(Above photo, pictured left-to-right: Angelina Arroyo, Ida Morrison, Sherry Treppa, Aaron Holstine, Kimberly Cobarrubia, Aimee Jackson & Iris Picton)
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Sherry Treppa – Chairperson
Sherry Treppa was born in Lake County and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science from The University of San Francisco and spent 15 years as an Account Manager servicing a variety of industries (Medical, Biotech, Wine, Welding and Pharmaceutical). She is a single proud mother of 2 children. Sherry believes the Tribe’s future lies in the hands of their youth and therefore economic growth and financial stability to enable educational opportunities is a priority for her.
Sherry started her work for the Tribe by volunteering for the Enrollment Committee in 2001. As Enrollment Committee Chairperson along with the other dedicated Committee members she shepherded the Tribe through its initial enrollment of its current membership. She also has served as a Member of the Housing Committee, CILS (California Indian legal Services) Board of Directors and Tribe’s NIGA (National Indian Gaming Association) and NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) delegation. Sherry was elected Vice Chairperson of the Executive Council in June of 2004, re-elected in 2006 and elected as Chairperson in 2008, a position she currently holds.
Chairperson Treppa is dedicated to the Tribe and its success and has been instrumental in the process of restoring the Tribe’s land base, negotiating funding for the Tribe’s current gaming project, while working cooperatively with the County, local Community, State, Legislature, and the Tribe’s U.S. Congressman in an effort to secure a Gaming Compact with the State, guide it through the legislative ratification process as well as the final Department of Interior review procedure not only once but twice. In addition, Chairperson Treppa acted as the Tribal Liaison in the design, development, implementation and operation of the Tribe’s e-commerce business. Concurrently she is worked as one of the Tribe’s project management representatives in the day to day coordination of the construction of the Running Creek Casino Gaming Project, which opened in May of 2012. She fully believes in preserving the tribe’s Pomo culture and its inalienable right to sovereignty while striving for economic self-reliance through gaming and other economic opportunities unique to tribal lands.
Chairperson Treppa recalls her proudest moment as Chairperson was the day of the Tribe’s land blessing ceremony following the United States taking 11.24 acres of land into trust for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake…… “NEXT to its PEOPLE, there is nothing more precious to a TRIBE than its LAND” (photos are of 2008 Land Blessing Ceremony and 2011 Tribal State Compact Signing). She believes that hard work, dedication, perseverance and an undying belief that never giving up are the keys to the Tribe’s success. Moreover, she states “it’s not enough to hold these beliefs, but as Chairperson, one must embody and exemplify them on a daily basis”.
Angelina Arroyo – Vice Chair
Angelina began working with the Tribe in 1999 on the Enrollment Committee and worked with other Committee Members to draft the Enrollment Ordinance that the Tribe currently operates from. In 2001 she began providing advocacy work for the Tribe’s Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) Program and contnues to actively monitor the safety and protections of our Tribal youth, while assisting tribal members locate the necessary resources to fully function as a family unit. She has served as the representative for the Tribe as the ITCC / DV delegate, CTTP delegate, Education representative for Upper Lake School District and is currently representing the Tribe as their Fee To Trust delegate.
In 2004, Angelina was elected as the Executive Council Secretary and served a term and a half prior to running for the position and beling elected as the Vice Chairperson. During that period of six years she tirelessly worked toward the management and recording of tribal minutes, documents and task accomplishments.
As the Vice Chairperson, Angelina represents the Tribe as the alternate for National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) as well as the alternate to the Chairperson for the National Indian Gaming Assoc. (NIGA). Angelina also serves as the EC’s direct liason to the Tribal Gaming Commission (TGC) and reports the most pressing issues faced by the Tribe in regrds to compliance, rules and regulations.
Since 2009, Angelina has been contracted by the Tribe as a Project Management Team (PMT) member and diligently works toward making the Tribe’s dream of economic self sufficiency a reality through the succes of a Tribal Enterprise – casino.
Kimberly Cobarrubia – Treasurer
Kimberly Roni Cobarrubia, Executive Council Treasurer, elected June 12, 2010.
