ONAC Board of Directors
Meet our board…
Edmund “Eddie” Sherman
Owner, Against the Current Consulting
Board Director, 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
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 an Alaska Native of the Tligint/Haida Tribe and grew up in Oregon.
Kaliska brings strong organizational and communication skills along with planning and execution know how. As a younger business professional she brings 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.
Tiffani brings significant experience working with the Oregon Native American Chamber connecting Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business to contracting opportunities. She also provides outreach, community involvement, and opportunities for youth with the City of Portland. Tiffani has a deep appreciation for ONAC’s sincerity, dedication, and focus for the Native American community and the businesses 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. Her commitment and experience have enabled Tiffani to be an essential contributor to ONAC’s mission and values.
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.
Preston Eagleheart is the Chief of Staff at Cayuse Technologies, located on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Cayuse Technologies is a tribally owned, fully independent technology solution center working with multiple clients throughout the United States. The company offerings consist of business process services, IT help desk, marketing, data services, and application software development in both commercial and government sectors.
Mr. Eagleheart is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, located in Northeast Oregon. He has over 20 years of experience in tribal government affairs, casino management, and technology ranging from business process improvement, policy, regulatory compliance, audit reporting, strategy & analysis, and project management. Mr. Eagleheart currently serves as the Past-President of the Board of Directors for the Nixyaawii Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Eagleheart received his BA in Business Administration from Eastern Washington University with emphasis in Operations Management, and an MBA from Gonzaga University with concentration in American Indian Entrepreneurship.
METRO, Procurement Services
Supporting minority and women owned small businesses is her biggest passion in her career, calling from her personal experience to establish a career in the U.S. to resonate with their challenges. Her approach is empathy driven and personable, helping one small business at a time.
Prior to joining Metro, Riko has a decade of experience developing her career overseas working for firms such as Procter and Gamble and an international publishing house as a project/licensing manager. She grew up in Japan and also lived in New Zealand prior to coming to the U.S. She speaks fluent Japanese and some Spanish. Due to her international background, Riko has developed a multicultural perception to provide creative solutions. She has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics focusing on third world economic development from Portland State University, graduating with distinction. Riko lives with her husband Micha and Siberian cat Kirtan in NE Portland. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, Flamenco dancing, Yoga and mindfulness.