The ONAC Board and Advisory Committee, comprised of Native asset building practitioners, provide coalition leadership as members of ONAC’s grassroots constituency. They work with the ONAC Executive Director and advise and guide the work of the coalition. Their involvement is crucial to ONAC’s asset building efforts. ONAC thanks the Board and Advisory Committee members for their time and support!
Christy Finsel (ONAC President)
Christy Finsel is an independent consultant and researcher focused on asset building in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Beginning in 2003, she conducted research with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and then with the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. She has continued Native asset building research since that time. From 2006 to present, Ms. Finsel has provided training and/or technical assistance (TA) to thirty-two Native communities who were designing and implementing Individual Development Accounts (IDA) or financial education programs. Most recently, she assisted Osage Financial Resources, Inc. as they planned and launched their IDA program.
In the past several years, Ms. Finsel’s asset building consulting work has expanded. In 2010, she facilitated a First Nations Development Institute Native Asset-Building Partnership Project between Four Bands Community Fund, Inc. and the Entrepreneurial Centers, a collaborative effort of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Sitting Bull College. Also in 2010, Ms. Finsel prepared the Native-specific training content for the Assets for Independence (AFI) Native Initiative Project Design and Application Development Workshops, a collaboration between the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and the U.S. Office of Community Services. She conducted eleven of those workshops for Native communities. In late 2010, Ms. Finsel was contracted to be the Region VII AFI Regional Consultant to assist the Administration for Children and Families with their AFI outreach under the ASSET Initiative. In this role, she worked with ACF Regional Program Managers, serving Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa, to embed asset building into their programs. She provided technical assistance to those designing the Child Support Child Savings Account program launched by the state of Kansas. She has also conducted Native-specific outreach with ACF staff in various regions through the ASSET Initiative. In May 2013, she prepared and presented webinars about the Native Asset Building Initiative for AFI and ANA. More recently, she completed managing a pilot Native Youth Savings Account Program in McKinley County, New Mexico, for First Nations Development Institute. She also provided technical assistance to the Meskwaki Nation and Wai’anae Community Redevelopment Corporation related to their Individual Development Account (IDA) programs. From December 2011 to December 2015, she coordinated the Missouri Asset Builder calls. In October 2014, she was named a National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development "40 under 40" award recipient.
Currently, she is working with First Nations Development Institute and providing technical assistance to Chief Dull Knife College as they design a Children’s Savings Account program; assisting First Nations Oweesta Corporation by providing technical assistance to a Native CDFI as they develop an IDA program; and directing the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC), created to work with tribes on asset building efforts. In her role with ONAC, Ms. Finsel works with tribes in Oklahoma to support and continue their asset building efforts.
Ms. Finsel is a resident of St. Louis, MO. She voluntarily co-administers a youth IDA program at La Salle (DLS) Middle School in North St. Louis City, which she designed and launched in 2003. Ms. Finsel is also co-administering a Child Savings Account program at the school.
She holds a MA in Theology from St. Louis University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. Ms. Finsel is in a Religious Studies Ph.D. program studying Native worldviews and asset building. She is an enrolled tribal member of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.
Anna Knight (ONAC Board Vice President)
Terry Mason Moore, General Counsel, Osage Nation Office of the Chiefs (ONAC Secretary)
Terry Mason Moore is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation, born and raised on the Osage reservation in Oklahoma. For the past 30 years, she has practiced federal Indian law as an attorney and has served the past 20 years as tribal judge for several tribes. She is skilled in writing laws, contracts, regulations, policies, and standard operating procedures. Terry has spoken numerous times on tribal courts and tribal sovereignty, and received many community awards and honors.
She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Management from Northeastern State University, a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico School of Law, a Masters of Business Administration in Finance and Economic Development from the University of Minnesota, and studied International Law and Comparative Law at Oxford University in England. Terry attended the University of Minnesota MBA program through a TCEMP fellowship from First Nations. She completed training in Minnesota as a qualified neutral for mediation and arbitration and has completed training for online dispute resolution. She also completed the “Building Native Communities” training and certification.
