Our Team

Nitumigaabow Ryan Champagne

Executive Director

Facilitation, Certified Trainer in Community Readiness Model, Organizational Development, Community Organizing, Program and Community Development, Systemic Change in Tribal Communities

Nitumigaabow Ryan Champagne has a Masters' Degree in Social Work and is seeking a Doctorate in Healthcare Administration. Mr. Champagne is an enrolled Anishinaabeg from Grand River Bands. Mr. Champagne has worked with Health and Human Service Agencies for over 15 years, and specializes in creating sustainable systems of care that deliver culturally congruent services.


Certified Trainer with National Center for Non-Profit Boards, Certified Trainer with HRDQ, Certified Trainer with Franklin Covey and Associates, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Organizational Development

Willie Wolf has masters' degree in Education and Public Administration with an emphasis on Tribal Administration. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and has been training Tribal staff and organizations for the last 27 years. He is a certified trainer with Franklin Covey and Associates and HRDQ, a leading human resources firm based in Pennsylvania.



Community Engagement, Community Readiness Assessment, Consumer Relations, Grassroots Engagement

Bagwajikwe J. Madosh is an enrolled citizen of Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and brings over 20 years of advocacy and case management experience in human services. Ms. Madosh is an expert in engaging community members and consumers as change agents.  Ms. Madosh has advanced experience in grassroots community engagement, notably receiving the B'Hai Leadership Award - Humanitarian award to honor her service to the American Indian community.



Human Resource Management, Wage Scale Analysis, Employee Relations, Recruitment and Retention

Cynthia Champagne has over 30 years of Human Resource Management experience with a Fortune 500 company. She is an enrolled citizen of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and has led the rollout of multiple new properties with over 1,000 employees. Ms. Champagne is an expert in recruitment and retention strategies.



Child Welfare, Foster Care, Community Engagement, Tribal WrapAround

Bernadene Crampton holds masters' degrees in Social Work and Public Administration. She is an enrolled citizen of Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. She has over 25 years of experience in human services, specifically in child welfare. Ms. Crampton has performed executive management in Indian Country for child welfare services, foster care, child protection, and adoptions. Ms. Crampton is most known for her work involving family reunification and maintaining the family unit through a culturally responsive approach.



Cultural Integration, Traditional Indigenous Foods

James “LJ” Flores holds a bachelors’ degree in American Indian Studies from the UW-Milwaukee. He is an enrolled citizen of Oneida Nation. Mr. Flores is active by bringing awareness and educating the general public about American Indian current events and issues. He is known for his ability to engage the public, especially youth and young adults, on policy matters of today. His use of the culture and stories of being an “Urban Indian” resonate with audiences in which allow for meaningful community engagement. Mr. Flores is actively involved in cultural practices of the Oneida and the reintroduction of indigenous foods into our everyday diet. Community Engagement.



Business management, Healthcare Quality Assurance, Policy & Procedures Development, Operational Training & Development, Program & Policy Development

Patricia Thompson holds masters' degrees in Tribal Administration and in Rehabilitation Counseling Services. She is an enrolled citizen of Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and has rolled out numerous start-up programs that include healthcare clinic expansions, treatment centers, disability services, and billing management.



Tribal State Relations, Federal Partnerships and Agreements, Tribal Governance and Policy, Community Engagement

Jerome 'Brooks" Big John holds masters' degrees in Tribal Administration and Governance. Mr. Big John is an enrolled citizen of Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He has over 25 years of experience in tribal governance from holding elected office seats as tribal chairman and tribal councillor. Mr. Big John has actively participated in policy and systemic change, both regionally and nationally. He has served on many coalitions, including Lakeland Area Prescription Drug Task Force, Wisconsin Indian Education, and SAMHSA.