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Meet Our Team
Meet The American Indian College Fund Team
Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota)
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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Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Chief Marketing and Development Officer
David Sanders, Ph.D.
Emily R. White Hat, J.D.
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
College of the Muscogee Nation
Second Vice Chair
Sandra Boham, Ed.D.
Salish Kootenai College
Resource Development Chair
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Member At Large
The Blackstone Group
Twyla Baker, Ph.D.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College
Tom Brooks, J.D.
Justin Guillory, Ph.D.
Northwest Indian College
Pearl Brower, Ph.D.
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
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
Charles “Monty” Roessel, Ed.D.
Non-Governing Board of Trustees
Anne Sward Hansen
David M. Gipp, J.D. (honorary)
Carrie Billy, Esq.
President and CEO
American Indian Higher Education Consortium
Kimberly Blanchard, Esq.
Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP
Robert G. Martin, Ed. D.
Institute of American Indian Arts
Ted W. Rollins
Founding Partner & Chairman
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.