NATIVE AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING COUNCIL (NAETC)

Native American Employment and Training Council
Region Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Contact Information
Region Region 6 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Jacob Bernal
Tucson Indian Center
160 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Contact Information Phone: 520-884-7131 ext. 2212
Email: jbernal@ticenter.org
Region Other Disciplines Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Kim Kaniatobe Carroll
Cherokee Nation
17675 Muskogee Ave.
Tahleguah, OK 74464
Contact Information Phone: 918-207-3842
Email: kim-carroll@cherokee.org
Region Region 4 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Lora Ann Chaisson
Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana, Inc.
3275 Highway 665
Montegut, LA 70377
Contact Information Phone: 985-209-6727
Email: lora.chaisson@gmail.com
Region Region 4 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Lorraine Edmo
10911 Topacio St., NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
Contact Information Phone: 505-900-7599
Email: lpedmo@gmail.com
Region Other Disciplines Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Patricia Hibbeler
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
PO Box 278
Pablo, MT 59885
Contact Information Phone: 406-675-2700
Email: patricia.hibbeler@cskt.org
Region Region 5 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Robert Houle
Bad River Health and Wellness Center
53585 Nokomis Rd
Ashland, WI 54806
Contact Information Phone: 715-682-7133
Email: r.houle@badriverhwc.com
Region Region 6 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Shawn Isaac
Torres Martinez Tribe
66-725 Martinez Rd
Thermal, CA 92274
Contact Information Phone: 760-397-0300
Email: shawn.isaac@torresmartinez-nsn.gov
Region Region 3 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Candace Lowry
North Carolina Commission on Indian Affairs
116 W Jones St
Raleigh, NC 27699
Contact Information Phone: 984-236-0160
Email: candace.lowry@doa.nc.gov
Region Region 6 (Alaska) Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Holly Morales
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
3600 San Jeronimo
Anchorage, AK99508
Contact Information Phone: 907-793-3600
Email: hmorales@citci.org
Region Region 4 (Oklahoma) Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Erwin Pahmahmie, Jr.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Department of Labor
PO Box 130
Concho, OK 73022
Contact Information Phone: 405-422-7660
Email: epahmahmie@cheyenneandarapaho-nsn.gov
Region Region 5 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Angel Peer
American Indian Council, Inc.
310 Armour Rd, Suite 205
Kansas City, MO 64116
Contact Information Phone: 816-471-4898 ext. 404
Email: apeer@indiancouncil.net
Region Region 6 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Joseph Quintana
United American indian Involvement, Inc.
1125 W 6th St, Suite 103
Log Angeles, CA 90017
Contact Information Phone: 213-804-3405
Email: jquintana@uaii.org
Region Region 6 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Gary Rickard
6914 Haas Rd
Anderson, CA 96007
Contact Information Phone: 530-510-1318
Email: wintun01@gmail.com
Region Other Disciplines Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Kay Seven
Nez Perce Tribe-Education Department Career CenterProgram
PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Contact Information Phone: 208-612-4604
Email: kseven@nezperce.org
Region Regions 1 & 2 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Darrell Waldron
Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc.
807 Broad St
Providence, RI 02907
Contact Information Phone: 401-781-1098
Email: dwaldron@rhodeislandindiancouncil.org
Region Region 6 Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Ms. Winona Whitman
Alu Like, Inc.
2969 Mapunapuna Pl, Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96819
Contact Information Phone: 808-535-6761
Email: wiwhitm@alulike.org
Region Other Disciplines Council Member
Term: March 10, 2022 to March 10, 2024
Mr. Jacob Wojnas
Te wa the hon:ni Corporation
412 State Route 37
Akwesasne, NY 13655
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NATIVE AMERICAN EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING COUNCIL (NAETC)

BIOGRAPHIES

 

Jacob Bernal serves as a Region VI representative. He 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. Kim Kaniatobe Carroll serves as a representative of Other Disciplines. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation where she currently serves as the Director of the Cherokee Nation’s Grants & Compliance and Career Services department. Ms. Carroll has worked with the Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma for 28 years. She previously served as a member of NAETC. In her current position as Director of Grants and Compliance, Ms. Carroll is responsible for grant development and management, compliance, and both federal and tribal reporting for the Career Services Department. She supervises the Central Records Office, Data Entry, Intake, and Compliance Monitoring. Ms. Carroll has served on numerous working groups related to employment and training issues, and has served as a field reader for the Departments of Education and Labor, and is active in the National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest Indian organization in the United States. She is currently the Secretary of the National PL 102-477 Tribal Work Group and Co-Secretary of the National Indian and Native American Employment and Training Conference.

