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Laura Myford Brooks
Maria K. Clark
Glenn B. Coil
Dr. James Floyd
John E. Galt
Marissa J. Gehley
Christopher M. Grant
E. Malcolm Greenlees
Jerry D. Guenther
Lisa D. Harjo
Timothy J. Humphrey Sr.
Vernon G. Lujan
Richard G. McGee
Nicky Kay Michael
Stephanie L. McGillivray
Jenny Andretich is an instructor for the Falmouth Institute and joined our team in May, 2010. Jenny comes to us with 9 years of experience in the food service industry. She has worked for two of the nation's top food service companies. She is currently the food service director at the corporate headquarters of the American Dental Association in Chicago, IL. Prior to managing the cafe and conference center at the ADA, Jenny was the retail manager at Illinois Wesleyan Unveristy in Bloomington, IL and the Food Service Director at Governor's State University in University Park, IL. Her areas of expertise include human resources, food service, and asset management. She also holds a B.A. in History and Business Administration from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Brenda Brainard is an attorney and enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Sisuslaw Indians. She has spent 30 years working in Indian Country in a variety of capacities, including Tribal Administrator, Tribal Attorney and in Tribal Government Services and Gaming for the BIA. For the past 15 years, she has focused on the rights of Indian children in social services and education. Her current position is as Director for the NATIVES Indian Education Program.
She has also served on many Boards, Committee and Commissions, including the State of Oregon’s Commission on Indian Services and various tribal committees.
Brenda’s area of interest is Constitutional Development in Indian Country and the implementation of policies, ordinances and procedures for Tribes.
Additionally, she is a storyteller and a basketweaver.
Brien Law, LLC is wholly-owned by Russell A. Brien. Russ, a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, has been practicing law since 1993. His practice has been broad based, including work in general business, bankruptcy, municipal, corporate, securities and real estate.
In addition to his active Indian law practice, Russ frequently speaks on Indian law and reservation-based economic development at seminars across the country. In his business and finance practice, Russ has represented one of the largest servicers of commercial mortgage loans in North America. During his career, Russ has represented issuers, sellers and servicers in securitization transactions involving the issuance, on an aggregate basis, of over $150 billion in securities backed by mortgage loans. In connection with this practice, Russ is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Structured Finance Law.
Russ graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1992. During his time in Ann Arbor, Russ was an active member of the Native American Law Students Association, serving as President during the 1991-1992 academic year. Russ earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1989, where he was recognized as a Summerfield Scholar.
Laura Myford Brooks
Laura Brooks has taught anthropology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the George Washington University. Ms. Brooks has worked in education since 2002 and developed a passion for language and cultural issues after studying abroad at the age of 16. She has also worked at the Field Museum as a Collections Assistant.
Ms. Brooks has conducted research in the US, Samoa, New Zealand and Germany. Her areas of research interest include the process of federal recognition of Native American tribes, cultural and language preservation, the transmission of traditional knowledge to diaspora populations, the concept of cultural authenticity, and archives and artifact management. She received her M.A. in Anthropology and International Development from George Washington University and her B.A. in Anthropology and German from Illinois Wesleyan University.
Christopher Burke has been an instructor for Falmouth Institute for two years, teaching nearly a dozen construction classes. He has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. As owner of TruWest Construction for more than a decade he oversaw the successful completion of 10 major projects and 100 homes a year. For the past two years he has worked as a project manager for the Gila River Indian Community with responsibility for establishing projects and cost estimates to serve the growing needs of GRIC, while maintaining NAHASDA and HUD guidelines. His job entails working as a liaison between the Department of Community Housing and the Community and Tribal Departments to ensure continued support for future projects. He manages up 50 employees on a variety of projects ranging from remodels to turnkey subdivisions.
Melanie Burkhart, OD Specialist II and National Strategy Manager for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of WI, brings over 18 years of experience working within the Tribal Structure. She worked for many years in the Human Resource field specializing in interviewing, project management, facilitation, team building, consensus building, and conflict resolution. As the National Strategy Manager she worked closely with Executive and Divisional level staff with their strategy execution, including developing objectives, measures and implementation. Her current role is with the Oneida Business Committee, helping with their reorganization efforts and reviewing strategy, vision and mission. She has been conducting orientation with newly elected Business Committee members for the past 12 years.
Melanie has many years of experience working on organizational development projects, including HRIS system implementation, policy analysis, compensation study, and most recently Balanced Scorecard. Melanie has a BA in Business Management and Communications and an MA in Organizational Behavior.
