Michael Ragonese is a seasoned Project Manager who has 15 plus years in the field for companies such as Brystol-Meyers Squib and ACS. Michael is currently an Engagement Leader for Workday, Inc., one of the top HR Software Solution Companies in the country.
In 1992, Michael received a degree in Culinary Arts from the New York Restaurant School in New York City. He has been passionate about food and cooking since a young age and enjoys entertaining and catering for special events.
Michael also holds the position of Lay Leader at East Stroudsburg United Methodist Church in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania where he's been a member for more then 10 years. One of Michael's many passions is to feed the homeless and he has done this by serving in the ESUMC Soup Kitchen Ministry. He is excited to bring his skills as a chef to develop a simple culinary model to feed large families in Native American communities.
Michael is a family man and resides in Easton, PA with his wife, his daughter and son-n-law, their two dogs and cat.
Olga Sher is a 2003 magna cum laude graduate of New York Law School, where she was a member of the New York School Law Review. Olga serves as Associate General Counsel for a New Jersey-based company specializing in financial products. Olga co-curates Nature Spirit Libraries Community Project, building free outdoor libraries for public parks.
Olga is the Founder and Board Chair of Antinanco Earth Arts School, a coalition of teachers committed to types of education about the Earth, its inhabitants and ecosystems, educating about the impact of our actions on the natural resource stability.
Olga lives in Holmdel with her husband and their two children. She is actively involved in charitable educational incentives and experiential community classes for children and adults.
Blaine Ginther is the Cofounder and National Sales Manager for SureFire Ag Systems & SureFire Electronics, located in his hometown of Atwood, Kansas. Blaine also works closely with his parent’s business, Ginther Stables a 51-year-old business where they sell Foundation bred Quarter-horses across the US. Blaine’s brother Brent also raises a large herd of buffalo on the land.
Blaine was raised on the family ranch along the Sappa Creek in western Kansas. Over the years Blaine and his family have discovered many Native American artifacts ranging from Paleo to historic phase. The Sappa creek was known to be a sacred hunting grounds of the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers going back to the early 1800s. He recently founded Sappa Creek Productions with a focus on representing “Meaningfully Unique History” through art and film.
Blaine works with universities and private curators in researching his discoveries and he shares his work via social media and in educational forums.
Jonathan Berryhill is Muscogee Creek and was born in Winfield, AL the youngest of three children. He graduated from Hubbertville High School in May of 1996 and joined the United States ARMY in June of 1996. He proudly served as an Infantryman with a 10 month combat tour in Bosnia. Jonathan left active duty service in the ARMY as a Sergeant and returned to Alabama continuing his military service for four years in the National Guard and Reserves, and became a member of the Police Force for 3 years.
At the age of 24 Jonathan enrolled in college walked on as a linebacker for University of North Alabama and graduated with honors in three years. At the age of 30 Jonathan started his first business and sold it within two years to the founder of both Don Joy and Bregg. He is now the owner of B & B Health Services a Native American and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business which is the parent company of 7 other businesses.
Jonathan is a devoted husband and father. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 24 years and they have six wonderful children, 2 girls and 4 boys, whom they have homeschooled and raised on their farm. Jonathan is also a football coach, cattle farmer, and founder of his nonprofit Hunters in Christ.
Shaleen Humes is an enrolled member of Virginia’s Pamunkey Indian Tribe and is the owner and founder of Wolfdog Medical Supplier, LLC. Founded in September 2018. Wolfdog provides durable medical equipment and supplies, as well as janitorial supplies to city, state, and government customers. Wolfdog Medical Supplier, LLC is certified by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Wolfdog Medical Supplier is eligible for both HUBZone and 8(a) certifications.
Shaleen was one of four children raised in Pennsylvania by her single mom. As a young girl, she spent her summers on the Pamunkey reservation with her grandfather. In later years, Shaleen re-connected with her tribal community and today actively assists her Nation in every way she can.
Shaleen is gifted in the art of communication and fundraising and has a broad base of connections with many corporations and charitable organizations.
Shaleen is an advocate for Missing Murdered Indigneous Women and seeks to empower women everywhere to defend and protect themselves through the art of self defense.
Shaleen is committed to bringing awareness and education to the world about the plight of Nation Nations across the United States.
Mary Cirocco is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation in Northern MN. She is an experienced Mompreneur, Business Owner, Project Manager, Strategist, and Connector!
Growing up outside of Washington DC, Mary's Father was involved with Native politics and Economic Development strategies for Reservations across the Nation, stemmed a passion for her to help Natives in business.
Mary started her career in construction in 1999 with a partnership in a residential construction company. In 2009 as the economy changed it forced her to think outside the box which led her to start her own Native owned construction company, focusing on Local, State, and Federal Government construction projects and supply. Akai Construction is an 8(a) certified Native owned small business.
Joining forces with PAZA will bring Mary full circle, enabling her to use her experience, drive and connections to help her Native people.
Mary will also be head of the Business Mentorship Program, guiding and empowering Native American Youth through the process of starting their own business.