Lora Ann Chaisson serves as a representative of Region IV. She is a member of the United Houma Nation, and has served on the Houma Tribal Council since 2005. Ms. Chaisson was recently elected to serve as the alternate Area Vice-President for the National Congress of American Indians. 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. 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 alumna 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.  She is currently the Eastern Representative Board Member and Treasurer for the American Indian Alaskan Native Tourism Association.

Robin Counce serves as a representative of Region IV. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and two master’s degrees in Education Administration and Native American Leadership, Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is a licensed Oklahoma teacher and holds credentials as a certified Career Development Facilitator and Career Development Facilitator Instructor. Ms. Counce is the Senior Director of Education Careers for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, where she oversees the Career Development, Adult Education, Vocational Development, Vocational Rehabilitation, and PL 102-477 Employment Training Services programs. She has over 30 years’ experience in education, workforce development and economic development. Ms. Counce serves and has served on numerous boards and committees such as the Oklahoma’s Cross-Agency/Cabinet Workforce Streamlining Resources subcommittee, Kiamichi Technology Business Education Committee, Oklahoma JumpStart Coalition, Oklahoma’s Council on Economic Education, Southern Workforce Investment Board’s 8th grade Career Discovery. She has presented to Oklahoma’s Senate Education committee on tribal Career Development program services. She has worked with teams of state-wide business and industry representatives, community college, technology center and university faculty members to develop a series of comprehensive business, marketing, information technology, and entrepreneurship career pathways for both secondary and post-secondary students as well as assists in the development and implementation of a “school-to-career” transition system. She has obtained over $15,000,000 in competitive grants to fund workforce training related programs for Native Americans.

Lorraine Edmo (New Nomination):  Lorraine Edmo serves as a representative of Other Disciplines. She is a member of the Shoshone Bannock Tribe, Ft. Hall, Idaho. Ms. Edmo previously served as the Acting Executive Director, National Indian Youth Council, Inc. (NIYC) in Albuquerque, NM, and oversaw central operations for the WIOA funded program as well as two field offices located in Farmington and Gallup. She led NIYC in designing, planning and implementing employment and training opportunities. Ms. Edmo has a Master of Arts from the University of New Mexico majoring in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Montana majoring in Journalism and Political Science. Ms. Edmo previously served as an Executive Director for the Native American Professional Parent Resource, Inc., providing early childhood services to children and families in a four-county area of central New Mexico. She also has extensive federal experience having served as the Deputy Director for Tribal Affairs, US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), Washington, DC. Ms. Edmo oversaw five tribal-specific grant programs including the Grants to Tribal Governments Program; the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program; Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalitions Program; and the Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Program. She organized and facilitated nine Government-to-Government consultations on Violence Against Women issues with federally-recognized tribes in cooperation with several DOJ agencies, the Department of the Interior and the Department of Health and Human Services. From May 2002 to May 2006, Ms. Edmo served as the Executive Director, National Fund for Excellence in American Indian Education, US Department of the Interior, Washington, DC where she directed a national Federally-charted education foundation under a term appointment and worked with the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Office of Indian Education Programs (OIEP) and the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs to secure appointment of a national board of directors to oversee the foundation's work and a Research & Policy Specialist for the US Department of Education, Office of Indian Education where she organized and helped facilitate 12 regional partnership forums with tribal educators to hear concerns and recommendations for improvement of K-12 education for American Indian and Alaska Native children. Ms. Edmo has extensive experience in working on Indian education having served as an Executive Director of the National Indian Education Association with a membership of more than 3,000.

