Warm Springs Community Action Team (WSCAT) is a community-based, 501©(3) organization located in Warm Springs, Oregon. WSCAT began as a branch of the Central Oregon Partnership (now Partnership to End Poverty), and then in 2007 became its own entity. We received our non-profit designation again in 2008.
WSCAT’s mission is to alleviate poverty on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation. We accomplish this mission through a variety of programs.
Lonnie James, Managing Director
Mr. James has been Managing Director at WSCAT since 2006. He brings with him 12 years of experience in financial management and business consulting experience. Mr. James manages all operations at WSCAT and also provides one-on-one assistance to entrepreneurs. Mr. James has a Master of Business Adminstration from University of Cincinnati.
Patricia Gainsforth, Enterprise Facilitator and Small Business Coach
Ms. Gainsforth is an entrpreneur at heart and enjoys the freedom and creativity that comes from being your own boss. She has started and operated five small businesses and three partnerships during her business career. Ms. Gainsforth believes that enjoying your work is life enhancing and contributes to making a successful and financially rewarding business.
Nettie Dickson, Facilitation and Intake Specialist
Ms. Dickson has extensive experience in accounts payable and program scheduling and coordination. Ms. Dickson currently manages WSCAT's Tax Aide Program and assists with the IDA and Small Business Programs. Ms. Dickson is certified as an ONABEN Indianpreneurship trainer, Building Native Communities trainer, and is currently pursuing certification as a Accredited Credit Counselor.
Cassie Russell- Rupar, Financial Independence Coordinator
Ms. Russell-Rupar coordinates the Financial Education and IDA program. She facilitates financial education classes and works with participants one-on-one to assist them in reducing debt and reaching savings goals. Ms. Russell-Rupar has a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis where she focused her studies on financial education for oppressed populations.