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Joe Hobot

Dr. Joe Hobot is a descendant of the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation and was born and raised in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. He holds a Bachelorís Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Masterís Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Education from Hamline University. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian OIC, having served with the organization since 2006. He previously held the position of Director of Education, overseeing the progress of the organizationís alternative high school, its Adult Basic Education/GED program, and the Takoda Institute of Higher Education. Dr. Hobot was recently appointed by Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnershipís board of directors. He also serves on various other boards.

Brian Mathers

Brian Mathers has worked in non-profit, educational, and tribal settings for more than 25 years. His work as a trainer, program developer, project manager and administrator has focused on helping non-profits and tribal organizations build their capacity to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Throughout his career Mr. Mathers has helped organizations establish effective programs in the areas of food security, early childhood education, indigenous language preservation, refugee resettlement, child abuse prevention and many others. His particular interest is in helping organizations adequately plan and prepare for the entire life of innovative projects - from conceptualization through planning, implementation, evaluation and sustainability.

Wes Miller

An independent trainer, mediator and professional speaker, Wes Miller applies more than 25 yearsí experience in the fields of Human Resources and Mediation to a consulting practice specializing in mediation, customer service, team building, business communication, management skills and leadership practices. During the recent foreclosure crisis, he was appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court to mediate home owners and lenders. Additionally, he has successfully run a mediation practice that offers divorce, victim-offender, employment and business mediation. Throughout his career, Mr. Miller has designed and delivered a number of training efforts for organizations in the gaming, hospitality and retail industries and has assisted a number of startup and existing operations establish successful management and customer relations policies and procedures.

Patina Park

Patina Park is Lakota and an adult adoptee originally from Cheyenne River Sioux. She serves as the Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center. In this role, she provides leadership and manages overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, working with the Board of Directors to determine depth and growth of operations. Ms. Park previously served as a tribal attorney with the Ho-Chunk Nation and has extensive experience representing families involved in ICWA proceedings in both state courts and tribal courts, as well as serving as an appellate court justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota for 5 years. Ms. Park enjoys facilitating trainings nationwide for tribal and state governments, attorneys, judges, community members and service providers. She is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law where she currently teaches Federal Indian Law and Children and the Law, and she received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.

Pam Peters

Pam Peters, MPA, is guided by her strong understanding of tribal sovereignty and its impact on tribal governance and human resources employment. An enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma, Ms. Peters brings with her over 30 yearsí experience in the Human Resources Management field, and over a decade of experience as a Tribal Government Manager/Director. Her areas of expertise include implementing change processes, writing policies/procedures and Tribal Ordinances, and implementation of work force development programs for tribal communities. She has delivered training programs to numerous and diverse audiences in the areas of Human Resource Management, HR Policy and Procedures, Cultural Competence and Tribal Governance. Ms. Peters holds a Masterís Degree in Tribal Governance and Bachelorís Degree in Human Resource Management. In addition to serving as an adjunct faculty member for Falmouth Institute, she serves as an adjunct faculty member for South Puget Sound Community College and is a faculty member of The Evergreen State College. She also manages her own Tribal HR Consulting firm. Her dedication to outstanding human resources management for Tribal Governments and her engaging teaching style make her a passionate and effective facilitator.

Kurt Tucker

Kurt Tucker is a partner with the Michigan firm of Midwest Professionals. For the Falmouth Institute, he consults with tribes in the areas of accounting and auditing. Kurt specializes in conducting training sessions in the Finance arena, including OMB Circular compliance, Indirect Cost Proposal preparation and Understanding Federal Travel Regulations. Mr. Tucker spent many years as a staff CPA, conducting and participating in tribal audits for over 20 tribes. He worked extensively in a partnership with Egghardt and Associates, where he participated in tribal audits. After spending several years as an independent consultant, he joined forces to form Midwest Professionals. His goal with Midwest Professionals is to provide quality service specializing in the tribal auditing. He received his BS from Wake Forest University and his Accounting degree from Central Michigan University.

Instructors subject to change.


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