The mission of the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation to finance, promote, educate, and inspire the entrepreneurial growth, economic opportunity, and financial well-being of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Community and other under-served Native populations through Financial Education, Access to Capital, Business Development Services, Innovative Capacity Building Practices, and Community Development Initiatives.
Meet the team of professionals who make sure our Vision of Enhancing Financial Futures is clearly defined and our core values of Quality, Innovation and Empowerment are upheld at every level. We are commitment to providing quality customer service through value added innovative practices and services aimed at capacity building for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Community; to managing for innovation while always keeping focused on the future through continuous improvement planning with clients, partners and stakeholders; and to value results and relationships through customer-driven excellence and responsiveness while empowering our clients through professional technical assistance practices.
An Oklahoma Cherokee, Shane served six years in the Oklahoma Legislator co-founding the Native American Caucus. Shane’s an Officer in the Navy Reserve and was recently appointed by the President to the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Advisory Board. As CEO of the largest tribal CDFI, the CPCDC has grown from $14 to $68 million. Theirs is the only Native CDFI that has participated in both Treasury’s Bond Guarantee Program and the USDA’s Rural Development Community Facilities relending program.
Shane is serving his second term on the Board of Opportunity Finance Network. He serves on the Board of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s First National Bank & Trust. Honored with the prestigious Statesmanship Award by the Cherokee Nation. Shane serves as the Board President of the Cherokee National Historical Society. He loves his wife, Ana, and their girls, Raquel, Esther and Sarah.
Bob Crothers is the Chief Lending Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation. He has been a member of the CPCDC family for almost eight years, joining the team in 2008, after a career in banking and real estate development.
Since joining CPCDC, Bob has been a major contributor to the loan/product development effort, and played a key role in helping the organization become the first Native-owned CDFI to be included in the U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Bond Guarantee Program. Acceptance into that program will help to provide the organization with an additional $16 million in available loan resources.
With respect to loans, Crothers has been instrumental in the growth of the loan portfolio. He and the loan staff have produced in excess of $30 million in new loans, over the past seven years. Along with the great leadership provided by its board of directors and by CPCDC’s senior management staff, Crothers has played a pivotal role in helping the organization grow – from $12 million to more than $40 million since 2008. Current affiliations include a seat on the board of American Capital Investor’s Corp., Four Points Community Development Corp. board, Native American Advisory Board of Clearinghouse CDFI, and as a member of the Oklahoma Banker’s Association.
Commercial Loan Officer
Felecia Freeman is a Citizen Potawatomi tribal member who has worked for the Nation for more than 10 years. She is a commercial loan officer and a Certified Credit Counselor for the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation, where she has assisted in making over $40 million in loans to Native American entrepreneurs.
She is the CPCDC liaison for the Comanche Nation Revolving Loan Fund in Lawton, Oklahoma. Ms. Freeman coordinates both the Potawatomi Youth Asset Building Program and Credit Counseling Program for CPN tribal members.
She is active in the community, serving as Secretary for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma Board, Bridges out of Poverty/Neighboring 101 Board, Shawnee Leadership Board, and as an Ambassador for the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Opportunity Finance Network (OFN), The Native Community Development Financial Institution Network (NCN), and the Oklahoma Native Asset Coalition (ONAC).
Loan Documentation Specialist
Marketing & Operations Manager