Wisconsin’s 32 Most Influential Native American Leaders for 2024, Part 2


    This is the second of a five-part series. Part One is here.

    Collin Price is owner of Heeną Development, a Milwaukee-based real estate development firm focused on multifamily and hospitality spaces, and B Team Strategy, a consulting firm that helps connect Indigenous tribes with corporate partners. He previously spent seven years as the public relations officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation and five years as a Wisconsin State Patrol officer. He is also a cofounder of the Indigenous Business Group, a nonprofit that provides opportunities for Native-owned businesses to access resources, network, and gain knowledge. He earned a degree in sociology from UW-Whitewater and a master’s degree in real estate development from Georgetown.

    Joane K. Mathews is a retired brigadier general in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. A member of the  Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Mathews received her commission in the United States Army through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 1986 and was assigned to the United States Army Avia  tion School. She later flew in several missions during Operation Provide Comfort in Iraq. In 1997, Mathews transferred to the Wisconsin Army National Guard, where she was named Chief of Staff in 2013. In 2016, Mathews was promoted to brigadier general by Governor Scott Walker and was appointed Assistant Adjutant General for Readiness and Training. In 2020, Mathews was nominated for promotion to major general. Decorations Mathews has received include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Master Army Aviator Badge. Mathews is a graduate of Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Other schools she attended include the University of North Dakota, the United States Army War College and the United States Army Command and General Staff College.

    Daisee Francour is communications director for Indigenous Environmental Network, an international environmental justice nonprofit that works with tribal grassroots organizations to build the capacity of Indigenous communities. She is also an adjunct instructor in the Human Rights Advocacy Concentration at Adler University. She previously served as director of strategic partnerships and communications at Cultural Survival and has consulted for a variety of organizations on DEI, organizational development and communications strategy. A member of the Oneida Nation, she earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Parkside and a master’s from Adler University.

    Christopher Peguero  is head of DEI & community engagement at Type One Energy Group. A member of the Menominee nation, he spent much of his career in Seattle, where he founded SEqual – The City of Seattle LGBTQ Employees for Racial Equity – which centered the employment experiences of queer employees of color at the City of Seattle. In 2015 he established the Seattle City Light’s Environmental Equity Program, which centers opportunities for community-led and co-designed engagement efforts to inform the electric utility’s environmental programs and policies.  He later worked as a CORE (City Organizers for Racial Equity) Team member and racial equity lead before returning to Wisconsin in 2021. For two years he served as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communities of Belonging Program Manager at Fitchburg biotech company Promega. He graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1999.

    Daniel Doyen is the chief executive officer of D&T Construction, a fully Indigenous-owned construction business located on the Oneida Reservation specializing in residential, commercial and agricultural projects. He started off as a solo contractor focusing on exterior work and has grown into a business that can design, develop and build projects. The company also provides apprenticeships for young people looking to start careers in the trades.

    Chris Caldwell is the third president of the College of the Menominee Nation. He was formally invested in October 2021 after serving as interim president since February 2020. He began his higher education journey at CMN earning his Associate Degree in Sustainable Development. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Policy from UW-Green Bay. He is currently a PhD candidate in Environment and Resources from UW-Madison Nelson Institute. He is an enrolled member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin.

    Melissa Doud is tribal veteran liaison for the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, a position she took on a year ago after working more than a decade at the Lac du Flambeau Business Development Corporation. She held several roles there, including call center manager, director of corporate projects and chief operating officer. She earned an associate degree in business management from Hawaii Pacific College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix.

    Part Three coming tomorrow!