Board of Directors

RCAC’s Board of Directors consists of no less than nine members and no more than 13 at any given time. Board members must live or work in states within RCAC’s service area. Board members must be or represent low-income rural residents and/or have the appropriate technical background in RCAC activities. The board strives to keep the ethnic and gender distribution of its members in balance with the population RCAC serves.

Directors are elected for a term of three years and may not serve for more than four consecutive terms. RCAC’s board of directors meets quarterly. Members of RCAC’s current board of directors are:



Vickie OldmanVickie Kitseallyboy Oldman

President

New Mexico

Vickie Kitseallyboy Oldman is a founding and managing partner with Seven Sisters Community Development Group, LLC (www.7sistersconsulting.com), a national community development consulting firm. Vickie specializes in culturally relevant approaches to organizational development. She has more than 25 years of expertise in strategic planning, board development, leadership training, team building, asset building and executive coaching to Native and rural communities. She is recognized nationally as a skilled facilitator, trainer, and speaker. Vickie is a certified executive coach, trainer and facilitator for Emergent Learning, Leadership that Works, Institute of Cultural Affairs’ ToP Strategic Planning and Workshop Methods, True Colors, Nonprofit Management, Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families, and the Grove Team Performance Model.

She has been recognized for her achievements like 2015 Distinguished NMHU Alumna, 2004 Women of Vision Award and numerous awards from the National Association of Social Workers, including the 2006 President’s Award and 2003 Social Worker of the Year Award.

She is a Diné Nation citizen and her clans are Black Streak of the Forest People, Mud People, One Who Walks Around People, and Folding Arm People.


Frank Bravo

Vice President

California

Frank Bravo is the community lending officer for First Republic Bank. He has more than 20 years of banking experience, which includes an in-depth understanding of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), multifamily mortgage revenue bonds and Low Income Housing Tax Credit programs. He also has more than 16 years of experience in community and affordable housing development, economic development and financing. During the past nine years, Mr. Bravo has focused on bringing financial resources to rural communities of California, specifically farm worker housing and infrastructure finance. Mr. Bravo’s most recent assignment calls for the development and implementation of a community lending strategy for First Republic Bank’s bicoastal markets. Mr. Bravo currently serves on the boards of the Kings County Management & Development Corporation and the California Community Reinvestment Corporation. He has a bachelor’s degree in biological science from University of California, Davis.


marty miller board memberMarty Miller

Secretary

Washington

Marty Miller is the executive director of the Yakima-based Office of Rural and Farmworker Housing (ORFH), a nonprofit housing developer and Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving rural Washington. He has more than 20 years of affordable housing development experience. Mr. Miller also is active in advocacy and serves on several boards including the National Rural Housing Coalition and the National Farmworker Housing Directors Association. He has a master’s degree in economic development from Eastern University in Pennsylvania.


Claudie O'Grady, RCAC board memberClaudia O’Grady

Treasurer

Utah

Claudia O’Grady has been involved in community development, and particularly affordable housing solutions, for more than 22 years. She began her career working for a Utah-based nonprofit developer of affordable multifamily housing, where she served as the executive director for more than a decade. The organization focused on small project development in rural communities throughout Utah. Later she joined Homestead Capital, a regional syndicator of Low Income Housing Tax Credits, where she developed investor relationships and placed equity investments in tax credit housing throughout the Intermountain West. Since 2009, Claudia has served as the vice president, multifamily financing, for Utah Housing Corporation, the state housing finance agency. She oversees the state’s housing credit program and multifamily lending programs. Ms. O’Grady also serves on the Salt Lake City Redevelopment Advisory Commission where she helps create redevelopment strategies in blight areas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard University.


Nancy BrownNancy Brown

Board Member

Nevada

Nancy Brown was the managing director for community development for Charles Schwab Bank until she retired in June 2021. She was responsible for grants and services in California and Nevada. Nancy has more than 39 years of banking experience and had been with Charles Schwab Bank for the past 16 years. She started her career at Schwab in 2003 when the bank opened its headquarters in Reno, Nevada. Nancy holds an associate degree from the Merced Community College, she has attended CBA Graduate School Retail Banking, FRB Community Development Lending School, and Bay Area Ross Program in Real Estate.

