Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Vickie specializes in culturally relevant approaches to organizational development. With expertise in strategic planning, board development, leadership training, team building, asset building, and curricula development.
read more >>Vickie works with urban and rural communities. She is recognized nationally as a skilled facilitator, trainer, executive coach, and motivational speaker. Vickie is a certified trainer and facilitator for the Institute of Cultural Affairs’ ToP Strategic Planning, True Colors, Nonprofit Management, Building Native Communities – Financial Skills for Families, and the Grove Team Performance Model.
Vickie has more than 17 years of consulting and community experience. She has been a lead trainer and technical assistance provider in various capacity building initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s CDFI Fund. She is also a coach for YouthBuild USA sites nationally. She conducts national training sessions on financial coaching for practitioners and other trainers. She currently sits on the boards of Rural Community Assistance Corporation Board, Junior Achievement NM’s Native Initiative, and an advisory member for Partnerships with Native American Leadership Program. She has been recognized for her achievements with numerous awards from the National Association of Social Workers, including the “2006 President’s Award,” the “2004 Women of Vision Award”, “2003 Social Worker of the Year Award,” and 2015 “Distinguished NMHU Alumna.”
Vickie has a Master in Social Work with a concentration in Community Planning and Administration from New Mexico Highlands University. She also holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo tribe, and her clans are Black Streak of the Forest People, Mud People, One Who Walks Around People, and Folding Arm People.
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Leslie Newman specializes in community development in Native and border communities, focusing on affordable housing, asset building, community development financial institution (CDFI) development, organizational development, and resource development.
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Leslie has over 18 years of experience in community economic development. She has worked as the director of a small nonprofit housing development organization, a trainer, a technical assistance provider, a grant writer, and a reviewer on a federal grant review panel. She worked as a lead trainer and technical assistance provider for the “Expanding Native Opportunity: Native IDA Initiative” sponsored by Oweesta, First Nations Development Institute, and CFED, and underwritten by the CDFI Fund. She has served as a reviewer for the Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI), a combined award of Assets for Independence (AFI) and Administration for Native Americans (ANA) funding. Leslie has also developed and teaches courses for NeighborWorks America, entitled, “Surviving Harsh Elements: Enhancing a Native Organization’s Sustainability,” “Building the Capacity of Native Nonprofits,” and “Creating a Path to Self-Sufficiency through Native Integrated Asset Building Strategies.”
Leslie began working in community development as a law student, assisting nonprofit organizations in Detroit focusing on affordable housing, income-generating strategies, and neighborhood revitalization. She then worked on the U.S./Mexico border for five years with Proyecto Azteca, a self-help housing program focused on improving living conditions in colonias along the border. Leslie then worked with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to take the self-help housing model to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, where she assisted the Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing in developing their new self-help initiative. For the past 12 years, Leslie has focused much of her work on asset building in Native communities, concentrating on Native CDFI development and the creation and implementation of Individual Development Account (IDA) programs. In 2006, she was invited by YouthBuild USA to serve as a program coach for new Native YouthBuild sites. Through the YouthBuild model, local sites provide educational opportunities, leadership development activities, hands-on construction training, and supportive services for at-risk youth in low-income communities with a focus on placement in post-secondary education or employment.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. She is fluent in Spanish and Hebrew and has conversational knowledge of French and Arabic.
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Penn Laird, Virginia
Noorie specializes in delivering technical assistance to Native organizations and communities in the areas of research, evaluation, curriculum development, asset building, social work and self-sufficiency programming with Native families. She has also served as a panel reviewer for the Administration for Native American’s (ANA) Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) grants.
Noorie’s asset building experience includes external evaluation of large grants, coordinating youth financial education research initiatives, University based asset building efforts, management of community based Earned Income Tax Credit research projects, and coordination and evaluation of asset convenings co-sponsored by the Center for Social Development at Washington University.
She previously worked as a consultant to First Nations Development Institute and the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center on issues related to tribal governance and research in Native communities. She currently sits on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and is an adjunct instructor in Graduate Psychology at James Madison University.
Noorie holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis where she studied as a Kathryn M. Buder Scholar in American Indian Studies focused on children, youth, and their families as well as economic development. She received her PhD in Education and Human Resource Studies with a specialization in Research Methodology from Colorado State University.
