Board of Directors
David Leon Archambault, Sr. was born on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, a Hunkpapa or Sitting Bull flavored Lakota, and has received the Lakota name Itazipo Wakinyan /Thunder Bow. He graduated high school from Red Cloud Indian School in 1966, Black Hills State University in 1976 in Education, and has a Masters in Education Administration from Penn State in 1984. Archambault has worked as an educator, administrator, and consultant at Indian schools and Tribal Colleges.
Dr. McDonald, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, was born in St. Ignatius, MT. His good family gave him self-confidence and other tools to become a role model in an increasingly divided world. Western Montana College recognized Joe's potential early. Joe previously served on the Board of the American Indian College Fund and the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
Dean of the School of Business Administration at The University of Montana, received his Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics at Texas A&M University in 1975. In the summer of 1990, Dr. Gianchetta attended Harvard University and went through their Management Development Program. He was a visiting scholar at Nankai University in Tianjin, China, in the spring of 1992 and has also lectured at Toyo University in Tokyo, Japan.
After owning and running a number of businesses for 35 years, Don has spent the last 8 years dedicated to evolving the Owner-Contractor relationship specifically in Native Communities as it relates to long-term success in residential and commercial construction. Tribal Building Solutions has developed, designed and completed residential & commercial projects ranging from $1.5M to $17M over the last few years.
Mary Ellen Turmell is a graduate of The University of Montana. Following graduation, she taught school in Great Falls, Montana. She is a trustee emeritus of the University of Montana Foundation, and currently serves as President of the University of Montana Alumni Association. She also serves on the board of the Flathead Lakers. She is a member of Alpha Phi Sorority, Daughters of the American Revolution, and PEO. She lives with her husband, John, in California and Bigfork.
John Turmell graduated in 1964 from The University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in management. After graduation, he worked at his family's auto dealership in Missoula and, a short time later, he enrolled in the General Motors Institute where he received a degree in Dealership Management. John retired at the beginning of 2002, after 33 years of service. John continues to be active in the UM Alumni Association activities and is on several boards.
Chad Barber is a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes growing up on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Business Administration and has been an avid supporter of AIBL since 1993. He joined the Board of Directors 2009. Chad has held multiple management and executive roles with Safeco and Liberty Mutual providing leadership in service and sales centers, operations, business development, and strategy.
Liz Ross is the Executive Director for the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, hosted by Fort Lewis College (FLC). Prior to joining the SBDC, she was the director of the MBA Program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the Director of Rural and Outreach for Alaska. Her experience includes being the CEO and Chairman of the Board of an Alaska Native Corporation, working in the tax department of Ernst & Whinney, as well as various community volunteer work.
Robert J. Harrison was the Chairman and Founder of Red Cloud Food Services, Inc. and Red Cloud Inc. Bob was born and raised on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota where he is an enrolled citizen. Bob founded each company for a specific purpose. RCFS was founded in 1998 and was later certified as an 8(a) Company by the SBA. RCFS is a national and international manufacturer of food products.
Ron is a member of the Quechan Indian Tribe of Fort Yuma Arizona, President of OrgScience, Inc., Adjunct Professor of Leadership at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, and co-author of the 2020 published book 'Native American Entrepreneurs'. His doctoral research at GWU was conducted on the Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Reservation and was titled, "The Influence of Language on Culture and Identity: Resurgence of the Quechan Native American Tribal Language."