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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 has 2 sons and 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 experience in a wide variety of industries to share with new and existing entrepreneurs. She has been serving the Red Lake Nation since January of 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.

Sophia Jacobson

Arts Coordinator

Info coming soon

Randy White, Jr.

Facilities Manager

Randy White, is a single dad taking care of his 4 children.  Not only does he enjoy the traditional path of singing and dancing with his children, he is also willing to help any way he can when someone is in need.  He has gained agriculture and facility management knowledge and experience since starting with us in 2017, and supports our belief of serving our community.  We are lucky to have Randy as part of our team.

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