BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ralph C. Brant, Chair – Ralph, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, has a background in both finance and law. He holds a CMA degree as well as LLB and specializes in negotiation and mediation. Ralph has extensive work experience in both the private and public sectors. He retired from the federal government in 2009.
Jennifer Neepin, Vice-Chair – Jennifer, a MBQ member, has been a director for ten years, but her interest and involvement in FNTI go back even further – her mother Joan Brant, was one of FNTI’s founders and Jennifer did a co-op placement here while studying at Fleming College. Her lifelong commitment to education began as a young girl at the kitchen table listening to nightly discussions about the necessity of creating local learning opportunities and the benefit of enhancing mainstream learning with traditional knowledge. It’s a conversation she now carries on with her two children.
Jennifer has held various positions in her community, as Director of Finance and Administration, and in the corporate world, in the branch network of a bank. She is currently an Associate with Rodgers Investment Consulting, where she contributes her First Nations executive knowledge and perspective. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from University of Manitoba and a CAFM (Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager) designation from AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada).
Kate Brant, Director – Kate has spent many years promoting and supporting Indigenous education and culture. A graduate FNTI's Indigenous Community Health Approaches program, she now serves as one if its program volunteer advisors. Kate works as an Indigenous Community Development Worker with the Napanee Area Community Health Centre where she is a passionate advocate for the braiding together of Indigenous culture with mainstream healthcare for urban Indigenous people. Kate also is a member of the Kingston-area Grandmothers Council, a member of the Tyendinaga Health Advisory Committee and the Tyendinaga Education Committee. She is also an avid crafter and cook who loves to infuse modern recipes with traditional Indigenous foods.
Donna Loft, Director – Donna is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and holds the Health Program Advisor role at Chiefs of Ontario, that has required her to have a detailed understanding of the many issues facing First Nations in Ontario and across Canada. Using this knowledge Donna was a partner in bringing a successful Home & Community Care program to the First Nations of Ontario. In addition to this significant experience in the Health Services, Donna has in-depth and practical experience working with Child Welfare Programs on First Nations as Director of Health and Social Services, the development and production of DVD educational tools for Case Management and End of Life practices essential in the face of the ageing population on First Nations and the development of a Chronic Disease Management Summit program.
In addition to all of the preceding, Donna has experience in the Social and Justice fields receiving appointment to the Ontario Parole Board, she received a "Foundation for Democracy Award” from the Taiwan Government and acts as a representative for the Office of the Correctional Investigator in the Federal Correctional Services System.
Doug Green, Director
Doug is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
A graduate of Loyalist College, with an Electrical Engineering Technician Diploma. Doug worked for Ontario Hydro for 31 years in Power Generation at Thermal and Nuclear Generating Stations and Transmission Lines Projects. Working in areas of Resident Engineering and with experience as an Auditor in Quality Assurance and as a Facilitator in areas of Continuous Quality Improvement and Self- Assessment. Doug retired from Ontario Hydro in 2005.
Pam Detlor, Director
Pam is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and formerly served as Deputy Church Warden for the Anglican Parish of Tyendinaga. Pam has served on FNTI Board of Directors for the past two years.