Division of Indian & Native American Programs (DINAP)

Advisory Council

Native American Employment & Training Council Directory

Region 6

Mr. Jacob Bernal
Executive Director
Tucson Indian Center
160 North Stone Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701

Phone: 502-884-7131
Email: jbernal@ticenter.org

Region 5

Ms. Christine Campbell
Director
American Indian Council E&T Program
310 Armour Road, Suite 205
North Kansas City, MO 64116

Phone: 816-471-4898
Email: ccampbell@indiancouncil.net
Other Disciplines

Ms. Kim Kaniatobe Carroll
Director, Cherokee Grants and Compliance
Career Services
Cherokee Nation
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465

Phone: 918-207-3842
Email: Kim-carroll@cherokee.org

Region 4

Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson
Board Member
Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana
2375 Highway 665
Montegut, LA 70377

Phone: 985-275-0772
Email: Lora.chaisson@gmail.com

Region 4

Ms. Tina Farrenkoph
Executive Director
National Indian Youth Council 318 Elm Street, SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-247-2251
Email: tfarrenkopf@niyc-alb.org

Region 6

Ms. Patricia Hibbler
Chief Executive Officer
Phoenix Indian Center
4520 North Central Avenue, Suite 250
Phoenix, AZ 85012

Phone: 602-264-6768
Email: phibbeler@phxindcenter.org

Region 5

Dr. Joe Hobot
Executive Director
American Indian Opportunities Industrialization Center
1845 East Franklin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Phone: 612-341-3358
Email: lee2@aioic.org
Other Disciplines

Mr. Matthew Lamont
Program Manager
Cherokee Nation Re-Entry Program
P.O. Box 948
Tahlequah, OK 74465

Phone: 918-871-9387
Email: Matthew-lamont@cherokee.org

Region 3

Ms. Candace Lowry
Executive Director North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs
1317 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27609-1317

Phone: 919-807-4444
Email: candace.lowry@doa.nc.gov

Region 4

Mr. Erwin Pahmahmie, Jr.
Executive Director
Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes Employment and Training Program
100 Redmoon Circle
Concho, OK 73022

Phone: 405-422-7660
Email: epahmahmie@c-a-tribes.org

Region 6

Mr. Joseph Quintana
Development Director
United American Indian Involvement, Inc.
1125 W. Sixth Street, Suite 103
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 213-202-3970
Email: jquintana@uaii.org

Region 2

Chief G. Anne Richardson
Executive Director
Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Moncan, Inc.
5036 Indian Neck Road
Indian Neck, Virginia 23148

Phone: 804-769-4767
Email: Chiefannerich@aol.com

Region 6

Gary Rickard
Vice-Chairman
Wintu Tribe6914 Haas Road
Anderson, CA 96007

Phone: 916-920-0285
Email: wintun01@hotmail.com
Other Disciplines

Kay Seven
Education Director
Nez Perce Tribe
P.O. Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540

Phone: 208-621-4604
Email: kayk@nezperce.org

Region 6

Michael Tucker
Knik Tribe
P.O. Box 871565
Wasilla, AK 99687

Phone: 907-529-5650
Email: mtucker@kniktribe.org

Region 1 & 2

Darrell Waldron
WIOA Director
Rhode Island Indian Council Inc.
807 Broad Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02907

Phone: 401-781-1098
Email: dwaldron@rhodeislandindiancouncil.org

Region 6

Winona Whitman
Director
Department of Employment and Training, Alu Like, Inc.
458 Keawe Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808-535-6761
Email: swiwhitm@alulike.org

NATIVE AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING COUNCIL (NAETC) BIOGRAPHIES

Mr. Jacob Bernal

Mr. Bernal is a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, affiliated with the Chemehuevi Tribe. Mr. Bernal currently serves as the Executive Director for the American Indian Association of Tucson, Inc., a position he has held for 21 years. Mr. Bernal has extensive experience in workforce development, policy development and strategic planning. He serves on several boards that include but are not limited to, the Pima County Workforce Investment Board, the National Council for Urban Indian Health, and the University of Arizona Indian Studies program. Mr. Bernal is a recognized leader among his peers and is noted for his commitment to Indian and Native American issues. Mr. Bernal has previously served on the NAETC. He also serves on the University of Arizona President's American Indian Advisory Council, and Banner/University Medical Center Cancer Health Disparity Council. Mr. Bernal has attended the University of Arizona, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Christine Campbell

