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Maria K. Clark
Dr. James Floyd
Marissa J. Gehley
Christopher M. Grant
Lisa D. Harjo
Timothy J. Humphrey Sr.
Vernon G. Lujan
Gina St. George
Colleen C. Whitehead
Jenny Andretich is an instructor for the Falmouth Institute and joined our team in May, 2010. Ms. Andretich 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, Ms. Andretich was the retail manager at Illinois Wesleyan University 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.
Mr. Bantum is the President of Bantum Consulting Services, which specializes in providing Information Technology consulting services to faith based, non-profit, for profit, governmental and healthcare organizations. He has over 25 years of accounting and technology consulting experience, including experience in providing consulting, database and forensic accounting services to the healthcare industry. Raymond is a CPA, a CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional) and a CMC (Certified Management Consultant). He has served in the U.S. Air Force and received a Top Secret Security clearance while in service to his country. He was also an auditor with the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche. He is a member of the AICPA, the Maryland Association of CPA’s, and the National Association of Black Accountants.
Brien Law, LLC is wholly-owned by Russell A. Brien. A member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, he 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, Mr. Brien frequently speaks on Indian law and reservation-based economic development at seminars across the country. In his business and finance practice, he has represented one of the largest servicers of commercial mortgage loans in North America. During his career, Mr. Brien 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, he's listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Structured Finance Law.
Mr. Brien graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law in 1992. During his time in Ann Arbor, he was an active member of the Native American Law Students Association, serving as President during the 1991-1992 academic year. Mr. Brien earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1989, where he was recognized as a Summerfield Scholar.
Christopher Burke is an experienced trainer in the fields of management, leadership, workforce development and construction. In addition to teaching for Falmouth Institute, he currently serves as a Project Manager for the Gila River Indian Community, where he manages up to 50 employees on a variety of projects, ranging from remodels to turnkey subdivisions. As the owner of TruWest Construction from 1999-2009, Mr. Burke oversaw successful completion of an average of 10 major projects per year on the general side of the business and up to 100 homes per year on the framing side of the business. Mr. Burke’s real-world experience managing projects and people in Indian Country, his contagious enthusiasm for learning and growing, his ability to communicate clearly and effectively in the classroom and beyond, and his strong people skills make him a valued adjunct faculty member with Falmouth Institute.
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.
Ms. Burkhart has many years of experience working on organizational development projects, including HRIS system implementation, policy analysis, compensation study, and most recently Balanced Scorecard. She has a BA in Business Management and Communications and an MA in Organizational Behavior.
Karla Bylund, a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, has over twenty years of experience in the Human Resources profession, fifteen of which has been at the Manager and Director level. The majority of Ms. Bylund’s career has been in Indian Country, having worked for the Prairie Band Potawatomi, Sac and Fox Nation, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Sandia Pueblo and the Pueblo of Pojoaque. She has worked in both gaming and non-gaming industries, and holds a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Bylund’s professional accomplishments include developing, implementing, and managing an effective tribal member employment program, revising and successfully implementing employee handbooks, and consistently reducing turnover rates and increasing team member satisfaction ratings. Her action-oriented approach in the workplace is mirrored by her active and engaging teaching style. In the course of Ms. Bylund’s career she has developed many effective training programs in customer service, leadership development, supervisory skills, sexual harassment and compliance. Ms. Bylund believes in leaving an organization better than she found it and has developed many of her own successors over the years.
Olin Calderon is a Human Resources professional with over fifteen years of experience working in various industries on and off Indian Country. Mr. Calderon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master's degree in Human Resources Management from the University of New Mexico. He has the distinguished designations of being a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) from World-at-Work Society of Certified Professionals, a Certified Labor Relations Professional (CLRP) from the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association, a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and a Certified Professional from the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP). Along with Mr. Calderon’s advanced certifications in Human Resources, he is currently a trained workplace mediator and a member of Pi Alpha Alpha (pAA) National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.
