The Staff

Great Promise


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Ursula Pike is a member of the Karuk Tribe of California. Ms. Pike has been a volunteer with the Austin Powwow since 2009 and joined the Great Promise board of directors in 2013. She has a Master’s Degree in Economics from Western Illinois University with an emphasis in Community Economic Development and more than twelve years of experience in non-profit organizations and higher education institutions. Ms. Pike is committed to Passing Down the Legacy of Great Promise to a new generation of Native American leaders. Ms. Pike is currently attending the Institute for American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and will graduate with an MFA in Creative Nonfiction in May 2016.


RoberRobertt Bass

Executive Director

Robert Bass is the newly elected Executive Director at Great Promise. He joined the Great Promise staff in 2013 and was appointed Program Director in 2016. Robert has worked closely with AIEP to develop cultural programs for youth and organized numerous public presentations. He has been involved with the Austin Powwow both as participant and staff since the very beginning. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Weber State University. He has a particular interest in music and enjoys singing and teaching traditional powwow songs.


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Program Director

Nan Blassingame is the newly appointed Program Director for Great Promise. She joined the Great Promise staff in September 2015 as the Volunteer Coordinator. Nan has been involved in the organization since 2004 conducting school and public presentations and has served on the Austin Powwow Committee. Nan is Southern Cheyenne and a member of the Cheyenne/Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma. She has been involved with powwows and traditional culture her entire life and is an accomplished Jingle dancer.  She also teaches traditional crafts and specializes in making dance regalia.


Jessica JessicaScott

Educational Outreach Coordinator

Jessica Scott has worked as a teacher for nine years in Washington, D.C., Australia, and Austin. Prior to teaching, she was an associate director of marketing at a nonprofit firm in Washington. She holds a Master’s of Education Degree from George Washington University and a double BA in Communications and American History from the University of North Carolina. She has worked with Great Promise since August of 2014 and has been a fan and supporter of the Austin Powwow since moving to the capital city.