Osni Ponca Board of Director Pete Upton B&WPETE UPTON, CHAIRMAN

Pete is a Ponca tribal member and has amassed nearly three decades of business experience which includes entrepreneurial pursuits, commercial real estate development and project management.  He currently serves as the Executive Director of First Ponca Financial – a Native Community Financial Development Institution (CDFI).  Pete is an accomplished, visionary leader with a proven record of building and managing start-up businesses and projects.  In his current position with First Ponca Financial, Pete provides business training and coaching throughout the Ponca and Native communities.

Osni Ponca Board of Director Mark Peniska B&WMARK PENISKA, VICE CHAIRMAN

Mark is a Ponca tribal member and has extensive experience within tribal government and various governmental agencies.  He has previously served both as Tribal Council chairman and as District 3 Tribal Council representative.  Mark currently serves as the chairman of Northern Ponca Housing Authority.  He has also dedicated his time to the surrounding community having previously served on the Lincoln Indian Center board of directors and the City of Lincoln Citizen’s Cabinet.  Mark is a Vietnam Veteran and has enjoyed a long-standing career as an industrial engineer for Teledyne Isco in Lincoln, NE.

Osni Ponca Board of Director-Chris Legband B&WCHRIS LEGBAND, SECRETARY

Chris is a Ponca tribal member and has worked in various capacities for the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska; her past positions within the tribe include Grants Compliance Coordinator, PR Information Specialist, Social Service Director, ICWA Specialist and Executive Director of Tribal Affairs.  She has also served the tribe as a member of the Culture Committee and the Tax Commission.  Chris currently works as a Program Support Worker at Better Living Counseling Services.


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