Stephanie Cote (Anishinaabe) is an independent consultant specializing in Indigenous-based research, nonprofit development, financial education curriculum development and training delivery, economic market analysis, Native Community Development Financial Institution organizational sustainability, and strategic planning facilitation. In her career history, Ms. Cote worked with Oweesta Corporation, First Nations Development Institute, Cielo Foundation, Native CDFI Network, Potlatch Fund, Longhouse Media, and Northwest Native Development Fund. She is a master trainer for the Building Native Communities suite of curriculum, a certified HUD Housing Counselor, Credit As An Asset Master Trainer, CreditSmart curriculum instructor, NeighborWorks America NCHEC certified in Homeownership Counseling, and a Certified Professional Coach through the Coaching for Transformation program with Leadership That Works. Ms. Cote is the 2023-2024 National Endowment of Financial Education’s Visiting Scholar, weaving an indigenous-rooted research narrative around the intersection of Native experience and financial education. She serves as a member on Clearinghouse CDFI’s Native American Advisory Board and the State of Colorado’s Office of Financial Empowerment Advisory Board. In her spare time, she is a fitness instructor facilitating a range of fitness mediums from weightlifting and cardio to yoga and meditation. Ms. Cote attained her BA in Comparative Literature in French and English with a minor in Native American Studies from the University of Michigan. She is Potawatomi and Odawa of Michigan from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Eric is both Lakota and Dakota of the Oglala and Wakpa Ipaksan nations. Eric is a proud forth Generation Advocate
for his people. Eric has his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, with a focus in
Tribal Management and Emergency Services. Eric helped to design and develop the program and its curriculum. Eric Has worked with Tribes, FEMA, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to establish best practices for the tribes in requesting
emergency and disaster declarations.
Eric also worked with American Indian Tribes, Alaskan Native Corporations, and Native Hawaiian Organizations developing their economies. As the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Native American Contractors Association, Eric was a strong policy expert and advocate for the development of Native economies on Capital Hill. He regularly visited Congressional offices and held informational briefings for the Senate
Committee on Indian Affairs and the House of Representatives Committee on Small Business. Eric pairs his passion to serve Native peoples with his knowledge of federal regulations and laws as they
relate to Native populations, his desire is for Native voices to be heard and for action that leads to greater autonomy for indigenous people, globally.
Robin Carufel (Ojibwe), has expertise in tribal clinics, Indian Health Service, IHS, healthcare systems, and tribal self-governance. He has managed tribal health clinics, Peter Christensen Health Center -Lac du Flambeau, WI,
Mille Lacs Ojibwe Nay Ah Shing Health Center- Onamia, MN, Little River Band of Odawa Indians Tribal Health Center-Manistee, MI, and was the Senior Advisor for the Gerald L.Ignace Health Center-Milwaukee, WI. He was the lead Self-Governance consultant for the Spirit Lake Nation of North Dakota, guiding them to become the first P.L. 93-638 Title V-Self-Governance Compact tribe in the Great Plains Area of the Indian Health Service. As part of this process, Carufel assisted the tribe in assuming total control over the IHS Service Unit located at Fort Totten, ND. He also provided guidance to the Gun Lake Tribe of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan in converting to Title V-Self Governance Compact. Carufel was the IHS National Budget Formulation Co-Chair during the George H. Bush Administration, representing the Bemidji Area. Carufel has also provided consultation services for the Great Lakes EPI Center, working with tribal clinics to teach them how to apply EPI Center data to tribal clinical settings and translate the information to make organizational decisions. Having managed four tribal clinics, Carufel has experience using EPI center data in conjunction with community health profiles to expand or redesign health services. He is also adept at forming partnerships between tribal clinics, between sister agencies of IHS, and with the Centers for Disease Control, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Health and Human Services, state level partners, referral networks and healthcare institutions, and other national organizations that work in the healthcare arena in Indian Country.
Brad Krueger, MPH, is a passionate, equity-focused, relationship-centric evaluator. He thrives on building systems to collect, review, and present data. His years of experience, working with county health departments, large and small nonprofits, tribal and urban AI/AN organizations, as well as state agencies, has allowed him to interact with diverse stakeholders and audiences. He humbly embraces opportunities leverage data to support the mission and impact of
organizations he is privileged to support. He received his Masters of Public Health from Des Moines University in 2017 after completing his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Bethel University. Since, he has worked as an evaluation partner alongside organizations such as the American Indian Cancer Foundation, Great Plain’s Tribal Leaders Health Board, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Hmong American Partnership.
Walt Pourier, Oglala Lakota, experienced Owner of Advertising Design and Graphics company with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry. Skilled in Brand Identity and Ad Campaigns, Print Management, Photography, Graphics, and Advertising. Youth and Community Outreach Advocate. Awarded Fine Artist. Strong entrepreneurship professional graduated from Art Institute of Colorado. Walt has created health messaging campaigns for Project Mosaic for social media and other platforms for clients such as the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, the University of Colorado Anschutz, and Denver Indian Health and Family Services. He has also worked with Project Mosaic to create logos and brand strategies for Dream of Wild Health and Buffalo Nations Grasslands Alliance.
Armando Martinez, descendant of the Chiricahua Apache,
has worked with Project Mosaic on Public Service
Announcement (PSA) projects for the Native American
community. Together Project Mosaic and Armando have
delivered multiple PSAs to encourage Native Americans to get
tested for COVID-19 and another PSA to spread the word on
COVID-19 vaccine information. Armando brings a high
degree of professionalism to his projects, as well as respect
for the communities he serves.
Anna Kihlstrom, MPH, has a background in nursing for 16 years. Her MPH studies focused on Maternal and Child Health, and she is currently a student in the Indigenous Health PhD program at the University of North Dakota. For the past five years, she has worked with the Oglala Lakota community in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, on a culture- and community-based emergency foster home initiative. Kihlstrom has done community engagement work, qualitative interviews, and data analysis in collaboration with the Native American community.