Marzha Fritzler is our new Travoisian! Marzha recently joined the Travois Asset Management Team as an asset manager.She works with clients to ensure compliance with state, federal and investor rules and regulations for the life of Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects. Marzha holds degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas. She is a licensed attorney and tribal member of the Crow Nation.
Read on to learn more about Marzha!
1. What education or certifications do you have? I received my B.A. in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University (Onward Haskell). My M.A. in Indigenous Nations Studies, and my Juris Doctor degree are both from the University of Kansas (Rock Chalk). I completed the Tribal Law Certificate at KU, and I’m also a licensed attorney.
2. Where did you work before you started here? Before Travois, I worked for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Council. I learned that projects aren’t just numbers and plans. Efficient and quality projects take time to develop and implement, but it’s all worthwhile when you witness the real-life impact the outcomes have on individuals and communities.
3. How do your past experiences help you in your current position? I’m Laguna Pueblo, and a Crow tribal member. I was born and raised on the Crow Reservation in southeastern Montana, and I personally understand how critical affordable housing and economic development are to tribal communities.
4. What are some of your strengths and how do these strengths help clients? I’m persistent and reliable. I believe these characteristics serve our clients well in assisting them achieve their housing and economic development goals.
5. What inspires you? My parents. They have always stressed the importance of education and the value of hard work.
6. What is one thing you would like others to know about you? I’m very family-oriented. I was raised in a very close-knit family, where we were taught that family is always first. I try to stress this to my son as well. My husband, Mike, and our son, Ethan, are my top priority. We have two dogs named Bia and Nivee. I’m the middle of five kids, and I also come from a large extended family. Family is very important to me.
7. What is your favorite memory from when you were a kid? Riding horses in the hills where I grew up in Montana.
8. Where is your favorite place to travel? My favorite place to visit in Indian Country, of course, is Crow Country. I try to make it back whenever I have the chance, and I always make sure I’m back for our annual Crow Fair (“The Teepee Capitol of the World”) in August.
9. What is your favorite meal? A good medium rare steak and baked potato. My favorite local restaurant is El Mezcal in Lawrence, KS (I commute).
11. Do you like to play or watch sports? I played basketball once upon a time, but I’m only a spectator now. I like watching college basketball and major league baseball. Our house roots for Haskell, KU and the KC Royals.
12. Do you have a hidden talent? I can start a colt, from halter to saddle.
13. What is your favorite TV show of all time? “Cheers” is my favorite TV show of all time, but I’m also a “Game of Thrones” fan. My favorite movie is “The Godfather” (the epic version). I can watch it over and over.
14. What is your favorite thing to do in Kansas City? Going to a Royals game with my husband and son every year. Our son, Ethan, has been going since he was a month old.
15. Many Travois staff members are animal lovers. Do you have a pet? I have five horses and two dogs. I haven’t brought my dogs to the office yet.
16. What kind of music do you like? It depends on my listening mood, but Janis Joplin, Hank Sr., Nina Simone, George Strait, and Otis Redding are some of my favorites.
17. What is the best gift you’ve ever received? What is the worst? Best: I got a horse for Christmas one year when I was a kid — red bow and all. Worst: the dead mouse a cat once left in my boot. I didn’t realize the “gift” until it was too late.
18. If you could witness any event, past, present or future, what would it be? I’d really like to see what life was like for the Crow back in the true “Buffalo Days.”
19. Do you have a slogan, wise words, or life philosophy that represents you? “To thine own self be true,” by Shakespeare. To me, it means to try and do what you know to be right, no matter what.
20. What is your favorite season? Spring is my favorite season. I was born in the spring and everything starts turning green. It’s when all the animals are born, and you’re finally able to get outside and do things.
21. I’d love to meet: each of my great-great grandparents
22. A perfect day for me is: camping with family in the mountains