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Meet The American Indian College Fund Team

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.

President’s Team

Cheryl Crazy Bull

(Sicangu Lakota)
President and Chief Executive Officer

Carrie Basgall

Executive Assistant to President and CEO

Lisa Smith

Senior Director, Administrative Services

Brittany Cruz

Senior Coordinator, Human Resources 

Dave Pacella

Website Manager


Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Doug Duniphin

IT Services Administrator

Yasaman Parks


Veronica Schultz

Accountant/Building Manager/Benefits Administrator

JoAnna Thompson

Front Desk Administrator

Megan Thoms

Data Services Administrator

Norma Theisen


Cherylynn Tsikewa

(Zuni Pueblo)
Assistant to the Chief Financial and Operations Officer


Emily White Hat, J.D.

(Sicangu Lakota)
Vice President, Programs

Bridget Skenadore

Program Officer, Native Arts and Culture

Kendra Teague

Program Officer, Environmental Stewardship

Hannah Gonzales

Program Coordinator, TCU Programs

Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development

David Sanders, Ph.D.

(Oglala Lakota)
Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Faculty Development

Aleks Humeyumptewa

Administrative Assistant, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, and Executive Office

Crystal LoudHawk-Hedgepeth

Research Associate

Rebecca Garvoille, Ph.D.

Research and Evaluation Associate

Cathy Noland

Program Officer, Faculty Development

Resource Development

NancyJo Houk

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Jamie Schwartz

Director of Major Gifts

Karen Cheung

Director of Marketing

Jordan Cooper

Senior Grant Writer & Researcher

Mackenzie Parker

Major Gifts Grant Manager

Elissa Regan

Marketing Manager

Elizabeth Russell

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Aly Thomas

Donor Services Coordinator

Ted Downum

Grant Writer and Researcher

Emi Deguchi

Senior Planned Giving Officer

Liana Epstein

Resource Development, Senior Coordinator

Aaron Smith

Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Kimberly Urish

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Janna Stieg

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Dan Khouri

Resource Development, Senior Coordinator

Amita Manandhar

Marketing Coordinator

Kim Williams

Community Outreach, Senior Coordinator

Nancy Slyter

Database Manager

Karissa Adame

Resource Development Coordinator

Justine Leininger

Resource Development Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships

Student Success Services

Tiffany Gusbeth

(Northern Cheyenne)
Director of Student Success Services

David Bledsoe

Student Engagement & Communications Manager

Cheryl DeGraff

Scholarships Administrative Assistant

Amber Grant

Career Readiness Coach

Daniel Sauve

(St. Regis Mohawk)
Scholarships Coordinator

Alex Darling

Student Success Coach

Shonday Randall

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Program Officer, Native Pathways

Cody Emrick

Scholarships Manager

Kelly LaChance

(Confederated Tribes of Siletz)
TCU Student Success Program Officer

Nicolette Weston

(Oglala Sioux Tribe)
Transfer & Admissions Coach

Sadie Red Wing

(Spirit Lake Dakota Nation)
College Success Coach

Kelley Mitchell

Senior Student Success Coach

Jack Soto

Senior Program Manager for Career Readiness & Employment

Lisa Silverstein, Ph.D.

College Success, Senior Program Manager

Micheleen Pennington

College Readiness Coach

Public Education

Dina Horwedel, Esq.

Director of Public Education and Communications

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