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

Dave PaceIIa

Website Manager

Public Education

Dina Horwedel, J.D.

Director of Public Education and Communications

Colleen Billiot

(United Houma Nation)
Public Education Coordinator


Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Cherylynn Tsikewa

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

Anna Luthens

Director of Human Resources

Jaci Deitrick

Human Resources Associate

Kevin Maier

Front Desk and Accounting Coordinator

Megan Thoms

Data Services Manager

Michael Pupkin

IT Help Desk Technician

Moustapha Fall

IT Manager

Sharon Hurley

Data Services Coordinator

Steve Miller

Senior Accountant

Yasaman Parks



Emily White Hat, J.D.

(Sicangu Lakota)
Vice President, Programs

Aleks Humeyumptewa

Assistant to VP, Programs

Bridget Skenadore

Program Officer, Native Arts and Culture

Cassandra Harden

Senior Program Coordinator, Indigenous Early Childhood Education

Erin Griffin

(Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)
Senior Program Officer, Programs

Gerry Himmelreich

(Bois Forte Ojibwe)
Program Officer, Computer Science Initiative

Hannah Gonzales

Program Administrator, TCU Programs

Kai Teague

Program Officer, Environmental Stewardship

Leona Antoine

(Sicangu Lakota Oyate)
Education Specialist

Research, Evaluation, and Faculty Development

David Sanders, Ph.D.

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

Autumn Moore

Database Associate

Crystal LoudHawk-Hedgepeth

Senior Program Officer, Research

Deborah Wheeler

Program Officer, Building TCU Transfer Pathways – Healthcare and Education

Erik Dutilly

Research and Evaluation Associate

Heidi Normandin

Program Officer, Faculty Development

Raj Moona

Database Administrator and Analyst

Rebecca Garvoille, Ph.D.

Director Organizational Learning


Resource Development

NancyJo Houk

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Dana Bunker

Assistant to CMDO and Events Coordinator

Aaron Smith

Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Aly Thomas

Senior Coordinator, Constituent Services

Amita Manandhar

Senior Coordinator Web Marketing and Graphic Design

Amy Hartenstine

Major Gifts Officer

Dan Khouri

Gift Officer Associate

Elissa Regan

Senior Manager, Direct Response

Elizabeth Russell

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Emi Deguchi

Senior Planned Giving Officer

Heather Sabo

Prospect Researcher and Management Associate

Jamie Schwartz

Senior Director of Major Gifts

Janna Stieg

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Jessica Carlson

Development Coordinator, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Justine Leininger

Resource Development Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships

Karen Cheung

Director of Marketing

Kim Williams

Senior Community Outreach, Senior Coordinator

Liana Epstein

Gift Officer Associate

Mackenzie Parker

Senior Manager Major Gifts, Grants

Natasha LaRose

Major Gift Officer

Seth Bass

Marketing and Data Analytics Manager

Ted Downum

Grant Writer and Researcher

Student Success Services

Tiffany Gusbeth

(Northern Cheyenne)
Vice President, Student Success Services

Adrianna Tso

(Diné (Navajo)/Chiricahua Apache)

Amber Grant

Career Readiness Coach

Ben Molzhon

Program Administrator, Engagement and Communications

Daniel Sauve

(St. Regis Mohawk)
Senior Scholarship Coordinator

Delphina Thomas

Student Engagement and Communications Coordinator 

Erin Redshirt

(Sicangu/Oglala Lakota)
Program Assistant, College Access and Success

Jack Soto

Senior Program Manager for Career Readiness and Employment

Jonathan Breaker

(Siksika Nation of Blackfoot Confederacy and Plains Cree)
Program Officer, TCU Programs

Juan Ruiz

Scholarships Manager

Julio Barron

College Success Coach

Kaylyn Flowers

Administrative Assistant, Scholarships

Kelley Mitchell

Program Administrator, Student Success

Krystyna Cisneros

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Silverstein, Ph.D.

Senior Program Officer, College Success

Loyola Rankin

(Navajo Nation, Diné)

Sandy Packo

College Readiness Program Administrator

Nicolette Weston

(Oglala Sioux Tribe)
Program Administrator, Transfers and Admissions