Patricia K. Hibbeler, ABD, MA serves as a representative of Other Disciplines. She was the former 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, where she provided 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 Master of Arts degree in Education from Hastings College.  She is a Ph.D., candidate in Educational Leadership at Arizona State University.

Robert Houle serves as a representative of Region V. He is the Director of the Bad River Tribe’s Health and Wellness Center in Ashland, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in Social Psychology and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, Superior. Mr. Houle is a leader in health care with over 20 years of health care experience primarily in tribal health organizations. Mr. Houle has experience in both tribal and non­tribal health care for non-profit and profit organizations in a variety of areas. His areas of expertise encompasses pharmacy, optical, dental, behavioral health, tribal clinics and hospital operations. This also includes rural and sub-regional native village clinics, public health, fast track emergency response, and specialty health care services such as diabetes, obstetrics (OB), long-term care (geriatrics), material child health, nutritional, cancer/infusion treatment and prevention. He has also covered prevention/disease prevention areas such as tobacco sensation, Hospital Incident Command System, native men's wellness, and traditional healing.

Shawn Isaac serves as a representative of Region VI. He is the Tribal Administrator/Chief Executive Officer of the Torres Martinez Tribe, California where he currently manages 400 employees across six locations. Mr. Isaac has experience in managing tribal operations and representing the interests of Native Americans, including leading and developing employment and training initiatives. At the regional government, he worked alongside County and State agencies building some of the largest infrastructure projects in the state, spanning transportation and energy. He also has private sector experience having worked in Silicon Valley under Billionaire Venture Capitalists and serving as a CEO and Vice President of other private companies. He holds an undergraduate degree from University of California Irvine (UCI) in Political Science, a master’s degree in Business Administration, additional master’s level education from Columbia University, and continuing education at Harvard and Stanford. He is also a leader in the community currently serving on the regional government’s Tribal/City Manager Committee and Finance Committee alongside other Tribes and Cities. He has also served as a two-term City Commissioner, board member for the local YMCA, and is a volunteer in various youth programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and DATA Mentorship program.

Candace Lowry,  BS, MPA, CDF serves as a representative of Region III. She has over 15 years of experience in workforce development training. Ms. Lowry is currently the Director of the American Indian Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program for the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs (NCCIA). In this position she manages the agency’s WIOA Section 166 program and serves on the following committees: Employment and Training Committees for the Commission of Indian Affairs; Recognition Committee for the Commission of Indian Affairs, and on the Commission Sub-Committee Recognition Working Group. Ms. Lowry also serves as the Deputy Secretary’s Designee for the NCWorks Commission committee. She also has over 13 years as a human resource and development instructor at Robeson Community College. Ms. Lowry has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master of Arts in Teaching with emphasis on Secondary Science Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Ms. Lowry also obtained her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2014. Ms. Lowry is currently in the 14-month Certified Public Managers course 2021-2022 and has completed the Advanced Skills for Managers courses 2020-2021.

Holly Morales (Alaska) serves as the Alaska representative for Region VI. She is of Yup'ik Eskimo and Irish descent and is currently the Deputy Operating Officer at Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC), where she previously served as Senior Director of Employment and Training Services Department (ETSD). She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Organization Management from Alaska Pacific University. She has managed multiple programs, including employment and training services operated under PL 102-477 which includes programs such as, Child Care Assistance Program, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and BIA General Assistance, which serves over 3,000 participants per year. Ms. Morales has worked at Cook Inlet Tribal Council for over 24 years in workforce development. She serves as co-chair of the Tribal 102-477 Workgroup and on the Alaska Coalition on Employment and Training executive committees and has a broad understanding of Native issues in the context of the state, and of workforce development on a national scale. Ms. Morales has a keen understanding of Alaska Native and tribal issues, and her ability to bring forward the program level impact of decisions is one of her strongest attributes. Ms. Morales has worked in both state and national venues to share CITC's innovative multi­generational and participant-focused programming, including the Aspen Institute. She is firmly dedicated to the principle that Alaskans should have opportunities to work in their own communities, and that this goal is good for the people and good for the local economy. Her vision to build connections to place Alaskans in good jobs has been her driving force throughout her professional and service life, both to assist unemployed Alaskans to train for jobs, and to assist workers who want to upgrade their skills in a changing work environment, for youth and adults.

