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Sherry Treppa – Executive Council – Chairperson

Sherry Treppa is Chairperson for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Treppa was elected to the Tribe’s seven member Executive Council as Vice Chairperson in 2004. She was re-elected in 2006, and served as Vice Chairperson until 2008, when she was then elected and again re-elected to her current position. As Chairperson, Treppa is tasked with leading 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 and other economic opportunities unique to tribal lands.

Prior to her work for the Tribe, Treppa served 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, Treppa began her work for the Tribe as a volunteer for the Enrollment Committee in 2001. As the Committee’s Chairperson, along with other dedicated Committee members, she shepherded the Tribe through its initial enrollment of current membership. She also served as an influential member of the Tribe’s Housing Committee.

Treppa’s ongoing efforts have contributed to the process of restoring the Tribe’s land base and goal of economic self-reliance. She spearheaded funding negotiations for the Tribe’s current gaming ventures, while working cooperatively with the County, local Community, State, Legislature, and the Tribe’s U.S. Congressman in an effort to secure a Gaming Compact with the State, guide it through the legislative ratification process as well as the final Department of Interior review procedure. Treppa also worked as one of the Tribe’s project management representatives in the day-to-day construction coordination of the Running Creek Casino Gaming Project, which opened in May 2012. Additionally, she represents the Tribe in raising capital, structuring, development, implementation and operation of the Tribe’s e-commerce businesses. In connection with the Tribe’s e-commerce businesses she was a founding member of the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA), where she assumed the position of Vice Chairperson of the Board.

She has also served as a member of the California Indian Legal Services (CILS) Board of Directors, the Tribe’s National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 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.

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 children and currently resides in Napa, California.


Tracey Treppa – Executive Council – Vice Chairperson

Tracey TreppaTracey Treppa is a Member-At-Large for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federal recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Treppa was first elected to the Tribe’s seven-member Executive Council in June 2016 to a standard four-year term. As a Member-at- Large she charged with protecting the Tribe’s welfare, interests, culture and growing number of sovereign enterprises.

Prior to her elected role, Treppa served as Commissioner of the Tribal Consumer Financial Services Regulatory Commission, where she was tasked with safeguarding its Tribal Lending Enterprise’s assets. 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 an advocate of the business and continues to actively engage in ongoing education, such as the Online Lenders Alliance Compliance University that enable her to remain knowledgeable of the changing regulatory environment and potential impact to the Tribe’s lending enterprises.

In addition to her Council responsibilities, Treppa continues to serve on three tribal committees in different capacities: Chair, Garden Committee; Secretary, Tribal Cultural Committee; and active member of the Tribe’s Housing Committee which oversees emergency housing for its membership and provides student rental assistance to those in need. She is also credited with successfully creating a self-sustaining local food system on Tribal lands. This initiative resulted in the formation of the Garden Committee and over 1.2 acres of growing area, 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 Lake County Tribal Health Consortium, a group that seeks to improve the health status of Native Americans residing in Lake County through the provision of culturally sensitive health care services. Treppa was born and currently resides in Lake County, California.


Kathleen Treppa – Executive Council – Treasurer

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Iris Picton – Executive Council – Secretary

Iris PictonIris Picton is Secretary for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. Picton was elected to the Tribe’s seven member Executive Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. A position she assumed after working for the Tribe for more than ten years. As Secretary, she is charged with the welfare of the Tribe and success of its sovereign enterprises. In addition to her primary role of documenting tribal business, she currently serves as an advisor to the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC), where her continuous efforts have led to new programs that have resulted in the betterment of its tribal youth and membership.

Prior to joining the Executive Council, Picton 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 Picton was appointed as the Tribal Gaming Commission (TGC) 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 including the Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) Loan Program, which enables tribal members to borrow against their next distribution, and School Clothing Allowance, to assist those families in need.

