Cameron Ann Fraser, Executive Director, Attorney
MILS's Executive Director, Cami Fraser, rejoined the MILS staff in 2007 after having served as a law clerk during the summer of 1998. Cami received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Iowa in 1997, where she majored in Political Science and minored in Anthropology and earned a certificate in American Indian and Native Studies. She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan in 2000. Upon graduation from law school, Cami practiced law in Alaska for over two years and then worked for a tribe in Washington State. She is a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, where she serves as an elected judge, and is also enrolled with the Cherokee Nation.
Cami is a former member of the Steering Committee for the National Association of Indian Legal Services and is a past chair of the Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She is a member of the State Bar’s American Indian Law Committee and sits on the Justice For All Regulatory and Practice Reform Work Group (non-attorney practice subcommittee). In 2021, Cami was appointed to the Michigan Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform. In 2022, she was appointed to the Michigan DHHS' Child Welfare Improvement Task Force. Cami was also selected to be an observer for the Uniform Law Commission Study Committee on whether to draft a model or uniform Indian Child Welfare Act. In 2023, she was appointed to the Michigan Supreme Court-State Court Administrative Office's Child Protection Legal Representation Taskforce.
Holly T Bird, Equal Justice Works Fellow, Crime Victims Advocacy Project
Holly joined the MILS staff in July of 2022. Holly earned her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in 1992 and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1999. She is a graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy and has served as a tribal judge (trial and appellate) for more than one tribe in Michigan.
Marc Dedenbach, Attorney (part-time estate planning/probate)
Laura Foerster, Attorney (part-time)
Lisa Gray, Attorney
Robert Mendham, Attorney
Yvette Weese, Attorney - Pro Bono Coordinator (bar license pending)
Michelle Zylstra, Attorney (southwest Michigan)
Michelle joined MILS in September 2020. She is a 2006 graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in Communications. She went on to graduate from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2015 and is licensed to practice law in Michigan and Indiana. She is based out of Grand Rapids and will be serving MILS clients as an attorney for SW Michigan.
Jeannie Brooks, Administrative Assistant
Jeannie joined the MILS staff in 2020 and is a long-time Grand Traverse county resident. She handles the bulk of the MILS' bookkeeping and human resources responsibilities. Her background is in bookkeeping and Human Resources.
Hank Fields, Paralegal/Legal Assistant MMIP (ANA grant)
Hank joined the MILS staff in September of 2019 to help establish our new Pro Bono Program. He received his undergraduate degree from Wayne State University and his MBA from Ferris State University. He also holds MA degrees in Project Management and IP Law and his paralegal degree. His extensive experience in marketing has helped shape the dynamic programs for Warner Bros Music, Google, and Hilton Hotels. After spending more than twenty years in strategic management, Hank understands what propels businesses forward and how to increase organizational efficiency for optimized performance. He is a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa member and is happy to be back home.
Shocko Hall, Legal Assistant
Shocko joined the MILS staff in 2020! He was a long-term employee at the Grand Traverse Band, where he is a member. He has experience working for both the social services and housing departments.
Merry Koon, Clerical (part-time)
Merry Koon has been part of the MILS family since the 1990s. She has been an employee and Board member. She is currently working as a clerk in our Traverse City office. She is a member of the Little River Band of Ottawa. She is also a very proud great-grandmother!
Dalia Menchaca, Clerical (part-time)
Dalia was hired in 2022 to help MILS migrate data from our in-office server to a cloud-based storage system so that MILS employees who are working remotely can more easily access documents. Dalia is a Licensed Practical Nurse having received her degree from Northwestern Michigan College in 2015 and performing her clinical rotations through Munson Medical Center.
Karen Oskaboose, Legal Assistant
Karen rejoined the MILS staff in December of 2020. She had served as a legal assistant for MILS between 2005 and 2010. She is a citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa and a proud grandmother!