Work History

Work History
Aug 2010 - Present

Tribal Administrator

Quartz Valley Indian Reservation

With a critical eye on annual audits, strive to manage negotiations of Tribal Business Council approved contracts, grant agreements and contracts for services and or land leases in order to achieve unqualified status. Maintain rapport with grant agencies and tribal management personnel to ensure managed programs comply with applicable regulations, tribal policies and operating procedures. Manage all tribal operations with respect to overall goals and objectives established within the local Tribal Government. Work closely with the Tribal Treasurer, Fiscal Department and each department head in preparing and implementing the annual budget.  Responsible for submissions of general fund programs, indirect cost proposals, contract and grant proposals comply with Tribal and Federal guidelines. Responsible for Federal contract and grant programs request the necessary and reasonable contract support, indirect costs support and program support funding levels. Conducts an administrative review process for submission of Federal contracts and grants.   Coordinate monthly department-head meetings to review current program objectives.  Provide directives and obtains program reports. Evaluate the effectiveness of each tribal program, seek to identify administrative problematic areas of concern and prescribe corrective action plans. Provide program direction to ensure the development and implementation of overall goals, objectives, policies and procedures. Directs and ensures proper coordination of all administrative affairs, staffing, programs and other administrative activities. Work with Human Resources to recommend and submit revisions to established personnel policies and procedures manual. Assist with the recruitment, interviews and recommends the employment of key personnel for the tribe. Initiates and conducts performance evaluations of key personnel and department heads. Assemble, coordinate and review proposed contracts prior to submission to the Tribal Business Council and various funding agencies. Ensure that program managers and directors submit financial reports to federal agencies in a timely and efficient manner. Manage personnel, finance, contracting, administration, records, facilities and property assets of the tribe. Identify and develop corrective action to resolve identified problems with fiscal, contracting, Human Resource or other administrative areas. Monitors and reports regularly to the Tribal Chairman and Tribal Business Council the status of all assignments, duties, projects and functions of the various programs and activities. Responsible for establishing program objectives and deadlines, preparing resolutions, contracts, budgets, reports and other support documents as needed.

May 2010 - Aug 2010

Executive Director

The Moapa Band of Paiute Indians

Responsible for the administration of all aspects of the Indian Housing Program in accordance with NAHASDA requirements and the Moapa Housing Department operating policies and procedures. As the Executive Director, responsible for timely submission of Indian Housing Plan as well as the Annual Performance Review.  Obtained the services of an auditor and ensured the timely completion of audit requirements within HUD established timeframes. Submitted the quarterly and fiscal year and financial statements to ONAP/HUD within the prescribed timeframes. Ensured that the required steps in the development process, from initial application to final closeout, were completed in a timely manner. Monitored expenditures to ensure that controlled budget categories were not exceeded and made adjustments, as necessary, to avoid budget overruns. Responsible for the procurement and contracting functions of the housing department while adhering to the principles of Indian preference in compliance with HUD regulations and the adopted tribal procurement policy.  Supervised all staff ensuring that all program objectives are achieved on budget and in a timely manner. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, hiring, training, evaluating, and discipline of staff in accordance with adopted tribal personnel policy. Required to report to the Tribal Council and Housing Board on a monthly or other regular basis on all pertinent activities of the housing department. Ensured that all actions and decisions maintained the integrity and financial stability of the housing programs in order to meet the housing needs of the community. Represented the tribal housing department in all meetings tribal, state, and federal government officials, as necessary, for the development, modernization, and management of housing. Analyzed the short and long term needs of the community and developed plans to address those needs.  Prepared applications for funding to the appropriate agencies for various programs (e.g., the Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program, Youth Sports Program, Drug Elimination Program, Child Care, new housing construction, etc.). Prepared the annual operating budgets in a timely manner to ensure continuous funding and submitted revised operating budgets as needed, to address all unanticipated expenses.  Monitored all contracts to ensure the proper and timely delivery of the goods or services.  Pursued all remedies of deficiencies and/or invoked contract penalty clauses. Maintained a current library of pertinent regulations, HUD handbooks, notices, and operating policies.  Drafted revisions to the operating policies for approval by the tribal council as required by any changes in the program requirements. Ensured that all staff possessed the necessary skills, tools, supplies, and equipment to perform their jobs satisfactorily. Trained staff on the content of the housing department’s operating policies, so that consistent interpretations of the policies were applied in all situations.

