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Meet Our Team

Meet The American Indian College Fund Team

Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota)

“Mitakuyepi, Relatives”

President and CEO

Only 14% of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIAN) age 25 and older have a college degree — less than half of that of other groups in the United States. This reflects the college access and completion crisis amongst Native peoples today. The American Indian College Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, helps Native people meet their full potential by helping them access a higher education. But financial support is not enough. The College Fund also provides Native students with the tools, programs, and support they need to succeed.

The results are worth it. A higher education is equated with improved rates of employment, self-esteem, and health outcomes, creating a healthier and happier future for individuals, families, and communities.

My work in my near 40-year education career is inspired by the TCU founders’ vision to serve the entire community. When I attend a TCU graduation, I see young people who entered college from high school, students who earned a GED and stayed to get a certificate or degree, and older students who spent years pursuing a degree while working and raising a family. With your support, we can provide even more Native students with a higher education and the tools they need to build a bright future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Pilamayayapi (thank you) for your support and friendship,

Wacinyanpi Win (They Depend on Her)

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Leadership Team

Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA

Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

NancyJo Houk

NancyJo Houk

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

David Sanders, Ph.D.

David Sanders, Ph.D.

(Oglala Lakota)

Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development
Emily R. White Hat, J.D.

Emily R. White Hat, J.D.

(Sicangu Lakota)

Vice President of Programs
Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Senior Director, Administrative Services

American Indian College Fund Board of Trustees

The American Indian College Fund’s Board of Trustees meets three times per year. Under the charter of the American Indian College Fund, 50% of the Board of Trustees must be tribal college and university presidents.

Trustees serve a term of three years.

Governing Board of Trustees 2019-20

David E. Yarlott, Ph.D.
Little Big Horn College

First Vice Chair
Robert Bible
College of the Muscogee Nation

Second Vice Chair
Sandra Boham, Ed.D.
Salish Kootenai College

Resource Development Chair
Cameron Geiger
Vice President
International Systems
Walmart Stores, Inc.

Member At Large
Michael Purvis
Managing Director
The Blackstone Group

Twyla Baker, Ph.D.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

Tom Brooks, J.D.
Vice President
External Affairs

Justin Guillory, Ph.D.
Northwest Indian College

Pearl Brower, Ph.D.
Iḷisaġvik College

Carole Falcon-Chandler, Ed.D. (honorary)
Aaniiih Nakoda College

Jeff L. Fillerup, Esq.
Rincon Law LLP

Dawson Her Many Horses, MBA
Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo

Dan King, M.B.A.
Red Lake Nation College

Cynthia Lindquist, Ph.D.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Leander “Russ” McDonald, Ph.D.
United Tribes Technical College

Stefanie D. Miller
Senior Vice President/GM, East Zone
The Coca-Cola Company

Brenda Pipestem, J.D.
Supreme Court Appellate Justice for Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Lynn Dee Rapp
Eagle Opportunity

Charles “Monty” Roessel, Ed.D.
Diné College

Meredi Vaughan
Vladimir Jones

Non-Governing Board of Trustees

Emeritus Trustees

David Kennedy
Co-Founder Wieden+Kennedy

Gail Bruce
Ramscale Studio

Anne Sward Hansen

David M. Gipp, J.D. (honorary)

Ex-Officio Trustee

Carrie Billy, Esq.
President and CEO
American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Committee Advisors

Kimberly Blanchard, Esq.
Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP

Robert G. Martin, Ed. D.
Institute of American Indian Arts

Ted W. Rollins
Founding Partner & Chairman
Valeo Groupe


The College Fund places its mission at the core of everything we do and how we do it. Our team is focused on creating and improving opportunity for Native individuals and communities who need it most. We thrive in our dedication to accomplishing our work together as a whole team.

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