April L. Borton, Housing Manager
April L. Borton, Housing Manager and a Tribal Member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan has twelve years of Administrative experience with the Tribe, holding the position(s) of Tribal Clerk/Enrollment Director and currently the Housing Manager.
As a member of the Tribe, April knows all too well what it means to be told "no", when it came to services and chances that the kids outside of her community had access to. In 1998 she accepted the position of Housing Director and took a long hard look at housing opportunities available to the people of her community, the only available opportunities were inadequate low-income HUD rental units, thirty nine Mutual Help Units and approximately 40 outdated homes on Tribal Trust Lands.
As the Housing Director, she took a very aggressive approach to making new opportunities a reality for her community, with the support of Tribal Council, the Housing Board and recruiting qualified (awesome) housing staff, working together as a team. She has worked very hard to network with lenders, Fannie Mae and PMI to bring in new housing development to better meet the needs of the Tribal Community.
With a perceptive outlook, April realized the success of future housing development; new positions would have to be created to expand the Housing Program. A Tribal Recording Office and a Mortgage Program were established to meet the future Housing needs of her Tribal Community.
April"s attitude of dedication, perseverance and commitment to her community, along with an excellent team oriented staff, developing new programs, such as the Tribal Recording Office and the Mortgage Program, ensures the future of a Sovereign Nation to be afforded the same rights and privileges, with no lending barriers to the Tribal Community.
Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
Sherrill Kennedy, Credit & Homebuyer Counselor/Loan Specialist
Sherrill Kennedy, Credit & Homebuyer Counselor/Loan Specialist, has worked for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan for two years. Sherrill has been involved in home financing, credit repair, as a loan officer for over 20 years.
She has obtained certification in Financial Skills training through First Nations Oweesta.
Sherrill offers a monthly workshop for the members which includes financial budgeting, tips on credit repair, also conducting one on one counseling sessions with members to help set up a budget, as well as contacting creditors to set arrangements to get their credit scores back on track.
She works very close with financial partners to be sure members are receiving the best possible rates and terms. In additional to networking with many financial entities; she also provides customized workshops (i.e); financial planning for long term health care, the 5 Cï¿½s of Credit; financial planning for investments; along with many other customized workshops specific to the membership needs.
Sherrill's attitude of commitment, determination, and team work continues to expand the Credit & Homebuyer Counseling and Mortgage Program for the members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.