Meet the Team...

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Sharon James

Executive Director

Sharon is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation, grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation, and served the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for 12 years.  She is the mother of 2 sons and has 4 grandchildren.  


She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from BSU in Business Administration, and operated her own business for 6 years.  Sharon has over 30 years in business development and over 10 years in the nonprofit arena.  She has a diverse background in a wide variety of industries to share with new and existing entrepreneurs.  She has been serving the Red Lake Nation since 2012.


Luwana Lasley

Office Manager

Luwana Lasley, daughter of Deanna Lasley and Gregory Jourdain, enjoys spending time with Albert "Charlie" Charnoski, Jr. and their 4 children Albert III, Zachariah, Anika and Zurayan.

A graduate from Northwest Technical College with a Business Microcomputer Applications Support Diploma, and certificates in Office Support and Small Business Entrepreneurship, Luwana serves as our Office Manager/Loan Officer since 2018.

Her background includes TERO training and compliance, the Buy Indian Act, Navigating the Federal Procurement Data System, Financial Leadership, Personnel Policy and Customer Service. She serves on the Homeless Shelter Board and has served the Red Lake Nation for 11 years in various roles, such as File Clerk for Tribal Courts, TERO Compliance Officer and RLNC Food Service Director.


David Manuel

Farm Incubator Coordinator

David, working for Economic Development & Planning (EDP) is collaborating with 4DD under the ANA Grant to create a farm incubator here on the Red Lake Reservation.


Rhiannon Barrett

NEA Coordinator

Rhiannon Barrett is married, a mother of 9, with 1 grandchild.  She is a graduate of the Red Lake High School, with 7 years of Event Planning experience to share with our clients.  Food and Fun is Rhiannon’s specialty.  She is an exceptional cook; creating delicious options for our events; and loves to help with community events, such as our Valentine Sale and the local Halloween Trick or Treat activities.  Artists, you need to connect with this one for your special art exhibits and sales.


Randy White, Jr.

Facilities Manager

Randy White, is a single dad taking care of his 4 children. We see Randy as a strong Anishinaabe for many reasons. Not only because he enjoys powwows with his children, but because even during hard times as a single father, he is willing to help in any way he can when someone is in need. He has gained knowledge and experience needed to support his family, but also understands the meaning of helping your neighbor and your community. We are lucky to have Randy as a part of our team!

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