Sherry Treppa is Chairperson of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Chairperson Treppa was elected to the Tribe’s seven-member Executive Council as Vice Chairperson in 2004, a position that she held until she was elected Chairperson in 2008. As Chairperson, Treppa is tasked with leading the efforts towards preserving the tribe’s Pomo culture and inalienable right of sovereignty, while continually striving for economic self-reliance through e-commerce, gaming and other economic opportunities unique to tribal lands.
Prior to her work for the Tribe, Chairperson Treppa worked as an Account Manager, where she was responsible for servicing multiple industries, including medical, biotech, wine, welding and pharmaceutical. After more than 15 years in the private sector she recognized that her efforts could be better utilized on behalf of her Tribe. Before joining the Executive Council, Chairperson Treppa began her work for the Tribe as a volunteer for the Enrollment Committee in 2001 and also served as an influential member of the Tribe’s Housing Committee.
Chairperson Treppa’s ongoing efforts have contributed to the process of restoring the Tribe’s land base and working toward the goal of economic self-determination and self-sufficiency. She was an invaluable part of the Tribe’s gaming venture effort, Running Creek Casino, which opened in 2012. Not only did Chairperson Treppa serve as one of the Tribe’s project management representatives for the construction of the casino, but she spearheaded funding negotiations for the casino while working with the county, state, and federal government to secure a gaming compact with California and guide it through the processes of state ratification and Department of Interior final review. Currently, in addition to her Tribal government role, Chairperson Treppa serves as President of the Tribe’s e-commerce businesses, playing an essential role in raising capital, structuring, development, implementation and operations.
Chairperson Treppa has served as Vice Chairperson for the Native American Financial Services Association, for which she is also credited as a founding member; she has also served as a member of the California Indian Legal Services Board of Directors, the National Indian Gaming Association, and National Congress of American Indians delegation. Chairperson Treppa is often called upon to testify in her capacity as an experienced Tribal leader at legislative hearings for a variety of issues with the potential to impact Indian Country. She has been repeatedly recognized for her active commitment to Native American issues and their mission to achieve economic growth and long-term financial stability.
Chairperson Treppa was born in Lake County and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with a bachelor of science from the University of San Francisco. She has two adult children and currently resides in Napa, California.
Executive Council – Vice-Chairperson
Tracey Treppa is Vice-Chairperson for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Vice-Chairperson Treppa was elected into her current position in 2018. She was first elected to the Tribe’s seven-member Executive Council in June 2016 as a Member-at-Large. As Vice-Chairperson, Treppa is charged with financial services the efforts towards preserving the Tribe’s Pomo culture and inalienable right to sovereignty, while continually striving for economic self-reliance, through e-commerce, gaming, government-to-government outreach and other economic opportunities unique to tribal lands.
Prior to her elected role, Vice-Chairperson Treppa served as Commissioner of the Tribal Consumer Financial Services Regulatory Commission, a regulatory arm of the Tribal government with oversight over the Tribe’s consumer finance businesses. In this position, she was actively engaged in the regulatory environment and demonstrated a shrewd understanding of the Tribe’s evolving lending enterprises and operations. Today, she remains devoted to ensuring a proper regulatory structure for lending within the Tribe’s jurisdiction and continues to actively engage in ongoing education, such as the Online Lenders Alliance Compliance University that enables her to remain knowledgeable of the changing regulatory environment and potential changes needed in Tribal laws.
In addition to her Council responsibilities, Vice-Chairperson Treppa continues to serve on three tribal committees in different capacities: Chair, Garden Committee; Chair and co-founder of Eastern Pomo Language Advocates Committee; active member of the Tribal Cultural Committee; and active member of the Housing Commission which oversees emergency housing for its membership and provides student rental assistance to those in need. She is also credited with successfully creating a local food system on Tribal lands. This initiative resulted in the formation of the Garden Committee, where the Tribe is now producing vegetables from non-GMO seeds with the intent to become certified organic within a few short years.