Ms. Campbell is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She has worked with the American Indian Council Indian Employment and Training Program (AIC) for 34 years and has served as the Executive Director for the past 26 years. She served six years on the Workforce Investment Board of Kansas City, Missouri and also provides cultural awareness training to the Kansas workforce center. Ms. Campbell has also served as a member of the Workforce Investment Board for six years with the Full Employment Council, a business-led, private, non-profit corporation dedicated to public and private sector employment. During her 34 year tenure, she has worked with eight different urban American Indian communities including Kansas City, MO; Wichita, KS; Des Moines, IA; Sioux City, IA and Marshalltown, IA. She currently serves as the Chair for the Kansas City Cherokee Community (KCCC), an active organization affiliated with the Cherokee Nation Community Association (CNCA). KCCC works closely with Principal, Chief Bill John Baker, of the Cherokee Nation in the Tribe's efforts to educate and assist tribal members with cultural and community activities. Ms. Campbell is a member of a support group for parents with children who have Attention Deficit Disorder, and interacts with the parents and community members of Park Plaza middle schools.

Ms. Kim Kaniatobe Carroll

Ms. Carroll (Choctaw) has been employed with the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for the past 32 years. In her current position as Director of Grants and Compliance, Ms. Carroll is responsible for grant development and management, compliance, legislative issues, and both federal and tribal reporting for the Career Services Department, in which all employment and training programs are administered. She supervises the Central Records Office, Data Entry, Intake/Reception, and Compliance Monitoring.

Ms. Carroll has served on numerous workgroups concerned with employment and training issues, served as a field reader for the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, and is a lifetime member of the National Congress of American Indians. She has served as the Secretary of the National PL 102-477 Tribal Work Group, Co-Secretary of the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference, and on the Administrative Flexibility Workgroup. Ms. Carroll has served five terms as a member of the National Indian and Native American Advisory Council for the Department of Labor.

Lora Ann Chaisson (New Member)

Lora Ann Chaisson is a member of the United Houma Nation, and has served on the Houma Tribal Council since 2005. Ms. Chaisson is currently employed with Tribal Solutions Group as an Associate since February 2019. She has worked with the Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana/Institute for Indian Development for 25 years. She serves as a representative for Native Americans on a regional workforce investment board. Ms. Chaisson also serves as a member of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Previously she served as Program Director for the Institute for Indian Development's Domestic Violence Program, where she assisted Native Americans including children who are survivors of family, domestic, and dating violence. She has created summer youth programs for the five Louisiana tribes that included education around culture, bullying, suicide prevention, teen-dating violence/healthy relationships and the workforce. Ms. Chaisson conducted outreach for domestic violence programs for each tribe within the consortium and established partnerships with the different departments within each tribes. Two years ago she started a fishing tournament as a fundraiser to combat domestic violence. Previously, she has also worked as a job developer for the Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana and has administered employment and training programs for Native Americans throughout Louisiana.

Ms. Chaisson is an alumnus of the American Indian Opportunity Ambassador Program, a national organization that provides capacity building and leadership development for Native American professionals. Ms. Chaisson is an active member of the United Houma Nation (UHN), is the former Chairperson of the UHN Personnel Committee and serves on the Government Committee. She has served as the formal UHN delegate to the National Congress of American Indians for twelve years and was the former Vice-Principal Chief of UHN. Ms. Chaisson is also a formal member of the Planning Committee for National Indian Native American Employment and Training Conference. She is currently the Eastern Representative Board Member and Treasurer for the American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association. Ms. Chaisson is a part owner of Isle de Jean Charles Marina, Inc.

Tina M. Farrenkopf (New Member)

Dr. Farrenkopf is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point (Sipayik) and is descended from the Bear clan. She is currently the Executive Director of the National Indian Youth Council, Inc., (NIYC), one of the oldest national native-operated and controlled nonprofits in the United States. Dr. Farrenkopf oversees the day-to-day activities of the organization and serves as an advocate for Native Americans in areas of health, education, social services, economic development, as well as directing NIYC's Employment and Training Program for off-reservation Native Americans and Alaskan Natives who reside in New Mexico; additionally, she has over 25 years of experience working for both tribal governments and tribal non-profits.