Jun 2008 - Sep 2009

Executive Director

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe

Responsible for the administration of all aspects of the Indian Housing Program in accordance with NAHASDA requirements and the Moapa Housing Department operating policies and procedures. As the Executive Director, responsible for timely submission of Indian Housing Plan as well as the Annual Performance Review.  Obtained the services of an auditor and ensured the timely completion of audit requirements within HUD established timeframes. Submitted the quarterly and fiscal year and financial statements to ONAP/HUD within the prescribed timeframes. Ensured that the required steps in the development process, from initial application to final closeout, were completed in a timely manner. Monitored expenditures to ensure that controlled budget categories were not exceeded and made adjustments, as necessary, to avoid budget overruns. Responsible for the procurement and contracting functions of the housing department while adhering to the principles of Indian preference in compliance with HUD regulations and the adopted tribal procurement policy.  Supervised all staff ensuring that all program objectives are achieved on budget and in a timely manner. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, hiring, training, evaluating, and discipline of staff in accordance with adopted tribal personnel policy. Required to report to the Tribal Council and Housing Board on a monthly or other regular basis on all pertinent activities of the housing department. Ensured that all actions and decisions maintained the integrity and financial stability of the housing programs in order to meet the housing needs of the community. Represented the tribal housing department in all meetings tribal, state, and federal government officials, as necessary, for the development, modernization, and management of housing. Analyzed the short and long term needs of the community and developed plans to address those needs.  Prepared applications for funding to the appropriate agencies for various programs (e.g., the Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program, Youth Sports Program, Drug Elimination Program, Child Care, new housing construction, etc.). Prepared the annual operating budgets in a timely manner to ensure continuous funding and submitted revised operating budgets as needed, to address all unanticipated expenses.  Monitored all contracts to ensure the proper and timely delivery of the goods or services.  Pursued all remedies of deficiencies and/or invoked contract penalty clauses. Maintained a current library of pertinent regulations, HUD handbooks, notices, and operating policies.  Drafted revisions to the operating policies for approval by the tribal council as required by any changes in the program requirements. Ensured that all staff possessed the necessary skills, tools, supplies, and equipment to perform their jobs satisfactorily. Trained staff on the content of the housing department’s operating policies, so that consistent interpretations of the policies were applied in all situations.

Oct 2001 - Jun 2007

Executive Director

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Responsible for the administration of all aspects of the Indian Housing Program in accordance with NAHASDA requirements and the Moapa Housing Department operating policies and procedures. As the Executive Director, responsible for timely submission of Indian Housing Plan as well as the Annual Performance Review.  Obtained the services of an auditor and ensured the timely completion of audit requirements within HUD established timeframes. Submitted the quarterly and fiscal year and financial statements to ONAP/HUD within the prescribed timeframes. Ensured that the required steps in the development process, from initial application to final closeout, were completed in a timely manner. Monitored expenditures to ensure that controlled budget categories were not exceeded and made adjustments, as necessary, to avoid budget overruns. Responsible for the procurement and contracting functions of the housing department while adhering to the principles of Indian preference in compliance with HUD regulations and the adopted tribal procurement policy.  Supervised all staff ensuring that all program objectives are achieved on budget and in a timely manner. Responsible for the recruitment, selection, hiring, training, evaluating, and discipline of staff in accordance with adopted tribal personnel policy. Required to report to the Tribal Council and Housing Board on a monthly or other regular basis on all pertinent activities of the housing department. Ensured that all actions and decisions maintained the integrity and financial stability of the housing programs in order to meet the housing needs of the community. Represented the tribal housing department in all meetings tribal, state, and federal government officials, as necessary, for the development, modernization, and management of housing. Analyzed the short and long term needs of the community and developed plans to address those needs.  Prepared applications for funding to the appropriate agencies for various programs (e.g., the Comprehensive Improvement Assistance Program, Youth Sports Program, Drug Elimination Program, Child Care, new housing construction, etc.). Prepared the annual operating budgets in a timely manner to ensure continuous funding and submitted revised operating budgets as needed, to address all unanticipated expenses.  Monitored all contracts to ensure the proper and timely delivery of the goods or services.  Pursued all remedies of deficiencies and/or invoked contract penalty clauses. Maintained a current library of pertinent regulations, HUD handbooks, notices, and operating policies.  Drafted revisions to the operating policies for approval by the tribal council as required by any changes in the program requirements. Ensured that all staff possessed the necessary skills, tools, supplies, and equipment to perform their jobs satisfactorily. Trained staff on the content of the housing department’s operating policies, so that consistent interpretations of the policies were applied in all situations.

Education

Education
Jan 2010 - Present

MADM

Northern Arizona University