Les, an enrolled member of the Diné Nation, has spent his 30+ year career in Sales Management and Operations in the Telecommunications sector. His experience includes working with sales teams, OEM’s, distributors and wireless operators both domestically and internationally. He is currently involved with Business Development as a consultant for wireless operators and Native Nations’ wireless system upgrades. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Vice President, Navajo Nation
Chantay is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation and proud of her African American heritage. She has over 13 years of financial industry experience as a dually licensed Financial Professional. In addition to managing her private financial planning practice, she partnered with a national non-profit to become a Certified Financial Educator® and Instructor in the Chicagoland area and is the Founder and Director of Native American Financial Literacy Services. Chantay earned her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois where she currently resides with her three children.
Kelli Covey is a trainer, facilitator, mediator, coach and organizational development consultant with over 20 years’ experience working with both nonprofit organizations and corporations. She is the founder ofthe Covey Group, a small group of dedicated practitioners committed to reflection and dialogue as a means to build community and support equity and inclusion efforts.
Kelli is also a certified mediator through the Chicago-based Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR). She mediates regularly in the Cook County court system and handles a variety of mediation cases, including victim-offender mediation and juvenile and family cases. She also leads conflict management workshops for a variety of organizations. She is also proud to serve as a board member and officer of the American Indian Center, one of the oldest urban-based Native community centers in the United States.
Secretary, Prairie Band Potawatomi
Monica Rickert-Bolter is African-American, German, and an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. She is a visual artist, writer, copyeditor, and researcher with nearly a decade of nonprofit experience. Monica is passionate about working with Native communities and organizations and strives to ensure Native representation in the broader Chicago community. As the former Title VII program’s cultural resource specialist, she worked with families, Chicago Public Schools’ curriculum writers, and the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative. Her artistic works include serving as the Potawatomi representation in The Floating Museum’s Founders project, illustrating children’s books, concept design for Smyles Creative, and graphic design for nationwide Native nonprofit organizations.
Sergeant at Arms, Seneca
Aaron Golding is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation. He studied fiction writing and storytelling at Columbia College Chicago, earning a BA and MFA. Upon graduation, Aaron turned to the non-profit sector to support education-based programs at various organizations around Chicago. Recognizing the impact that writing and the arts had upon his education, Aaron pursued opportunities as a volunteer, instructor, and administrator to ensure that young people living in traditionally underserved communities had access to high-quality art instruction. He is currently working to support and enrich the Native student experience as an Assistant Director at Northwestern University. Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, writing and telling stories, playing music, listening and learning.
Board Member, Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians
Samantha Selby is a current MSW student at DePaul University focusing her studies on community development. Samantha earned her B.A. in Sociology from DePaul University in 2015 where her focus of study was working with delinquent youth. She was born in Chicago and is an enrolled member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Samantha has two daughters that participate in AIC programming. Samantha is also a lifelong community member of AIC.