Dr. Farrenkopf previously served as the Director of Programs with the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). In this role, she was responsible for programs and services for pre-college and college students, including scholarships and internships for professional member services. Dr. Farrenkoph also served as the Executive Director of the National American Indian Court Judges Association's Tribal Justice Resource Center and as a Senior Program Officer for the First Nations Development Institute. Dr. Farrenkopf has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH; a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maine; and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maine, School of Law (Portland). She is a licensed attorney in Maine and is also licensed to practice with several tribal courts.

Patricia K. Hibbeler (New Member)

Ms. Hibbeler, ABD, MA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Phoenix Indian Center, Inc., an urban Indian organization with a 64 year history and the first urban-based Indian center in the Nation. She provides direction in operations and evaluation, specializing in workforce development, education, social services, and language and culture revitalization. Ms. Hibbeler's leadership includes dropout prevention and school-based substance abuse prevention. Ms. Hibbeler also serves as President of the National Urban Indian Families Coalition, Trustee and Audit Committee Chair for the Heard Museum, Arizona State University President Crowe's Minority Advisory Committee, Maricopa County community College District Chancellor's Committee, Phoenix College President's Advisory Committee, Still University Advisory Committee, Chairperson of ADU Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center's Community Advisory Committee, Maricopa County Board, and Arizona State School Superintendent's Indian Education Advisory Board. She received the President's Award from Arizona State University during her tenure there for program evaluation, design and implementation. She was recently named as an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal. Ms. Hibbeler has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, University of Montana; Special Administrative Certificate in Bilingual Education, Montana State University; and a Masters of Arts degree in Education from Hastings College. She is a Ph.D., candidate in Educational Leadership at Arizona State University.

Dr. Joe Hobot (New Member)

Dr. Joe Hobot is a descendant of the Hunkpapa Band of the Lakota Nation from the Standing Rock Sioux. Dr. Hobot currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Indian Options Industry Council (AIOIC) in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has worked since 2006. Prior to serving as President of AIOIC, he was a lead teacher and Director of Education of AIOIC, where he was responsible for the oversight of the agency's alternative high school and its Adult Basic Education/GED program and accredited Career College. Dr. Hobot serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Falmouth Institute and provides national training sessions for tribal leadership and administrators. He also serves as a consultant with the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) based in Seattle, Washington where he published a report commissioned by NUIFC entitled "Resurgence: Restructuring Urban American Indian Education." In 2017, Dr. Hobot was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Minnesota Jobs Skills Partnership's Board of Directors. He also serves as a Director for the Native American Development Institute, Native American Community Clinic, Ain Dah Yung Center and the Greater Twin Cities United Way. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce's Bear Award and was recognized for his service to the American Indian community in Minnesota. In 2016, he became a fellow at the Roy Wilkins Center for Human Relations and Social Justice at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. In 2018, Dr. Hobot was selected by the Aspen Institute for an Ascend Fellowship. Dr. Hobot has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Minnesota, a Master's Degree from the University of St. Thomas, and a Doctorate of Education from Hamline University.

Mr. Matthew Lamont (New Member)

Mr. Lamont is a member of the Cherokee Nation and currently serves as the Program Manager of the Cherokee Nation's Career Services Coming Home Reentry Program. As Manager of the Coming Home program, he works with individuals on housing, training, job development, and many other aspects of overcoming job barriers to help individuals get back into the workforce. He has worked extensively with the reintegration of ex-offenders in helping them obtain quality jobs that lead to lower recidivism rates and stronger, safer communities. Matt serves on various community sentencing boards and work groups related to reintegrating tribal members who have been involved in the criminal justice system. Matt is also a key member of the Cherokee Nation Career Services Economic Development team. Their goal is to provide training and access to quality jobs throughout the tribal jurisdiction, while also promoting the tribe's overall economic development strategy. In this capacity, he meets with new businesses to attract them to the area while also working with current partners on retention, expansion, other opportunities and quality workforce. Matt is a graduate of the Northeastern Oklahoma Regional Alliance Leadership Academy which works to promote economic development in Northeastern Oklahoma and is also currently enrolled in the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute.

