About Black Hills Community Loan Fund

About Us 

The Black Hills Community Loan Fund is made up of a team of dedicated individuals to serve the communities’ needs. We strive to help our clientele understand, grow and achieve their dreams of financial peace.

Staff

Onna LeBeau

Executive Director

Onna, a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, joined the Black Hills Community Loan Fund in 2015 as the Executive Director and brings with her a broad spectrum of experience within the non-profit and Native Community Development field. Prior to joining BHCLF Onna served as the scholarship program coordinator for the American Indian Education Foundation where she coordinated efforts to recruit applicants for the nationally renown education program.  Onna served as the Deputy Director of Planning & Development at the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board serving as a bridge between the GPTCHB programs and administration. In this capacity she focused on grant management and compliance as well as a variety of administrative management functions.  In the Native CDFI field Onna worked as the Reporting and Compliance Director for First Nations Oweesta Corporation where she acquired an abundance of Native CDFI experience.

 

Onna has not only worked as a consultant providing services for a variety of the Great Plains Tribes and Tribal organizations with their community development projects she also has more than 15 years of federal experience.  As Self Determination Specialist and Economic Development Specialist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Onna gained her business experience as well as extensive experience working with budget formulations for tribal self-determination contracts in construction and environmental project management, Indian programs and tribal economic development.  Additionally, Onna proudly served as Director of the Great Plains Regional/Tribal Economic Development Summit for 5 consecutive years.

 

Onna earned her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics at Northern State University in South Dakota.  Onna earned certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Center in 2004.  Onna is currently completing her Masters of Applied Sciences with a specialization in Community Development with an emphasis on Native Communities and Non-Profit Management through the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Michael Hildebrandt

Chairman of the Board

Michael is a business banking officer and Vice President at Great Western Bank and brings lending experience and banking knowledge to the BHCLF Board. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University.  He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity for men and woman and has held many roles including Senior Vice President.

Ted Piccolo

Secretary of the Board

Ted is the founding Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund in Nespelem, Washington. Ted brings to BHCLF an abundance of experiences as the leader of a successful Native CDFI which has provided economic development loans as large as $220,000 to the Colville Fish and Wildlife department for community facility renovations and played a pivotal role in the opening of the Omak Mill leading to the employment of over 150 people and paving the way for $17 million dollars in revenue to the Colville Reservation. Ted’s forward thinking ability gave him the idea to become a service provider by providing some back office support services for other Native CDFI’s.

 

Ted was the 2011 recipient of the Oweesta/OFN “Visionary Leader” award, being recognized as a person who has made a long-term contribution to the Native CDFI industry. The organization he founded, NNDF, was given the “Circle of Honor” award in 2013. He is also an entrepreneur in his own right. Prior to founding the NNDF Ted started his own newspaper in Portland Oregon in 1995 with a distribution of 30,000 homes. In 1998 he purchased a radio station in a top 24 market and currently owns a marketing and advertising firm “Image Communications.” Ted is married and a proud father of two, Kendall and Madeline, a member of the local school Board and an avid hunter. Ted is an enrolled Member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Jeremy Staab

Member of the Board

Jeremy serves as the Program Manager at First Peoples Fund (FPF) located in Rapid City, South Dakota.  As a member of the BHCLF Board Jeremy brings with him an abundance of experience in entrepreneurship and grassroots organization experience.  Jeremy is a certified instructor of First People’s Fund’s Native Artist Professional Development Training program and has successfully administered several trainings as a consultant prior to joining the staff of FPF in December of 2014. Jeremy is also an alumni of FPF’s Artist In Business Leadership Fellowship program.  Additionally Jeremy has worked with Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation (HCCDC) as Commercial Manager where he offered comprehensive operational standards centered on small business and entrepreneurial development with emphasis on technical assistance, business development, and capitalization to his clients.  He also provided consultation to consigned artists of HCCDC’s subsidiary, Woodland Trails, through reviewing contracts, reporting market trends, pricing items, networking, marketing, and provided assistance to artists in maintaining a business plan. 

 

Jeremy’s entrepreneurial abilities further extend into his personal life as he is also the owner of Red Owl Screen Printing.  Jeremy earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS and recently completed his Master’s in Business Administration through Baker University, Baldwin, KS.  Jeremy is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Tribe.

Cora Mae Haskell

Member of the Board

Cora Mae is the Asset Development Coordinator at Four Bands. In this role, she provides outreach, coaching and technical assistance to promote financial literacy and credit building to best help residents of Cheyenne River Indian Reservation to access financial products and services. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and Curriculum and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Black Hills State University and is a certified trainer for Fannie Mae/First Nation's Financial Skill Building for Families coursework. Cora Mae continues her professional development by attending courses and national conferences on creating financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs for youth in economically disadvantaged communities.

Since joining Four Bands in 2003, Cora Mae has conducted business development and financial literacy workshops for hundreds of people and has been instrumental in establishing the Individual Development Account program. Prior to that, Cora Mae was Dean of Academics at the former Si Tanka/Huron University and has accumulated more than 20 years of teaching experience on the Reservation. She has served as a co-chair for the Native Financial Education Coalition and is a former board member for the Eagle Butte District 20-1 school system. Cora Mae was named the 2008 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for her outstanding service to the field of entrepreneurship. She has been the religious coordinator for grades K-9 at the All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte SD for 10 years.  She was born and raised on a farm on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Her husband of 37 years was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe he passed away in 2009.  She has six children, 19 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  She still lives on the family farm near the Bear Creek reservation community.

Laura Schad

Member of the Board

Laura has worked in Native non-profits and Native for over 25 years in the Black Hills and throughout the U.S. She serves as the Program Information Coordinator for Partnership With Native Americans serving tribal communities in the Southwest and Northern Plains. Prior to PWNA, Laura worked in tribal Head Start providing technical assistance as a federal contractor supporting American Indian Head Start programs throughout the United States. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and holds an Early Childhood degree from Oglala Lakota College. Married to Ralph Schad and proud parents to three daughters: RaeAnne, Taylor and Lauren. Laura has Previously served on the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as the Rapid City Area School Board.

Stephanie Davidson

Housing Program Support Specialist

Stephanie joined BHCLF on April 1, 2019. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and lived there until 2014, when she moved to Rapid City, S.D. Stephanie attended Presentation College and received her associate's degree in Business Management in 2014. Stephanie and her husband Gerald owned and managed two successful businesses for eleven years on the Cheyenne River Reservation from 2003 to 2012. In 2009, after working for the tribal telephone company for 16 years, she made a career change to the non-profit sector and went to work for Four Bands Community Fund in Eagle Butte. Stephanie served on the City of Eagle Butte City Council for six years from 2005 to 2011. She then served as Mayor of Eagle Butte from 2011 to 2014.

 

Stephanie's experience at Four Bands Community Fund, and her latest position at Cornerstone Rescue Mission where she worked with Rapid City's homeless population providing case management services to the impoverished, has given her valuable insight and empathy towards the low-income population and their ongoing struggle with financial independence and housing stability. Stephanie enjoys working with the people and seeing people achieve their highest goals, which keeps her in the non-profit arena. 

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CONTACT US

(605)519-5124

607 1/2 Mt. Rushmore Rd. Suite 105

Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

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