Terry has served as a staff attorney for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, a prosecutor in the Court of Indian Offenses in the Anadarko Area of western Oklahoma, a public defense attorney at the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis, which she helped to start up in 1993, and as General Counsel to several tribes and gaming commissions. She currently serves as a Justice for the Pawnee Nation Supreme Court, a Justice of the Supreme Court for the Santee Sioux Tribe in Nebraska, and a Pro Tem Judge for the Shakopee Mdewakanton Dakota Community in Minnesota.
Within the Osage Nation, Terry has served as Assistant Principal Chief, council member of the 31st Osage Tribal Council, Vice Chair of the Osage Tribe Gaming Enterprise Board, and as the Osage Nation Gaming Commissioner. She has served as General Counsel for Chiefs Tillman, Gray, Red Eagle and is current General Counsel to Chief Standing Bear.
Within the community, Terry is a board member for the Fairfax Medical Facilities Board (a federally qualified health center FQHC), chair of the advisory board for Pawnee-Osage CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates in the tribal courts and state courts), board member for the Oklahoma Native American Cultural and Education Authority (a state appointment). She is also a certified coach for Special Olympics Oklahoma.
Mary Elizabeth Ricketts (ONAC Treasurer)
Ms. Ricketts recently retired from the Housing Authority of the Osage Tribe after twenty-seven years as the Executive Director. During her tenure, she constructed 600 Mutual Help homes for members of the Osage Tribe. In 2014, the deeds to these homes were conveyed. Additionally, under her guidance, in 2005, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, 30 townhouse apartments and an office were constructed along with two duplexes and two fourplex apartments.
Before retirement, Ms. Ricketts established Osage Financial Resources, Inc., a Community Development Financial Institution, which makes financing available to Native Americans.
Ms. Ricketts is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation. She served on the Pawhuska In-Lon-Schka Committee for thirty years and had the privilege to serve as head cook for two Drumkeepers. Ms. Ricketts has served on various local, regional, and national boards.
Dawn Hix (ONAC Board Director)
Dawn Hix, M.Ed. GCDF, is currently the IDA Coordinator at Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Being a proud native of southeastern Oklahoma has given her insight to the culture of rural economics. Her passion is to empower tribal members with the knowledge needed to achieve their financial dreams. She currently serves on the Oklahoma Native Asset Coalition Leadership Team and Oklahoma Jump Start Board Member.
Cindy Logsdon (ONAC Board Director)
Cindy Logsdon is the Assistant Director of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, where she manages Loan Portfolio and oversees the Commercial loan program and team. Ms. Logsdon came to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation after a 15 year career in banking. She attended Oklahoma State University, majoring in Business Administration.
At the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation she implemented the Citizen Potawatomi Asset Builders IDA Adult and Youth programs and has assisted in making over $22 million in loans to Native American entrepreneurs. She has laid the groundwork for introducing multiple products to enhance the financial futures of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation tribal community, such as; an Employee Loan program, Financial Education Initiatives, Credit Builder Loan, Jumpstart Auto Loan, Potawatomi Business Network, Micro Business loan and IDA programs.
ONAC Advisory Committee
Christy Estes, Executive Officer, HQ Finance, Chickasaw Nation
Ed Shaw, Director, Osage Financial Resources, Inc.
Lahoma Simmons, Owner, FlintRock Development
Shay Smith, Acting Director of the Small Business Assistance Center, Cherokee Nation
Shay Smith, Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center Director, oversees the Cherokee Nation Commerce Department’s daily business operations. Shay has been instrumental in designing and implementing Cherokee Nation’s self-sufficiency and asset building programs. She provides programmatic development and general oversight to the Mortgage Assistance Program, Self-Sufficiency Counseling, IDA, and lending programs. Shay has also been intensely involved in program budget management, grant compliance, strategic planning, and personnel management. Her extensive knowledge of the Commerce Programs and her expertise in asset building has significantly contributed to the success of the organization and the development of its strategic goals/objectives and program staffing. Shay serves on the Advisory Committee of the Oklahoma Native Asset Coalition, is the vice-president of Tahlequah Main Street Association, and is a member of the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee and the FDIC’s Oklahoma Alliance for Economic Inclusion. Shay holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Northeastern State University.