Mr. Calderon is the Human Resources Director for the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (formerly the New Mexico Department of Labor). Mr. Calderon was the former Human Resources Director at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico and former HR Director for Isleta Business Corporation (Isleta, New Mexico) which included both tribal government and enterprise employees. His interest includes employment issues faced by Human Resources professionals in Indian Country.
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.
As Deputy General Counsel for Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC), Mr. Eberhart performed legal services and advised tribes, clients and programs for an 800 employee organization covering 42 tribes and tribal organizations spread over 235,000 square miles. He mentored the Human Resources Department, oversaw corporate compliance and governance, and was the staff member assigned to transportation matters. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society for Human Resource Management.
Before TCC, Mr. Eberhart 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 350 employee social services organization with 14 locations.
Since 1991, he has served as an Arbitrator, Mediator, Hearing Examiner, and Hearing Officer, including as a labor and 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. Mr. Eberhart is an adjunct lecturer for the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He teaches two business law courses and a course called Employment Law for Human Resource Practice.
He has 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. Mr. Eberhart 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. His focus has been on labor and employment, construction and commercial law.
He served for nine years on the Fairbanks City Council, including as the City Council representative to the Public Safety Commission. In October 2013, Mr. Eberhart was elected Mayor of the City of Fairbanks, Alaska.
With more than 20 years’ experience in Human Resources management, Linée Ferguson’s expertise includes HR startups, recruiting strategy, compensation, coaching leaders through difficult employee issues and implementing HR Technology. For 11 years, Ms. Ferguson was the Human Resources Manager for the Education Division of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Ultimately, Ms. Ferguson’s mission is to help build extraordinary organizations that fulfill their potential. In pursuit of this mission, she launched Master the Workplace, LLC in 2013, a firm dedicated to promoting and helping businesses achieve success through effective people management practices.
Ms. Ferguson is a trained mediator, certified background investigation adjudicator and certified workplace financial education trainer. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s degree in Urban Studies (Human Resources concentration) – both from Georgia State University. She also holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation. Ms. Ferguson serves on the City of Mesa’s Merit System Board in Arizona.
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.
Dr. Floyd has a B.A. in Psychology and Economics, a M.A. in Economics, and a PhD from Portland State University.
Most recently, he 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.
Dr. Floyd 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.
He 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, Dr. Floyd 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.
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 and 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 hundreds 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.
Sarah Gunderson has been providing accounting system setup, training, and support for over 20 years. She has owned and operated her own accounting firm, Accounting By Computer, since 1990. Ms. Gunderson has provided consulting for setup, conversion and training with Peachtree (Sage), QuickBooks, MIP and has a high level of expertise with Excel.
Ms. Gunderson has many years of experience working in the accounting industry, including managing and directing accounting conversion processes, developing accounting systems and procedures, and training all levels of employees on software systems and accounting. She has worked with a wide-range of industries including non-profits, government departments and segments, tribal government, construction, and property management. Accounting By Computer has a client list of over a thousand and Ms. Gunderson has worked with over 500 of these clients in the last 18 years. She received her accounting degree from University of Washington and is a licensed CPA for Washington State.
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 D. Harjo
Lisa Harjo works as the Executive Director for Native American Cancer Research. She is the Principal Investigator on a project with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and provides administrative leadership and oversight for the organization. She supervises staff and maintains all corporate documents and standards. She also provides health education, training, recruits American Indians for cancer screening, and supports cancer survivors through education and outreach in the Denver Metro Area.
After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Native American Education and Child Development in 1974, Ms. Harjo spent the next twenty years teaching all ages from preschool through higher education. She also worked for many years in the field of non-profit organization management and development. She received her Masters of Education in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver in the early nineties. She co-authored several books in the field of education. She has worked for decades with American Indian tribes and other organizations, facilitating group meetings and trainings, and assisting communities in building consensus and unity of visions.
Ms. Harjo lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, three daughters, grandson, and three granddaughters.
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. Mr. Hawkes 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, he 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, Mr. Hawkes 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 Mr. Hawkes 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 Master's Degree in Public Administration. In addition, he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and holds a PHR certification. Mr. Hawkes 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 Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management, a Master's 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.
