Board of Directors 
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Board Chair

Administrator Advisor for HUD-Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (EWONAP) and co-owner of a construction company.  Ms. Cloud has worked in the Indian Housing & Community Development Industry for 10 years, Tribal Transportation Industry for 15 years and has over 25 years contract/grant management experience.  She’s been a Housing Director, Tribal Operations Manager and a Small Business Development & Technical Assistance Specialist as well as having served on her Tribal Business Development Corporation.  She has a B.S. in Business, Management and Leadership and is an enrolled Bad River Tribal Member.


Vice Chairman/Director

A Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Tribal member.  Currently he is the Executive Director of Operations for the Sevenwinds Casino, and has extensive experience in Marketing, and Media Operations.  Mr. Cadotte has served on the Board of Directors for LCO Financial Services, Native American Tourism of Wisconsin as well as several local Hayward, WI area community service agencies.  He has degrees in Business Administration and Management.

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A Forest County Potawatomi Tribal member who is the President/Principal Engineer of J.W. Johnson & Associates. Mr. Johnson holds a Master’s of Engineering in Engineering Management.  Mr. Johnson owns a civil engineering design build firm, J.W. Johnson & Associates, which provides professional civil engineering and construction management services.

Fern V.


Founding Chief Executive Officer.  An Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Tribal member with over 20 years of experience working in Native communities in housing, community development, and lending, including tribal land management and operating a tribal housing authority.  Bachelor's degree in Business Administration.  She is the founding Chair of the Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance, the Vice-Chair of the Native CDFI Network and serves on the Forward Community Investments New Market Tax Credits Advisory Board.  She has recently been appointed by Governor Evers to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation's Entrepreneurship & Innovation Committee and the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy.  Also appointed to the Wisconsin Economic Development Association's Board of Directors.

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A Ho-Chunk Nation Tribal member and the Senior Marketing Director of the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Business.  Mr. Fitzpatrick has over 36 years of service for the Ho-Chunk Nation.  Much of his experience is in Class II & III Indian Gaming, which 25 of those years have been in a supervisory & management capacity.  His experience includes working at the following properties; Ho-Chunk Gaming - Baraboo, Black River Falls, Madison, Nekoosa, and Wittenberg.  He has held positions in Table Operations, Casino Operations, and Executive Management.

Ackley, Jr.


A Sokaogon Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe Tribal member and the Executive Director of the Chippewa Housing Authority.



A Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians of Wisconsin Tribal member. Mr. Bowman has been the President of a tribally owned bank since 2013. Mr. Bowman has worked in the banking industry 26 years, 16 of those years in President/Vice-President capacities. Mr. Bowman has also been the President and Board member of a certified Native Wisconsin CDFI, First American Capital Corporation for the past 14 years as well as a Board member of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce for the past 18 years.



A tribal member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Jessie Peterson is married to Byron Peterson Jr, and they have three sons. She has been an employee of the LDF Tribe since June 5, 2003, all within the LDF Land Management Department. As of September 21, 2021, she was hired as the Program Manager. She has 19 years’ experience within the Land Management program. During this tenure, she created an online searchable database for over 450 lease documents as well as other records within the department. She assisted and developed LDF Tribal annual budgets for General Fund and BIA. She has coordinated and negotiated many fee land purchases for the LDF Tribe, most recently purchasing an additional 600 acres to add to LDF Tribal Land base. On a personal note, Jessie Peterson is proud to say that she has assisted countless Tribal members in becoming homeowners, some of who thought it was never possible. Wholeheartedly she believes there is no better feeling than helping your people bring their dreams to reality.

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A member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He owns and operates his business, Legendary Solutions LLC a HubZone certified business through the Small Business Administration that specializes in marketing and small business consulting.  Joseph is the President of Red Cliff Business Development Corporation, the business arm of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and a founding member of the Tribal Business League.  He is currently attending college to finish his higher education, double majoring in Sustainable Community Development and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy.



A Menominee Tribal member and Founder and CEO of Keshena Group, LLC based on the Menominee Indian Reservation.  Mr. Harte has an MBA degree from Tuck School at Dartmouth College and BA degree (Economics) from Northwestern University.  Mr. Harte has served multiple terms on the Menominee Indian Tribe’s Legislative Budget & Finance and Investment Committee.

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Dr. Russell
Swagger, Ph.D.


A St. Croix Band Ojibwe Tribal member and the President of the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College.

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