Don Buzney joined Falmouth's adjunct faculty April 1, 2010. He is the Human Resource Director for the Navajo Nation Casino in Gallup, NM. Prior to that, Mr. Buzney was the Human Resource Director at Turning Stone Casino, owned by the Oneida Nation of New York. Mr. Buzney holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources and has worked in the field for over 25 years.
Maria K. Clark
Maria K. Clark is a Director of a tribally-owned and operated health and human services department in New Mexico. She possesses a BA in Accounting from Ft. Lewis College in Durango, Colorado and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Clark worked for the Indian Health Service for 24 years – first as an auditor for nine years; then as a Director of Contract Health Services for four years; and as a Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer for a large service unit for 11 years. Ms. Clark has also been a surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) for over ten years. In this position, she is able to survey a multitude of ambulatory health care organizations seeking accreditation across the nation (surgery centers; student health centers; tribal and IHS health centers; etc.).
Ms. Clark is of Chippewa, Wyandot descent and is enrolled with the Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma as part of the Cherokee Nation. Ms. Clark currently resides in Los Lunas, NM, which lies about 20 miles south of Albuquerque. She has three sons ages 23, 22 and 9. Ms. Clark has lived in the Southwest for most of her life with the exception of a few years in Colorado when she was young and when she attended college.
Glenn B. Coil
Glenn Coil is based in the Seattle, Washington area and has worked in Tribal Country for almost ten years with a career focused in homeland security, emergency management and hazards mitigation planning. Glenn also specializes in GIS-based mapping and web development.
Currently Glenn works with Falmouth Institute assisting with homeland security and emergency management related planning and training. In addition Glenn works as the research projects manager for the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, and works as a consultant focused on assisting tribal- and rural-area clients with emergency management related planning and GIS-based mapping.
Glenn is originally from Boston, where he received his BS from Northeastern University. While at Northeastern, Glenn interned in the Boston City Council and in the Irish Dail (Parliament). After graduating in 2001, Glenn moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington, where in 2004 he earned his Master’s Degree in urban planning with a focus in environmental planning. While at UW, Glenn worked as a research assistant in the Institute for Hazards Mitigation and Planning.
Glenn has worked for the Tulalip Tribes and the Snoqualmie Tribe, the former as the emergency management planner. Glenn was instrumental in developing and organizing the NW Tribal Emergency Management Council, a consortium of Pacific Northwest Tribes established to develop and share emergency management best practices, where he worked as the homeland security coordinator.
Glenn also had the pleasure as serving as the FEMA Region 10/Tribal representative to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) External Stakeholder Workgroup as well as the Tribal Liaison for the Washington State Emergency Management Council’s Critical Infrastructure Sub-Committee.
As Deputy General Counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), John performs legal services and advises tribes, clients, and programs for a 700 employee organization covering 42 villages spread over 235,000 square miles. John mentors the Human Resources Department, oversees corporate compliance and governance, and is the staff member assigned to the Board of Directors’ Transportation Committee. John is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Prior to TCC, John was In-House Counsel and Director of Human Resources for Fairbanks Native Association, where he performed legal services and directed the Human Resources Department for a 300 employee social services organization with 14 locations.
Since 1991, John has served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Hearing Examiner, and Hearing Officer, including as a labor & employment, commercial and construction arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association; arbitrator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; hearing examiner for the Alaska Human Rights Commission; and hearing officer for the University of Alaska.
John is also an adjunct lecturer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has taught Employment Law for Human Resource Practice.
John holds a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, a Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, and a law degree from Seattle University.
John was admitted to the Alaska Bar in 1981. He later worked in Australia; qualified in law through the University of Sydney; and is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales, Australia. John’s focus has been on labor & employment, construction, and commercial law.
John has served since 2003 on the Fairbanks City Council, including as the City Council representative to the Public Safety Commission.
Dr. James Floyd
Dr. Floyd has over 30 years experience in working for Native American organizations. His major area of focus is in community and economic development of tribal communities and Native villages. He has led and advised on multiple strategic planning, governmental organization, and community and economic development technical assistance efforts throughout Indian Country.
James has a B.A. in Psychology and Economics, a M.A. in Economics, and a PhD from Portland State University.
Most recently, James was part of a design and implementation team that created a comprehensive organizational assessment process for tribal communities that identifies strengths and weaknesses in governmental and economic operations.