Candace Lowry (New Member)

Ms. Candace Lowry has over 13 years of experience in workforce development training. She served for over five years as a case manager for North Carolina Works Career Center and as a Human Resource and Development Instructor at Robeson Community College for over 13 years. Ms. Lowry is currently the Director of the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs' Employment and Training Program. She also serves on the Commission's Recognition Committee and the Commission's Sub-committee Recognition Working Group. She is the Deputy Secretary's designee for the North Carolina NCWorks Commission committee. Ms. Lowry has a Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, and a Master's of Arts in Teaching with an emphasis on Secondary Science Education. Additionally, she holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Erwin Pahmahmie, Jr.

Mr. Pahmahmie, Jr., serves as the Executive Director of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribe of Oklahoma's Employment and Training Program. He assisted in creating the Tribe's workforce program by integrating the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Job Placement and Training Program, Department of Health and Human Services' Native Employment Works and the Equip Employment Opportunity Commission's Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) programs. He served as the key spokesperson for the Tribe in the creation of their internal Department of Labor program in August 2018. In his role as Director, he ensures that the TERO ordinances address construction contractor compliance and apprenticeship training for construction projects on or near tribal lands. In 2016-2018, he previously represented Region IV (Oklahoma) on the Native American Employment and Training Council.

Joseph Quintana (New Member)

Mr. Quintana is a member of the Kewa Pueblo and currently serves as the Development Director for the United American Indian Involvement (UAII), the largest human and health service provider for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in the city/county of Los Angeles. Mr. Quintana is a mayoral appointee (Commissioner) to the city/county of Los Angeles's Native American Indian Commission and recently assisted with the recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day, which replaced Columbus Day in one of the largest cities in the world. As the Development Director of UAII, he provides comprehensive and culturally-relevant services for physical and mental health, substance abuse and prevention, family and youth planning and an onsite continuation school for Native Americans. Mr. Quintana has been involved in efforts including, but not limited to, diversification of funding sources to include $4.5 million in new awards, improving the health outcomes of community members and ensuring that education and training will increase the economic health of Native people in Los Angeles. Mr. Quintana has served Indian Country for over 15 years, in various positions including hospital administration, economic development, marketing, and community outreach. Mr. Quintana has served on the Three Native Nations: the Navajo Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Kewa Pueblo. He has also managed a non-profit publication with subscriptions across the United States, Germany, France, and Australia. Mr. Quintana has a Master's Degree in Sociology from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts/Social Studies from Haskell University in Lawrence, Kansas.

Ms. G. Anne Richardson

Ms. Richardson descends from a long line of Rappahannock Chiefs. She has been a grassroots organizer since 1988 and participated in the formation of the United Indians of Virginia (UIV), an intertribal group comprised of tribal leaders representing seven of Virginia's recognized tribes. She has a degree in business and has extensive experience in community and economic development. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Mattaponi-Pamunkey-Monacan, Inc., and has also served as a member of the Virginia Board on Aging. Ms. Richardson has served on the NAETC since its inception and represents one of only three organizations in Region II, and has also previously served as a Chairperson.

Mr. Gary Rickard

Mr. Rickard is a member of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and serves as the Vice-Chairman of the Tribe. Mr. Richard previously served as the NAETC Chair. He has worked in the field of employment and training services for more than 35 years. He has experience at the tribal, county, state and federal levels with a wide variety of employment and training programs including but not limited to; Workforce Investment Act, GAIN, CalWORKS, Tribal Assistance for Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. He has developed many innovative practices in assisting and preparing individuals, especially the "hard to serve" for entry into employment.

Mr. Rickard has served as a presenter at the national level for many years in workshops such as Job Readiness, Case Management Levels I and II, Job Development, Worksite Development and Customer Motivation. Over the past 20 years, he has assisted numerous tribal employment and training programs to improve their service delivery. Mr. Rickard served on the Shasta College Economic Opportunities Advisory Council and is currently the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the California Indian Manpower Consortium, Inc. He has served as a keynote speaker for organizations such as Martin Luther King Day, Citizens Against Racial Violence, U.S. Forest Service, and the National Indian Education Conference. He is also a professional Trainer/Consultant and has a degree in Sociology from Shasta College; certification as a trainer from the University of California, Berkeley; and course completion in social welfare from the University of California, Davis Community Extension Program.

