Laura V. Williams, MPA
Lummi Nation Member, Lummi CDFI Executive Director
Ms. Williams's expertise in tribal for-profit, government, and now non-profits sectors. Her expertise is building, developing, and managing commercial tribal enterprises and governmental policy. She has experience in Strategic Planning & Merchandise and has worked within Lummi Nation's as the Policy Operations Manager. From years of experience, her background in also in building strategic partnerships, policy analysis and development.
She is a graduate of the Evergreen State College with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA), and also, is a graduate of Western Washington University for her undergraduate work and also holds an Associates in Arts & Science from Northwest Indian College. She holds certifications Native American Business Operations through Dartmouth College and the Economic Development Finance Professional through National Development Council, and aspires to continue her professional development and in the near future Doctorates in Philosophy and legal degree that improves the economic well-being of Indigenous Native peoples of North America.
She proudly lives with her partner their two children Jaden (22) and Sky Hunter (8), and enjoys spending time seeing them grow. She lives on the Lummi Reservation, in the Gooseberry Point area. Where she feels a deep connection and love of land and its Native peoples living within this community. She enjoys seeing firsthand witnessing the impacts that Native CDFI's brings to its clients and families.
She enjoys participating within the community and learning from her elders. She is loves to the concept of food systems and revitalizing our natural trade pathways. She is an active life learner and has passion for foraging for PNW natural foods and medicine. She is a gardener and loves to finds healing in cooking homegrown foods from the garden. She is also youth soccer, loves beaches and collecting agates with her family, and loves to learn about PNW mushrooms and harvesting.
Loan Officer/Success Coach
Gloria J. Point, MBA
LSts’Ailes First Nation, Loan Officer/Success Coach
Gloria is a Business Coach and Loan officer at Lummi CDFI in Bellingham, WA. She is from Sts’Ailes First Nation in British Columbia. She graduated from Asia Pacific University in Vancouver, BC with an MBA in International Business Management.
She has worked in management and program management positions for most of her career in Vancouver, BC. She moved to Whatcom County in 1999 running her own consulting business in strategic planning until she started working with Lummi Nation from 2003 to 2007 was the lead in the original Ventures Poverty Reduction Strategic Planning conversation in Lummi Nation. The final plan included revolving loan fund dollars which was applied to the Lummi CDFI. She returned to Lummi CDFI in 2015 and has provided clients with coaching and support along with guidance in their business loan application process.
Gloria lives within the Lummi Nation community with her husband Ron Morris. They have two daughters, two sons-in-law and four grandchildren.
Capacity Developer/Success Coach
Leadership roles began for Ms. Jordan as a youth with 4-H, her church youth group, and in music. She also grew and learned all aspects of the family farm operation and completed her undergraduate degree in Animal Science / Business. Her profession as an agricultural commercial lender/appraiser and non-profit executive expanded her mastery in finance, organization management and community development.
Co-owner of their small family business, Sound Wise Studios, Inc., Ms. Jordan has experienced both startup and periods of expansion/contraction. She has been instrumental in building capacity of their business and the many startups, interns/apprentices and partners they have teamed with.
Ms. Jordan provides Lummi CDFI with a depth of understanding of finance and organizational management, and cultural awareness that supports the growth, development and mentoring needed to strengthen leadership capacity. She is currently obtaining a Masters degree in Community Development Policy & Practice through University of New Hampshire. In her spare time, she enjoys developing new products and preserves raised on her family’s small farm.
Financial Trainer/Success Coach
Financial Trainer/Success Coach
"I speak your language: The language of the minority, the owner of poor credit, the one without the plan, the young, old or middle aged person. The language of the student, or teacher. The language of the fisher folk, the artist, the writer, and the musician. The language of the searcher, the hunter, the discoverer, the inventor or dreamer. The language of the novice or expert. I learnt this language from you, the entrepreneur. Let’s continue."
Adib has been instrumental in the Lummi Nation community getting to know the Native American people learning from them, but also teaching them via being either employed through the Lummi Venture's Plan (for 10+ years) and now with CDFI. He also currently teaches at Northwest Indian College (NWIC) as an instructor to many Native American peoples locally and from afar.
He calls himself the "real Indian" from Pakistan originally. He passion is his family and community. Adib is full of humility and grace, and most of all is enjoyable company to be around because of his light heartedness and humor. He makes all feel welcome.
Technical Assistance Trainer for Small Business Incubation
Her role with the Lummi CDFI keeps everything rolling as smooth as possible. She is responsible for making appointments with the other staff and to great each visitor with a smile and helpful attitude. Deb is QuickBooks Certified through the Whatcom Community College.
When Deb isn’t working, she likes to spend her time with her husband and their Hot Rod Cars, going to Car Shows throughout the County and spending time with their grandkids in the pool.
Deb is currently assisting the loan officer with loan documentation and paperwork, and getting to know the clients on a more personal basis. Deb has learned over the years with CDFI just how difficult it can be to have success out in the real world. She enjoys spending time learning more and more about Native communities and the needs of the communities.
When Deb isn’t working, she likes to spend her time with her husband Mitch Miller and their Hot Rod Cars, going to Car Shows throughout the County and spending time with their grandkids in the pool. Debora has a daughter, Ashley Leanne Taylor, and a son, Kelly Lee Henry, along with 2 step daughters, Melissa Hernandez and Nikki Miller. She is blessed with 2 grandkids, Peyton and Nick, and 2 step grandkids, Noah and Marley.