INTERTRIBAL AGRICULTURE COUNCIL

Nicole Charley

Executive Assistant 

nicole@indianag.org

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Director of Operations & Strategy

donita@indianag.org

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Director of Programs

kelsey@indianag.org

OPERATIONS

Barbara Soulé

Public Relations Director

barbara@indianag.org

Leah Altman

Development Director

leah@indianag.org

Mary Kaye Gesinger

Finance Director

marykaye@indianag.org

HUMAN RESOURCES

Becky Standing Bear

HR Specialist

becky@indianag.org

Ellise David

Marketing & Event Specialist

ellise@indianag.org

Taylor Thompson

Grant Management Specialist 

taylor@indianag.org

Jesirae St. Goddard

Finance Specialist

jesirae@indianag.org

NATIONAL SUPPORT

Matthew Denetclaw

Digital Media Specialist

matthew@indianag.org

Lilly Standing Bear

Accounts Payable Clerk

lilly@indianag.org

Camryn Ganje

Program Specialist

camryn@indianag.org

AMERICAN INDIAN FOODS

Britni Beck

International Market Specialist

britni@indianag.org

POLICY & GOVERNMENT RELATIONS

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Director of Policy and Government Relations

abi@indianag.org

Abby Rohweder

Policy Assistant

abby@indianag.org

Lexie Holden

Associate Director

lexie@indianag.org

NATURAL RESOURCES

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Natural Resources Director

emily@indianag.org

Electa Hare-Redcorn

Natural Resources Program Specialist

electa@indianag.org

Sha'Teal Pearman

Natural Resources Program Specialist

shateal@indianag.org

Beau LaSalle

Natural Resources Program Specialist

beau@indianag.org

REGENERATIVE ECONOMIES

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Regenerative Economies Specialist

tomie@indianag.org

 
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Technical Assistance Director

Pacific Region

keir@indianag.org

Tikaan Galbreath

Associate Director of the TA Network

Alaska Region

tikaan@indianag.org

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK

Chante Tran

Technical Assistance Specialist

Alaska Region

Jeff Caskey

Technical Assistance Specialist

Eastern - OK Region

Tikaan Galbreath

Technical Assistance Associate Director

Great Lakes Region

Fanny Brewer

Technical Assistance Specialist

Great Plains Region

Tina Square

Technical Assistance Specialist

Northeast Region

Katherine Minthorn

Technical Assistance Specialist

Northwest - OR & ID Region

Mike Shellenberger

Technical Assistance Specialist

Northwest - WA Region

Natalie Solares

Technical Assistance Specialist

Pacific - CA Region

Ginny Hatch

Technical Assistance Specialist

Pacific - NV Region

Zane NotAfraid

Technical Assistance Specialist

Rocky Mountain Region

Craig Harry

Technical Assistance Specialist

Rocky Mountain Region

Quinton Inman

Technical Assistance Specialist

Southern Plains Region

Desbah Padilla

Technical Assistance Specialist

Southwest Region

Padgley Gonzales

Technical Assistance Specialist

Western Region

Mackenize Martinez

Technical Assistance Specialist

Southeast Region

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Elaini Vargas

Youth Program Director

elaini@indianag.org

Azeyla Yazzie

Professional Development Specialist

azelya@indianag.org

 

STAFF BIOGRAPHIES

Kari Jo Lawrence

Executive Director

Kari Jo Lawrence was raised on a cattle ranch on the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation in North Dakota near the New Town and Mandaree areas.  She attended Dickinson State University, where she earned a degree in Biology.  Kari Jo currently serves as the Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council.  Prior to joining IAC, she enjoyed a 20-year career with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, most of it serving in Indian Country. During her tenure at the Natural Resources Conservation Service, she led successful programs and increased historically underserved participation in each capacity served. Kari Jo wants to continue to see producers gain access to the tools and opportunities to succeed and improve true resilience in the food system. She is proud to have been one of the first recipients of the IAC Scholarship and says “she has found her way back home”.  In her free time, Kari Jo enjoys spending time with her family, working on their ranch, and is an avid rodeo competitor. Kari@indianag.org

Donita Fischer

Director of  Operations & Strategy

Donita Fischer serves as the Director of Operations & Strategy. She plans and coordinates all operations activities in the organization, ensuring development and implementation of efficient and cost-effective systems to meet current and future needs of the organization. 