Kimberly Roni Marcks Cobarrubia, Executive Council Treasurer, elected June 12, 2010 to a 4-year term and re-elected June 7, 2014 to another 4-year term.
Born in 1980, Ukiah, CA and raised in Lake County, Lakeport, CA until graduating Clearlake High School in 1998. Kimberly is a Native American Pomo Indian with the clear ambition to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a strong minded, independent Native American woman, actively engaging in tribal politics/government. Her maternal grandmother is of the Round Valley Indian Tribe, Covelo, CA while her maternal grandfather is of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe.
After graduating high school Kimberly left Lake County for numerous years, only to return to Upper Lake, CA after becoming a mother of 2 healthy sons. Kimberly had chosen to raise her family back in Lake County where she initially grew up so her children could experience their own traditional native values and culture.
As of July 28, 2001 Kimberly became an official enrolled adult Tribal Member of Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake. In 2002, Kimberly first started working for the Tribe as a Receptionist then later led to a contractual position as an Archival Coordinator. During Kimberly’s early adulthood she has been employed in various positions for other local Lake County Tribes (gaming and non-gaming); positions such as Environmental Protection, Human Resources, Payroll, Accounting, Marketing and Hotel Services. In addition, readily volunteered for her Tribe and the Lake County community; on Enrollment, Parent Advisory, ITCC (Inter-Tribal Council of CA), LCOE (Lake Co. Office of Education) Upper Lake SARB (School Attendance Review Board). With this form of experience, knowledge and capability, has only prepared her for her elected position of Executive Council Treasurer. . That being said Kimberly’s goal was to continue to further her education by obtaining her Associate of Arts Degree from Mendocino College in General Studies which she accomplished in the summer of 2010.
As a proud mother of 2 very active, growing boys, who are very much involved in many different sports (basketball, baseball, soccer and football), but more recently keeping it to basketball and football, this keeps Kimberly extremely busy on her down time. Both the boys have started playing AAU basketball TJ playing year round for the Santa Rosa Hawks (June 2013) and Treppa for the Lakeport Basketball Club (March 2014-May 2014), and the Santa Rosa Hawks (June 2014). On October 20, 2012 Kimberly married, Prince Cobarrubia a Native American Pomo Indian and an enrolled adult Tribal Member of Manchester Point Arena Tribe, in a lovely ceremony held at the Featherbed Railroad Bed and Breakfast in Nice, CA.
Kimberly has learned a lot as Treasurer of the Tribe, especially in regards to the Tribe’s Fiscal Department. Diligently working with the Tribe’s Fiscal Officer and Tribal Administrator revisiting the Tribe’s Fiscal Policies & Procedures to better help with the operations of the Fiscal Department itself. In addition, she has learned how to reconcile the tribal bank statements for grant and non-grant funding, processes the running log of the Tribal Enterprise Operation finances, assisting with the annual Tribal Audits, processes requisitions weekly, updating multiple ledgers on behalf of the Executive Council, updating the Executive Council budget and providing monthly budget updates to the Executive Council. Kimberly assists with covering the Fiscal Department in full when our Fiscal Officer is out of the office, covering payroll, emergency check runs, and providing Tribal Members with simple requests when needed. Kimberly has become certified in Tribal Financial Management in 2014 from ASU.
Kimberly’s current and future goal is to be able to run the Fiscal Department; knowing the ins and outs of the department completely. During Kimberly’s term she has been hands –on and will continue to grow more knowledgeable in all aspects of the Fiscal Department along with all the Tribe’s operating policies; accomplishing this will only help her better represent the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribe and its community. Lastly, Kimberly desires to exercise an “open door policy” welcoming conversation from Tribal Members at anytime.
Iris Picton – Executive Council – Secretary
I, Iris Picton was raised in Upper Lake, CA on the Upper Lake Rancheria. I graduated from High School in 1992 and attended Heald Business College where I received my Secretarial Science Certificate. I then moved back home (to Upper Lake) and worked at a nearby tribal casino in Nice, CA for about 5 years. After taking a couple of years off to be at home with my 4 kids, I then went back to work. I started working for my Tribe as the Receptionist in 2003. From there I volunteered on HPUL Tribal Committees such as the Parent Advisory Committee, Election Board, Finance Oversight and Grievance Review Board. In December, 2012 I was appointed to the HPUL-Tribal Gaming Commission (TGC) and served as the TGC Chair for about 6 months. I was then elected as the Executive Council Secretary in July, 2012 for a 4-year term of office.
