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.
We are committed to providing quality customer service through value added innovative practices aimed at capacity building for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Community. We stay focused on the future through continuous improvement planning with clients, partners and stakeholders, and value the results and relationships through customer-driven excellence and responsiveness. We empower our clients through professional technical assistance practices and provide a wealth of resources to aid them in their future endeavors.
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 15 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 Investors Corp., Four Points Community Development Corp. Board, Native American Advisory Board of Clearinghouse CDFI, and as a member of the Oklahoma Bankers Association.
Commercial Loan Officer
Felecia Freeman is a Citizen Potawatomi tribal member who has worked for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation since 2006. Her Potawatomi name is Jiqwes kwe, meaning “Little Thunder Woman.” 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 also provides the credit-counseling program for CPN tribal members.
She is active in the community, serving on the Advisory Board for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma, Advisory Board member for the local Bridges out of Poverty Initiative, Shawnee Leadership Committee Member, and 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). She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Consumer Loan Coordinator
Angie Franklin is the Consumer Loan Coordinator and a Certified Social Work Counselor for the Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation. She coordinates the Auto Loans, Employee Loans, HITS Loans, Credit Building Loans, and does Consumer Credit Counseling. She serves on the Pottawatomi County Extension Program Advisory Committee and is Treasurer for the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life in Pottawatomi County. She is also a CPN NOEK Nmeshomesek Leadership graduate, and an alumni of Leadership Shawnee.
Angie holds an AA degree from Rose State College and is continuing her education by currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at UCO. Angie joined the CPCDC in August 2019. In this role, she brings over 20 years of experience as a support staff member with a business background. When she is not working, you will find her relaxing with a good book or spending time with her husband and children. Angie is a CPN member and a descendant of the Teschier family. Her Potawatomi name is Wawidmo gezhep which means "promise of a new day".
Finance and Grants Coordinator
Christopher E. Cochran