 

Donita was born and raised on the Cheyenne River Sioux reservation in north-central South Dakota. She attended Black Hills State University and received a bachelor of science in business administration. Donita resides with her family in Parade, South Dakota; where she practices small-scale sustainable efforts.  donita@indianag.org

Kelsey Ducheneaux-Scott

Director of Programs

Kelsey Scott is the Director of Programs for the Intertribal Agriculture Council. She’s the owner of DX Beef, a direct-to-consumer regenerative beef operation on the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation, where she also ranches with her husband and family. Kelsey’s passion lies in working directly with land managers and producers in promoting regenerative agricultural practices and community-focused food systems. Kelsey is excited to see how her work with producers can continue to enhance their connection to consumers in an effort to re-localize more resilient food systems. 
 
Kelsey is a family-focused individual (including her four legged family of horses, cattle, and dogs), soil & plant nerd, and a youth advocate. She received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Rangeland Management from South Dakota State University and then her Master’s of Agriculture Degree in Integrated Resource Management from Colorado State University. Kelsey’s currently continuing her education as a member of the first CREATE Coaching Cohort, an intensive regenerative agriculture coaching course offered by Integrity Soils. kelsey@indianag.org

Abi Fain

Director of Policy and Government Relations

Abi is citizen of the Choctaw Nation and an attorney who has devoted her career to tribal advocacy and protecting tribal sovereignty. The scope of Abi’s practice has ranged from representing tribes in federal litigation and advocating on behalf of tribes before members of Congress and federal agencies, to working with tribes on developing and implementing tribal codes and policies tailored to meet their needs and support their goals.

Prior to practicing law, Abi worked for the Notah Begay III Foundation, where she worked on developing messaging around the correlation between food deserts in Indian Country and negative health outcomes among Native children. It was here she first began to understand the critical need for agriculture development in Indian Country.

Abi received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University, and her J.D. and Certificate in Federal Indian Law from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma, as well as the Osage Nation, the Muscogee Nation and the Cherokee Nation.

Latashia Redhouse 

AIF Director

Latashia Redhouse is an enrolled member of the Diné Nation and was raised in southeastern Utah. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Corporate Communications at Utah State University. She has spent years supporting organizations with marketing strategies and guidance and is excited to serve the Native American farmer-entrepreneurs and business owners. Her passion is to inspire Indigenous professionals and offer solutions to help grow their businesses. 

latashia@indianag.org

Tomie Peterson 

Regenerative Economies Specialist

Tomie grew up, and currently resides on, a cattle ranch near Parade, SD. Tomie is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She is a graduate of Black Hills State University and joins Intertribal Agriculture Council from Dacotah Bank in Mobridge, where she was an Agriculture Banker.

In this setting, She developed a trained eye for Ag Lending and Finance. In her new capacity with the IAC, she advocates on behalf of Tribal producers for fair and equitable financing, functional access to USDA programming, and innovative business structures. Tomie enjoys working in the Ag industry helping producers succeed and looks forward to assisting producers across Indian Country.  tomie@indianag.org

Keir Johnson-Reyes

Technical Assistance Director

Keir Johnson-Reyes is a member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma and has a background in Indigenous Peoples Law, education, outreach, traditional seed preservation, organic vegetable production, community engagement, project development and administration, and permaculture design. He continues to work with Tribal communities and individual agricultural producers by assisting with program eligibility, access, and interface involving federal, state, local, and organizational resources. Keir’s areas of expertise include natural resources/land management, community development, government-to-government intermediacy, and Native youth/leadership development. keir@indianag.org

Emily Luscombe

Natural Resources Director

Emily grew up in rural Northern California in a sustainable subsistence farming and ranching environment. She attended Connecticut College where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. After college she attended Flinders University of South Australia where she obtained a Masters Degree in Environmental Management and a second Bachelors Degree in  Education. Emily has worked in a variety of jobs and most recently has spent nine years managing Tribal Environmental Programs in California and Nevada and assisting other Tribes in a variety of capacities related to Natural Resources, Hazard Mitigation, and Environmental Sustainability.

Emily hopes to learn more about different regenerative practices around the country, learning how to best support producers, and anything new that people are willing to teach her. emily@indianag.org