Board members

Karlene Hunter, Chairwoman
Karlene Hunter is CEO and co-founder of Native American Natural Foods. A member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, Ms. Hunter has more than 25 years of experience working on educational and economic development on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where Native American Natural Foods is based. Ms. Hunter holds an MBA from Oglala Lakota College and has received numerous awards, including the Natural Foods Industry's prestigious 2010 Cliff Adler 'Heart in Business' Award and the 2007 SBA Small Business Woman of the Year for South Dakota and was also awarded the Indian Business Woman of the Year from the National Indian Business Association.



 
Mark A. Tilsen, Secretary
Mark Tilsen is President of Native American Natural Foods and a longtime business partner with Karlene Hunter in Lakota Express, Inc., a direct marketing and customer care management company. Mr. Tilsen has more than 25 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, marketing community development, and 18 years in special events marketing and productions. Mr. Tilsen has received numerous marketing awards and is a lifelong supporter of Native American causes. He co-founded several successful community organizations and businesses, including KILI Radio, the largest indigenous community-owned radio station in North America and The Black Hills Alliance. a coalition of Native and non-Native Americans that had a major impact on changing the environmental policies and practices in the Black Hills.
 
D'Arcy Bordeaux, Member at Large
D'Arcy Bordeaux, Sicangu Lakota, joined the Indian Land Tenure Foundation staff as its Accountant/Human Resources Director in 2003. Prior to that, Bordeaux was General Manager of the Rosebud Casino, where he oversaw day-to-day operations and accounting, and designed the casino's recent remodeling and expansion. He was also the Finance Manager of Tribal Land Enterprise, an organization that acquires and manages land for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, and has worked extensively in the banking industry. Bordeaux holds an associate's degree in accounting from Haskell Indian Nations University. In 1993, he received a fellowship to research investment portfolio management strategies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island.