About Black Hills Community Loan Fund

The Black Hills Community Loan Fund is made up of a team of dedicated individuals to serve the communities’ needs. We strive to help our clientele understand, grow and achieve their dreams of financial peace.


Onna LeBeau

Executive Director

Onna, a member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, joined the Black Hills Community Loan Fund in 2015 as the Executive Director and brings with her a broad spectrum of experience within the non-profit and Native Community Development field. Prior to joining BHCLF Onna served as the scholarship program coordinator for the American Indian Education Foundation where she coordinated efforts to recruit applicants for the nationally renown education program.  Onna served as the Deputy Director of Planning & Development at the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board serving as a bridge between the GPTCHB programs and administration. In this capacity she focused on grant management and compliance as well as a variety of administrative management functions.  In the Native CDFI field Onna worked as the Reporting and Compliance Director for First Nations Oweesta Corporation where she acquired an abundance of Native CDFI experience.


Onna has not only worked as a consultant providing services for a variety of the Great Plains Tribes and Tribal organizations with their community development projects she also has more than 15 years of federal experience.  As Self Determination Specialist and Economic Development Specialist with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Onna gained her business experience as well as extensive experience working with budget formulations for tribal self-determination contracts in construction and environmental project management, Indian programs and tribal economic development.  Additionally, Onna proudly served as Director of the Great Plains Regional/Tribal Economic Development Summit for 5 consecutive years.


Onna earned her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Economics at Northern State University in South Dakota.  Onna earned certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional from the National Development Center in 2004.  Onna earned her Masters of Applied Sciences with a specialization in Community Development with an emphasis on Native Communities and Non-Profit Management at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

Michael Hildebrandt

Chairman of the Board

Michael is a business banking officer and Vice President at Great Western Bank and brings lending experience and banking knowledge to the BHCLF Board. He has a Bachelors of Science degree in Finance from St. Cloud State University.  He is a member of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity for men and woman and has held many roles including Senior Vice President.

Ted Piccolo

Secretary of the Board

Ted is the founding Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund in Nespelem, Washington. Ted brings to BHCLF an abundance of experiences as the leader of a successful Native CDFI which has provided economic development loans as large as $220,000 to the Colville Fish and Wildlife department for community facility renovations and played a pivotal role in the opening of the Omak Mill leading to the employment of over 150 people and paving the way for $17 million dollars in revenue to the Colville Reservation. Ted’s forward thinking ability gave him the idea to become a service provider by providing some back office support services for other Native CDFI’s.


Ted was the 2011 recipient of the Oweesta/OFN “Visionary Leader” award, being recognized as a person who has made a long-term contribution to the Native CDFI industry. The organization he founded, NNDF, was given the “Circle of Honor” award in 2013. He is also an entrepreneur in his own right. Prior to founding the NNDF Ted started his own newspaper in Portland Oregon in 1995 with a distribution of 30,000 homes. In 1998 he purchased a radio station in a top 24 market and currently owns a marketing and advertising firm “Image Communications.” Ted is married and a proud father of two, Kendall and Madeline, a member of the local school Board and an avid hunter. Ted is an enrolled Member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Jeremy Staab

Member of the Board

Jeremy serves as the Program Manager at First Peoples Fund (FPF) located in Rapid City, South Dakota.  As a member of the BHCLF Board Jeremy brings with him an abundance of experience in entrepreneurship and grassroots organization experience.  Jeremy is a certified instructor of First People’s Fund’s Native Artist Professional Development Training program and has successfully administered several trainings as a consultant prior to joining the staff of FPF in December of 2014. Jeremy is also an alumni of FPF’s Artist In Business Leadership Fellowship program.  Additionally Jeremy has worked with Ho-Chunk Community Development Corporation (HCCDC) as Commercial Manager where he offered comprehensive operational standards centered on small business and entrepreneurial development with emphasis on technical assistance, business development, and capitalization to his clients.  He also provided consultation to consigned artists of HCCDC’s subsidiary, Woodland Trails, through reviewing contracts, reporting market trends, pricing items, networking, marketing, and provided assistance to artists in maintaining a business plan. 


Jeremy’s entrepreneurial abilities further extend into his personal life as he is also the owner of Red Owl Screen Printing.  Jeremy earned his Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS and recently completed his Master’s in Business Administration through Baker University, Baldwin, KS.  Jeremy is an enrolled member of the Santee Sioux Tribe.

