ONAC Board of Directors
Meet our board…
Edmund “Eddie” Sherman
Owner, Against the Current Consulting
In 2012 she was asked to lead the Procurement Services division at Metro, which she recognized as an opportunity to work even more closely with the public than in her previous position. During the past years Gabi has meet many wonderful people in the historically underserved business communities and her desire to make a difference has grown. Thanks to people like you, she’s learned a lot and still continues to learn about what the needs are of the people who live in the Portland region.
Board Director, 1st Vice-President
I am a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. I am one of nine tribal council members that govern our tribe. Before that, I served my tribe for 21 years as a dedicated employee. 7 yrs in the tribes adolescent treatment center called, Nanitch Sahallie in Keizer, OR and then as a vocational rehabilitation specialist for 14yrs in our Portland Satelite office to assist our disabled tribal members to overcome barriers to employment.
I am deeply involved in my tribal culture and I am dedicated to teaching my boys and others the importance of their heritage and to be proud who they are as a Native American. Hayu Masi
Michelle is passionate about economic development in disadvantaged communities, particularly Northwest Native American and African American communities. As the former program manager for Metro’s Minority, Woman and Emerging Small Business program Michelle has worked tirelessly to increase contracting opportunities for small, minority and women owned businesses.
She holds a BS in Community Development from Portland State University’s School of Urban Planning, and an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.
Cascade Design Professionals, Inc.,
OAME Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs, A/E committee
American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Local Chapter Volunteer & Organizer
Herb Fricke, Professional Engineer, is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) of Fort Berthold, ND. He was the Owner/President of Cascade Design Professionals, Inc.; a Portland based consulting engineering firm which recently merged with Cooper Zietz Engineers, where he now holds the position of President and CEO.
Herb is also affiliated with the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), and is a local chapter volunteer and organizer for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISE).
Annie LaVerdure-Weller is a purpose-driven strategic business and nonprofit coach and consultant. She is also a motivational speaker and has created and teaches workshops and seminars based on productivity, business processes and operations.
Annie has over 15 years experience as a serial entrepreneur working with creative, passionate and emerging thought leaders who are looking to create exceptional lives, businesses and communities. She specializes in helping her clients create and sustain greater profitability and efficiency in their businesses and nonprofits, and in their lives. Annie has been an ONAC member since 2016, and has supported ONAC’s efforts in reaching and assisting Native American Entrepreneurs.
I have significant experience working with the Oregon Native American Chamber connecting Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business to contracting opportunities. I also provide outreach, community involvement and opportunities for youth with the City of Portland. I have a deep appreciation for ONAC’s sincerity, dedication and focus the Native American community and the people they serve. ONAC understands that by working hard together and by building relationships and partnerships with local businesses, government agencies and community members, the organization contributes to building a thriving Native American community through education, business development and providing access to resources. I believe that I can contribute to ONAC’s mission and values and I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the board.
Board Director, Treasurer
Kaliska serves as the Project Manager for the Wenaha Group who specialize in Construction Management, General Contracting and Procurement & Contracting Services for a variety of organizations and projects. Kaliska Day, is a native Oregonian and a Alaska Native of the Tligint/Haida Tribe.
Kaliska brings strong organizational and communication skills along with planning and execution know how. As a younger business professional she will bring a unique point of view and a new wave of enthusiasm to the board. Working in the public sector has given her resources that will positively influence the ONAC organization.