James directed the creation and operation of Native eDGE for the White House Domestic Policy Council and coordinated the effort with 14 federal agencies. The initiative was a strategic planning web portal for economic development technical assistance. James supervised the transfer of Native eDGE to the National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) where it is still used for technical assistance efforts of the organization.
James was part of a departmental team at HUD charged with liaison for implementation of the Program Evaluation rating Tool (PERT) used by OMB for performance evaluation of federal programs. He trained HUD staff on development and monitoring of performance measures for Native American programs. James was also part of the HUD departmental team charged with development of a business reference model for IT operations within the department. Prior to joining HUD James worked as a consultant to HUD and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes on strategic planning, self-governance, and community and economic development.
John Friel is a senior faculty member at the Falmouth Institute, providing training, project management and accounting services to local governments. His services include accounting system implementations, capital asset policy development, GASB 34 conversion, financial statement compilation, data management, internal controls analysis, business policy facilitation, and workflow re-engineering. He also prepares and negotiates several indirect cost proposals each year. In his work with Falmouth Institute, he has helped tribal governments to develop corrective action plans in response to audit findings issued in according with A-133 audits.
Mr. Friel conducts training sessions for the Falmouth Institute in basic and advanced fund accounting, indirect cost proposal development, project management, establishing internal controls, and financial management policies and procedures. He achieved the status of master trainer due to his outstanding achievements in workshop presentation and methodology. He has consistently demonstrated an understanding and sensitivity to the issues faced by attendees in the workshops he conducts.
John E. Galt
John E. Galt has been a Hearing Examiner/Hearing Officer for 31 years. He retired as Snohomish County, Washington, Hearing Examiner in 2000 after 22 years in that position and now provides contract public hearing and meeting moderation services to more than a dozen municipal corporations in the Puget Sound area. He specializes in land use development applications and appeals, personal property forfeiture (drug trafficking) claims, and business license appeals.
Prior to his appointment as Snohomish County Hearing Examiner, John served three years active duty in the Army and was a planner with the Snohomish County Planning Department for seven years. He is a retired Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel.
John taught “Introduction to Land Use Planning and Development” at Everett Community College from 1978 through 2004. As an adjunct faculty member of the Falmouth Institute since 2000, he has provided two-day “Zoning on Indian Land” seminars to Indian Nations throughout the United States, including numerous on-site sessions.
John received undergraduate and graduate degrees in geography and urban studies from Dartmouth College and the University of Chicago. He holds Certificates in Judicial Development - Administrative Law and - Alternative Dispute Resolution from The National Judicial College. John is a member of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges, the Hearing Examiners Association of Washington, and a Charter Member of the American Planning Association.
Marissa J. Gehley
Marissa J. Gehley is the founder of KNOW consulting, Kids Need Our Wisdom. She has more than 30 years of experience in education as a former teacher, counselor, child welfare & attendance specialist and coordinator of school safety and the Burbank OutReach Center. Additionally she is a trainer for the California School/Law Enforcement Partnership.
Ms. Gehley is proud to have contributed to several articles published in the nationally syndicated column “A+ Advice for Parents” by Leanna Landsmann. She has presented hundred of workshops for community leaders, educators, parents and students in areas such as bully awareness/prevention, suicide prevention, effective communication techniques, school and neighborhood safety, diversity, relationship violence, child abuse and neglect and developing effective community partnerships. She holds a BS in history and social science and an MA in counseling.
Christopher M. Grant
Christopher M. Grant is the former Chief of Detectives (Captain) of the Rapid City (SD) Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division and the former commander of the Rapid City Area Gang Task Force. He retired from active law enforcement in 2004 after serving his community for 27 years.
He is a graduate of the University of South Dakota (USD) with a Master's Degree in Political Science, and is an adjunct criminal justice instructor for USD. He is also a graduate of the 181st session of the FBI National Academy.
Since 1990, Mr. Grant has presented gang-awareness training to hundreds of law enforcement, educational and civic organizations, and he has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences and seminars. He has been recognized as an expert witness on the gang subculture in both state and federal court, and he specializes in gang awareness training programs dealing with Native American involvement in the street gang subculture.
