Tiwahe Foundation Honors Founding and Outgoing Board Members and Staff

Tiwahe Foundation held an intimate gathering to honor our founding and outgoing Board members Yvonne Barrett, Juanita Espinosa, Daniel Lemm, Andrew Adams and staff, Leslie Apple.   All of these individuals have been the heart and soul of the foundation and their contributions will be felt for generations.

We honor their service and dedication to the creation of our unique place in history and philanthropy.

Wopila Tanka, for your time, talent and investment in the Tiwahe Foundation.   You will be greatly missed!

Tiwahe Foundation Announces Four New Board Members

Tiwahe Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of New Board Members, Monica Flores, Paul Meyer, Amanda Norman and Joseph Regguinti to the Tiwahe Foundation Board of Directors. All of these individuals have been involved with the work of Tiwahe Foundation and possess diverse backgrounds and skills that will enhance our mission, vision and future work of the Foundation. We are honored to have their expertise and leadership.

Monica Flores is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes and an Alumni grantee of Tiwahe Foundation. She is the Executive Director of Bii Gii Wiin Community Development Loan Fund in Minneapolis. She has numerous years of experience working in Native American communities and Tribal governments both locally and nationally. Monica’s primary areas of practice are financial management, program development, strategic planning, tribal government, non-profits, grants management and policy and leadership development. Monica holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Business Management & Accounting. She is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration and pursuing her Certified Public Accountant certification with the state of Minnesota. Monica volunteers in numerous sporting disciplines such as Coaching, Training, Cornering MMA fighters and Teaching Boxing & Women’s Empowerment Classes.

Paul Meyer is a member of the White  Earth Band of Ojibwe and grew up in  Forest Lake. Paul attended the  University of Minnesota where he earned  his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil  Engineering. Upon graduation, he worked  at Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH), a  local engineering firm and received his  professional engineering license in 1999.  He left SEH in 2000 to work for Meyer Contracting and helped Meyer grow from 4 employees to over 180.  In 2008, Paul started Versacon,  a general contracting company and in 2012 he sold his interest in the company.  In 2011, he founded Meyer Real Estate Group and is currently the CEO.  In 2013, Paul bought Meyer Contracting and is currently the CEO.  Paul enjoys coaching, golf, & family.

Amanda Norman is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and is the Executive Director of the future, Thor Foundation. The Thor Foundation will be the private corporate foundation arm of, Thor Construction, Inc. a locally owned company and the largest African-American construction company in the nation.  She has a degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota, Morris and is a current Masters in Education student at Augsburg. Amanda is currently the President of the Standing Committee of the Episcopal Church in Minnesota.  She is a member of the Minnesota Women’s Economic Roundtable, Board member with The Guthrie Theater and the New Native Theater. She is an emerging philanthropist, and, is deeply committed to include more persons of color in impactful, philanthropic, pursuits. Amanda has been married for 19 years to her husband Ravi.  Amanda and Ravi have three children, Sydney, Richard and Saylah.  In her free-time she enjoys attending to the arts, education, travel, writing, and reading.

Joseph Regguinti is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and an Alumni grantee of the Tiwahe Foundation.  Joe served on the  Leech Lake Local  Indian Council  from 2012 to 2015. In 2007, Joe graduated from Augsburg College with a bachelor’s degree in English and American Indian studies. Since graduating he has worked at the Anishinabe  Wikiagun, American  Indian Family Center, and The Division of Indian Work as an advocate for American Indian families. In his free time, Joe enjoys harvesting wild rice, traveling, hunting and gathering of traditional foods and spending time with his son.