LIHEAP DCL Tribal Tech Training Partner

Publication Date: October 30, 2017

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Dear Colleague Letter

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Division of Energy Assistance
330 C Street, S.W., Mail Room 5425
Washington, D.C. 20201

Re: Introducing Tribal Tech, LLC

Date: October 30, 2017


Dear Colleagues:

The Office of Community Services (OCS) is pleased to introduce Tribal Tech, LLC as a Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Tribal Training partner.

Tribal Tech, LLC will support OCS in its effort to meaningfully and effectively deliver tribal LIHEAP training and technical assistance, accomplished through webinars, onsite individual and group technical assistance meetings and development of tribally relevant LIHEAP conference sessions.

Over the course of FY 2018, Tribal Tech, LLC will facilitate on behalf of our office two webinars exclusively for tribal LIHEAP grantees:

Tribal LIHEAP Webinars Save-the-Date:

  • Webinar 1 — 1/24/2018 from 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM EST — topic TBD
  • Webinar 2 — 7/19/2018 from 2:00 PM — 4:00 PM EST — topic TBD

NOTE: Further information about these webinars will be provided in advance of each webinar.

Tribal Tech, LLC is an American Indian Woman Owned certified 8(a) Small Business founded in 2000 to provide training and technical assistance, grants administration, and communications and outreach services to federal, tribal, state, and private sector entities. This company has been recognized as one of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies and American Express 50 Fastest Growing Women-Owned/Led Companies.

Vicki Vasques, President and CEO, was formerly the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Indian Education. Ms. Vasques has demonstrated expertise in education, energy, and health and wellness issues impacting American Indian and Alaska Native communities. She was named Native Woman Business Owner of the Year by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She is affiliated with the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians.

Christine Celentano, Project Manager, has a long history of working with tribal communities throughout the Lower 48 states and Alaska as a Program Manager and Consultant with a focus on program planning & development, grant administrative capacity and effective program implementation. She served under the previous LIHEAP Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program where she was responsible for overall program management, content development and delivery of conference presentations, tribal webinars, provision of electronic and onsite technical assistance and group training at the direction of the agency. She brings a diverse professional portfolio including environmental and energy conservation planning and management, tribal sovereignty advocacy, training and capacity building, funding research, assistance with tribal disaster declaration, recovery planning, and assistance in the development of a variety of capacity focused projects designed to meet local needs.

Patrick Strickland, LIHEAP Subject Matter Expert, served as a consultant on the previous LIHEAP Tribal TTA contract where he focused on webinar development, onsite individual and group technical assistance delivery. He has expertise in policy and process improvement, and has provided direct training and coordinating services to LIHEAP grantees. In addition, he serves in a management capacity for several programs of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina (Pembroke, NC). He has proven leadership with Tribal and non-Tribal entities to deliver critical decision-making information. He is a results oriented advocate for federal and state programs on Tribal issues relating to policy and sufficient funding advocacy.

You can learn more about Tribal Tech, LLC by visiting their website at Visit disclaimer page  

In addition, you may contact Sharnice Peters, LIHEAP Policy Program Analyst, at for any questions concerning this notice.


/s/                                                             /s/

J. Janelle George                                   Lauren Christopher
Acting Director                                       Director
Office of Community Services               Division of Energy Assistance
                                                              Office of Community Services



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