As a Grant Writer and Project Manager, Jon Grant develops funding programs for Indian tribes. With more than 24 years of experience in Grant Writing, Project Development and Program Management, Mr. Grant has been an adjunct instructor for Falmouth since 2004. Prior to his current position, he most recently worked for Dry Creek Rancheria in Healdsburg, California as the grant and Contract Writer, where he was responsible for new grant development, BIA 638 contract negotiation and compliance, and assisted in assuring grant compliance with agency requirements and OMB Circulars. He has successfully written grant applications for: U.S. Dept of Energy; U.S. Dept of Justice (BJA, TCAP and OJJDP); U.S. Dept of Interior (BIA and NPS); Institute of Museum and Library Services; U.S. Dept of Education; U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services (ACF, ANA, Children’s Bureau, SAMHSA); U.S. Dept of Agriculture (Rural Development); U.S. Dept of Transportation; U.S. Dept of Commerce (Economic Development Administration); State of California (Caltrans and Office of Emergency Services).
Mr. Grant has been a Project Director for two medium sized substance abuse prevention programs and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs for American Indian tribes. His background also includes child welfare and juvenile justice services. He has extensive experience in Social Services including TANF and Child Welfare development including the development of four TANF programs and three child welfare systems. He also assisted in the development of three tribal courts.
Mr. Grant holds a B.S. in Psychology from Missouri State University. He is committed to continually upgrading and expanding his skills and plans to complete his Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
E. Malcolm Greenlees
Malcolm Greenlees is the Jackson Professor of Business at Linfield College in McMinnville. Malcolm is also the author of the best selling reference book - Casino Accounting and Financial Management, published by the University of Nevada Press.
He teaches accounting and auditing, instructs in a CPA Review program and has research and consulting interests in Casino Accounting and Governmental and Not for Profit Accounting. He is the AICPA’s National Instructor for the course “Casino Gaming Industry” and has taught numerous casino industry training courses.
Dr. Greenlees has a MBA and PhD with an emphasis in Accounting from the University of Washington in Seattle. He is a CPA, licensed in Oregon, Nevada and California. He has worked for Big 6, Regional and local CPA firms during his professional career.
Jerry D. Guenther
Jerry D. Guenther has more than 30 years of legal practice, serving as legal counsel for individuals and numerous tribal organizations. In addition to his litigation experience in tribal court, his Native American law practice has focused mainly on matters involving contracts, contract and subcontract administration, procurement, construction and development, commercial transactions, tribal enterprise law, administrative law, financing and banking, insurance law, human resources law, economic development, policies and procedures revision and drafting, litigation and litigation support, natural resources law, gaming law and Native American government law. From 2007 to 2008, he served as in-house counsel Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and from 2008 to the present he has served as the Assistant Attorney General for the Yavapai-Apache Nation focusing mainly on internal tribal governmental and economic development matters (including gaming).
Mr. Guenther received a BS from the University of Montana in 1972, a BS from Washington State University in 1977, a MS from the University of Idaho in 1978, and a JD from the University of Montana Law School in 1981. He is licensed to practice by the Montana State Bar, the Washington State Bar, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
An adjunct faculty member at the Falmouth Institute, Nat Hall facilitates high-quality, customized training to clients from tribal governments and organizations across the United States. Mr. Hall brings more than 16 years of experience in Human Resource Management and training to the Falmouth Institute.
Lisa Harjo has nearly 20 years of experience in preschool education. Presently, she is the Program Director of the Circle of Learning Early Childhood and Family Education Program where she is responsible for the overall supervision of three preschool education sites serving 70 children, a home-based instruction program serving twenty families and a parent education program. She administered a Head Start program in Denver and co-authored “The Circle Never Ends,” a multicultural American Indian based early childhood curriculum. Ms. Harjo received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Child Development and Native American Education and Counseling from the University of California at Davis, and her Masters of Arts in Elementary Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Michael Hawkes is presently the Executive Director of the Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc., an organization made up of five divisions and over 54 programs and 280 employees. He is also the president and owner of Ensenar HR Solutions, which specializes in HR Metrics and audits, personnel and administrative policy development, and administrative investigations. Michael serves as the chairperson for the Native American Health and Welfare Trust Fund group, and has served as Vice-Chair on the New Mexico Lottery Board. As Executive Director, Michael has developed and provided project management to various infrastructure projects from Health Centers, Staff Housing to Water and Waste Water; initiatives totaling over 17 million.
Before serving in Alamo, Michael served for 24 years and retired as a Deputy Chief/Inspector from the New Mexico State Police. While serving the State of New Mexico he was the state’s representative for Homeland Security, Community Oriented Policing, Internal Affairs investigator and undercover narcotics investigator with cases crossing the United States.
After Michael completed his Bachelor of Science Degree at New Mexico Tech University he graduated from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management with a Masters Degree in Public Administration. In addition, Michael is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a PHR certification. Michael has been a trainer since 1985 and has over 5000 hours in training and education in train the trainer, first line, mid-management, management and executive level management training.