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Charmagne specializes in asset building, affordable housing, financial education, and financial coaching. She also provides technical assistance and training to loan funds. A dynamic trainer and facilitator, she develops tools that focus on real-life, practical advice. Charmagne is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Certified Housing and Foreclosure Counselor.read more >>
Charmagne began her career in banking with the Missoula Federal Credit Union. She worked in collections and as a loan officer managing her own portfolio. At the local level, Charmagne customizes and facilitates financial workshops for five non-profits in Western Montana. At the state level, Charmagne works with NeighborWorks Montana, the People Partners for Community Development, the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL), and the Northern Cheyenne Housing Authority to create innovative asset building loan products, audience-specific financial education, and consumer credit train-the-trainer trainings. On a national level, Charmagne worked extensively with First Nations Oweesta Corporation and National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC). She also develops national trainings on a variety of asset and credit related topics.
Charmagne is a member of the Salish Nation and grew up on the Flathead Reservation in Northwestern Montana. She attended Salish and Kootenai Tribal College as well as the University of Montana.
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Joanna specializes in organizational and program development, capitalization strategies, coalition building, policy development, community development financial institution (CDFI) development, financial education, event planning, and private sector partnership building. She is an accomplished facilitator, skilled technical writer, and avid networker.
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Joanna has 22 years of experience with banking, housing, and community development issues. She has worked in various capacities as a consultant overseeing national efforts including the Native Financial Education Coalition and the development of a homebuyer education curriculum called Pathways Home: A Native Homeownership Guide. She also served as the Director of Financial Education and Asset Building at Oweesta Corporation, a national nonprofit Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) intermediary that provides investment capital, technical assistance and training to help start other Native CDFI’s. Here, she managed the Native IDA and Native Financial Skills Initiatives, two comprehensive training and technical assistance contracts funded by Treasury’s CDFI Fund.
Joanna began her career working on policy issues in Washington, DC where she was an attorney at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and a legislative representative for the Independent Bankers Association of America. She also worked as a Community Builder Fellow in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Southwest Office of Native American Programs in New Mexico, where she coordinated a Treasury/HUD initiative called the One-Stop Mortgage Center Initiative in Indian Country which sought to streamline the homeownership process.
Joanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and a Juris Doctor from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She is currently a Girl Scout Brownie leader and a Boy Scout committee member.
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Barbara specializes in helping communities with sustainable program development and leadership strategies. She has particular expertise in the areas of affordable housing, financial education, asset-building strategies, community and economic development, planning, research, curriculum development, and program coaching. Barbara provides comprehensive program planning and evaluation.
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She also works as a national trainer, facilitator and mentor. Barbara is a certified trainer for several curricula including Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families, FDIC Money Smart, and Pathways Home: A Native Homeownership Guide. She is also a Grove certified facilitator and trainer.
Barbara has more than 25 years of experience that includes working for city and tribal government, nonprofit agencies, and universities. Under Barbara’s leadership as a program developer and housing director with the Umatilla Indian Reservation, she and her program Umatilla Saves received numerous awards and honors including the 2003 Tribal Top Program of the Year, 2006 Harvard Honoring Nations Award, and the 2007 National Association of Realtors Award.
Barbara holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Hawaii and a Bachelor of Science in Business: Managerial Leadership from Northwest Christian College in collaboration with the University of Oregon.
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Vancouver, British Columbia
Natasha specializes in systemic and strategic analysis, curricula development, project management, emerging markets development, and training. She has authored several financial education and training curricula to build skills within Native and ethnic communities.
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Natasha has worked actively in the economic development arena for more than ten years. As a principal author for several curricula, including Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families and Reaching the Immigrant Market: Creating Homeownership Opportunities for New Americans, Natasha has experience with all aspects of the curriculum development and project management process. Prior to consulting, Natasha worked for First Nations Development Institute as Associate Director of Training and Development. She has also worked for a non-governmental organization (NGO) as well as in traditional banking. Natasha was a Vice President with Bank of America and managed the rollout of the new Bank of America brand across 36 countries. While at Bank of America, Natasha managed emerging market development across the Northwest, and designed several system-wide initiatives such as the Language Certification Program, diversity training, and the Bank of America Mentoring Program.
Natasha began her career by studying microfinance in Bangladesh, Nepal, and Chicago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College with a focus on urban economic development.
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