After more than 37 years, a major leadership change occurred for United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. aka UNITY, a national non-profit youth leadership organization. Mary Kim Titla, a San Carlos Apache, took over as the Executive Director on July of 2013 as UNITY’s founder JR Cook, Cherokee, stepped aside after leading the organization since its birth in 1976.
“I’m humbled and honored to be serving Indian Country in this capacity. I’ve come full circle having been part of UNITY as a kid, then serving as a member of its board of Trustees and now Executive Director. No one can fill the shoes of JR Cook who has worked tirelessly over the last 37 years to make this organization what it is today. Through UNITY JR has touched the lives of thousands of people like me who are now UNITY alumni. I will do my best in continuing this important work,” said Titla, who opened the doors to the UNITY headquarters in Mesa, Arizona just before the new year; relocating from Oklahoma.
Titla is known to many in Indian Country as a former TV News journalist, with a career spanning 20 years at NBC stations in Arizona. In 2008 Titla’s announcement and candidacy for Arizona’s Congressional District 1 catapulted her into the national spotlight. For five years, previous to Titla taking over as the Executive Director, she worked as a school administrator in the San Carlos Unified School District and served as advisor to the San Carlos Apache Youth Council. In 2012, Titla received the first Edward Wadda UNITY Alumni Award. The award was presented to Titla for “continuing the spirit of UNITY,” in part for her leadership role in raising half-a-million dollars for UNITY through golf tournaments in Arizona. And most recently, she was named “Woman of the Year” by the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards program.
“Following Cook’s announcement to step aside, a national search for a new CEO was launched. Trustees selected Titla to not only help the organization survive, but to thrive. We feel Mary Kim is the right person at the right time,” said Loretta A. Tuell, chair of UNITY’s Council of Trustees.
“It has been quite a journey. Thanks to our Creator, trustees, staff, alumni, youth, youth council advisers, consultants, volunteers, and supporters who have helped build UNITY and are, in effect, the owners. And thanks to Mary Kim for her willingness to accept the leadership position during these challenging times,” commented Cook.
Titla has hit the ground running, literally. On January 19, 2014, she dedicated her 26.2 mile marathon run at the PF Chang’s Rock ’N’ Roll Marathon to honor Native youth. In the same week, UNITY celebrates the re-launch of its popular golf classic (after a 6-year hiatus), taking place in Maricopa, Arizona. And that’s not all, UNITY has two major events yet to take place in 2014, the Mid-Year Conference in Washington D.C. (Feb. 26- March 2) and National Conference in Portland, Oregon (June 29 – July 2). To find out more about the exciting updates and announcements from UNITY, visit the website www.unityinc.org.
The National Center’s National Resource Council proudly welcomes two new members, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Cahokia Capital Group.
The National Resource Council members are committed to helping promote business opportunities for American Indians and tribes. Members offer their time, effort, and resources to facilitate the mission of the NCAIED to develop the American Indian private sector. Current NCAIED NRC members represent a broad range of companies across many industries, from start-ups to well-established businesses.
The NCAIED takes great pride in supporting each member’s use of American Indian suppliers to their company and others in their industry. We hope to expand their network and gain access to respected tribal leaders, state and local officials, and top CEO’s. And importantly to help make connections and opportunities in Indian Country.
If you are interested in becoming a National Resource Council member and playing a significant role in growing and expanding economic development in Indian Country, then please contact NCAIED President and CEO, Gary Davis at: 480-545-1298 or email Mr. Davis at: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Center American Indian PTAC, along with sponsoring agencies, IBM and SCRA Applied Technologies, Presented… “Accounting Requirements for Federal Contractors”
Topics included: Segregation of Costs Unallowable Costs Direct/Indirect Costs Allocation Pools Timekeeping Requirements Financial Capability Audits and SBA Certificate of Competency
Kevin Grimes of CFO Leasing provided to the PTAC a training session to explain the role of the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) and the expectations of a contractor’s accounting system. This program was designed to assist business people in establishing an accounting system that will be found acceptable by the federal government. Many federal contract awards are contingent upon finding that a contractor’s accounting system is sound which includes having specific written accounting policies and an accounting system that can perform certain cost, timekeeping, and billing functions. Agencies may conduct unique “financial health” audits prior to awarding some contracts.
This training event was held at SCRA – Charleston, SC Applied Research Center. Other such training events have been held at the Northrop Grumman facility in Herndon, VA.
Attending this training were corporate accountants, payroll personnel, and small business owners who perform their own bookkeeping functions. This training session was provided by CFO Leasing as in-kind to the PTAC; therefore, we were able to pass this no cost savings on to the attendees.
Co-sponsoring this event with the National Center American Indian PTAC were SCRA Applied Technologies who donated the training space and IBM who sponsored the luncheon catered by Brack Rowe of NEWKS Catering. Our Special thanks are given to Rita Torner of SCRA and Mike Pagliaro of IBM for their help in making this a successful event.
Comments from attendees included:
“The instructor took information that is normally overwhelming and dull and turned it into something you could easily comprehend and stay focused on.”
“The speaker was intimately knowledgeable about the subject matter.”
“I like all the information and found it to very informative. The speaker was very knowledgeable about the subject and did not just go slide by slide. He made it so that you never lost interest.”
“The speaker was excellent. As I said, I never noticed the time. I was very informative. I don’t handle a lot of accounting for the company but still was nice to get an understanding of it.”
“Kevin was a great speaker. We appreciate the assistance of Barbara Williams for putting us in touch with this training and the NCAIED PTAC”
The NCAIED would like to thanks our sponsors for the upcoming National RES Las Vegas event that will be held from March 17-20, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay Resort.
The National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES), NCAIED’s signature event, is the largest and longest running American Indian business expo in the nation. It is also the NCAIED’s annual fundraising effort, helping to support its various programs and to expand economic opportunities throughout Indian Country.
Email us today to find out how you can become a sponsor at the largest economic development event in Indian Country.
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NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis, was honored to serve as an Economic Development panelist at the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s recent meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. NCAIED President and CEO Gary Davis is pictured here with U.S. Congressman Charles “Charlie” Rangel from New York’s 13th congressional district.