Roman has earned his college degrees in Biology, Civil Engineering and Public Administration. In addition to his theoretical knowledge he has acquired extensive practical experience and expertise in short-and long-range environmental and natural resources conservation planning, development and implementation. Specifically, he has been involved in a wide range of related activities, including designing and conducting impact studies, analyses, evaluations, inspections, enforcement, policy reviews, introducing mitigation processes, providing services in fiscal management, conflict management and resolution, and working as community liaison to build and ensure effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
He has served from 2006 to 2010 as the Director of Environmental Protection and as the Environmental Programs Manager with the Ak-Chin Community-Environmental Programs Department in Maricopa, AZ. Prior to that, he served as the Environmental Engineer with the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community-Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Department in Scottsdale AZ. Earlier, he served as the Deputy Director and Director of Operations of Earth Conservation Corps-Salmon Corps in Portland, Oregon.
Gerald Sherman, an Oglala Lakota, was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is perhaps best known as the founder of the Lakota Fund, the first community development loan fund on the Pine Ridge Reservation and one of the first micro-enterprise loan funds in the U.S. Currently, Gerald serves as President and CEO of the Indian Land Capital Company, a national lending company that finances tribal governments to purchase alienated lands and fractionated ownership interests in trust lands.
Gerald Sherman is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Native Nations Institute (NNI) of the Udall Center at the University of Arizona, Tucson. NNI is affiliated with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, and provides training and consulting services to Indian Nations in executive leadership with a focus on “nation building.” He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Oglala Lakota College.
Carmella served as a member of her Tribe’s Tribal Council from 1998-2010, ten years of which she served as Tribal Chairperson. During this time she was the driving force in leading her community through the lengthy and complex planning, development and construction phases of bringing on line a tribal gaming facility. She represented her Tribe in negotiating MOUs with county government agencies, developed and implemented a public outreach campaign to gain favorable public support in the non-Indian and nearby Indian communities, negotiated a state gaming compact with the California Governor (signed on 8/28/09), and directed and coordinated the day-to-day activities of attorneys, architects, the general construction contractor and environmental consultants.
From 1980 to 2002, Carmella served as the Contributions Manager for the Clorox Company Foundation in Oakland, CA. In this capacity, Carmella managed an annual charitable giving budget of $3.2 million and recommended annual and multi-year grants for approval. In addition, she assisted 26 Clorox Plant Managers with community affairs outreach, budgets and activities. She developed the Foundation’s Annual Report for distribution to various publics.
Lisa, as the Title VII Program Manager for Chicago Public Schools, serves as a liaison between Native student’s home, school, and various CPS departments. She seeks to better the classroom experience for the student while in the Chicago Public Schools and encourage participation in higher education. Lisa leads trips for Native Youth in Chicago Public Schools to universities across the Midwest to experience campus life and is regularly involved in Native-focused after school programs.
Prior to working at the Chicago Public Schools, she was a longtime legal assistant for Heller and Frisone, Ltd., a prominent law firm in Chicago. She studied Paralegal Studies at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago.
Theresa has a combined experience of twenty-five years in Indian legislative, policy analysis, economic development, and land recovery issues. She began working for the National Congress of American Indians in 1978, then the Native American Rights Fund in 1983 and First Nations Development Institute up until 1991. Theresa then co-founded the Indian Land Working Group (ILWG) and served as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer until 2001, and Executive Director until January 2010, when she resigned.
Theresa then founded the Intertribal Territories Recovery Institute to focus on restoration of federal lands located within and bordering on tribal homelands. As land specialist with the ITRI, her work includes land restoration training on the FLPMA – Federal Land Policy & Management Act, and development of protective and sustainable land use and water ordinances. She assists Tribes access programs and technical assistance available at the federal and state levels, for alternative energy development, i.e., solar, wind, geothermal, and biomass on tribal lands.
Theresa authored, “Trust: A Matter Of Control” which offers options that tribes have for the management and investment of their trust funds; and “The FNDI Indian Land Consolidation Manual” which examines land restoration and multiple ownership on Indian lands; and provided recommendations/strategies for Indian ownership, use, and control of their ancestral homelands.
Charles has an extensive background working to protect, conserve and enhance this nation’s endangered environmental resources. Prior to returning home and taking the job with his Tribe he was President and CEO of Indian Country Conservancy, a spin-off of the Tribal & Native Lands Program operated by the Trust for Public Lands. He has worked with native communities throughout the United States to reacquire and restore the health of their ancestral lands, and to help create native land bases that can serve as the foundation for greater economic self-sufficiency.
Charles is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. He is Cayuse and Walla Walla with blood ties to the Cocopah and Yankton Sioux. From 1988 to 1995, he served this country as an Intelligence Specialist with the United States Navy.