About Us

Our Team

Executive Department

Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota)
President and Chief Executive Officer
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Carrie Basgall
Executive Assistant to President and CEO

Operations

Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA
Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Joshua Bekerman, bCRE
Information and Technology Services Manager

Jo Ann Otero
Controller

Karen Whiting (Sicangu Lakota)
Human Resource Manager

Veronica Schultz
Accountant and Building Manager

JoAnna Thompson
Front Desk Administrator

Megan Thoms
Data Services Coordinator

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

David Sanders, Ph.D. (Oglala Lakota)
Co-Director of Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and Research Director

Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Ed.D. (Diné)
Co-Director, Office of Sponsored Programs & Senior Program Officer for TCU ECE Initiatives

Crystal Loud Hawk-Hedgepeth (Diné)
Research Associate

Taylor Kingsbery (Chickasaw Nation)
Program Administrator for TCU Programs

Bridget Skenadore (Diné)
Native Arts and Culture Projects Coordinator

Kendra Teague
Program Administrator

Cherylynn Tsikewa (Zuni Pueblo)
Assistant to the Co-Director/Research Director

Emily White Hat, J.D.  (Sicangu Lakota)
Native Arts & Energy Infrastructure Project Manager

Natalie Youngbull (Cheyenne & Arapaho/Assiniboine & Sioux)
Faculty Development Program Officer

Public Education

Dina Horwedel, J.D.
Director of Public Education and Communications

Jaime Aguilar
Media Specialist

Resource Development

NancyJo Houk
Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Jamie Schwartz
Director of Major Gifts

Chrissie Butz
Community Engagement Manager

Karen Cheung
Director of Marketing

Anna Crawford
Principal Gifts Officer

Emi Deguchi
Planned Giving Officer

Carly James
Development Coordinator

Bobbie Meszaros (Tlingit)
Grant Writer and Researcher

Amita Manandhar
Marketing Coordinator

Mackenzie Parker
Major Gifts Grants Supervisor

Emily Petoskey (Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians)
Major Gift Associate

Jordan Cooper
Grant Writer and Researcher

Aaron Smith
Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Hannah Urano
Community Engagement Coordinator

Kimberly Urish
Major Gifts Officer

Amy Wagner
Development Coordinator

Janna Stieg
Major Gifts Officer

Christian Weaver (Shinnecock)
Manager of Corporate Relations

Richard West (Tolowa and Yurok)
Development Systems Report Writer/Analyst

Student Success Services

Patrick McTee
Director of Student Success Services

Orville Cayaditto (Diné)
College Admissions Coach

Cheryl DeGraff (Potawatomi)
Administrative Assistant

Davida Delmar (Navajo)
College Admissions Coach

Leia Fish (Blackfeet)
Transfer Program Coordinator

Tiffany Gusbeth (Northern Cheyenne)
Assistant Director of Student Success Services

Stevie Lee (Diné)
Program Coordinator – TCU Scholarships

Matthew Makomenaw, Ph.D. (Grand Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians)
College Pathways Administrator

Teresa Melendez (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi)
College Success Coordinator

Kelley Mitchell (Diné)
Program Coordinator

Rachel Piontak
Program Administrator – Circle of Scholars

Jack Soto (Diné/Cocopah)
Program Administrator – Internship and Career Readiness Programs

Owen Sapulpa Jr. (Sicangu Lakota/Mvskoke Creek)
Administrative Assistant