Administration and Staff Member Biographies
Dan King is the President of the Red Lake Nation College. Dan is a Red Lake Tribal Member who graduated from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, where has earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. While at Harvard, he focused his efforts on the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, which focuses on Nation Building for Indigenous Peoples around the world.
He also has a BA degree in Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas and an M.B.A degree as well. Dan has committed most of his 32 year professional business career, to working in economic development and casino management for Indian Tribes. He also has worked in Indian Education as a former Red Lake School Board Member and as a former higher education administrator. As a former Tribal Treasurer at Red Lake, Dan helped develop the Red Lake Casinos into the modern, 7 Clans Casinos’ facilities and brand names that the entire Tribe is proud of and that have become very successful through the hard work of 7 Clans employees.
Under Dan’s leadership, the Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) is focusing on making the RLNC a sustainable, long term, ongoing entity that is the heart of the Red Lake community for hundreds of years. With Dan as the President, the RLNC is making fast progress and more improvements to its academic and student service programs.
Vice President of Operations and Academic Affairs/HR Director
Mandy Schram earned an M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 2004, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice/Sociology from Bemidji State University in 1998. She has been teaching online and classroom-based courses for the past nine years, primarily at Lakeland College and Leech Lake Tribal College. From 2011-2014 she worked as the Director of Enrollment Services for Leech Lake Tribal College.
She also has work experience at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility where she worked on the sex offender unit as a Behavior Analyst 3 for two years. Prior to that, she served as a supervised release and conditional release case manager, where she monitored high-risk sex offenders who were under civil commitment and those deemed “not guilty by reason of mental disease.” Other work experience includes ten years, in multiple capacities, in children’s residential and day treatment programs in Wisconsin.
Chief Financial Officer
Tami Niswander is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Red Lake Nation College. She earned a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in 2013 from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and is working to become a licensed CPA in 2015. She earned her B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.
Tami has owned and operated a small retail business since 2009, along with providing private business and management consulting for the past eight years. Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors, she worked in the private sector as a Business Analyst, Financial Analyst, and Credit Analyst.
Director of Student Records
Laurie, an enrolled member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, graduated from Red Lake High School in 1976, served in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1977 to 1978, and graduated from Haskell Indian Junior College in 1982 with an A.A. in Business Data Processing. She worked at the Red Lake School District from 1983-1989, serving as the lead person in the district administrative office, where she monitored student attendance and supervised food service, student activities, accounts payable, and payroll software systems.
She then worked for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians for a short period from 1990 to 1991 in the Tribal Secretary's office. In 1991, Laurie was asked to return to the Red Lake School District to work in the district administration office as the Accounts Payable Administrator, and she continued to be the lead technology person overseeing the software systems until 2005. Laurie has worked in her current position at Red Lake Nation College since 2006.
Director of Library Services and Tribal Archives
Cassy Keyport, a descendant of the Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe, earned her BA in English/Creative Writing with a certificate in Gender and Women's studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 and will be completing her Masters in Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from UW-Madison in August 2015.
She learned the foundation of what it means to be a great librarian during her time working at College Library at UW-Madison. While there, she worked in many areas of public service including reference, instruction, and circulation. As a member of the Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums (TLAM) student group Cassy was part of a team that worked with community members to reopen a library on the Red Cliff reservation in northern Wisconsin. She also has work experience at the Sequoyah National Research Center in Little Rock, Arkansas where she worked with archives collections surrounding Native American writers, artists, and professors.
Executive Assistant to the President
Shieleen Omen is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa and a graduate of Cankdeska Cikana Community College where her career in the higher education field began. She has six years of experience as the Executive Assistant to the President there. She also served as the Public Information Officer and a Grants Manager, submitting and maintaining grant files for the college. Her passion is helping students succeed in their pursuit of Higher Education and she truly believes that stronger communities are forged through education.
Accounts Payable Specialist
Sheila Erickson is currently a full time student at the Leech Lake Tribal College/Red Lake Campus, working toward her Associate's degree in Liberal Education with plans to move on to earn her Bachelor's of Science degree in Accounting/Business Administration. She is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. Sheila has over 20 years of experience in the Human Services field striving to enhance resources and services for the Native American community. She has worked in the fields of domestic violence, sexual assault, children's advocacy and The Indian Child Welfare Act.
Recruitment and Admissions Counselor
Brandon Spears earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris. He plans to eventually return to the University of Minnesota, Morris to finish the Management B.A. and Sport Management B.A. degrees and possibly attend graduate school afterward. Brandon has professional experience as a student board member for the Student Behavioral Committee at Morris (2012-2014), as a Program Mentor of the Morris Campus Success Program (2013-2014) and as a Manager on Duty at Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls.
Part-Time Campus Security
Darrell Seki Jr. is a member of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians. He graduated from Red Lake High School in 1991. He has received baton, mace and CPR/First Aid training through his employment at Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services where he has been employed as a security officer and Ambulance Standby for 16 years.