Our Staff

Dedicated to Serving Native Communities

Executive Staff

Chrystel Cornelius

CEO and President

(Ojibwe; Oneida)

Krystal Langholz

Chief Operating Officer
Executive Vice President of Strategy and Capitalization

Phone: 605.222.7531

Florence Ludka

Chief Financial Officer
Executive Vice President of Finance and Lending


Phone: 231.590.8868

Fern Orie

Chief Programs Officer
Executive Vice President of Advocacy & Strategic Partnerships


Phone: 715.614.4840

Programs Department

Heather Rademacher Taylor

Director of Programs

Phone: 817.673.1929

Lanalle Smith

Senior Programs Officer, Capacity Building


Phone: 505.879.1852

Stephanie Cote

Senior Programs Officer, Financial Education & Asset Building


Phone: 734.395.4500

Lending Department

Jamie Olson

Director of Lending

(Nez Perce)

Phone: 208.260.2789

Mikeala Purvis

Lending Assistant


Phone: 231.620.9420

Alexandra Shaughnessy

Lead Lending and Investment Officer

Phone: 770.265.2418

Data Management Department

Finance Department

Isaiah Cornelius

Office Manager


Phone: 720.438.9371

Debbie Powers


Phone: 970.535.4357

Communications Department

Administrative Department

Denisse Ruiz

Communications Officer

Phone: 323.747.4363

Vincent J. Grant

Executive Assistant


Phone: 701.278.9082


Oweesta Corporation
2432 Main Street, 1st Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

Oweesta is an equal opportunity employer and provider.


Oweesta is the longest standing Native CDFI intermediary offering financial products and development services exclusively to Native CDFIs and Native communities. Specifically, Oweesta provides training, technical assistance, investments, research, and policy advocacy to help Native communities develop an integrated range of asset-building products and services, including financial education and financial products.

Asset-building tools stimulate reservation economies by providing tribal members the opportunity to acquire financial management skills and build and accumulate assets through small business creation, homeownership, education, and much more.


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