Board of Directors
The PAZA, Tree of Life is a Native-led Board of Directors.
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. One of Michael's many passions is to feed the homeless and he has done this by serving in the East Stroudburg UMC Soup Kitchen Ministry where he was a member for more than 10 years. 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 two cats.
Board Member, Ojibwe Nation, Red Mountain Lake, MN
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 a Native owned small business. Joining forces with PAZA has brough Mary full circle, enabling her to use her experience, drive and connections to help her Native people. Mary would like to form a Business Mentorship Program to guide and empower Native American Youth through the process of starting their own Native owned businesses.
Board Member & Secretary
Pamunkey Nation, VA
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 a passionate advocate for Missing Murdered Indigneous Women and seeks to empower all women 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.
Board Member & Treasurer
Muskogee Creek and Choctaw Nations
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.
Lori Yoho Chasealone
Lori Yoho Chasealone is the Director of Operations for Southdown Indian Mountain Healing, a 501c3 support organization that she helped to create with her husband, Marty, through the donation of land from the Boulder County Parks and Open Space Land Use Department. Lori graduated with an Associate Degree Veterinary Technician 1975. As a lifelong horse woman, Lori worked under two professional horse trainers for 15 years and developed an Equine Communication Program to improve the quality of life for horses and people. Lori is hopeful that as the nonprofit organization grows, she will be able to incorporate her Equine Program into the healing vision of Southdown Indian Mountain. Lori adopted and raised two beautiful Asian daughters before making her home in Colorado with her husband, Marty and his daughter, Carmen. Lori enjoys the outdoors, animals, music and reading.
Oglala Sioux Nation
Pine Ridge, South Dakota
Marty Chasealone is the Founder/Executive Director of Southdown Indian Mountain Healing, a Colorado based 501c3 Nonprofit support organization. In conjunction with Boulder County Parks and Open Space Land Use Department, Marty won a bid to develop Southdown Indian Mountain into an indigenous place of healing, with the land being designated to be used for Native American Ceremonies. Marty is the great grandson of Holy Man, Nicholas Black Elk (Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt) and grandson of Lakota Medicine Man Mark Big Road, a direct descendant of 1868 Treaty signer, Chief Red Cloud. Marty is a veteran who served in the United States Army from 1978-1985 as a Combat Engineer Sergeant. He also served as Law Enforcement Officer on the Pine Ridge Reservation and studied both Indian Tribal Law and Colorado State Law. Marty served as Board President for 15 years for The C.A.N.A Organization (Caring Association for Native Americans) providing families and individuals with food, shelter and clothing while their family members were receiving medical care and treatment in the Denver Area. Marty currently lives in Colorado with his wife Lori and his daughter, Carmen.