clothing: Native and Non Native. She brings a vast knowledge of craftsmanship in most traditional Native American Arts including: bow and arrow making, basketry, jewelry mandalas, parfletches, and drums. Dance the catalyst for THHC, is of Native American heritage.

Treasurer, Secretary, Co-founder

Terrie Robbins was born in Cobleskill, is a former resident of Amsterdam, and now resides in Gloversville with her husband, Alan. Mrs. Robbins is the former Executive Director for the Montgomery County Red Cross and is a past recipient of the “Woman of the Year”-Amsterdam Award. She is a retired NYS educator who holds degrees from SUNY Cobleskill, College of St. Rose and Long Island University. Mrs. Robbins is currently a genealogist and author, with two published books, “Bushtail is Our Cousin”, (2002) and “Nathanial Cole: 1747-1832, His Life, Legacy and Descendants”, (2014). 

Vice Chair

Nicholas Heacock was born in Elmira, NY and lived in Tribes Hill for 19 years, graduated from Troy High School and currently resides in Amsterdam with his wife Christina and son. Heacock is a transportation purveyor and procurement specialist possessing, organizational, negotiation and communication skills. An avid outdoorsman, he has over thirty years’ experience on the Native American Pow Wow circuits. Heacock is a charter member and of Native American ancestry.       

Board Members

Austin Page is our youngest board member, a lifelong resident of Amsterdam, and graduate of Amsterdam High. He comes to us, no stranger to hard work, having a variety of jobs during his teenage years. His background in landscaping and building maintenance will prove invaluable when our projected land enhancement commences. Austin loves taking a barren piece of land and creating a beautifully contoured area flourishing with trees and flowers. An avid outdoorsman, Austin enjoys hiking, hunting and trapping. He is of Native American ancestry.

Thomasina Winslow was born in Albany and is a self-employed artist. Winslow is a top level Blues Artist from New York who has been traveling extensively in the US and abroad. Her international performances have brought her around the globe to such places as Denmark, England, Germany, and most recently as far as Australia. She has performed at the award winning Caffe Lena in her home state of New York and countless number of concert halls, studios, cafes, festivals, and schools where she combines her experience as an educator with the cultural ambassadorship that she brings to young people.  

Karen Heitzman-Boehlke, born in Niskayuna, is a graduate of Mont Pleasant High and the College of St. Rose. A stay at home mom for nine years, she became a home school educator to her children, while maintaining all the NYSED mandatory curriculum, lesson plans and assessments. She is employed at Lowes, Amsterdam, where she is the Credit/Special Order Sales Coordinator, responsible for the effective management of Lowe’s Business Credit services with maintenance and collections of all store accounts receivable. She resides at RD Fultonville with her husband Keith and son Devin. Karen is of Native American ancestry.

Claire Almy Littlejohn, a native of Cobleskill, graduated from Cobleskill High and SUNY Cobleskill. She is retired from her twenty year career with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), Rexford, acting as Registration Coordinator. She joined ICLE at its inception. Working with a programmer they designed a program/database that would register, invoice, send confirmation letters, print name tags, print lists of those registered and also send thank you letters. This database grew to over 80,000 names and addresses. The data base became the heart of the company, doing the work of four people. Littlejohn recently created “Coats for Coby Kids”, a program which provides winter coats, hats and gloves to children in need living in the Cobleskill area. Claire lives in Schenectady, with her husband Steve.

Nikki Svolos, a lifelong resident of Johnstown, is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta, majoring in Education. A retired NYS educator, Svolos brings expertise ranging from teaching, food handling and entrepreneurial skills. She is a former Director of Prepared and Perishable Foods at the NENY Regional Food Bank, which serves 23 counties; and a Coordinator of Non-Traditional Occupations in Albany. One of her hobbies is whittling talking sticks.

Beverly Guiffre grew up in Fonda and graduated from Fonda Fultonville Highschool. Formerly employed as a healthcare provider working for Johnstown and Nathan Littauer Hospitals, she is now happily retired. She finds her role as village historian in Fonda challenging and enjoys every minute. She is a member of the Caughnawaga DAR Chapter and the Montgomery County Heritage and Genealogical Society and the Glen-Mohawk Seniors. Beverly is very proud to say that she has Native American ancestry and wants to be a part of sharing that ancestry to make the Tribes Hill Heritage Center become a reality. Beverly resides in Fonda with her husband, Joseph “Joe” Guiffre, Jr.

Ernesto Morales was born in Cuenca, Ecuador, of Mayan descent. He studied for the priesthood in Ecuador before moving to New York, where he became involved with numerous service groups in the Bronx and Manhattan. He studied business administration at Queens Community College and learned jewelry making/repair from his parents. While living in NYC, he worked for Legacy Jewelers in Harlem where he did contract work for Tiffany’s. Later, he moved upstate to Amsterdam, and worked for Frank Adams and Northeastern Fine Jewelers, before opening his two stores located in Amsterdam and Scotia. Ernesto is a former board member of Fulmont Community Action, a volunteer at Hospice (Healing Touch) and a 17 year soccer coach for Amsterdam Youth Soccer. A single dad of five, he resides in Amsterdam and is eager to see the Tribes Hill Heritage Center up and running.

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