Kristine Hill brings over 20 years of experience in workforce development. She is currently the Administrator for the Oneida Vocational Rehabilitation Department, where she is responsible for providing job training resources to Native Americans with disabilities. She has been directly involved with the design and implementation of transition activities specific to disabled teens entering the workforce upon graduation and the active supervision of vocational counselors and staff. Prior roles include management of the Employee Development, Career Services and Training Departments of the Oneida Tribes gaming division. She has participated on and lead teams involved in Leadership Development, Organizational Strategy Management, and Compensation, and served as project manager to lead a team in the development and implementation of a gaming degree program supported and run by a local technical college..
Ms. Hill holds a Bachelors degree in Human Resource Management, a Masters degree in Management and Organizational Behavior and is currently working on her Doctoral studies in Administration and Leadership.
Timothy J. Humphrey Sr.
Timothy J. Humphrey, Sr. is a Senior Attorney with Stetson Law Offices. P.C. in Albuquerque, NM. He received his Bachelor’s Degree with honors from New Mexico State University, a Masters of Social Work from the Worden School of Social Services in San Antonio, Texas, and his law degree from the University of Montana in 1983. Tim has had a wide range of experience with tribal courts, including employment as the Court Administrator to the Blackfeet Tribal Court for two years after graduating from law school. Tim worked as an independent contractor for six years with Kevin Gover at Gover, Stetson & Williams, P.C., focusing on environmental issues, tribal corporations, code development, and gaming before leaving to work for Stetson Law Offices, P.C. Tim brings important experience in the fields of cultural resources and environmental assessments and works extensively with tribal housing clients. Tim has been instrumental in the development of tribal environmental laws and regulations, including but not limited to solid waste management, housing codes and policies, and the development of on-Reservation construction documents and forms. He was involved extensively with the negotiations that resulted in the first EPA approval of a tribal municipal solid waste facility permitting program. He currently also provides services in the areas of financing, Low Income Housing Tax Credit project development and funding, tribal economic development, and development of alternative energy projects. He is licensed in New Mexico and Montana.
For the past 20 years Dick Jamison has engaged in land and project developments. These projects have ranged from commercial build-outs, a television studio, a Kodak plant, and two retirement communities for Catholic religious orders to an 18-hole golf course community with 100 houses.
Mr. Jamison spent almost two years negotiating and developing a range of new Nextel stores across the mid-Atlantic. He has vast experience with planning and developing water and sewer projects and related facilities. He has spent time on several reservations, such as the Quinault, the Navajo, the Oglala Sioux and others teaching about construction project management, construction inspection, dams and bridges, roadway construction, safety and OSHA issues. He was instrumental in assisting the Navajo Nation establish their own OSHA related program. Mr. Jamison is a certified safety specialist with licensure in Real Estate, General Contracting and Insurance.
Recently, Mr. Jamison has been involved in home building projects either of the custom, pre-engineered, pre-manufactured or track built types. He is a certified tax preparer with the federal government. His interests are consulting for projects on Indian land as well as attending to various construction projects with an eye toward conservation.
Vernon G. Lujan
Vernon G. Lujan has worked for the Pueblo of Pojoaque since 1995 as Director of the Poeh Arts Program and Poeh Cultural Center and Museum with his most recent appointment as Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. He formerly worked for numerous museums including the Institute of American Indian Arts, Museums of New Mexico, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Harwood Museum of the University of New Mexico and the Smithsonian Institution.
As an adjunct faculty member, he has taught for the Falmouth Institute and the University of New Mexico in the Native American Studies and Fine Arts Departments. Vernon is a grant writer and contributing author and editor for numerous publications such as the Taos County Historical Society; Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Annual Visitor’s Guide; Santa Fe New Mexican; and various archaeological reports for both the New Mexico Office of Archaeological Studies and Historical Research Associates. He continues to be a scholar and tour guide for the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center.
Vernon is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Taos, speaks Tiwa fluently and is an articulate voice for current and historical Pueblo viewpoints. Vernon received his Master of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico and attended Arizona State University and the University of New Mexico, the latter where he received his Bachelor of University Studies degree in Southwest Studies.
Vernon is an active participant and community member at the Pueblo of Taos. When he is not volunteering his time, teaching, working, or writing, he spends his very precious remaining spare time with his family and his hobbies, which include fishing, hunting, woodworking, moccasin making and reading!
