WISCONSIN NATIVE LOAN FUND, INC.
Staff
Fern V. Orie
Chief Executive Officer

An Oneida Tribal member who is the founding Executive Director of Wigamig with 17 years working in Native communities in housing and community development, including land management and operating a tribal housing authority.

David Gouwens
Chief Operating Officer

David formally joined the WINLF staff in 2019, but has been doing consulting work for WINLF since 2011. Prior to joining the WINLF Team David owned an IT consulting company. Before starting his consulting company David spent 9 years as the IT Director for a multi-state finance company. As such, he developed the majority of the software used by the company. He also performed the role of Operations Manager there. His greatest accomplishment was helping to create an IRA holding company from scratch in three months. David has degrees in both Physics and Theater.

 

Janice St. Germaine
Director of Lending

A Bad River Band of Chippewa TA Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Tribal member who has owned multiple small businesses, served on the Board of a Wisconsin Native CDFI, and has lending experience working for a tribal loan center.

 

Jeannie Felix
Director of Client Development

She has been certified in the Financial skills for Families, Building Financial Confidence, Pre-Homebuyers Education and Native CDFI Practioner Certification Program - Development Services Specialization.  She will continue to offer financial education programs and coaching to individuals to assist in building financial futures as well as pursue additional training for herself to offer the best services possible.

 

She has several plus years of office management with a focus on computer software programs with main principles in accounting and data tractability.  An Associates in Human Services with a Psychology certificate, an entrepreneur into small agricultural development and businesses, avid outdoors enthusiast and photographer.

Betty Kerr
Grants Manager / Collections Officer

Betty has been a Red Cliff Community Member for over 25 years, and the mother of Red Cliff tribally enrolled children.  She was self-employed for ten years as a Consultant and Legal Advocate working in several Tribal Communities and Courts throughout WI.  Her past positions include the Cliff Chippewa Housing Authority as the Grant Writer/Executive Assistant and for the Red Cliff Tribe as their  Cliff Tribal Planner.  She has over 15 years of experience in experience in program administration/supervision, including planning/program development, Federal policy writing, and compliance with Tribal, Federal, and State program regulations.  She is also a successful grant writer, securing over 5 million dollars in Federal, Foundation, and State grants in the past three years. 

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Nondiscrimination Statement

  

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of the Treasury policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to Department of the Treasury, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20220 or call (202) 622-1160.

PO Box 580, 705 Peace Pipe Road

Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

Phone: 715-588-1600 

Fax: 715-588-3535

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