Picton was born in Ukiah and raised on the Upper Lake Rancheria. She holds a Secretarial Science Certification from Heald Business College. Picton currently resides in Ukiah with her family.


Sam Icay – Executive Council – Member-at-Large

Coming SoonSam was born on the Upper Lake reservation in the “old farmhouse”, which has since been replaced by a private residence. He attended Upper Lake Grammar School and the Upper Lake Union High School graduating from both schools. He worked for a local trucking company which transported pears to Williams, California for railroad shipping. He decided to enlist in the US Navy to learn a trade as an aviation jet mechanic. After completing several Naval schools, he was assigned to the USS Yorktown, CVS-10, an aircraft carrier based out of Long Beach, California. He served three years as Ships Company working as an aircraft flight director. The rest of his career was assignments to aircraft jet attack squadrons and several more aircraft carriers. He was married and raised two children while in the Navy. This caused him to start thinking about a different career. He applied for the post office carrier position, Oakland Police Officer, San Francisco Police Officer and the California Highway Patrolmen positions. He was working at the Fallon; Nevada Naval gunnery range when he received a telephone call asking if he could report to the December cadet class. His discharge date was December 6th and he entered training on the 8th of December.

Upon graduating from the CHP Academy, his first assignment was the Contra Costa county office in Concord for 14 months. He voluntarily transferred to Solano county office in Vallejo and worked there for 3 1/2 years before his final assignment in Napa County in the city of Napa. He served in Napa for 25 years and worked in several special assignments. His most favored assignment was working as a motorcycle patrol officer. Even though he was involved in 6 accidents, luckily he did not incur any serious injuries. He retired on a disability due to an injury and served 29 years and 3 months as a highway patrolman. During this time, he attended Napa Jr. College and obtained enough credits to transfer to the Golden Gate University where he eventually obtained his BA in Administration of Justice.

He took a temporary position as a security person inspecting loads exiting a local lumber yard and that turned into a full time assignment. He served for 4 years, when the Tribe advertised for the Tribal Administrator position in 2000. He applied and served 3 ½ years as the Tribal Administrator before deciding to run for the Executive Council Member-at-Large position. It was the time when the tribe was looking for financing, Land into Trust, and economic development.

His desire is to have employment for all members, housing in the local communities and to see the tribe progress towards having a good living environment, education for the children and health care, to name a few of the important issues. We need to update our Constitution, Enrollment Ordinance and the Election Ordinance. With hard work and dedication, it can be achieved.


Aimee Jackson – Executive Council – Member-At-Large

Aimee JacksonAimee Jackson-Penn is a Member-at-Large for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake, a federally recognized Indian Nation located in Upper Lake, California. 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 (PAC), Enrollment, Housing and Seven Generation Scholarship Fund Selection Committees, where her efforts have contributed to the welfare and betterment of its tribal youth and membership.

Prior to her elected role, 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 Inter Tribal Council of California – Domestic Violence (ITCC) as an advocate against domestic abuse and the Finance and Housing Committees. She is also the former Chair of the Parent Advisory Committee. In addition to these efforts, she is an active volunteer in the community. 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. 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 also drafted and successfully secured the Indian Museum and Library Services Grant, which enabled the Tribe to purchase books, computers and hire extra staff prior to its outside sovereign enterprises. Additionally, Jackson-Penn co-authored the AmeriCorps Planning Grant, which was also awarded.

Jackson-Penn was born in Ukiah and raised on the Upper Lake Rancheria. She currently resides in Clearlake Oaks inside Lake County, California with her husband, six children and grandchildren.


Vacancy – Executive Council – Member-at-Large

Coming SoonPending results of the 7/14/18 Special Tribal Elections – COMING SOON.


As per the Tribe’s Constitution under Article IV – Governing Body Section 1. The Executive Council is the governing body of the Tribe and are known as the Executive Council (EC). The Executive Council (EC) consists of seven (7) Members elected at large from the eligible voters of the Tribe.

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