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1st National U rban Indian Housing Conference

Facilitator and Speaker Biographies

Richard L. Ackley

Associate Judge

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

Mr. Ackley completed his B. S. degree from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin and attended graduate school

in Counseling and Management at the University of Wisconsin-Strout, Menominee, Wisconsin. He has over 30

years of experience, starting with the first position with OEO, Office of Economic Opportunity, in the late 60's. His

planning and tribal experiences are with the Midwest Tribes. He is currently a Consultant to Tribes on Planning and Housing Issues. Recent tribal positions are Community Planner II for the Oneida Tribe, 93-2000, and Planning Director for the Bad River Chippewa Tribe, 89-93. He is very active with the Indigenous Planners Network which promotes cooperation and sharing of information of Tribal planning with other Tribes in Indian country. He is a firm believer in Tribal Government and Tribal Planning by Tribal members. He currently lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Robert Albee Assistant Director Co-Founder AIHCDC Robert joined Gordon Thayer in co-founding AIHCDC. Earlier, they worked as a team when Robert was invited to help the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe in Wisconsin develop a 100,000 watt public radio station, WOJB-FM. Having worked in broadcasting (starting KFAI-FM in Minneapolis) and at KTCA Television, Robert specialized in grant writing and preparing documents needed for start-up organizations. Following his broadcast career, Robert turned to print media, edited the LCO Journal newspaper and using his skills learned on the reservation assisted more than 30 weekly newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin become computerized publishers. Earning a Master’s Degree from the University of South Dakota, he is a former Peace Corps volunteer, schoolteacher and has written approximately $20 million in grants.

Malena Albo ACKCO, Inc.

Since May of 2000, Ms. Albo has been providing training and technical assistance to tribes and other organizations around organizational development, marketing & business plan development and governance for non profits. Prior to that she was the Assistant Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security (the state's welfare agency) overseeing the Division of Aging & Community Services & Intergovernmental Programs. She was the key architect of the landmark Tribal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families in the states' Welfare Reform Legislation. Arizona has five tribes with federally approved TANF plans. In 1999 she was selected as the Arizona Administrator of the Faciliator and Speakers Biographies 1 Year in recognition of her leadership in the state. Prior to the five years she worked in state government she was Vice President & Government Relations for the Valley of the Sun United Way for nine years.

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Andrea Alexander is a speaker for the Foundation Track: Choosing a path for the Community.

Marilyn Andrews Senior Managem ent Consultant National Center for Am erican Indian Enterprise Developm ent Marilyn's background and training is in marketing, sales and international business management, with an MBA in marketing, an MIM in international business and proficient Spanish language skills.

Marilyn has worked in a variety of industries, including utilities, high tech, consumer products, education, government, business development consulting and international trade. Most recently, she served as International Trade Manager for a Seattle based export trading company, where she acquired the firm's only "cash in advance" clients, the only Asian clients during the Asian economic crisis and the only non-English speaking client (with transactions conducted entirely in Spanish). She was also responsible for business development with a new division in the Middle East.

In her work with the National Center, Marilyn is assisting Native American clients with their export development needs, as well as providing a full range of other business consulting services, such as business plans, financing, procurement and certification.

Richard A. Antell Executive Director Minnesota Indian Cham ber of Com m erce Richard is a member of the White Earth Reservation of the MN Chippewa Tribe. He attended the University of St.

Thomas in St. Paul, MN majoring in Business Administration. Before being the Executive Director along with his father Will Antell helped run an insurance agency which is 100% Indian owned. As Executive Director of the MN American Indian Chamber of Commerce his duties include overseeing staff; working with the Board of Directors;

recruiting new membership; maintaining relationships with funders including reporting; overseeing budgets, monitoring spending and cash flow; working with development consultants, accountants, event-coordinators;

developing and working on partnerships (e.g. with tribes, state governments); and facilitating meetings.

Vicki AsakuraDirectorNonprofit Assistance Center (NAC)

Vicki Asakura is the Director of the Nonprofit Assistance Center (NAC), a management support and training organization targeting nonprofits based in communities of color and low income communities. Vicki has 25 years of experience in program planning, management and implementation. She has extensive experience coordinating and/or providing technical assistance and training to community based service providers both

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Jolene E. Antencio (Indian name is Wa-Wink-Tali-Katsa) is a Wasco/Palouse descendent originating from the Columbia and Snake Rivers. She is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. In August of 2001, she will receive her M.B.A. degree from Marylhurst University in Oregon, with an emphasis in Organizational Effectiveness.

Warm Springs is one of the first communities in Oregon to adopt a comprehensive plan. They completed an in depth assessment of their resources, with the assistance of Oregon State College in 1959. That study combined with strong leadership guided their planning efforts as they adopted and updated their comprehensive plan in 1969, 1983, and 1999.

Ms. Atencio is responsible for updating the plan includes three publications: an Executive Summary (see www.warmsprings.com), a Technical Document[CN1], which has more detail and technical information for Tribal government employees, and a Keepsake Book. The Keepsake Book is a community resource book. It includes the Tribe’s source documents (Treaty, Declaration of Sovereignty, Ceded Area Map, etc.), a section for each family to record family history, culture and other vital information. It also contains the community 20-year goals and benchmarks. In updating the comprehensive plan, “The People’s Plan” Jolene worked with nine planning teams.