Ms. Kay Seven (New Member)

Kay Seven is the Adult Education Director for the Nez Perce Tribe's Education Department and has thirty-six years of experience in working with federal Indian employment and training programs. Ms. Seven currently serves on the P.L. 102-477 Tribal Work Group Executive Committee addressing federal-tribal partnership relations and recently served three years as the Vice-Chairman of the National Indian and Native Employment, Training and Public Law 102-477 Conference. She also serves on a regional workforce development committee of the local economic development agency for north central Idaho and previously served on the NAETC from 2002-2008. She has served on the Idaho Rural Partnership from 2002-2007, Idaho's North Central Idaho Private Industry Council from 1984-1998 during the legislation of the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA); and served on numerous advisory boards with Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho.

Mr. Michael Tucker

Mr. Tucker is an original shareholder of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., and a shareholder of Koniag Inc., Chair of the Valley Native Primary Care Center Advisory Board, and a board member of the Southcentral Foundation Anchorage Service Unit. He has a broad perspective on key industries in Alaska as well as the construction industry. Mr. Tucker currently serves on the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. He is a member of the Cook Inlet tribal Council (CITC) Board of Directors and is the President of the Knik Tribal Council. Mr. Tucker has dedicated his life to the construction industry and has a passion for training rural Alaskans for employment on local projects and to ensure local hire. He attended the Southern Alaska Carpenter training Program and achieved his journeyman status. He has over 20 years of experience in the field as a journeyman, foreman, general foreman, and five years in office as a Superintendent. He has served as an instructor with Alaska Works Partnerships for 14 years. In that capacity, he delivered construction awareness, safety training and construction skills classes for village projects, regional housing authorities, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, construction academies for youth in Anchorage and rural Alaska, and adult training through the Alaska Construction Academy in many communities across Alaska.

Mr. Darrell Waldron

Mr. Waldron is a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe of Massachusetts. He has previously served terms on the NAETC representing Region I and has previously served as the Chair. Mr. Waldron currently serves as the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Indian Council, a nonprofit organization operating federal and state grants to provide education, training, and employment assistance to Native Americans in Regions I and II. Mr. Waldron previously served on the NAETC and served as the Chairman. Mr. Waldron is the Founder and President of the American Indian Community Development Corporation, whose mission is to implement economic development strategies for the Rhode Island Indian Council. He also owns and operates Stepping Stone Ranch, a business that specializes in hospitality and recreation services.

Mr. Waldron has led many initiatives to assist minorities in areas of economic development including working with the Minority Investment Development Corporation to provide loans to minority business owners. He was a former vocational skills instructor for the SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., which provides skills training for Indian youth and adults in the Providence area. He served on numerous boards including the Governor's board for the Bridge and Turnpike Authority; Providence Police Advisory Board; Omni Housing Development Corporation Board; Chair of Harbor Heritage Museum Board of Directors; American Indian Health Care Association Steering Committee; Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program Advisory Council; Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island Board and the Providence/Cranston Workforce Investment Board. Mr. Waldron is also affiliated with the Civil Rights Roundtable; NAACP Providence; Rhode Island Coalition for Affirmative Action; United Way of Rhode Island and the Red Cross of Rhode Island.

Ms. Winona Whitman

Ms. Whitman is renominated to serve as the Native Hawaiian representative on the Council. She has been a dedicated member of the Native American Employment and Training Council since its inception in July 1993. She has also served as a member of the Council's predecessor and the Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) Native American Programs' Advisory Committee since its inception in October 1989. Ms. Whitman serves as the Statewide Director of Employment and Training on the island of Hawaii. She previously served as the administrator of the former JTPA grant for Alu Like, Inc. Ms. Whitman has a Masters and Bachelors of Science degree in Business Education from Morehead State University (Kentucky); additionally, she has extensive experience in the field of vocational education, both in curriculum development and classroom instruction.