IDRS has assembled a team of experienced Native and non-Native practitioners who specialize in processes that bring people together and build partnerships that solve critical local problems. Today, IDRS offers Native leaders and organizations an extensive interactive training program and full complement of technical services.
Mark Thompson, JD
Acting Executive Director
(916) 803-7550, email
Mr. Thompson’s has an exceptionally strong background in business and business law. He has specific skills and background in fiscal accounting and controls, personnel management, information systems, accounting software, costs and income projections and analysis, bidding government contracts, marketing services, etc.
Mr. Thompson provides training and technical assistance to tribes in business planning, development and operations, conducting feasibility studies, developing business plans, working with tribal staff in setting up the books and internal accounting procedures, establishing systems for accounts receivable and payable, and other systems of internal management, control and reporting. He has built, owned and operated several small businesses himself, is a licensed real estate broker and operates a real estate business of his own. He teaches business economics and accounting at the Community College level, and in near completing an MA in Economics and a Masters of Business Administration. Mr. Thompson completed the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 2009.
Steven Haberfeld, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Conflict Resolution
(916) 802-0243, email
Dr. Haberfeld serves as the Executive Director and the Senior Mediator/Facilitator on the staff of Indian Dispute Resolution Service, Inc. Along with a consortium of five Indian organizations, he is one of the founders of IDRS in 1989 and the principle designer of its training and service delivery program.
Dr. Haberfeld has forty years experience as a community organizer, mediator, facilitator and trainer in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic settings. He has worked in Mexican farm-worker, African American, low-income White, and American Indian communities. Dr. Haberfeld has been working with Indian tribes since 1976, assisting leaders to resolve internal differences and to effectively negotiate their interests in complex transactions with governmental, political and private sector interests.
Dr. Haberfeld has also been involved as an intermediary facilitating dialogues and increasing collaboration between tribes and local, state and federal agencies, political jurisdictions, and public institutions (public school districts) and their constituents. In January 2000, he was recognized by the Sacramento Bee in a front page article for having been the “driving force” in securing the historic agreement between the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe in California and the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Bureau of Reclamation, and the Bureau of Land Management in the Department of Interior. The negotiated agreement called for the creation of a 10,000 acre land base, specific ground water allocations, and environmental resource management and economic development opportunities for the Tribe in its ancestral homeland, inside and outside the Death Valley National Park in California and Nevada.
Dr. Haberfeld has also served as IDRS’ leader trainer and has participated during this time in over 200 three-day training workshops for Indian organizations and public agencies. Since 1980, Dr. Haberfeld has maintained a private mediation practice specializing in resolving workplace conflicts. He has extensive experience training and resolving disputes between labor and management in over fifteen different public and private hospitals. Dr. Haberfeld’s private practice has included work in Cuba as a member of a small team that trained the Cuban foreign diplomatic corps in negotiation skills and processes, and in Guatemala where he provided negotiation training to representatives of the military, government and guerrilla forces as part of the country’s national reconciliation effort.
Prior to working with IDRS, Dr. Haberfeld served (1978-1982) was a senior planner at the National Economic Development & Law Center (NED &LC) assisting tribes and local development corporations design and implement economic, employment and community development strategies in their communities . He also served as the editor and contributor to the Center’s quarterly Economic Development Report. From 1982-1984, he served as the Director of the Center for Indian Economic Development.
Dr. Haberfeld has a BA in Economics and Labor Relations from Reed College in Portland Oregon. He has a MA in International Relations, a Ph.D. in Public Law & Government and a Certificate in African Studies from Columbia University in New York.
Lynn Wilson, MBA, E.G.(c)MR
Microenterprise Development Specialist
(918) 978-7622, email
Lynn serves as IDRS’ Microenterprise Development Specialist. She has championed entrepreneurship for 14 years and over the past 4 years has specifically worked in Native communities across the country including her own tribe (Cherokee Nation) where she continues to provide contractual services to provide small business support services for the Tribes’ CDFI & Commerce division.
Lynn’s work has focused on: operating a technology business incubator, entrepreneurial training, business counseling, economic, demographic and social research related to economic development and providing market research and technical assistance to second stage growth businesses. Since 2009 she has taught part-time for the school of Business and Technology at Rogers State University in the areas of marketing, management, business ethics, business communications and entrepreneurship.
While working on staff with ONABEN she was the lead certification trainer for the Indianpreneurship Journey curriculum. In addition to certifying others to teach the curriculum, she has delivered the training directly to entrepreneurs in Native communities across the U.S. including Native Hawaiian and Alaskan communities.
In addition to her work experience, Lynn received her her M.B.A and professional certification in entrepreneurship from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and is a certified market research specialist through the National Center for Economic Gardening.