Mr. Humphrey 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. He 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.
Mr. Humphrey brings important experience in the fields of cultural resources and environmental assessments and works extensively with tribal housing clients. He 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.
Lisa Jaeger has served as the tribal government specialist for the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Fairbanks Alaska since 1979. The Tanana Chiefs is a non-profit Native corporation that provides technical assistance and service delivery to 37 federally recognized tribes in the Interior of Alaska. She has traveled extensively into the villages of the Interior and other parts of Alaska assisting tribes in designing tribal government structures and procedures; drafting constitutions, ordinances, codes and policies; and assisting tribes on land issues and in the development of their tribal courts.
Ms. Jaeger has also been very involved in the development of Circle Peacemaking in Alaska and collaborative efforts between the Alaska Court System and Alaska tribal courts. She teaches Indian law and tribal government courses for the University of Alaska, National Judicial College and through a wide variety of other collaborative training efforts. She has written handbooks for Alaska tribes on tribal government, code drafting, Alaska Native lands and tribal court development. The tribal court development handbook for Alaska tribes is available online here. Ms. Jaeger is the producer of multiple films on tribal court development for Alaska tribes, of the documentary film entitled, "Tribal Nations, The Story of Federal Indian Law." Information on that film can be found here. Information about a 60-minute documentary film called "Alaska Tribes: The Story of Federal Indian Law in Alaska in 2012," can be found here. She has produced a website on Federal Indian Law in Alaska in collaboration with the University of Alaska, which can be found here and a website for tribal court administration, which can be found here.
Ms. Jaeger has undergraduate degrees in biology and secondary education and a Master’s degree in Northern Studies-Indian Law from the Universities of Arizona and Alaska.
Lars Landrie has been providing wealth management services since 1993. His specialty area of focus is working with Tribal governments and enterprises to manage their investment assets. He helps them develop investment committees and create investment policy statements and he educates tribal councils to take full control of their varied investment accounts. Mr. Landrie is a partner with Moss Adams Wealth Advisors and the chair of the Personal Financial Planning technical discipline group at the firm level, which sets the policy and procedures for personal financial planning.
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. Mr. Lujan 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.
Mr. Lujan 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.
Mr. Lujan 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.
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 he 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.
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.
Mr. Monshor spent many years as an engineer and manager at a large Midwestern electric utility where he gained extensive procurement, management and budgeting experience. He also earned a CPA license from the State of Michigan. Working with Midwest Professionals as an auditor and tax consultant, Mr. Monshor has years of experience in tribal auditing.
He received his Bachelor's degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Accounting from Davenport University in 2004.
Mr. Mote was raised in California's Central San Joaquin Valley, just outside the Santa Rosa Rancheria. After growing up and moving to the Central Coast, he acquired his degree in Psychology and became a successful business manager and corporate trainer. Mr. Mote 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. He 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 Master's degree in Public Administration.
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.
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.
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 years’ 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 Master’s Degree in Tribal Governance and Bachelor’s 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 currently serves as Human Resources Director for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Her dedication to outstanding human resources management for Tribal Governments and her engaging teaching style make her a passionate and effective facilitator.
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 College of Southern Nevada. Ms. Riggleman is a senior consultant for Falmouth Institute, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the education, communications and human resources fields. 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.
Cordell Ringel is the sole owner of RCS, Inc. He started this company in October of 2001 after retiring with 32 years of experience in transportation engineering as the Regional Engineer of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Engineering Office.
RCS, Inc. specializes in all aspects of Native American Transportation Programs and Projects. Mr. Ringel utilizes his 44+ years of experience working with Native American Tribes on transportation related programs providing technical assistance and expertise to Tribal Governments. His Native American clients are then able to gain knowledge, expertise and experience that over time will assist them in building transportation capacity, in gaining confidence, self-sufficiency, and the ability to assume the full responsibility of their programs.