Cora Mae Haskell

Member of the Board

Cora Mae is the Asset Development Coordinator at Four Bands. In this role, she provides outreach, coaching and technical assistance to promote financial literacy and credit building to best help residents of Cheyenne River Indian Reservation to access financial products and services. She holds a Master's Degree in Education and Curriculum and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Black Hills State University and is a certified trainer for Fannie Mae/First Nation's Financial Skill Building for Families coursework. Cora Mae continues her professional development by attending courses and national conferences on creating financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs for youth in economically disadvantaged communities.

Since joining Four Bands in 2003, Cora Mae has conducted business development and financial literacy workshops for hundreds of people and has been instrumental in establishing the Individual Development Account program. Prior to that, Cora Mae was Dean of Academics at the former Si Tanka/Huron University and has accumulated more than 20 years of teaching experience on the Reservation. She has served as a co-chair for the Native Financial Education Coalition and is a former board member for the Eagle Butte District 20-1 school system. Cora Mae was named the 2008 Outstanding Entrepreneurship Educator by the Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education for her outstanding service to the field of entrepreneurship. She has been the religious coordinator for grades K-9 at the All Saints Catholic Church, Eagle Butte SD for 10 years.  She was born and raised on a farm on the Cheyenne River Reservation. Her husband of 37 years was a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe he passed away in 2009.  She has six children, 19 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  She still lives on the family farm near the Bear Creek reservation community.

Laura Schad

Member of the Board

Laura has worked in Native non-profits and Native for over 25 years in the Black Hills and throughout the U.S. She serves as the Program Information Coordinator for Partnership With Native Americans serving tribal communities in the Southwest and Northern Plains. Prior to PWNA, Laura worked in tribal Head Start providing technical assistance as a federal contractor supporting American Indian Head Start programs throughout the United States. She is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and holds an Early Childhood degree from Oglala Lakota College. Married to Ralph Schad and proud parents to three daughters: RaeAnne, Taylor and Lauren. Laura has Previously served on the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as well as the Rapid City Area School Board.

Rich Abourezk

Member of the Board

Rich is currently a commercial and residential real estate agent in Rapid City. Prior to that he was in the automotive industry for 18 years with his last role as general manager in Omaha, Nebraska. He held the role of Finance Manager, procuring loans for borrowers, as well as maintaining relationships with lenders.  He is originally from South Dakota and is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation from Pine Ridge, SD. He is a graduate of Pine Ridge High School and attended college at the University of Minnesota.

Ramona Herrington

Member of the Boad

Ramona, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation from Pine Ridge SD who currently resides in Rapid City is an active member of the community. As a project assistant at No Means No Worldwide and Community Liasion at Youth Voices in Prevention Ramona is busy building networks and relationships between local organizations. As a community organizer Ramona is current on the needs and challenges of living as a Native American in Rapid City, for this reason she is a solid advocate for the under-served population within the region.What makes it interesting? Write a catchy description to grab your audience's attention...

Shannon Ahhaitty

Business Development Specialist

Shannon, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, joined Black Hills Community Loan Fund as the Business Development Specialist in 2019. She has performed on all levels of business management from marketing and sales, to grant writing and contract specialist, and as a community liaison and professor in the business department of a college. This vast experience and wide range of professional endeavors has made Shannon a valuable asset to the communities served by BHCLF.

Shannon has received two Bachelor of Science degrees from Cal Poly Pomona for Mechanical Engineering, and from University of Phoenix for Business Marketing. She also has an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Shannon began her business career in Los Angeles as a community liaison and grant writer for United American Indian Development, Inc. before moving onto tribal gaming, serving as Marketing Director for Casino Morongo in Banning, California.

During the early 2000's, Shannon operated a Procurement Technical Assistance Center for the DOD/DLA based in Polson, Montana, where she assisted small businesses sell their products and services to the government  and hosted trainings throughout the country. In 2010, Shannon began teaching at Salish Kootenai College as a professor in the Business Department. Most recently, she has been the Director of Marketing and Sales for S&K Gaming where she supervised all marketing and sales staff.

Shannon has been busy developing programs for communities served by BHCLF, including social media trainings, and financial literacy education for youth and adults. Most recently, Shannon has made it her mission to provide money management skills for students in the Rapid City Area Schools District.

Nikkole Bostnar

Housing Development Specialist

Nikkole is a savvy entrepreneur, devoted mother who is a dedicated community organizer and BHCLF Housing Development Specialist. As an active community advocate, Nikkole is a resource for people in need. Answering the call for help to obtain medical care, housing connections and continuing education. Standing on the front line for indigenous issues such as; eradicating the MMIW crisis, assisting elders in the community during the COVID-19 Pandemic, working directly with Native youth, and her long lasting efforts to protect Unci Maka (Mother Earth). Nikkole is an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and recent graduate of Oglala Lakota College with a Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration. 

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