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List of DOL-WIA Funded Federally Recognized Tribes and Alaska Native Entities Participating in Public Law 102-477




Region 1

Mr. Darrell Waldron
Executive Director
Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc.
807 Broad Stree
Providence, Rhode Island 02907
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 3

Mr. Elkton Richardson
WIA Program Director
North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs
1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, North Carolina 27699-1317
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 3

Mr. James Hardin
Executive Director
Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc.
636 Prospect Road, P.O. Box 68
Pembroke, North Carolina 28372
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 4

Ms. Kim Carroll
Grants Compliance Director
Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74465
Term: April 2, 2014 - June 1, 2016


Region 4

Dr. Rodney Stapp, MD
Executive Director
Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas
209 E. Jefferson Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75203-2690
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 5

Ms. Christine Molle
Executive Director
American Indian Council
310 Armour Road- Suite 205
North Kansas City, Missouri 64116
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Lorenda T. Sanchez
Executive Director
California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc.
738 N. Market Boulevard
Sacramento, California 95834
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Roselyn Shirley
Navajo Nation
P.O. Box 1889
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Kristen English
Chief Operating Officer
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
4840 Haru Lane
Anchorage, Alaska 99517
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Region 6

Ms. Julia Davis-Wheeler
Later in Life Advocate
Nez Perce Tribe-Social Services
P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, Idaho 53540
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016


Other Discipline Members:


Mr. Jacob Bernal
Executive Director
American Indian Association of Tucson
97 E. Congress- Suite 101
Tucson, Arizona 85702
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016

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Dr. David Yarlott
Little Big Horn College
8645 S. Weaver Drive
P.O. Box 370
Crow Agency, Montana 59022
Term: April 2, 2014 - April 2, 2016



Mr. Darrell Waldron

Mr. Waldron is re-appointed to represent Region I (Boston) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a Narragansett/Wampanoag. He has experience in several training and employment related positions in the Providence, Rhode Island area. Besides his directorship of the Rhode Island Indian Council, he is founder and President of the American Indian Community Development Corporation, with its mission to implement economic development strategies for the Rhode Island Indian Council. He is a past Vocational Skills Instructor for the SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., which provided skills training for Indian youth and adults in Providence. He is a member of the Steering Committee, American Indian Health Care Association, and the Minority Health Program Advisory Board.

Mr. Elkton Richardson

Mr. Richardson is re-appointed to represent Region III (Atlanta) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe in North Carolina. He was an original appointee to the Council on July 1, 1993, and was also a member of the former JTPA, Native American Programs' Advisory Committee. He has served as Project Director for the North Carolina Commission for the past several years with the responsibility for managing the JTPA and WIA grants for 59 counties in North Carolina. Mr. Richardson has served as the Vice President of the Southeastern Indian Manpower Planners and Administrators Association.

Mr. James Hardin

Mr. Hardin is newly appointed to represent Region III (Atlanta) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. He is a member of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina. Mr. Hardin has been involved with and administered the employment and training programs for the Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc. (LRDA) since 1978 and has a wealth of knowledge in matters relating to job growth, training, economic development, and job creation. He has served as Executive Director of LRDA since 2007. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Tribal Administrator or the Lumbee Tribe and Executive Director of the North Carolina Economic Development Initiative. He has a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Ms. Kim Carroll

Ms. Carroll is re-appointed to represent Region IV (Dallas) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and grew up in Southeastern Oklahoma. She has been employed with the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, for the last 20 years, most of the time working with the Cherokee Nation's employment and training programs. She has served on many workgroups on employment and training issues, including as Secretary of the Oklahoma Tribal Grantees Group. She is currently the Secretary of the Public Law 102-477 Tribal Work Group.

Ms. Carroll actively participates with the National Congress of American Indians and has served on its election and resolutions committees. She has completed the Tahlequah Leadership Program, which is sponsored by the Tahlequah Chamber of Commerce, and the Oklahoma Citizen's Academy, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Community Institute. She has also served as a field reader for the Department of Education.

In her current position, Ms. Carroll is responsible for compliance and reporting for the Career Services Group, which administers the WIA programs. She supervises the Central Records, Data Entry, Intake, and Compliance offices. She is also the Project Director for the Native American Career and Technical Education Program under the Department of Education.