Erwin Pahmahmie, Jr., serves as the Oklahoma representative for Region IV. He is 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.

Angel Peer serves as a representative for Region V. She is a member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska), in North Kansas City Missouri and currently works at the American Indian Council (AIC) where she has been involved with both on- and off-reservation American Indian communities. Prior to working for AIC, Ms. Peer worked as a Community Outreach Coordinator at the Center for American Indian Community Health at Kansas University Medical Center (KUMC) and the American Indian Health Research and Education Alliance. While working at KUMC, she worked on numerous research projects, all focused on the American Indian community. Ms. Peer plays a key role in the day-to-day operation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Native American Employment and Training Grant. Working closely with the Executive Director, to ensure that the employment and training program meets the needs of all clients in the respective counties located in multiple states. Ms. Peer maintains a comprehensive knowledge of the WIOA Native American Employment and Training 166 program, and she has been instrumental in providing training to the entire AIC team.

Joseph Quintana serves as a representative for Region VI. He 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.

Gary Rickard serves as a representative for Region VI. He is a member of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and serves as the Vice-Chairman. Mr. Rickard 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 Innovation and Opportunity Act, GAIN, CalWORKS, Temporary 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.

Kay Seven serves as an representative of Other Disciplines. She 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.

Darrell Waldron serves as the representative of Regions I and II. He is the Chief of the Seaconke Wampanoag Tribe and a direct descendant of the Narragansett tribe. He is the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Indian Council (RIIC). He has served multiple terms on the Native American Employment and Training Council (NAETC). Under his leadership, the RIIC has serviced thousands of tribal members with career training and placement and resulted in over 15,000 associates and bachelor’s degrees for low-income Native Americans. Mr. Waldron has also served on the Rhode Island Governor’s Board; and serves as the Vice President of the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority Board, an appointed position by the Governor and the State Legislature of Rhode Island. He was also a member of the 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. Darrell has received several congressional citations from Federal Representatives and Senators in Rhode Island and Advisory Board Member of the US Civil Rights Commission for Rhode Island. Darrell has served on the White House Urban Indian Policy Coalition, assisting the Office of Management and Budget policy design for urban-based Indian communities in the United States.

Winona Whitman (Hawaii) serves as the representative for Hawaii in Region VI. She has been a dedicated member of the 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 master’s and Bachelor 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.

Jacob A. Wojnas serves as a representative of Other Disciplines. He is a Board Member and Vice-Chairman of the Tew´athah´on:ni Corporation, a Section 17 company chartered and wholly-owned by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York at Akwesasne. Tew´athah´on:ni provides community members across a portfolio of small businesses, that directly support the needs of Akwesasne, and supports the tribal budget through distributions. Mr. Wojnas is a graduate of Dartmouth College. The Saint Regis Mohawk was a Section 166 grantee and now participates in the P.L. 102-477 program and understands the importance of skills-based job training and economic development, and has recently partnered with Google on a digital training program. Tew´athah´on:ni also owns and oversees Mohawk Networks, one of the few tribally-owned broadband providers in the Nation. Mr. Wojnas serves as a volunteer for the Seva Foundation, which provides low-cost eye care through sustainable local initiatives and job training programs, and has served on advisory boards for New York Public Radio and New Hampshire Public Radio. His professional experience includes serving as an investor for a DC-area medical research foundation, EQT Partners, and J.P. Morgan. Mr. Wojnas has experience and technical expertise in the areas of business development, community investment, and financial stewardship, and serves as an investment officer for a medical research foundation. He previously served as a private equity investor at EQT Partners with a focus on growing companies in emerging digital communication, and renewable power spaces.