Richard G. McGee
Richard G. McGee is the principal attorney at the Law Office of Richard G. McGee in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Mr. McGee’s practice focuses on protecting the rights of individuals, businesses and tribes. His experience in serving his clientele has focused on civil disputes, criminal matters, employment issues, contract analysis and gaming. Mr. McGee was Assistant General Counsel for the Prairie Island Indian Community. The Prairie Island Indian Community owns and operates Treasure Island Resort and Casino, which employs more than 2,000 employees. Both the Prairie Island Indian Community and Treasure Island Resort and Casino are located in southeast Minnesota.
Prior to joining the Prairie Island Indian Community, Mr. McGee spent a decade litigating business and employment cases as a lawyer at Arnold, Anderson and Dove in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While these experiences were concentrated in the Midwest, he litigated cases on both coasts as well as a fair amount of cases in Southern Texas. Mr. McGee is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Law School located in Norman, Oklahoma.
Nicky Kay Michael
Nicky Kay Michael holds her PhD in history from the University of Oklahoma, 2010, her MA from Oklahoma State University, 1999, and her BA from Stanford, 1994. Dr. Michael is the only Delaware tribal member to have used the Lenape language to pass two graduate language exams at Oklahoma State University and then at the University of Oklahoma. Her PhD Dissertation examines the Delaware-Cherokee Relationship Divided in Conflict from 1867 to the present. Her MA Thesis researched Lenape women in a transitional culture.
While completing her Masters work, Dr. Michael worked with several Tribes, the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma and the Delaware Tribe of Indians when she began her career in Grants and Compliance, earning her first two million in federal funding. Soon after, she began her consulting business for Native organizations such as the Jacobson Native Arts Center, Oklahoma Indian Health Clinic, Pawnee Nation College, First Nations Development, Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Notah Begay III Foundation, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the Delaware Nation. Her work includes facilitating non-profit development, by engaging tribal, state and national funding organizations. Dr. Michael is sought by top Native organizations throughout the country to assist in their establishment of relationships with these funders.
Personally, Dr. Michael considers being a mother of three boys, Xavier, Tahkoken, and River her most important role. Her family resides in Dewey, OK, where they actively participate in Lenape culture, stomp dancing and pow wows. Nicky has sang with several drum groups, most notably Zotigh, out of New Mexico but she also loves to dance in her traditional Delaware clothing and step it up with fancy shawl. In her earlier life of marathon running and triathlons Dr. Michael participated in her first Ironman Triathlon (140 mile race) for which she raised $6,000 for the Lenape language preservation, 2000. She went on to accomplish this distance three more times before full-time motherhood.
Stephanie L. McGillivray
Stephanie L. McGillivray, CFA, is Partner in SOAR Collaboration, LLC, an economic development consulting joint venture serving Indian Country, and President of Complexity Management, LLC, an economic and business development consulting firm serving Native and developing economies, and sustainable business sponsors. Ms. McGillivray has 20 years experience providing business and financial management advice to senior management at large and small companies, government (federal and tribal), and private equity and venture capital funds. She has assisted tribes with financing and investment strategies, and was the principal author of the CDFI Fund Native American Equity Investment Research and Roundtable project and report and an author of the Native American Lending Study which went to Congress and the White House. She is a co-founder of two equity funds (currently in formation) to invest in Native businesses, which will be managed by SOAR Management, Inc.
She is a Chartered Financial Analyst, has an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a B.A. in economics and geology from Wellesley College.
Larry Monshor, CPA and MBA in accounting, specializes in conducting training sessions in Finance, including Financial Literacy, OMB Circular Compliance, Procurement – Commercial, Understanding Federal Travel Regulations, Basic Budgeting, Basic Bookkeeping, and Preparing Year-End Financial Statements.
Larry spent many years as an engineer and manager at a large Midwestern electric utility where he gained extensive procurement, management and budgeting experience. As the power plant was being decommissioned, Larry took 25 internet classes and achieved an MBA. He also earned a CPA license from the State of Michigan. Working with Midwest Professionals as an auditor and tax consultant, Larry has years of experience in tribal auditing.
He received his Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Accounting from Davenport University in 2004.
Levi was raised in California's Central San Joaquin Valley, just outside the Santa Rosa Rancheria. He grew up with Native American children and saw firsthand the troubles and desperate poverty of his classmates and neighbors before self-governance and financial independence. After growing up and moving to the Central Coast, Levi acquired his degree in Psychology and became a successful business manager and corporate trainer. He returned to the Central Valley and began working with his local tribal organization as an HR Trainer and Leadership Counselor for the tribe's hospitality operations. Levi continues to work with corporations and tribal entities as a trainer and consultant and also works as a junior college adjunct faculty member teaching a wide array of business and general education classes while he pursues his Masters degree in Public Administration.