She is also immersed in the local community, where she is a community volunteer for the North Shore Business Association and the United Pomo Nations Consortium which continues to work towards preserving Pomo culture and their right to sovereignty.
Vice-Chairperson Treppa was born in California and currently resides in Lake County, California.
Executive Council – Secretary
Iris Picton is Secretary for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Upper Lake, California. Secretary Picton was elected to the Tribe’s seven member Executive Council in 2012 and reelected in 2016, a position she assumed after working for the Tribe for more than ten years. As Secretary, she is charged with the well-being of the Tribe and success of its sovereign enterprises.
Prior to joining the Executive Council, she began her work for the Tribe as Tribal Receptionist in 2003, where she then became actively involved in its business and growing number of economic development committees. In 2003 she became Chairperson for the Tribe’s Election Board, which held its very first Secretarial Election. Since that time she has served on the Financial Oversight Committee, Grievance Review Board, Constitution Review Committee and Seven Generations Scholarship Fund Selection Committee. She has also contributed her efforts to the Housing Committee, which oversees Emergency Housing for its membership and provides student rental assistance for those in need. In 2011 Secretary Picton was appointed as the Tribal Gaming Commission Chair, where she served until assuming her current elected position. During her tenure on the Executive Council, the Tribe has introduced many new economic development programs, adopted new and amended Tribal Government Codes, and has never stopped working towards a successful future.
Secretary Picton was born in Ukiah and raised on the Upper Lake Rancheria. She holds a Secretarial Science Certification from Heald Business College. Secretary Picton currently resides in Ukiah, California with her family.
Executive Council – Treasurer
Kathleen Treppa is Treasurer for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Treasurer Treppa was elected to the Tribe’s seven-member Executive Council in 2018, where she has served in her current role since. As Treasurer, Treppa provides oversight to the Tribal Fiscal Department and its sovereign enterprise operations, where she ensures operational efficiencies and audit accuracy.
Prior to her current position with the Tribe, Treasurer Treppa has worked for the Tribe in various roles. She served as Background Investigator for Running Creek Casino, Secretary for the Tribal Gaming Commission, and also served on the Personnel, Cultural and Housing Committees. Treasurer Treppa also served on the Lake County Terrace Association which helps protect the Lake County piers. She currently serves as Secretary of the Eastern Pomo Advocates Language Committee, on the Lake County Tribal Health Consortium board as an alternate member, and as a Member-At-Large for the North Shore Business Association. She serves as chair of the Constitution Review Committee and also serves as a delegate for the United Pomo Nation Council alongside representatives from 22 other Tribes.
Dedicated to her Tribe and native values, Treasurer Treppa moved back to Lake County in 1998, bringing many years of varied corporate and retail experience to help in her current role. She is a Notary Public for the state of California and continues to give back to her fellow Tribal Members by offering free notary services. Treasurer Treppa also gives back to the Lake County community as a member of the Lakeport Elks Lodge, which offers programs that help children to grow up healthy and drug-free, help veterans, and improve quality of life.
Treasurer Treppa was born in San Francisco, California and raised in Lake County, and attended Chico State University. She has one daughter and enjoys going to cultural beading and basket weaving classes, attending social events, and continuing to learn about her culture.
Executive Council – Member-at-Large
Sam Icay is a Member-at-Large for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Icay was first elected to the Tribe’s seven member Executive Council in 2009, but was unable to serve the duration of his term due to health concerns. Undeterred, he ran again and was reelected in June 2016 to a standard four-year term. As a Member-at-Large, Icay is responsible for the overall care and well-being of the Tribe and the success of its business operations and focuses his efforts on the accuracy and ongoing management of the Tribe’s governing documents.
