Citizen of the Osage Nation
ONAC Executive Director
Christy Finsel is the ONAC Executive Director. She is also an independent consultant and researcher focused on asset building in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. Beginning in 2003, she conducted research with the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies and then with the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis. She has continued Native asset building research since that time. From 2006 to present, Ms. Finsel has provided training and/or technical assistance (TA) to thirty-two Native communities who were designing and implementing Individual Development Accounts (IDA) or financial education programs.
Mrs. Finsel's past consultant work prepared her for her role directing ONAC. In 2010, she facilitated a First Nations Development Institute Native Asset-Building Partnership Project between Four Bands Community Fund, Inc. and the Entrepreneurial Centers, a collaborative effort of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Sitting Bull College. Also in 2010, Ms. Finsel prepared the Native-specific training content for the Assets for Independence (AFI) Native Initiative Project Design and Application Development Workshops, a collaboration between the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and the U.S. Office of Community Services. She conducted eleven of those workshops for Native communities. In late 2010, Ms. Finsel was contracted to be the Region VII AFI Regional Consultant to assist the Administration for Children and Families with their AFI outreach under the ASSET Initiative. In this role, she worked with ACF Regional Program Managers, serving Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa, to embed asset building into their programs. She provided technical assistance to those designing the Child Support Children's Savings Account (CSA) program launched by the state of Kansas. She has also conducted Native-specific outreach with ACF staff in various regions through the ASSET Initiative. In May 2013, she prepared and presented webinars about the Native Asset Building Initiative for AFI and ANA. More recently, as a consultant working with First Nations Development Institute, she completed managing a pilot Native Youth Savings Account Program in McKinley County, New Mexico, and provided technical assistance to Chief Dull Knife College as they implemented a CSA program. She also provided technical assistance to the Meskwaki Nation and Wai’anae Community Redevelopment Corporation related to their Individual Development Account (IDA) programs. From December 2011 to December 2015, she coordinated the Missouri Asset Builder calls. In October 2014, she was named a National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development "40 under 40" award recipient.
Since 2011, she has directed the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC), created to work with tribes on asset building efforts.
She holds a MA in Theology from St. Louis University and a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is tribal citizen of the Osage Nation of Oklahoma.
Patricia (Patsy) Schramm
Citizen of the Cherokee Nation
ONAC Native EITC/VITA Network Coordinator
In 2006, Patsy retired as a senior level manager in the Wage and Investment Division of the Internal Revenue Service where she promoted the Earned Income Tax Credit, free tax preparation, and related linkages to asset building to Native communities. She continued that work after retirement, facilitating the Native Financial Education Coalition EITC Committee and Network, working with Native VITA sites to fulfill grant requirements, presenting at national conferences, and contributing to various publications. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Patsy devotes her free time to promoting and preserving Cherokee history and culture. She is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society, which manages the Cherokee Heritage Center. She also chairs the Society’s Cherokee Heritage Press Review Subcommittee. She is secretary of the Trail of Tears Association and served as the founding president of the Georgia chapter. She holds B. S. and M.Ed. degrees from Georgia Southwestern State University. Patsy has been working with Native communities for over seventeen years.
ONAC hosts the Native EITC/VITA Network which is comprised of Native VITA site coordinators and advocates. The purpose of the network is to share resources and opportunities, to provide a platform for interaction among Native site coordinators, and to bring concerns from Native VITA sites to appropriate parties. Those interested in joining the network may contact Patsy Schramm, ONAC Native EITC/VITA Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Citizen of the Choctaw Nation
ONAC Bank On Manager
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