Syd Beane Senior Com m unity Developm ent Specialist Center for Com m unity Change (CCC) Syd Beane provides assistance and training to community-based organizations in the West. He specializes in assisting Native American groups working on community development projects. He is a member of the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe. Syd had been president of the Lincoln Indian Center for nine years before joining the center.

Theresa M. Carr Executive Director Am erican Indian Business Developm ent Corporation (AIBDC) The AIBDC is a 26-year-old private non-profit corporation with the mission of empowering American Indian people through all business development on Franklin Avenue. AIBDC owns 200,000 square feet of commercial real estate over six city blocks. These properties include The Franklin Circles Shopping Center, a strip-mall shopping center;

Ancient Traders Market, a retail and office building; The Franklin Business Center, a small business incubator;

and a non profit office building, the Phillips Community Office Center. AIBDC is currently in the process of buying 1035 East Franklin, a 28,000 square foot building that will be used for artist studios, retail, and office space. These projects are home to 60 businesses and approximately 300 jobs held by people from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Faciliator and Speakers Biographies 5 As Executive Director, Theresa is responsible for developing new real estate projects and creating new economic development projects, overseeing the financial and asset management of the organization, raising funds for AIBDC’s yearly general operating budget and capital projects, and managing six staff members.

Teressa has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Management from College of Saint Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tarrie Cooper Neighborhood Networks, HUD Tarrie Cooper is a graduate of Seattle Pacific University with two degrees in Marketing and Management. After graduating, she joined the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1990. During the past nine years, she specialized as the Resident Initiative Specialist and Grant Manager for the Multifamily Housing Office at HUD. Along with these responsibilities, she has worked on HUD’s Neighborhood Networks Initiative since its inception in 1995. Ms. Cooper has assisted in the development of over 30 Neighborhood Network Centers throughout Washington State. Along with Diana Goodwin Shavey, she was instrumental in creating the template for the Neighborhood Networks business plan currently used nationwide. In addition, she was one of the key partners in the establishment of the Washington State Neighborhood Networks Consortium, to which she is now a current member. She presently manages this Neighborhood Networks Initiative for the Northwest/Alaska Multifamily Hub in the continued maintenance of over 50 centers.

Frank CorderoForm er Director of The Veterans Affairs OfficeLum m i Tribe

Mr. Frank Cordero currently holds a title a lot of us every: Retired. He is former Director of the Veterans Affairs Office for the Lummi Tribe in the state of Washington. In the eight years as Director and previous 10 years in a volunteer capacity he worked extensively with Native American veterans. He was active in advocating on their behalf for whatever they needed for their own self sufficiency-whether it was benefits or housing. The hallmark of his administration was the Native Pilot Loan program. This was a program of the Veterans Administration that loaned money to qualified Native American veterans to build houses within their reservation communities. He was responsible for the first two homes to be build under this program in the entire United States. His advocacy on behalf of veterans produced a number of benefits for the Lummi Tribe.

Diane Yazzie Devine Executive Director, Native Am erican Connections (NAC) Diane Yazzie Devine is a speaker for the Foundation Track: Basics Before Cultivating Resources.

Rick Devine, President

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Rick provides technical help to community groups in housing production, mortgage finance, economic development, and the preservation of public and assisted housing. He wrote Where the Lender Looks First, and co-authored The National Survey of Housing Abandonment.

Michael Downie Program Director for Planning, Design and Developm ent The Enterprise Foundation Michael is an urban planner and designer who provides technical assistance, training, and consultation on neighborhood planning, site planning, strategic planning, urban and community design, and asset building. He helps coordinate community groups, clients, and partners to develop and complete community based projects and plans throughout the country.

Michael recently helped launch The Frederick P. Rose Architectural Fellowship, a $5.5 million program which funds non-profits and tribally designated housing entities to partner with a young architect for a three year period.

He previously worked as a Program Manager for the Neighborhood Design Center in Baltimore, Maryland where he managed a wide range of neighborhood-based revitalization projects and community based planning and safety initiatives.

Earl C. EvansNative Edge Initiative

Earl Evans is an enrolled citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of North Carolina. He is a 1997 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a BA in American Indian Studies, and a Founding Father of Phi Sigma Nu, the world’s first Native American Fraternity. He has served two terms on the Board of Commissioners for the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, and currently serves on the Haliwa-Saponi Board of Education for the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School.

Mr. Evans has previously been employed as a Site Manager with the NC Indian Housing Authority in which he managed 30 rental and 44 mutual help homeownership units that service the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. After resigning this position, Mr. Evans accepted the position of “Tribal Planner” with the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe.

In his 1 year 5 month tenure as a tribal planner, Mr. Evans assisted with negotiating a $1,000,000 housing loan setaside for recognized Tribes in North Carolina through USDA, obtained over $2,000,000 in new grants funding for tribal government programs and tribal school system, and managed the tribe's overall planning efforts.

On April 18, 2000, Mr. Evans was sworn in as a Tribal Development Specialist with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Native American Programs in Washington, DC (HUD/ONAP) with the Native eDGE initiative. While with eDGE, Mr. Evans has assisted the eDGE team with responding to over 350 economic development project inquiries; developing a comprehensive program plan; and coordinating ONAP’s Faciliator and Speakers Biographies 7 Tribal Neighborhood Network initiative, generating collective government and private sector partnerships of over $400,000 for funding and operations of the first four demonstration sites.

Faciliator and Speakers Biographies 8 Iris Friday Com m unity Builder, HUD N. Iris Friday is a member of the Tlingit tribe and serves as a Community Builder on urban Indian issues for the U.S.



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