Patina Park is Cheyenne River Sioux and the Executive Director of the Division of Indian Work at Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. In this role, she provides leadership and manages overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion and execution of the Division of Indian Work's mission of empowering American Indian people through culturally-based education, counseling, advocacy and leadership development. She previously served as a tribal attorney with the Ho-Chunk Nation, focusing her work on the state-wide implementation of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act. Patina was placed for adoption at birth, away from her Lakota tribe and now devotes her legal practice to issues surrounding Indian child welfare. She has over 10 years of legal experience working with the community: first as a law clerk to a judge specializing in ICWA cases; then in direct representation of Native American families involved in child custody issues; and now in policy development and training.
Patina has developed Indian Child Welfare curriculums and has significant experience leading advanced ICWA trainings. She has trained tribal and state attorneys, judges, law clerks, social workers, guardians ad litem, community members and service providers. Patina has also taught Family law, Federal Indian Law and Ethics. In addition to being admitted to practice law in Minnesota, as well as several tribal courts, Patina serves as an appellate court justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community of Minnesota and as a board member of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center.
Patina is a graduate of Hamline University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.
As a long-time Las Vegas local, Brian Pearson has spent the last 20 years working with technology to get the most out of office automation. Brian earned his Bachelor’s degree and Master's degree from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has been instructing classes in Microsoft Office, Network Security, Records Retention and Electronic Document Management for Falmouth for the past seven years. He is a devoted husband and father of three small children. He enjoys spending time with his children and working with computers.
Richard Phelps, CEO of the Falmouth Institute, has conducted hundreds of workshops for Alaska Native and American Indian tribal governments. His areas of expertise include self-determination contracting, indirect cost issues, budgeting, finance and acquisition. In addition to his numerous training assignments, he provides technical assistance to tribal organizations on matters such as business development and financial management. Prior to founding the Falmouth Institute, Mr. Phelps was a senior trainer at Sterling Institute. He holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting and a degree in Management.
Terry Rainey is the President of Ink Impressions, Inc. and its Automated Election Services division. With more than 14 years of service, he has seen the company through its evolution from a business forms manufacturer and distributor to its position today as a nationally known provider of automated election, enrollment, voter registration and security data management products and services to public, private and Native American organizations. He has supervised the management of over 700 elections in the public and private sectors and has supervised the design and installation of over 30 of the company’s enrollment and database management applications.
An independent trainer and professional speaker, Lisa Riggleman directs a consulting practice specializing in customer service, team building, business communication, management skills and leadership practices. She also serves as a personal speech coach and consultant as well as an adjunct faculty member with Webster University graduate school and the Community College of Southern Nevada. She is a senior consultant with more than 10 years' experience with the Falmouth Institute.
Lisa brings more than 20 years of experience in the education, communications and human resources field to the Falmouth Institute. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree from West Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Wyoming, and is certified in Human Resources from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Prior to her current consulting positions, Lisa most recently worked for Nevada Power Company as the Executive and Management Internal Training Consultant in Las Vegas where she was responsible for all leadership and management development.
Mr. Rivkin is a former Chief of Police with a suburban Chicago Police Department and former owner/operator of an Illinois based private investigation firm, brings more than thirty five years experience in law enforcement, internal investigations, security systems and asset protection to his current position. He worked for Lord & Taylor, a major specialty store based out of New York City, as Assistant Director of Security and then spent thirteen years as the Corporate Director of Asset Protection for the H.C. Prange Company, a $600 million per year retail business. As well as conducting hundreds of internal investigations, his responsibilities included developing internal controls and security related policies.
Prior to joining Falmouth, Mr. Rivkin has performed duties as General Manager of a mid west privately owned private investigation firm, including conducting internal theft investigations and interviews as well as managing the staff of Security Consultants and investigators.
He has been a member of American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) for the last thirty years and maintained a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) designation for fifteen years. He has held several offices including President of the local ASIS chapter. For the last several years Mr. Rivkin has served as a board member of the Brown County Economic Crime Committee, a group of businessmen in the community volunteering their time and experience to prevent crime. Mr. Rivkin has also served on the Executive Board of an area Crime Stoppers group for the last eight years.
