Native American Development Center (NADC)

Board of Directors

Our board is comprised of nine members.


Board Chair. Karen Sitting Crow. She is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation who has completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education – Leadership in Higher Education. Her professional career as an educator and program administrator is indicative of her leadership at the National, Regional, and local levels.

She now is an independent Professional Consultant. In this capacity, she has been instrumental in Program Evaluation process for Tribal Colleges as co-consultant. She has developed and delivered culturally diversity training, professional development training, and “Talking Circles”, Native American approach to focus groups and narrative data collection. Her most recent employment was the Tribal Program Analyst for the Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation. She has served on the North Dakota Indian Education Advisory Board and previously was the Chief Education Administrator for the Three Affiliated Tribes. In her capacity of Chief Education Administrator, she was responsible for the management and oversight of all Education Programs and Schools on Fort Berthold Reservation. She is very knowledgeable in her culture and oral traditions which she practices today. While at United Tribes Technical College as Tribal Tourism Curriculum Development Specialist, she developed a 2 year Applied Associate Degree for United Tribes Technical College with emphasis on Tribal History and Tourism in the Northern Plains. She also held the position of Land Grant Director while at United Tribes Technical College. In this position, she was responsible for the maintenance of several budgets and grants including grant writing. Her professional career began with her teaching experience which spans from Elementary, Special Education Resource Room, and High School Learning Disabilities, to College Instructor. While teaching, she maintained her teaching license and later earned her elementary principle’s credential and secondary principle’s credential in the state of North Dakota.


Vice Chair. Todd Humphrey. He was raised close to the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota. He has 29 years of banking experience and extremely active in the communities in which he’s resided. Most of his banking experience was with Norwest Bank which acquired Wells Fargo in 1999. He served in Indian Country, a 13-year affiliation on the board of directors of the Standing Rock Business Equity Loan Fund, which was started to promote the establishment, expansion and purchase of native-owned businesses within the boundaries of the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. I have past business dealings with the Navajo, Hopi, Mojave Tribes, White Earth Ojibwa Tribe, as well as the Standing Rock Sioux, Cheyenne River Sioux, and the MHA Tribes in the Dakotas.


Treasurer. Aaron Ness. He is a certified public accountant. He has four siblings who are members of the Three Affiliated Tribes. He has more than 17 years of public accounting experience providing audit services to clients in various industries, specializing in affordable housing and non-profits. He is experienced in the affordable housing industry relating to audits of public housing authorities, multifamily HUD, Rural Development and low income housing tax credit projects. He provides cost certifications and carryovers for low income housing tax credits and historic tax credits. Annually attends continuing education courses specific to audits of housing authorities and HUD multifamily projects.


Secretary. Blaise Regal. She is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. She is the Youth Cultural Achievement Program (YCAP) Coordinator at Youthworks (organization for at-risk youth) located in Bismarck, ND. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.  She currently obtains an MS in Counseling and Human Resource Development from SDSU. She has an extensive background working in the mental health field for the past 15 years, with 12 years of experience working with youth with a focus on Native American youth, specifically in the Bismarck area. She has been a board member for two years.

Member. Lucy Fredericks. She is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. She is the Director of North Dakota’s Public Instruction’s Indian Education Program located in Bismarck, ND. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from University of North Dakota (UND) in 2001. Prior to her current position, she worked at Standing Rock Elementary School in Fort Yates, ND as Principal for 7 years. Educated for the past 24 years in various positions. Lucy enjoys working with all schools in North Dakota and is strongly committed to improving education for all students. Lucy is a founding board member, elected in January 2014. She was re-appointed for another 3-year term. 


Member. Stacey LaCompte. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota. She is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance and Project Manager on Native Initiatives for MABU since fall of 2015. Her educational background stems from Partners in Policymaking in South Dakota and through her previous years of Native American projects.  Stacey was the Executive Director of the Wakpa Sica Historical Society, Inc. and Reconciliation Place, Executive Director of the Great Sioux Nations, Acting Director of the He Sapa Repatriations Alliance, Project Coordinator for the Great Plains Economic & Commerce Association, Co-Founder and Secretary/Treasurer as well as the Communications Project Manager for the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance between the years of 2002 – 2013. She is a cohort one member of the Bush Foundation Native Nation Rebuilders since 2010.  She was elected onto the NADC board in June 2015.


Member. Lori Fredericks. She is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe of Wisconsin. She is married to a Three Affiliated Tribal (TAT) member of North Dakota. She is the Business Office Manager of the Twin Buttes School District located in Twin Buttes, ND. She obtains a Master’s in Business Management from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND. She has previous experience in mortgage consulting at the Three Affiliated Tribes.  Her volunteer work involves being a St. Joseph Catholic Church Instructor and a Twin Buttes Community Association Board. Lori’s primary background in mortgage consulting will be beneficial for the NADC to develop and implement its homebuyer education and counseling programs. She was elected into the NADC board in September 30, 2015.


Member. Jessica Gilbertson. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and lives in Bismarck with her husband and two children. She is the Foundation Director at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center in Bismarck. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from North Dakota State University in Speech Communication and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota. She has spent her professional career working for several non-profits including the American Red Cross and the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services. She has a strong interest in public health issues in American Indian communities and served as the program coordinator for Spirit of EAGLES (the American Indian/Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer) for three years.


Member. Vacant (In Progress of Filling)



Founding Executive Director. Lorraine Davis. She incorporated the Native American Development Center (NADC) on September 10, 2012.  She is enrolled in the Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate (SWDO) of South Dakota and a descendent of the Three Affiliated Tribes (Arikara). She is married to the ND Indian Affairs Commissioner’s Executive Director, Scott Davis, they have four children.   She is exploring PhD courses in education. Lorraine has served on a vast array of governing bodies, e.g., coalitions, boards and advisory boards, i.e., public school board, community and housing development, re-entry, justice system & behavioral health over the last nine years. Prior to developing the NADC, she interned at Eide Bailly, worked as the Financial Management Specialist at the Indian Health Service on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, as the Family Housing Director and as the Administrative Assistant of the Student & Campus Services for United Tribes Technical College located in Bismarck, ND. Lorraine’s life experiences of addiction and economic struggles are common to Native Americans and has brought great insight to the design and development strategies to effective and cultural competent programming. 


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