Prior to his elected role, Member-at-Large Icay served as Tribal Administrator for three years, where his efforts led to great strides in economic development and the expansion of Tribal social services programs. Before serving the Tribe, Member-at-Large Icay enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957, where he became an expert in electronics. He attended Prep School for this skillset and later advanced to Airborne Electrical School. During his six-year term with the Navy, he was stationed on the Western Pacific Fleet aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. After being honorably discharged, he entered into law enforcement training with the California Highway Patrol, where he then served more than 29 years in Northern California before retiring.
Member-at-Large Icay holds a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice. He currently resides in Napa, California with his wife Wanda, where they have successfully raised two children.
Executive Council – Member-At-Large
Amber Jackson is a Member-at-Large for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Member-at-Large Jackson was first elected to the Tribe’s seven-member Executive Council in 2010. She was then re-elected in 2018 to fill a vacancy position. As a Member-at-Large, Jackson represents the General Membership, Tribal Government and sovereign enterprises where she is tasked with the overall care of the Tribe, the success of their committees and business operations. In her role she serves on multiple Tribal committees where her efforts are focused on providing adequate housing for Tribal Members and opportunities for their youth.
Prior to her election with the Executive Council, she was a Security Supervisor for Running Creek Casino. She served on the Parent Advisory Committee and the Seven Generation Scholarship Fund Selection Committee for the Tribe. Member-at-Large Jackson is currently an appointed delegate for the Tribe at California Tribal College.
Dedicated to her own traditional native values and culture, Member-at-Large Jackson strongly believes in service to her Tribe. She has served on several committees, attended many meetings regarding the Tribe and voted in every election. She continues to volunteer her time to the Tribe and helping them become successful. Member-at-Large Jackson believes that the Tribal youth are the most important resources and feels that regardless of their socioeconomic status they deserve as many opportunities as possible.
She currently resides in Lucerne, California. Member-at-Large Jackson is a mother of six children and a grandmother to six grandchildren.
Executive Council – Member-at-Large
Aimee Jackson-Penn is a Member-at-Large for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Member-at-Large Jackson-Penn was first elected to the Tribe’s seven-member Executive Council in 2013 to fill a vacancy position. She was then re-elected in 2014 to a standard four-year term. As a Member-at-Large, Jackson-Penn is tasked with the overall care of the Tribe and success of its sovereign business operations. She currently serves on the Parent Advisory, Enrollment, Housing and Seven Generation Scholarship Fund Selection Committees, where her efforts have contributed to the welfare and betterment of tribal youth and membership. Additionally, she serves as an advocate for the Indian Child Welfare Act and sits on the board for the California Tribal Families Coalition.
Prior to her elected role, Member-at-Large Jackson-Penn held multiple leadership roles in finance and education. In 2004 she assumed the role of Tribal Education Director, where she spent the next nine years dedicated to tribal youth and its opportunity for future success. She has served on the Finance and Housing Committees, and served as Chair of the Parent Advisory Committee. She has also served as a Domestic Violence Advocate on the Inter-Tribal Council of California.
Member-at-Large Jackson-Penn is credited with creating a stronger, more collaborative relationship with the Upper Lake School District, where she dedicated her time and staff to tutor and supervise its youth and was the delegate for the Native Community. She is a spokesperson for suicide prevention and is a Question-Persuade-Refer certified trainer. Member-at-Large Jackson-Penn has sat on the Lake County Suicide Prevention Committee and the Lake County Diabetes Action Council, which works towards prevention and management of diabetes within the community. She continues to provide mentoring and is profoundly involved in social work aspects of the Tribe. She also drafted and successfully secured the Indian Museum and Library Services Grant, which enabled the Tribe to purchase books, computers and hire extra staff, and co-authored the AmeriCorps Planning Grant, which was also awarded.
Member-at-Large Jackson-Penn was born in Ukiah, California and raised on the Upper Lake Rancheria. She currently resides in Clearlake Oaks in Lake County, California with her husband, nine children, and grandchildren.
The Executive Council consists of seven members elected at large by eligible voters and is the governing body of the Tribe.