Mr. Rivkin currently serves Falmouth Institute as Consulting Services Manager and frequently conducts training in Falmouth Institute’s sessions, including Casino Surveillance, Background and Character Investigations and Employee Theft in Indian Country. He has extensive experience in Indian Country and has worked with several tribal casinos in both investigations and consulting and advisement. He currently serves two Tribal agencies as an Adjudicator for their PL 101-630 compliance programs.
Barbara Rubin has more than 28 years of experience in health information management and 12 years of teaching in the higher academia. She is an AHIMA certified ICD 10 Trainer. She taught biological sciences and health information management at Illinois State University at Bloomington, Illinois in their baccalaureate program. She served as the program director for the associate degree program in health information technology at Dodge City, Kansas. She established and for four years, taught the coding programs at Redlands Community College which is an associate degree program. She developed and taught coding at Canadian Valley Vocational Technology in El Reno, Oklahoma for five years. In addition, she has worked as Corporate Director for three large healthcare corporations.
She earned her undergraduate degree from East Central University at Ada, Oklahoma in the area of Medical Record Administration and her Master's degree in Education from the University of Central Oklahoma. She has written and published several articles in the area of best practices for healthcare.
A Registered Health Information Administrator, Eduardo Sanchez has 20 years of experience in Health Information Administration with various healthcare facilities. He is currently the Director of Health Information Management and Privacy Officer for a 240-bed acute care facility in South Texas. He has experience in implementing electronic patient care records and other various healthcare systems.
Eduardo's expertise is coding and billing functions, and the appropriate release of patient care information, along with other aspects in patient information administration. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, California, and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.
Jim Sharpe has more than 18 years of business experience, with the last eight years working in a governmental or public accounting environment. Since 2003, he has worked almost exclusively with Tribal communities and their related enterprises. In his current position as Senior Manager at Moss Adams LLP, he has had more than seven years of experience planning and supervising financial and compliance attestation engagements for Tribal communities. In addition to the attestation engagements, one of the most enjoyable aspects of his job is meeting regularly with Tribal management and council members where he ascertains and then recommends operational and organizational improvements. The attest engagements are subject to the standards of U.S. Government Accounting Standards Board, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Kelly Skenandore-Holtz, Training & Development Manager for Oneida Casino located in Wisconsin, brings over 13 years of experience working with the Oneida Nation to the Falmouth Institute. From her first year of employment as the Executive Assistant under the direction of the Human Resources Manager to an executive host for the Nation's casino to her current role as a member of the National Strategy Management Team for the Oneida Nation, Kelly has gained unique experience working in Indian Country that is evident in her presentations.
Kelly has developed and provided training to employees at all levels of the organization and is enthusiastic in her mission to assist in the development of successful leaders in the workplace. She has worked with various employee development programs such as a supervisory certificate series which qualifies for Technical college credits, team building, customer service, new employee orientation, leadership development and strategy execution.
Kelly has experience working with many organizational development projects and has assisted in the development of an improved performance appraisal system, vision & mission implementation and has worked as a member of a nationally awarded cross functional team of volunteers focused on leadership development. Most recently, Ms. Skenandore-Holtz has worked as a member of a National Strategy Management Team focused on an organization-wide restructuring project surrounding the development, execution and management of strategy in the organization.
Ms. Skenandore holds a baccalaureate degree in Communicative Disorders and a Masters degree in Management and Organizational Behavior.
Anne Thundercloud comes from the Ho-Chunk Nation, based in Wisconsin, with thirteen years' experience working within tribal and state governments. Her areas of expertise include public relations, media relations, event management and social media, including Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer at the Ho-Chunk Nation.
Anne is also an experienced writer who studied English at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and later went on to become certified in Destination Management at Madison College.
Her interests include reading, writing, researching, helping her fellow Native Americans and discovering avenues that allow her to express her creativity.
Kurt Tucker, CPA
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. Kurt 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.
Sue Watrous is the Fiscal Officer for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan where her primary responsibilities include ensuring that the tribe is in compliance with the laws and regulations pertaining to Federal awards. In her 11 years with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, Ms. Watrous has worked in grants management for the tribal housing authority, as part of the construction project management team and as part of the team that implemented a performance-based budgeting system, which the tribe has used for more than 10 years with great success.
Prior to working for the Saginaw Chippewa, Ms. Watrous was employed in the construction field. During her years in construction, she was responsible for job costing and budgeting and regulatory compliance at it pertains to federal construction projects.
Ms. Watrous has taught Accounting and Computer Applications (Excel, MS Word) at the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from the University of Michigan and is currently working on a Masters of Management degree at Walsh College in Michigan.