Leadership & Staff

Current Elected Leadership, as of August 4, 2022, includes: Chief Lennon Solomon, and Councillors Anthony Billyboy, Merle Quilt, Earl Quilt and Rosalie Montgomery.

Janet Petal

Financial Officer

While born in Williams Lake, Janet grew up in Anaham (Tletinqox) and also spent 12 years at St. Joseph Mission. The best memories of being raised in the Tsilhqot’in was the summer holidays, camping to hay the fields and traveling by horseback. Previous to working with Yunesit’in Government, Janet worked at the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) for 11 years as the Bookkeeper and as the Indian Registrar. Since then, she also worked with Stone Health, Esdilagh, and Denisiqi. Working six years as the Financial Officer, Janet enjoys how busy the job is as it never slows down. Janet’s main interest outside the office includes traveling the Rodeo circuit during the summer. Beyond this, she keeps herself busy gardening and contributing with the Family Ranch.


Rhoda Petal

Administration Assistant

Rhoda was born in Williams Lake to her parents, Tony and Celina Petal. Being raised in Tl’etinqox, Rhoda had a fondness with ranching and Tsilhqot’in culture. Rhoda has worked with the Yunesit’in Government for 7 years, having worked with the Tl’etinqox First Nation Government for 5 years. Her strengths have also come from gaining a certificate in Business Office Assistance from Thompson Rivers University (TRU). As an Executive Assistant, Rhoda reports to the Yunesit’in Government Band Manager, and Yunesit’in Council, responsible for general office duties, including: assisting clients and agency representatives, answering phones, screening calls, ensuring the telephone directory is up-to- date, receiving incoming faxes, taking minutes during council, general band and occasionally committee meetings, coordinate travel, maintaining the filing system, assisting with A/P entries, and assisting with Registry for Status Cards when needed. Rhoda enjoys the environment of working with friendly people, staying busy, and picking up the cultural values from the people. Outside the office, Rhoda is an avid traveler, following the Rodeo circuit, and Ranching at home with her family.


Ryan Grady

Forestry Manager, Yunesit’in Development Enterprise (YDE)

Ryan was born in Maple Ridge and grew up in Nelson. Ryan holds a Forestry diploma from Selkirk College and a Degree in Forestry from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). He has worked previously with Tolko for 6 years, and has contracted on the side. Since working at Yunesit’in Government for 7 years, Ryan’s role has transitioned from dealing with forestry referrals to managing positions and contracts with YDE. The job itself brings new opportunities and challenges, though he splits his time taking care of his family at home and spending time outdoors adventuring while not in the office or field.