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Lakota Mowrer is the Executive Director at Four Bands. In this role, Lakota provides leadership for Four Bands, establishes new and fosters existing partnerships, and leads and manages efforts to reach organizational goals. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Lakota served as the Assistant Director at Four Bands for five years. Lakota is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. Upon graduation, she joined Teach for America and taught on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation at Todd County High School. Lakota obtained her Masters in Social Work Degree from Washington University in St. Louis with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies. Lakota individualized her course of study to concentrate in economic security and social development through the life course of American Indians. In addition to her educational experience, Lakota has completed a summer fellowship with National Congress of American Indians. She has served on the Native American Alumni Board of Directors at the University of Notre Dame. Lakota initiated program evaluations at the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and Washington Internships for Native Students to develop program components for American Indian participants. Lakota is excited to be back home on Cheyenne River and to be able to spend time with all of her family, especially her nieces and nephews.
As Four Bands' Program Coordinator, Alissa Benoist manages the organization's Wicoicage Sakowin kin un Wicakagapi (Building for the Seventh Generation) program that builds long-term employment and life skills of Reservation youth. She is also responsible for coordinating other program-related activities, grants management and reporting, and partner relationship building. Alissa supports the Executive Director in developing organizational work plans, fundraising, and budgeting. She has extensive experience in the youth education field and attended Williston State College.
Kesse Deal is the Client Services Coordinator at Four Bands. In this position she serves as an internal resource coordinator for staff and clients, and maintains the client database. She is responsible for recruiting and enrolling participants in programs, and works with clients to ensure they receive the appropriate services. Kesse comes to Four Bands with a strong background in administrative support, youth education, and finance. She has an Associate's degree from Mitchell Technical Institute in Office Technology.
Cora Mae Haskell is the Asset Development Coordinator at Four Bands. In this role, she provides outreach, coaching and technical assistance to promote financial literacy and credit building to best help residents of Cheyenne River Indian Reservation to access financial products and services. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and Curriculum and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Black Hills State University and is a certified trainer for Fannie Mae/First Nation's Financial Skillbuilding for Families coursework. Cora Mae continues her professional development by attending courses and national conferences on creating financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs for youth in economically disadvantaged communities.
Since joining Four Bands in 2003, Cora Mae has conducted business development and financial literacy workshops for hundreds of people and has been instrumental in establishing the Individual Development Account program. Prior to that, Cora Mae was Dean of Academics at the former Si Tanka/Huron University and has accumulated more than 20 years of teaching experience on the Reservation. She has served as a co-chair for the Native Financial Education Coalition and is a former board member for the Eagle Butte District 20-1 school system. Cora Mae was named the 2008 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for her outstanding service to the field of entrepreneurship. She has been the religious coordinator for grades K-9 at the All Saints Catholic Church in Eagle Butte, South Dakota for 10 years. She was born and raised on a farm on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Her husband of 37 years was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She has six children, 18 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She still lives on the family farm near the Bear Creek reservation community.
Becky Maher is a recent graduate from the South Dakota State University with a Bachelors of Science degree from the College of Arts & Science where she majored in Advertising with a creative emphasis and minored in Marketing. She brings a wide array of knowledge in cutting edge communications technologies and strategies to support Four Bands as an organization, and to deliver direct services to our business clients. Becky enjoys spending time with her daughter and the rest of her family in addition to reading a good book in her spare time.
Cindy Marshall is the Credit and Collections Officer at Four Bands. She will be assisting with loan closing, collection of past due accounts, and working with both tribal and state courts on delinquent accounts. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and has lived on the Reservation almost her entire life. She has three children and four grandchildren and enjoys working outdoors, hunting and fishing with family and friends.
Holden Neigel is the Asset Building Specialist at Four Bands Community. Holden joined Four Bands in 2010 and has an Associate Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Western Dakota Tech. Holden is a new homeowner and also enjoys helping his parents with their furniture store in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.
Darla Lawrence is the Finance and Administrative Officer at Four Bands and is responsible for all accounting operations, including generating required reports, developing required information for audits, cash and investment management, budgeting, planning, and database management. She has an Associate's Degree in both Business and Computer Information from Sisseton Wahpeton Community College and is also a certified trainer in the Building Native Communities curriculum. Before coming to Four Bands in 2006, Darla worked for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe for 12 years serving as the Payroll Director, Office Manager, and Business Technician. In 2005, Darla was the Employee of the Year for the Tribe. She is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. Darla resides in Eagle Butte, South Dakota and spends her free time with her family.
Mark Shupick is the Director of Business Development Services at Four Bands. In this role, he is responsible for the overall coordination, integration and expansion of Four Bands' small business education programs. With a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience in developing local businesses, Mark is an expert at providing technical assistance and supporting entrepreneurs so they may reach their business objectives. Mark schedules, manages, and evaluates quality programming in the areas of entrepreneurial training, one-on-one business assistance and coaching, asset development, and financial education. He also ensures the curriculum and program content remains current, fresh, and applicable to clients. Mark was one of the first staff members of Four Bands and has served the organization in several capacities over the years, including Enterprise Manager and Business Success Coach. For his extraordinary achievements, he was named the Small Business Administration's 2010 Minority Small Business Champion of the Year.
Mark continually seeks to sharpen his professional skills and has received training in Quickbooks and marketing and design. In addition, he has been certified as a Financial Education Curriculum Trainer by First People's Fund. Prior to joining Four Bands in 2002, Mark was the Assistant Manager of the Tribe's grocery store where he was instrumental in annually doubling the store's net profits. Mark is on the Finance Committee of the First Baptist Church and serves on the board of directors for Windswept Academy and Oti-Kaga, a nonprofit housing organization. Mark was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation and is married to a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. He enjoys working outside, target shooting, carpentry, and classic car restoration.
Kristen Stambach is the Director of Lending at Four Bands. In this position, her primary responsibility is to manage Four Bands' revolving loan fund program that provides loan capital to support private business development. In addition to her role at Four Bands, Kristen serves on the Leadership Committee of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance, an organization that fosters private sector development on Indian reservations. Kristen also supports organizational development by analyzing and managing the client database for outcomes tracking, program deliverables, and performance measures. Kristen holds an Agriculture Business Degree from Western Dakota Tech and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Black Hills State University. She has continued to build her professional skills by attending conferences and trainings on mixed-use real estate; new markets tax credits, real estate finance, and economic development finance. Prior to coming on board at Four Bands in November 2010, Kristen worked at Premier Bankcard for over four years. A native to the area, she grew up on a buffalo ranch near Red Scaffold, South Dakota. Kristen currently lives in Dupree, a small town west of Eagle Butte. Kristen enjoys working with all of the clients at Four Bands Community Fund, especially the area youth. In her free time Kristen enjoys painting and horseback riding.