Mr. Ringel assists Tribes in Program Management, Long Range Transportation Planning, Project Development, Road Inventory Updates, Safety Programs, Training and Program Development. He is a technical expert Tribes can call on for assistance on any type of transportation initiative, project or program.
Mr. Ringel has worked as a professional transportation consultant to the Montana – Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council, an organization which represents the Tribes in Montana and Wyoming. He has done consulting work for the Montana Department of Transportation, Cambridge Systematics, Inc., ICG Group, Dye Management Group, and currently works as a program management consultant to the Fort Peck Tribes.
Prior to retiring and starting his own business, Mr. Ringel worked at the Federal level with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Under his direction, the BIA carried out a “force account” program on all the reservations. Under this program, the Tribes and the BIA run the equivalent of a large private construction company. Mr. Ringel also managed the transportation planning, design, maintenance, facility and safety programs of the BIA Regional Office.
Mr. Ringel has served on numerous regional and national tasks forces throughout his career. He also completed various assignments as Agency Superintendent at Blackfeet and in the BIA Central Office. Most recently, he served as one of the federal representatives to the IRR Program Negotiated Rulemaking Committee appointed by Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, January 1998. After serving two years a federal representative, he retired and was subsequently reappointed to the IRR Negotiated Rulemaking Committee by Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, January 2003 as a tribal representative to represent the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council and member Tribes for the concluding sessions in 2003.
Mr. Ringel received a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master's of Highway Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a professional engineer licensed in the State of Montana.
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 midwest 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.
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.
Mr. Sanchez'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.
Mark Siadal is a Senior Manager with Moss Adams, LLP. He has been in public accounting since 2006. His focus is serving tribal casinos and their related business enterprises. Mr. Siadal also has experience with other commercial clients and benefit plans. He is both knowledgeable and efficient in the performance and supervision of the audit process. Mr. Siadal's experience includes financial statement audits, NIGC MICS outsourced internal audit services, testing of compliance with the NIGC MICS, testing of compliance with various state compacts, and surprise tests and observations for gaming operations.
Mr. Siadal is an instructor for the Falmouth Institute with a focus on Casino Accounting and Internal Auditing. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management Information Systems from Eastern Washington University and his Master of Business Administration degree from Western Washington University.
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, Ms. Skenandore-Holtz has gained unique experience working in Indian Country that is evident in her presentations.
She 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.
Ms. Skenandore-Holtz has experience working with many organizational development projects and has assisted in the development of an improved performance appraisal system, vision and mission implementation and has worked as a member of a nationally awarded cross functional team of volunteers focused on leadership development. Most recently, she 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 Master's degree in Management and Organizational Behavior.
Gina St. George
Gina St. George has over 20 years of combined public accounting, hospitality, and gaming industry experience. Her past titles include restaurant manager, controller for a tribal gaming hotel and casino, and financial and compliance auditor.
Prior to joining Moss Adams, Ms. St. George spent over 10 years in the restaurant industry giving a unique perspective into the operations of hospitality clients. She gained hands-on experience with inventory controls, labor management, and point-of-sale systems coupled with accounting, financial analysis, and fraud training offering a wealth of assistance to clients. After many years as an assurance services provider and business consultant for Moss Adams, Ms. St. George was hired as the Controller for a large multi-location casino hotel.
Since returning to Moss Adams in 2010, Ms. St. George frequently presents at restaurants, hotels, and tribal gaming industry conferences. Topics include Fraud Prevention and Detection, Casino Accounting and Internal Auditing, and Title 31 Compliance.
Ms. St. George is a member and involved with several associations including, the ACFE (Association of Certified Fraud Examiners), IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors, Gaming Audit Group) and HFTP (Hospitality Finance and Technology Professionals).
Sherry Stowe has over thirty years’ experience in the social work field. She has been a case manager, community organizer, quality assurance reviewer, foster care worker, foster home recruiter, social worker, trainer and family services coordinator. She has experience in supporting consumers with mental illnesses, intellectual disabilities, brain injury, physical disabilities, and aging issues. Ms. Stowe has worked directly with individuals, families, service agencies, and governmental entities to address the needs of her consumers.
