CEO & Chairman
Before leading Tribal Ready, Joe served as the executive director of the Native American Contractors Association (NACA). He also served as the managing director of VAdvisors, LLC, a specialty advisory firm in Washington, DC, and as the chief of staff for the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), a federal regulatory agency with Indian gaming oversight responsibilities. Joe has served in senior executive roles in private and public sectors, including as a board member of numerous companies in multiple industries. Using his collective experiences in government, business, and gaming, Joe has launched ventures uniquely focused on the technological development, marketing, and deployment of products and services designed to benefit Native Nations.
Phone: (202) 445-0013
(La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians)
President & Chief Operating Officer
Adam Geisler is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tribal Ready Inc., a Tribally owned and governed Public Benefit Corporation. Tribal Ready’s mission is advancing Tribal Sovereignty to unleash the full power and potential of Native communities.
Adam worked at the US Department of Commerce for 8 years and formally served as the Division Chief for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, deploying nearly 2 billion in funding to connect 158,000 tribal households. Adam also served as the Department of Commerce’s broadband Tribal subject matter expert for the White House Council for Native American Affairs Economic Development, Energy, and Infrastructure Committee. Adam is formally the National Tribal Government Liaison for FirstNet, a sister bureau within the Department of Commerce focused on building a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.
Adam is a former Tribal Leader, serving 3 terms as elected Tribal Council Secretary for the La Jolla Tribal Council, a federally recognized Tribal Government. During his time in and out of elected office, Adam has shaped national, state, and local policy and deployed infrastructure projects surrounding transportation, public health, gaming, economic development, energy, housing, emergency management and communications, and broadband.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree from San Diego State University and is a recipient of the International Wireless Communications Expo (IWCE) under 35 Young Achievers Award for his work in bringing public safety broadband access to Native communities.
(Pakan’yani Maidu of Strawberry Valley Rancheria)
Vice President of Tribal Relations
Calling upon over 20 years of award-winning experience in network, sales, and marketing, Scott has been able to bridge the divide for large and small organizations looking to expand their footprint and forge a path into the future. In addition to supporting his Tribe (the Pakan’yani Maidu of Strawberry Valley Rancheria) and their initiatives as co-chair, he founded The One Native Nation Foundation, Inc., a 501c3, non-profit, aimed at providing scholarships for Native American youth from both federally recognized and unrecognized Tribes.
Scott believes connecting Native communities to the highest quality broadband service available is fundamental to Tribal Data Sovereignty and self-determination. Concerning our Native communities, it is now time to ensure not only this generation but all future generations have the same meaningful access to healthcare, economic opportunities, and education as most of the United States currently enjoys.
He resides north of Boston with his wife, two daughters, two rescue dogs, and a leopard-spotted gecko named Edward. In his downtime, he likes watching his kids play their respective sports, playing soccer, boating, snowboarding, working out, and enjoying a great meal with family and friends.
Lastly, some words that serve as his guide post: “Do not stop watering the corn while you count on the clouds to bring rain.” — Chief Dan George, Coast Salish
Vice President of Technical Services and Planning
Before helping to found Tribal Ready, Clay worked as a radio frequency design engineer and special projects lead at C Spire, where he worked on the rural broadband consortium (R3) project. The R3 project was an effort to explore different technologies, business plans, and partnership structures to serve the underserved and bridge the digital divide. He was involved in every aspect of the trial deployments, from technology and financial planning to community engagement and installation. Clay has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering with an emphasis in manufacturing from the University of Mississippi, where he graduated with honors.
Clay has led several grant writing, technology advisement, and project management efforts, including NTIA Middle Mile, USDA Reconnect, and BIA National Tribal Broadband Grant. He has also helped develop personalized broadband strategic plans for municipalities, tribal organizations, and state broadband offices.
