Staff and Board


Mary LaGarde
White Earth Nation
Executive Director
(612) 879-1750

Star LaDeaux
Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate
Executive Assistant & Gatherings Cafe Grants Manager
(612) 879-1780

Natalie Rademacher
Grand Portage Ojibwe descendant
Communications Coordinator
(507) 476-7448

Linda Harris
Development/Evaluation Coordinator
(763) 670-7512

Andrew Newton
Operations Manager
(612) 879-1780

Chuck Stately
Red Lake Nation
Maintenance Engineer
(612) 879-1756

Finance Department
(612) 879-1707

Family Services

Laura Newton
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Program Director
Cell (612) 419-3522
Office (612) 879-1714

Kassidy Korbitz
Bright Beginnings Coordinator/Data Manager
Cell (612) 468-6940
Office (612) 879-1735

Lainey Connelly
Family Stability Worker
Cell (612) 364-0162
Office (612) 879-1704

Mikayla Maxwell
Ihanktonwan Nakota/Dakota, Red Lake Ojibwe, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo
Tribal Liaison
Cell (612)760-6037
Office (612) 879-1724

Elise LaGarde
White Earth Ojibwe
Tribal Liaison
Cell (612) 431-5277
Office (612) 879-1741


Raeven Wishteyah
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Case Aid
Cell (612) 468-6972

Rachel LaRose
Fond du Lac Ojibwe
Indigenous Women’s Life Net Coordinator/Case Manager
Cell (952) 356-4011
Office (612) 879-1736

Rebecca Jackson
Leech Lake Ojibwe
Indigenous Women’s Life Net Housing Case Manager
Cell (651) 392-1262

Christine Pedersen
ICWA Court Monitor

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

Brian Joyce
White Earth Nation
Program Director
(612) 879-1770

Vicky Reyes
Leech Lake Ojibwe
Career Counselor
Main Line: (612) 879-1727  
Work Cell: (612) 554-2359

Tana Fox 
Career Counselor 
Work Cell: (612) 590-9369

Native Fitness & Nutrition

Colette Lawrence
Leech Lake Ojibwe
Fitness and Nutrition (FAN) & Native Elders Support Team (NEST) Director
(612) 879-1703

Joseph Regguinti
Fitness Center Manager

Kobe Gourneau
Physical Activities Coordinator

Brian Heart
Yankton Dakota
Native Elders Support Team (NEST) Program Assistant and Transporation

Boys and Girls Club

Millie Hernandez
White Earth Ojibwe
Branch Director
(612) 518-3913 


Tinajai McCoy
Sacred Leaders Coordinator

Ashley Cook
Golden Eagles Program Coordinator
(612) 385-0189

Andrew Aanenson
Best Buy Teen Tech Center Coordinator

Culture Language Arts Network

Cheryl Secola 
Couchiching First Nation
Program Director

David “Memegwesi” Sutherland
Oji-Cree Band of Constance Lake First Nations
Language Coordinator and Ojibwe Language Instructor

Jonathan Buehlmann
Yankton Sioux
Prevention Coordinator

Lumhe Sampson
Seneca and Mvskoke
Project Coordinator

Hoksicala Cante Ma Yuha “Sonny” Metcalf
Tech Assistant and Data Manager

Visit the Center

Two Rivers Gallery
Open: Tuesday – Friday
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
(612) 879-1720

Gatherings Cafe
Head Chef: Vernon DeFoe
Open: Monday 
– Friday
7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Woodland Indian Crafts Shop
Owner/Proprietor: Charlie Stately
Open: Monday – Friday
10:00 – 5:30 p.m.
(612) 874-7766 

Board of Directors

Sam Olbekson
Founder and CEO of Full Circle Planning + Design

Eileen Briggs
Vice President
Grantmaking Director for Bush Foundation

Kit Fordham
Executive Director of
Bii Gii Wiin CDFI


Dawn Paro
Case Manager for Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

David Cournoyer
Board Member
Consultant for Plain Depth Consulting

Cheyenne Erickson
Board Member
Neighborhood and Community Relations