Rodney Stapp, D.P.M.

Dr. Stapp is re-appointed to represent Region IV (Dallas) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. Dr. Stapp is a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, attended Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he majored in Biology and Chemistry and was the Chair of the Native American Alliance student organization. He was accepted into medical school in 1993, attended the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, graduating in 1997 with his Doctorate of Podiatric Medicine (DPM). He completed his residencies at Peninsula Hospital and Governor Hospital, both in New York City, New York.

Dr. Stapp has simultaneously established a strong and varied track record in the fields of both management and medicine. He previously served as an Account Executive for AT&T for 9 years and served effectively in the telecommunications industry. Dr. Stapp more recently dedicated a full 1 ½ years of pro bono services as a Podiatrist to the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas, assisting American Indians with diabetes. He was also a consulting podiatrist with NIKE on the NIKE Air Native N7 shoe, which was recently rolled out.

Dr. Stapp currently serves as the Clinic Director for the Dallas Urban Indian Health Center. He also serves as Chair of the Texas American Indian Information Resource Network, a collaboration of the three federally-recognized Texas tribes and numerous Indian organizations across the State. This organization is charged by the Governor's Task Force on Health Disparities, "to address and overcome health disparities suffered by American Indians in the State of Texas."

Ms. Christine Molle

Ms. Molle is re-appointed to serve as a representative from Region V (Chicago) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She began at the American Indian Council (AIC) in 1981, and has been the Executive Director for the past 20 years. Since beginning her employment with AIC, Ms. Molle has held various positions of increasing responsibility including, Bookkeeper, Payroll Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Program Director, and currently, Executive Director.

The AIC is responsible for operations at seven employment and training offices located in Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. In these locations, AIC administers adult WIA programs and a youth grant for the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Tama, Iowa. As the Executive Director of AIC, Ms. Molle coordinates information and policies and works with Indian grantees through-out the Region V Midwest service area to implement them. She confers with private industry and other organizations to develop opportunities, assess needs, provide services to clients, and promote AIC goals.

She also recommends new policies and procedures to the AIC Board, as needed, and directs and monitors the allocation of funds and cash management for AIC. She is a member of several professional organizations including: Co-founder and Board Member of the Native American Heartland Cancer Network; Member, Board of Directors, Workforce Investment State Grant for the Full Employment Council of Greater Kansas City; and Member, Site Board Decision Making Team.

She participates on the Support Group for Parents with Attention Deficit Disorder.

Ms. Lorenda Sanchez

Ms. Sanchez is re-appointed to serve as one of the representatives from Region VI (San Francisco) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Northern Paiute Tribe of Nevada and has dedicated over 30 years to the administration of Indian job training programs. Ms. Sanchez began her distinguished career in 1972 with the Public Employment Program Neighborhood Youth Corps and Operation Mainstream programs. She continued through the CETA and JTPA programs to the current WIA program. Her involvement in the local community includes work on the Minority AIDS Advisory Committee, San Juan Unified School District Design Team, and Advisor for the California Indian Youth Leadership Council. Ms. Sanchez has served as the Executive Director of CIMC, Inc., since 1977 and has been an active member of numerous local, State, and regional boards and organizations. She currently serves as the Chairperson for the INA Advisory Council.

Ms. Julia Davis-Wheeler

Ms. Davis-Wheeler is re-appointed to serve as one of the representatives from Region VI (San Francisco). She was born and raised on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in Idaho and is a member of the tribe. Her life's experiences have made her a strong advocate for alcohol/substance abuse prevention, social services and health disparity issues, and community involvement. She has served as Vice-Chairperson of the Nez Perce Tribal Council. She previously served on the Tribal Executive Committee in 1988. In this role, she is also the Chairperson of the Human Resources Subcommittee, which has oversight of many of the Tribe's community-related programs. In her terms of service, she has gained extensive experience in the area of Tribal consultation and what it means to Tribes and Tribal organizations. She has actively participated on national and state level initiatives for Indian Country. One example includes her work with the Idaho Congressional Delegation, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Indian Health Services, seven Tribal governments, and the Department of Health and Human Services to acquire land and construction services to construct the North-west Portland Regional Youth Treatment Center, or Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations. She also initiated the re-development of the National Indian Health Board, with the support of the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board and California Rural Indian Health Board, to serve as the advisory committee to the Director of Indian Health Services on matters regarding budgets, methodologies on Contract Health and Support funding, and various health issues involving Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, and Urban health issues affecting Native Americans. She has served as Chairperson of the National Indian Health Board.

