A member of the Aaniiih Tribe and the Chickasaw Nation, Ramona resides on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Ramona received her Business Education degree at MSU-Northern. As a former Upward Bound Director & Business Instructor (Aaniiih Nakoda College, Harlem & Dodson High Schools), Ramona believes in empowering our youth and communities through education and encouragement.
Chris “Smiley” Gardipee is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Nation. He has dedicated much of his life to public service for the betterment of the People of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. Besides serving on the IMDG’s Board of Directors, he currently ranches. Smiley’s past experiences include serving in law enforcement as a police officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and as a past councilman of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council.
Tracy “Ching” King, is the current President of the IMDG Board of Directors. Tracy is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine Tribe and is a passionate, visionary leader amongst the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes. A former two term President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council, Ching has dedicated much of his career to promote and establish various economic opportunities for the People of Fort Belknap. His tireless work ethic, along with his intrinsic need to see all tribal members succeed is a driving force within the Board of Directors of IMDG.
Corey Fox is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe. He holds a BS in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Montana State University Northern and an AS in CIS from Aaniiih Nakoda College. Prior to coming to IMDG, he worked at Aaniiih Nakoda College as the Network/e-Learning Specialist and Desktop Support Specialist. Corey brings 7 years of Information Technology experience to the team at IMDG, and enjoys expanding his IT knowledge in all areas.
Denise Doney began her employment at IMDG in early 2016 as a part-time Accounting Associate. In August, she was hired as the new Human Resource Director.
A qualified Human Resource Specialist prior to starting as the HR Director with IMDG. Denise spent 20 plus years in Human Resource and Accounting sectors within the construction field.
Denise’s passions are helping others find solutions that meet their specific needs and making a difference in their lives.
Denise resides in Hays with her husband, Frank and together they have one son, Jacob.
Ashley Kennedy is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a minor in small-business management from MSU-Northern. Ashley’s experience includes; customer service, Ft. Belknap Law Enforcement Services, FBIC Land Buy Back Program & Tribal land, FBIC Environmental Protection Agency and the Aaniiih Nakoda College.
Loren ‘Bum’ Stiffarm currently serves as the Research and Development Officer. Bum has served as the chief administrative officer of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council from 2005 through 2014. He has also worked with the Fort Belknap Indian Community Land Buy Back Program under the Cobell Settlement. He is the former president of the National Indian Education Association and Montana Indian Education Association. He attended Haskell Indian Junior College and Eastern Montana College. He is married to Barbara Stiffarm and has 2 sons, Pete and Eric and one daughter, Amy.
Taylor McCabe, Business Development Officer, is an enrolled member of the Gros-Ventre Tribe. He holds a Masters of Management from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from Rocky Mountain College. Taylor has been with IMDG for approximately 5 years holding various positions within the company as Operations Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to coming to IMDG, he has worked and lived in various locations across the country. Taylor brings over 15 years of accounting and management experience to the team at IMDG. In his spare time he enjoys traveling the country and experiencing many new and exciting things.
Paula began her employment with IMDG in early 2017 as our new Director of Compliance. Paula brings over 20 years of experience working with a multitude of programs in Tribal government. Her extensive experience began in the FBIC Education Dept. continuing in various programs revolving around Economic Development/Credit, Environmental Protection, Chemical Dependency, and most recently as the Office Manager/Legal Lay Advocate for the Tribal Child Support Program.
Paula is a graduate of Harlem High School and attended Fort Belknap College where she earned an Associate’s Degree in Pre- Professional Biological Sciences. Paula then continued her education at Washington State University studying Veterinarian Science.
Paula was raised in a family vested in farming and ranching near Hays, MT on the southern end of the reservation. She is the proud mother of one daughter. In her free time, Paula enjoys spending time with her daughter and donating her time to many rodeo-related events.
Paula is excited to be working with others who strive to create economic opportunities for the people of the Ah Ah Ni Nen and Nakota Nations.
Mr. Biewer brings over 7 years of experience in the lending business. His experience includes data analysis, operations, management and marketing in the lending space, including 6+ years of work in tribal lending and portfolio management. Chris joined IMDG as Data and Marketing Analyst in December of 2017 and seeks to expand the analytics and operational capacity of IMDG in its endeavors. Chris holds a BA in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution from Salisbury University, and is currently pursuing a MBA from Western Governors University.
Brandi is an enrolled Assinboine of the Fort Belknap Tribe. She holds a Masters of Education in Counseling, Bachelors degree in Business Education from Montana State University Northern and An Associates degree in Business Management From Aaniiih Nakoda College. Horn joined the team in 2018. She has 4 children; Tevin, Kaylin, Whitney and Carter.
James is a member of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe of Montana. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Information Management from Colorado Tech, BS in Computer Information Systems (CIS) from Montana State University-Northern, and an AS in CIS from Aaniiih Nakoda College. Prior to coming to IMDG worked at Aaniiih Nakoda College as CIS instructor and eLearning Specialist. James has three daughters and four grandchildren.
With over 15 years of corporate experience, Pyette brings an extensive background in strategic and financial management. Among her initiatives, Pyette has been integral to the company’s focus of advancing its leadership in the lending industry through the development of innovative lending solutions. In addition, Pyette has been essential to successful new business development at IMDG to ensure further diversification of revenue sources. Pyette is committed to maximizing long-term shareholder value, ensuring a balanced collection of growth initiatives, and maintaining the high level of integrity and transparency for which Island Mountain strives to provide.
Pyette joined IMDG as Chief Operating Officer in July 2012 and quickly moved to the COO/CFO role and has successfully led IMDG to three years of Unqualified Audit Opinions.
Born and raised in North Central Montana, Dana received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with minors in accounting and marketing from MSU-Northern in 2001. She earned her Master of Business Administration from Marylhurst University in 2012. Pyette is extensively involved in the Hi-Line community, previously serving on several non-profit boards of directors, including the Montana Actors’ Theatre, Montana State University-Northern Alumni Association, and the Bullhook Community Health Center. She looks to enact positive learning, development, and change through dedication to service, leadership, and the progression of society.
Terry Brockie is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre Tribe. He holds a BS in Elementary Education from Montana State University Billings and an AA in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University. Prior to coming to IMDG, he was first Native American in the history of Montana to be elected to the position of County Superintendent of Schools. Terry also taught his Gros Ventre language for many years in the local public school systems and at Aaniiih Nakoda College. He is married to Tawnya Bizardie and has two sons, Truth and Titan.