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Our Team

Becky Albert-Breed

Becky Albert-Breed

Executive Director

Becky is an enrolled tribal member of the Ho-Chunk Nation. She holds a bachelor degree in accounting from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior work experience includes both internal and external auditing for City of Milwaukee, large corporate bank, tribal government & gaming. Ho-Chunk Nation financial positions include Treasurer, Business Finance Director over Casinos and C-Stores, and Legislative Financial Examiner. She was instrumental in advocating for positive change within the Children’s Trust Funds for her tribe. This effort lead to establishment of the Trust & Investment Committee to preserve and protect investments of her tribe with portfolios holding over half a billion dollars and has served on the committee since inception in 2011.

Becky has served as Chairperson at First Nations Community Financial (FNCF), a Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since its inception in 2010. She is excited to recently transition to the Executive Director role at FNCF. She brings years of strong business management and financial skills to First Nations Community Financial (FNCF). Our organization is designed to help natives and surrounding communities’ access funds for personal growth such as home ownership, small business, investing and personal finance. This is close to her heart as she has focused on using her finance and business background to volunteer and help in the non-profit sectors within many diverse communities from 1988 to the present.

Email: [email protected]

Rita Casper

Rita Casper

Mortgage & Business Loan Officer

Rita is a graduate of Winona Technical College with a degree in Business Management. She has 15+ years of experience in Customer Service, developing professional relationships with local vendors in Black River Falls and the surrounding communities. Most recently in her Mortgage loan processing experience, she developed great knowledge of the financial & housing Industry. Her prior positions resulted in development of many professional relationships that will benefit her in her current role. She likes to give back to the community through her volunteer work, most recently volunteers on her church finance board and the youth hockey board in Black River Falls. She is looking forward to growing with First Nations Community Financial, and helping customers along the way.

Email: [email protected]

Jodi Fischer

Jodi Fischer

Lending & Education Director

Jodi is a recent graduate of Western Governor’s University in Utah with a bachelor’s degree in Education studies- elementary education. She has more than seven years of experience in customer service and teaching. Jodi is an enrolled member of Wyandotte Nation based out of Oklahoma. She has lived in numerous areas around the country and looks forward to building relationships with the members of Ho-Chunk Nation and the community of Black River falls. 

In her free time, Jodi enjoys studying psychology and history, reading, and spending time with her dogs Sadie and Noodin. 

Email: [email protected]

Victoria Houghton

Victoria Houghton

Mortgage & Business Loan Officer

Victoria Houghton has been promoted recently into a Loan Officer position at First Nations Community Financial (FNCF) in January 2019. Victoria assists customers thru the loan process, compiles regulatory documents, and performs the financial coaching with customers. She has 22 years of office experience with 5 years dedicated to working at FNCF. Victoria is an enrolled member of Ho-Chunk Nation and strongly believes in helping tribal members and others to become financially independent to improve their quality of life.
Victoria is certified in Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families, Building Skills for Financial Confidence, Financial Coaching Foundations and has attended NAFOA and Prosperity Now Summit 2015 which has given her a stronger outlook on challenges of economic growth and change.

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Stephanie Clark

Stephanie Clark

Office Manager/Collections Officer

Stephanie Clark is a proud Ho-Chunk Nation tribal member. She has 15+ years of Customer Service and Management combined in her work experience. Most recent years, she worked at Integrity Audit & Tax and was integral with helping First Nations Community Financial (FNCF) navigate a large project of a conversion to new loan software. Her great value lead to a permanent position at FNCF.

Prior to her and her family moving to the Black River Falls area, she has worked in the Baraboo area for years with her children, and has enjoyed volunteering in her community including the local Baraboo Soccer Club. She looks forward to volunteering throughout the Ho-Chunk communities with FNCF and also personally in Black River Falls where she lives. She is hoping with her many years of work experience in Customer Service and Management she will be able to assist others, and our communities we serve here at FNCF in many years to come. 

Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband Rob, her three children, and their pet dog Storm.

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Lisa Sheffer

Lisa Sheffer

Accounting Assistant/Collections Officer

Lisa joined our team in the fall of 2022.  Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Viterbo University.  She has 15+ years in customer service and accounting.  Lisa is a past employee with the Ho-Chunk Nation as an Accountant in the Business Department.  She also has 6+ years of experience as a Payroll Coordinator for a local construction company and 1 year of experience as a Financial Examiner with the State of Wisconsin for Credit Unions.  In her free time, Lisa enjoys camping, fishing, reading, and spending time with her family, friends, and her dog Jaxx.

Email: [email protected]

Ashley Rice

Ashley Rice

Project Manager

Ashley Rice is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. Ashley has earned an Associate of Arts in Native American Studies with a language emphasis. She has also earned an Associate of Arts in Human Services and is looking forward to continuing her education. Ashley has worked for the Behavioral Health Department for the Lac Courte Oreilles Community as a Prevention Specialist-In Training, Service Facilitator, Project Director and a Grant Manager. She has experience in researching, planning and coordinating events, and data collection. Ashley has joined First Nations Community Financial as a Project Manager with the Development Team. She looks forward to gaining experience and building partnerships within the community. 

Ashley has two children, Keidan and Lilliana who she absolutely loves spending time with. They are always laughing together and at each other. She enjoys cooking meals for her family, attending ceremonies with her family, participating in traditional activities, and learning new things. She loves a good challenge and looks forward to accomplishing those challenges

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First Nations Community Financial is a state chartered not-for-profit Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)

206 S Roosevelt Rd, Suite 123 Black River Falls, WI 54615

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  • Homebuyer Education Class - Jan 12, Feb 23, Apr 12, May 17
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