Ms. Roselyn Shirley

Ms. Shirley is re-appointed to represent Region VI (San Francisco) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is a member of the Navajo Nation. Ms. Shirley is the Navajo Nation's Department of Workforce Development's WIA Program Manager and has served in this capacity for the past 8 years. Her duties include oversight of 5 agency offices in the States of Arizona and New Mexico, with one field office in the State of Utah. Previously, she has served as the program's Management and Information System Unit Supervisor in addition to various levels of experience with the Navajo Nation's former Job Training Partnership Act and Comprehensive Employment and Training Act programs spanning over 30 years.

Ms. Shirley recently served as the Chairperson of the 33rd National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference (NINAETC) and has served several terms as the Executive Secretary for the NINAETC for previous conferences.

Ms. Shirley is actively involved in many workforce system capacities since her Department also administers State WIA, Title I-B programs, including the Dislocated Workers program, and the U.S. Health and Human Services Native Employment Works program, in addition to the WIA, Section 166 programs. She actively participates with the State of Arizona's Association of Workforce Developers, a consortium of state Local Workforce Investment Area professionals advocating for the state service delivery and One Stop systems.

Ms. Kristin English

Ms. English is newly appointed to represent Region VI (San Francisco) on the Native American Employment and Training Council. She is Tlingit and Aleut, born in Haines, Alaska, and has lived in Anchorage most of her life. Ms. English serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), one of the nation's preeminent culturally responsive social service organizations helping to improve the lives of more than 10,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people residing in the Cook Inlet region of Alaska annually. CITC's array of support services includes education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction, substance abuse, and/or incarceration.

As the Chief Operating Officer, Ms. English is responsible for operations and oversight of all CITC's programs and personnel and she helps develop the strategic and long range planning goals of the organization. She has served in the capacity since 2008. Prior to this, she served as program director for CITC's Educational Services before becoming Vice-President of Administration and Human Resources. She brings more than 23 years of financial, compensation, planning, human resources, and program experience to her position at CITC. Prior to joining CITC, she was the Director of Human Resources Services for Conoco Phillips.

Ms. English has a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) from University of California, Los Angeles.

Mr. Jacob Bernal

Mr. Bernal is re-appointed as an Other Discipline representative on the Native American Employment and Training Council. Mr. Bernal is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes in Parker, Arizona and is the Executive Director of the American Indian Association of Tucson, Inc. He has over 22 years experience in the employment and training field with the Tucson Indian Center, serving the Indian urban population in the Tucson area.

Mr. Bernal is a current member of the Pima County Workforce Investment Board and is the Treasurer for the National Council of Urban Indian Health. He has served as the Secretary and Treasurer for the Affiliation of Arizona Indian Centers, a consortium of Arizona urban Indian Centers.

Mr. Bernal has a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and in General Studies from the University of Arizona.

David Yarlott, Jr., Ed.D

Dr. Yarlott is nominated to serve as an Other Discipline representative. He is a member of the Crow Nation in Montana. He is the current President of the Little Big Horn College in Crow Agency, Montana. Prior to his appointment, he served in several capacities at the College, including as the Dean of Academic Affairs, Department Head of Business, Business Instructor, and Curriculum Development Coordinator. He received his Doctorate of Education, Master of Science degree in Business Education, and Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Montana State University- Bozeman.

Dr. Yarlott is currently appointed by the Governor of Montana to the Montana Correctional Enterprise Advisory Committee. He also currently serves as the Executive Officer At-Large on the American Indian Higher Education Consortium Board of Directors. Past memberships include appointments to the American Indian College Fund Board of Directors, National Indian Education Association, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges Policy Board of Directors, and the National Business Education Association.

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