Michael Day has over 27 years of management and leadership experience working with a broad range of organizations and industry. Day is currently the Executive Officer and Founder of TribalNet, the founder of both the Gaming and Hospitality Research Center and the Native American Technology Research Center and CEO of CTW Enterprises.
Day gained his first practical technology, management and leadership experience working for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in 1989. He was an instrumental member of the executive team that guided the organization's phenomenal growth from less than 200 employees in 1989 to more than 3,500 employees in 2006, making it one of the most successful tribal organizations in the nation.
As the Director of Information Technology for the Sault Tribe, Day was responsible for all of the IT infrastructure, system designs and construction for the opening of five Kewadin Casino and Hotel properties and the Greektown Casino in Detroit, MI. Day also designed and managed technology for the opening of many additions to all of the Kewadin properties as well as over 25 Sault Tribe properties including health centers, a sports and fitness arena, gas stations, manufacturing businesses and large office complexes.
During his 17-year tenure with the Sault Tribe, Day was appointed to director of NorthernWay, an internet access business that he designed, recommended and created for the Sault Tribe. In addition, Day founded, built and directed TribalNet, an organization that was designed to bring opportunity and tribal organizations together to improve their use of technology. Since its inception, TribalNet has grown to include membership from the majority of the federally recognized tribes in the United States.
In 2006 Day joined Cannery Casino Resorts in Las Vegas, Nevada where he was responsible for the IT infrastructure and systems design for the construction of the Meadows Racetrack & Casino in Washington County, PA. and the Eastside Cannery Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. He also directed the organizations management and consulting practice. His vision and accomplishments have been recognized by many industry publications.
Day has served as a board member for the HTNG Gaming Technology Board, as advisory board member for Gaming & Leisure Magazine and as Director of the TribalNet advisory board.
Day earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems management and business administration from Lake Superior State University.
Linda M. Arredondo has 16+ years of successful IT leadership experience. Arredondo gained this experience while managing IT operations in a variety of vertical industries including government, finance, and emergency management. Arredondo is currently serving as the Director of Information Technology for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN).
Arredondo grew her IT management and leadership experience while working in the finance industry from 2000 - 2016. As a key member of the executive leadership team, she worked to establish an IT Steering Committee that ensured close alignment between IT and the organization's strategic plan.
As the Director of Information Technology for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Arredondo oversees the design and management of technology infrastructure for CPN's executive, government, and judicial branches. In addition, Arredondo is responsible for providing IT support for enterprise, industrial, and healthcare initiatives.
Arredondo is actively pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from St. Gregory's University and plans to attend the Executive MBA program at the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business. Her approach to education is rooted in the philosophy that life-long learning is a valuable and meaningful endeavor. As a female tribal member working in a STEM-oriented career, Arredondo hopes her continuous learning model sets a positive example for students across Indian Country.
Forty years experience in MIS, with twenty years in the private sector working for major telecommunications manufacturers and twenty years working with tribal government. During my years with the private sector I held positions from computer operator for a remote location to MIS Director of a telecommunications manufacturing company with facilities in multiple states and Mexico. This experience included IBM mainframe and mini and PC and server experience along with HP and Digital Equipment Corporation mini and mainframe size computer installations which supported all accounting, manufacturing, office automation, customer support, marketing and research and development functions with numerous configurations of LAN, WAN and telephone support networks.
My tribal government experience with the Pueblo of Isleta includes managing numerous Windows servers, applications and workstations to provide Accounting, Payroll, Fixed Assets, Purchasing, Human Resources Office Automation, e-mail, Member management, Records management, Police Dispatch, WIC, GIS, Library, Intranet and POS and Accounting support for all non gaming tribal enterprises. This also includes networked telephone systems with LAN and WAN network configurations to support all of the above functions.
Christopher Luter, CIO, leads technology operations for the Government and Administration components of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. Christopher has a diverse back ground in both business and technology operations. His career leading technology operations has spanned numerous business verticals from government to construction and biotech to manufacturing. Christopher has lead teams which have received industry recognition for innovation, value creation through strategic application of technology and execution of leading edge thought of industry specific solutions.
Jody is the Director of Information Technology for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Tribal Government located in Dowagiac, Michigan, where she is responsible for IT strategy, infrastructure, security and services. She enjoys working with departments across the government to coordinate, implement and review new and current enterprise technology solutions.
Jody has had a long career-managing people, projects and information systems spanning the education, publishing, health and financial industries. She has held a variety of leadership, management, and staff positions in project planning and delivery, IT strategy, and support. Jody is passionate about technical innovation as a means to streamline processes and solve business problems.
Jody is married to Bret Osbon who shares her interest in technology. They have five wonderful children who don’t even pretend to be interested in the strategic use of technology.
Toni Potts currently serves as Director of Health Applications in the Health Information Technology (Health IT) Department for Cherokee Nation Health System, located in Tahlequah, OK. She began her career with Indian Health Service (IHS) in 1995 at W. W. Hastings Indian Hospital, Tahlequah, OK, where she worked in various capacities, including Medical Records, Business Office, and Health IT.
Beginning 2004, as the Clinical Applications Coordinator (CAC), Toni provided support and training for the IHS-Electronic Health Record. In 2009, Toni’s role turned to CAC Manager, working with the Health IT Team, providing Health IT support to a network of nine health centers and one hospital throughout the Cherokee Nation.
Toni holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern State University, Tahlequah, OK. She is a member of the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma.
My organization provides all IT support to the businesses inside the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians. In 2012 the IT organization was restructured from just the casino and some businesses to overseeing all IT operations for the tribe. I have a staff of 20 Technologists over two different geographical locations supporting over 1,200 employees in the various businesses and government along with a tribal membership of over 1,300. The tribal history of the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is quite impressive and shows the resilience of the people and their culture moving forward. The story is located on their Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians website. A good resource of information showing how the tribe was forced to disband and collectively were able to reinstate their rights and work as a cooperative partner with the community.
Charles Scharnagle is the CIO for the tribal government of the Mohegan Indians of Connecticut based in Uncasville, Ct., which serves the interests of tribal members throughout the U.S. Chuck has spent the past thirty years in the high-tech, manufacturing and government environments including the headquarters for Black & Decker, Fruit of the Loom, EMC, Pegasystems and International Power America. Chuck's experience includes implementing disaster recovery systems, redesigning computer centers and managing international support organizations.
In Chuck's current role, he helped to create the Judge Scoring System (patent pending) which is a new way for MMA and boxing officials to score fights. Chuck then led the team to create and patent an app which allows fight fans to score their favorite fighter.
Chuck currently serves as a member on several boards including TribalNet – the industry resource for technology professionals in the Native American industry, the MS-ISSAC – the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Centers and the CTC – the Connecticut Technology Council. Chuck holds a B.S. degree in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Masters in Management from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.
Dustin began working in the IT department for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma's Tribal Government in 2004 and filled a number of roles before becoming IT Director in 2007. He excels at designing solutions to meet challenging business needs, with key strengths in networking, security, and open source applications and systems.
Since becoming IT Director, he and his team have completely redesigned the network architecture, becoming almost 98% virtualized, fostered the adoption of a centralized system to track tribal member information, and implemented a comprehensive disaster recovery program to ensure that IT assets remain highly available.
As a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Dustin takes pride in the opportunity to contribute his efforts to helping his tribe make better use of technology. Dustin has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and a Master of Technology Degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.