Executive Team

The Upper Mohawk, Inc. Executive Team is made up of some of the brightest in the industry. Upper Mohawk, Inc. strives to provide the best service in the industry and that requires excellence in management and leadership.

Kenneth G. Barnes


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Ken Barnes, CEO, oversees all areas of UMI; including sales, marketing, training, budgeting, proposal writing, and strategic planning. Ken is or has been active on various boards including 7th Generation Community Services Corporation, Native American Chamber of Commerce, Native American Business Alliance, Ohio State University Board for Minority Business and the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Ken started in the Mail Room with Chrysler Corporation while attending night school. He achieved his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from St. Clair College. He held various computer programming positions with Chrysler Corporation until being hired by Federal Mogul Corporation where he was instrumental in the selection of all major manufacturing systems including all hardware and software. As Manufacturing Systems Manager for ARO Corporation, he was responsible for managing five plants and all manufacturing computer related systems. Ken is a Native American from the Mohawk Tribe on the Ohsweken, First Nations Reserve in Canada.
Ken supports and motivates a dedicated team toward steady managed growth through encouragement and directions based on the company's core values. UMI is diverse in the makeup of our staff as is reflected in our capabilities. Ken values and supports our customers as well as our partners and always endeavors to be their best business advocate.


Patricia Barnes


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Pat Barnes is the President of UMI and directly responsible for business development and planning, program management and administrative operations. After a successful career in training and development which included owning and operating her own company she joined UMI in 1998. She oversees the development and implementation of UMI's numerous multi-million dollar federal contracts. Some of our current and most recent contracts under Pat's management include the Office of Historical Trust Accounting Special Distribution Project, Office of Special Trustee for American Indians, Office of Trust Records, and Administration for Native Americans. Her extensive training experience was instrumental in UMI's contracts with the Department of the Interior to provide assessment, curriculum development and training services for the Trust Management Improvement Program and training and facilitation on the handling of Trust Records. Through such opportunities Pat has gained significant contacts in numerous tribal organizations and federal agencies.
No matter the size of the project, Pat puts her extensive expertise into needs assessments, training development, design and training management. She is a recognized provider of high quality evaluations and consultations in the areas of performance, productivity, and employee and management training issues.
Pat is not only involved in the community in which she lives but also in giving back to the Native American community. She currently resides on the board of directors as President of 7th Generation Community Services Corporation.


Charlotte Hicks


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Charlotte Hicks is UMI's Chief Operating Officer and Training and Development Manager. Ms. Hicks began working with UMI in October 2004 and in addition became the Executive Director of 7th Generation Community Services Corporation in Feb. 2005. Prior to joining UMI she worked for the State of Florida for over thirty years in social services and child protection. She held positions in direct services, supervision, management and quality assurance before moving to the training and staff development arena in 1994. As a job coach, classroom trainer and trainer supervisor Ms. Hicks further developed her training skills before becoming the director of a regional training center for three years. Ms. Hicks was instrumental in the initial development and continuing administration of the Florida Child Protection Certification and Training Program. This included management of the curriculum development, testing and certification, and training provision for all child welfare staff in Florida.
As the Training and Development Manager for UMI she is responsible for ensuring compliance with the continuing education standards and criteria for all training programs. Since 2014 she has been a Commissioner with the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) which includes reviewing applications whereby organizations are accredited to become IACET Authorized Providers. Ms. Hicks earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida and has a post graduate Certificate in Project Management from the University of South Florida.