She managed and planned the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act grants, services and business outreach activities; established and implemented programs and activities; and maintained relationships with banking partners, community based, charitable and nonprofit organizations.


Andres CanoAndrés Cano

Board Member

Arizona

Andrés Cano represents the 3rd Legislative District in the Arizona House of Representatives. Raised by a single mother, Andrés saw a path for advancement in Arizona’s public schools and is a first-generation college graduate.

In 2012, Andrés accepted a position as a senior aide to Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías in Tucson, Arizona and became the youngest policy advisor in the county’s history, overseeing the Supervisor’s constituent outreach and neighborhood relations.

Six years later in 2018, Andrés was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives (Democrat) and went on to win reelection in 2020. Rep. Cano sits on the House Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Water.


Nalani Fujimori Kaina board secretaryNalani Fujimori Kaina

Board Member

Hawaii

Nalani Fujimori Kaina is the executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Hawaii, Hawaii’s oldest and largest statewide nonprofit organization providing free civil legal services to the poor. Ms. Kaina joined Legal Aid in 1999 as a staff attorney on the island of Moloka`i. She is a commissioner on the Access to Justice Commission, a past president and current director of Hawaii Women Lawyers, a member of the ACLU of Hawaii’s Litigation Committee, and the chair of the Hawaii State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Previously, she sat on the boards of the Maui County Bar Association, Molokai Occupational Center and Hale Ho´okipa, an outpatient substance abuse treatment center on Molokai.

Ms. Kaina received the 2013 Ho´okele Award from the Hawaii Community Foundation, 2011 Rhoda Lewis Award from the Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation and the 2008 Hawaii State Bar Association’s C. Fredrick Schutte Award. She was also a 2014 Pacific Business News American Savings Bank Business Leader of the Year finalist. Ms. Kaina graduated from New York University School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota.


Carleen HerringCarleen Herring

Board Member

Idaho

Carleen Herring is the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s representative for Idaho and Nevada.  Prior to joining EDA, Ms. Herring spent more than 33 years working for Region IV Development Association, a nonprofit economic development organization located in Twin Falls, Idaho. At the Association, she focused her rural community development career on infrastructure finance and small business lending. Retiring in 2019 as the Association’s president, today, Ms. Herring continues to support rural constituencies by working on issues that impact sustainability across Idaho and Nevada.

Ms. Herring holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois.


Kim PeoneKim Peone

Board Member

Washington

Kimberly Peone is the chief corporate-financial officer for the Colville Tribal Federal Corporation. Prior to becoming the CCFO, Ms. Peone served on the corporation’s board for three years. Today, she is both chief executive officer and chief financial officer for 12 Enterprises.

Previously, she was the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians’ deputy financial officer. She was responsible for the Tribal government’s overall financial affairs, including an annual operating and capital budget in excess of $375 million. Ms. Peone has held a wide variety of financial positions during her career in Tribal government service. She has served the Spokane Tribe of Indians, Kalispel Tribe of Indians, Colville Confederated Tribes, Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and the Yakima Nation among others.

Ms. Peone has built Tribal infrastructures to support financial progress. Her strong leadership and understanding of Tribal financial systems has brought much success to the organizations she served. Her extensive Tribal government experience has helped her to understand Tribal organizations’ complexity. She thinks strategically and communicates complex issues in a simple and straightforward manner to help Tribes progress and change. Her operational experience has helped her adapt to change and work through adversity.

Ms. Peone holds two bachelor’s degrees in business administration, professional accounting and marketing.


john sheehan board memberJohn Sheehan

Board Member

California

John Sheehan retired in 2012 as executive director of Plumas Corporation, a nonprofit focusing on economic and business development, visitor attraction and conservation of natural resources in Plumas County. He has more than 40 years of community development experience working with nonprofits and various government agencies. He is currently president of the Trustees at Feather River Community College and serves on the Feather River Stewardship Coalition and Plumas County Coordination (intergovernmental) boards. Mr. Sheehan also served on the boards of the California Coalition for Rural Housing and California Rural Development Council.