Chief of Staff
A member of the Rosebud Sioux tribe. Prior to his role at Tribal Ready, Mr. Valandra has worked as marketing coordinator and project manager, where he developed, planned, budgeted, oversaw, and executed all aspects of policy and project affairs. Valandra, acted as a liaison between clients and professional service providers and researched, developed, and executed innovative strategic methods to maintain the highest standard of service. Tom has also held the position of Director of Communications at Middleburg Academy. Where he spearheaded the strategic media plan, press outreach, campaign events, all written and multimedia communications.
Director, Network Services
Hallie Bissett (Dena’ina Athabascan from the Matanuska Valley of Alaska). Hallie is the great-great granddaughter of the last Traditional Chief of Talkeetna Chief Nicoli. Bissett has over two decades of advanced executive experience in various roles throughout Alaska including but not limited to: Logistics and International Trade Director for the Anchorage, Economic Development Corp. and Team Leader of Procurement and Supply Chain Management (PSCM) at BP Exploration. Most recently, Bissett was Executive Director for Alaska Native Village Corporation Association (ANVCA) a nonprofit that represented 177 Alaska native entities that Ms. Bissett led to both enormous financial growth but more importantly made a visible and respected statewide organization recognized nationally and internationally. She holds a BA in Global Logistics Supply Chain Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Bissett is a proven strategist and accomplished business development and community/external and governments affairs executive.
Manager, Wireless Design
Druce Dooley is Manager of Wireless Design at Tribal Ready, a Native-owned and controlled company focused on providing expertise and resources enabling the Native communities to take charge of their destiny. Druce believes a step towards equality and inclusion is closing the digital divide in Native communities to enrich opportunities for all Natives allowing their history, character, strength, and inherent values to be exhibited while maintaining Sovereignty.
With over 25 years of experience as an Engineer, Druce has worked in various technology ranging from embedded systems to WAN networks. After receiving a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, Druce entered the Technology Sector as Firmware Engineer developing cutting-edge PC/Server based solutions. Moving forward in his career, as a System Administrator, he oversaw a network for distributing video content across North America by planning network deployments (terrestrial and extra-terrestrial), developing new solutions, and maintaining servers and edge devices.
In his previous position, Druce was an Application Engineer, responsible for developing, improving, and supporting cell-based IOT solutions in the Transportation Industry with regard to safety. He was also changed to Product Manager for Cell Connectivity and Video Solutions, responsible for addressing and resolving cell-related issues for the companies 34,000+ devices across the US.
Business Development Specialist
Gerad Godfrey former director of corporate affairs for the Afognak Native Corp., a former senior adviser to Alaska Governor Bill Walker on intergovernmental and rural business affairs, and current President of Alutiiq Consulting; He is of Alutiiq descent and has held several board positions with Alaska Native and business groups.
Director of Network Services
Before joining Tribal Ready, Chris was the manager of broadband and access operations at C Spire, where he led a team that successfully migrated the State of Mississippi’s broadband network. In his over 35 years of experience in telecommunications, Chris worked with major private data networks within the USA, Canada, and Europe, gaining skills in data network design/engineering, sales engineering, project management, planning, implementation, operations, and network management. He has worked with AT&T, Cingular Wireless, the government of Bermuda, EDS, and others.
Chris is an avid “car guy,” having owned and driven many high-horsepower vehicles. Currently, he’s slowed down (a little) and has taken on a new challenge of “going slow, but anywhere” in his Jeep Wrangler.
Senior Executive Administrator
Nikki Drag-Kposowa is the Senior Executive Administrator at Tribal Ready. She currently manages business operations including onboarding, tool implementation, event logistics, and is a strategic business partner to the Chairman and President. With more than a decade of experience in back-office operations, Nikki understands the inner workings of today’s fast-paced broadband industry.
Previously, Nikki worked in the media at CNN’s Washington Bureau, and provided direct support to senior-level executives while managing bureau-wide projects, and supporting broadcast production. Additionally, Nikki has worked in the Tech Industry supporting leadership at Oracle Utilities (R&D division).
Nikki earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Buffalo State College. She is also a Certified Meeting Planner.