Some of my favorite accomplishments while working for the Tribe would be that I was part of the Election Board who conducted the Tribe’s 1st Secretarial Election in 2004 (i.e. Adoption of the Tribe’s Constitution); in addition, being appointed to the TGC. I really enjoyed working on the Election Board because I gained so much knowledge. Although I only may have been on the TGC for such a short period of time I still learned so much. When appointed to the TGC, we, the TGC at that time had to start the TGC from the ground up and had to learn as we go. It was very exciting at the time!
In closing, I enjoy working for the Tribe and doing as much as I can to see us grow to be more self-sufficient. I am so PROUD of all the accomplishments we, THE TRIBE have made in the recent years and hope that I, along with my colleagues (i.e. the Executive Council) will always keep searching for more ways to help our Tribe.
Ida Morrison – Executive Council – Member-at-Large
Greetings! My name is Ida D Morrison daughter of Laverda B Miller (of Upper Lake, CA) and Thomas A Morrison SR (of Yakama, WA). I am 35 years old; I received my education in the Upper Lake School District from my pre-school years until I graduated from high school. I furthered my education at Western Career College where I graduated with an Associate of Science Degree in Medical Billing March 1, 2010. My Medical Billing job at Lake County Tribal Health brought me back to Lake County in May 2010 where I worked until August 3, 2012. I resigned from LCTHC to sit on Executive Council as Member At Large to benefit my Tribe and to gain further knowledge.
Aaron Holstine – Executive Council – Member-at-Large
Aaron L. T-Holstine was elected in June 2012 to the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Executive Council as a Member at Large. He represents the General Membership, Tribal Government and all or portions of Tribal business entities.
Prior to his election to the Tribal Government, T-Holstine served Chair and Vice Chair on the Lake County Cities Area Planning Council, Lake County Policy Advisory Committee and the Lake County Transit Authority. Also represented a Tribal Government on the Native American Advisory Committee to Caltrans. Among his accomplishments was the successful competition of a 5311 (f) inter county transportation grant between State, Local and Tribal Governments, for a continues transportation route between two counties. Mobility for all.
While on the Tribal Government Executive Council, T-Holstine service on many of the Tribal committees, the Financial Over Sight, Constitute Review, FEMA, just to name a few. T-Holstine is one of two Board of Directors and served as the Vice Chair to the Lake County Tribal Health Consortium. Also is the primary representative from (LCTHC) to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). While on the BOD T-Holstine has seen expansion of servicers for the tribal people and local residents of Lake County. The opening of the South Shore satellite clinic, in Lower Lake and Lakeport pediatrics care building.
T-Holstine also services on the Board of Directors for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Tribal Lending Enterprise (HPULTLE) with many Tribal owned business throughout the United States and Tribal Rancherias.
T-Holstine graduated from Butte Junior College, Oroville CA and attended Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO. A U.S. Army Veteran.
T-Holstine and wife Cheryl reside in Lake County with their grandchild Cherylanne.
Aimee Jackson – Member-At-Large
On April 13, 2013 at a General Membership Meeting, Special Election, Tribal Member, Aimee Jackson was elected to fill the vacancy position to the Tribe’s Executive Council and was sworn in and initially took office on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 9:00a.m., located at the Executive Council Modular Office (635 “B” East Hwy. 20, Upper Lake, CA 95485), which term expired June 12, 2014. Then on June 7, 2014 Aimee was re-elected as an Executive Council, Member-At-Large to a full 4-year term (until June 7, 2018) and was sworn into office on June 13, 2014.
As per the Tribe’s Constitution under Article IV – Governing Body Section 1. The Executive Council is the governing body of the Tribe and are known as the Executive Council (EC). The Executive Council (EC) consists of seven (7) Members elected at large from the eligible voters of the Tribe.