Anne Thundercloud comes from the Ho-Chunk Nation, based in Wisconsin, with thirteen years' experience working within tribal and state governments. She is an entrepreneur who started her own PR consulting business in 2011. Her areas of expertise include communications, public relations, media relations, event management and social media management, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.
Ms. Thundercloud is an experienced writer who studied English at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and also certified in Destination Management at Madison College. She uses her experience to help promote Native tourism.
Her interests include reading, writing, researching, helping her fellow Native Americans and exploring 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. 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.
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.
Colleen C. Whitehead
Colleen C. Whitehead has over ten years’ experience working as a Consultant to tribal government and health programs. She also has experience managing and directing public and community oriented programs, including comprehensive and integrated health and human services programs. Ms. Whitehead has a comprehensive understanding of community healthcare systems and the applicable principles, procedures, regulations and standards. She has quality experience working with tribal governments and administrations on assessing existing health programs to determine the potential for pursuing P.L. 93-638 Title I or Title V contracting/compacting and identifying additional health programs and services to be contracted—including the review of staffing, budget analysis, current services, unmet service needs and service indicators. Ms. Whitehead is able to provide on-going technical assistance in budget development, Federal and state contract negotiations, public law legal interpretations, health care service delivery and administration, organizational management, government contracting, accreditation, law enforcement, federal budgeting processes, and financial and contract compliance.
April Wilkinson (Kiowa/Delaware) brings over a decade of P.L. 93-638 planning and negotiation, health care planning, program design, and hands on practical experience working for and with tribal organizations and national BIA and IHS workgroups. Her experience is primarily with reservation-based and rurally-located tribal communities, where she specializes in partnership-building to localize a spectrum of services to tribal communities. She enjoys working with tribal groups and organizations to identify community and organizational needs, develop culturally responsive and tribally-driven visions, set goals and create pragmatic action plans that maximize tribal resources and create economic return.
Academically, Ms. Wilkinson holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and is currently a Juris Doctorate candidate at the University of New Mexico School Of Law. Her areas of interest include tribal partnership-building, tribal organization capacity-building, health care compliance, community engagement and strategic planning, and improving health and programmatic services for tribal populations. The classes she presently teaches for Falmouth include The Indian Self- Determination Act: Contracting and Compacting Under P.L. 93-638, Managing Contract Health Services under the Affordable Care Act, Strategic Planning, and Innovative Economic Opportunities in Tribal Health Care.
Jim is the Chief of Staff for the City of Fairbanks and is responsible for the administration of municipal government operations. Jim handles strategic planning and oversight of the City and oversees City functions such as human resources, information technology, finance, engineering, public relations, a police department, fire and EMS services, 911 call center and public works department. Jim is responsible for planning and executing City-wide operational and capital budgets in excess of $35 million annually.
Jim was the former Chief Information Officer at Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) in Fairbanks, Alaska. He crafted and executed a technology road-map for 42 Interior Alaska villages with primary service offerings in health care and social services. During his time at TCC, Jim led dozens of IT capital project implementations, to include a corporate wide ERP system, electronic health records, document retention system and 3rd party medical billing systems.
Jim retired from the United States Air Force in 2007 and led operations both in garrison and in combat; he was awarded the Bronze Star plus multiple meritorious service and commendation medals. Jim earned a Bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2005 and earned an MBA in 2011.
Ms. Zehren-Thomas graduated from the University of Colorado School of Law after graduating in the top of her class and being admitted to the Order of the Coif for her law school achievements. In 2007, Ms. Zehren-Thomas joined Daniel W. Hester to form the law firm of Hester & Zehren, which is solely devoted to the practice of Indian law. Ms. Zehren-Thomas represents Indian tribes and Indian organizations primarily in the areas of protection and enhancement of water rights and tribal natural resources. In addition, she represents clients on a myriad of employment, health, and tribal sovereignty matters, and has been involved in cases involving the Indian Child Welfare Act, tribal economic development, and Native American prisoners’ religious rights. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Colorado and in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.