Who We Work With
The IDRS Acorn Project works closely with tribes to provide training and technical assistance in small business skills development to their Native entrepreneurs. Our program currently serves more than 25 tribes and Native nonprofit organizations throughout the Western United States in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Washington.
Mark Thompson, Executive Director (Choctaw Descendant)
Mark has served Indian Country for 20 years and currently serves as Executive Director for IDRS. He has an exceptionally strong background in business and business law. He has specific skills and background in fiscal accounting and controls, personnel management, information systems, accounting software, costs and income projections and analysis, bidding government contracts, and marketing.
Lynn Wilson, Microenterprise Dev. Manager (Cherokee)
Lynn has championed entrepreneurship for 16 years and over the past 7 years has specifically worked in Native communities across the country including her own tribe (Cherokee Nation) where she continues to provide contractual services to provide small business support services through the Cherokee Nation Small Business Assistance Center.
Camille Koster, Youth Program Manager (Cherokee)
Camille serves as IDRS’s Youth Program Manager. She has facilitated youth training and development for over 18 years, In addition to working for IDRS, Camille provides youth leadership training and development to numerous nonprofits and military youth programs across the Nation.