About us.

Leech Lake Financial Services promotes the economic well-being of individuals and families by providing safe and affordable financial products and financial training. Whether you are starting a business or seeking to build a better credit history, LLFS has products designed for you.

We provide a safe space for our community to share their deepest financial concerns and ask questions in private. For the last 6 years, LLFS has worked to build the trust of the community by holding to sound, ethical practices grounded in Anishinaabe values. We provide more than financial products, we actually listen to what our client needs.

We aren’t a hand-out, we are a hand-up!

What makes us different. 

We are a nonprofit corporation created under Title 8 of the Leech Lake Reservation Tribal Court Code. This is important to us because it empowers up to operate as a separate entity.

LLFS has a Board of Directors comprised of area bankers, planners, educators, lawyers, and accountants. We have our own office and policies that are designed to uphold ethical practices and meet the needs of our community.

We are a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) certified by the US Treasury Department. We must meet strict financial and service requirements to maintain our certification.

With the support of private foundations, State and Federal dollars, we are able to provide financial development services (training and technical assistance) and loan products to meet the needs of our clients.

Our expert team.

We are made up of a team of dedicated individuals who serve the communities’ needs. We strive to help our community understand, grow and achieve financial strength. 

Robert Aitken III,
Executive Director
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


Rob is a certified financial trainer and coach. He has a law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law and served as the President of the UND Native American Law Students Association. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Gustavus Adolphus College.

Pamela Spong, 
Operations & Financial Manager
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


Pam has served many critical and impactful roles with Leech Lake Financial Services since its inception in 2012. She truly has a heart for helping others. She has a B.S. degree in Management & Leadership, is a Certified Human Resource Manager, and is certified in the Fundamentals of the Opportunity Finance Industry / Community Development Finance.

Lynn Allen,
HUD-certified Coach
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected] 


Lynn started working at Leech Lake Financial Services in 2015. She is not only a HUD-certified Homeownership Coach, but she is also one of our trusted Loan Officers and a financial trainer. She guides our clients through the home buying experience and any financial assistance they may need along the way. 

Jordan Butcher,
Loan Officer
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


She is a Leech Lake Band member, grew up in Cass Lake, MN and graduated from Cass Lake-Bena High School in 2009. She enjoys being a part of the community and helping the growth of other Band members.

 

William Ethier,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


Will acts as a liaison to the Gaming operation advisers on the processes and internal structure of the Band’s Gaming Operation. Associate Member for the Institute of Internal Auditors and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. 

Breanna Miettinen,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


Breanna has a B.S. in Accounting from Bemidji State University, she understands the accounting side of the CDFI and the issues impacting the tribal membership and communities.

Sarah Kuesel,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


Sarah established and managed tribal corporate accounts for Deerwood bank with 11 years’ experience in private banking operations.s.

Jaimee Meyer,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected] 


Jaimee has a B.S. in Marketing Communication from BSU. Received certification in Social Media from the National Institute of Social Media. 

Jeff Everhart,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected]


Jeff has an MBA in accounting with more than 20 years of experience in construction and banking. He is a part of the Lending Committee Member.

Katie Guthrie,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected] 


Katie is a cosmetologist and local business owner. Offering management and Leadership to 11 Stylists in her salon. She is a part of the Lending Committee Member.

Gordon Fineday,
Board Member
Phone:  218.339.3940
Email: [email protected] 


Gorgon is a Deputy Director of Leech Lake Band. He assists in projects related to self-governance, economic and community development, human services, and health.

Contact Us Today

We would be delighted to answer any questions you might have about our services.


We are available from Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM to take your call.

218.339.3940