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

Accounting Technician

Megan Thoms

Data Control Manager

Michael Pupkin

IT Help Desk Technician

Moustapha Fall

IT Manager

Shelby Thex

(Northern Cheyenne)
Front Desk and Data Entry Coordinator

Sharon Hurley

Senior Coordinator Data Control

Steve Miller

Senior Accountant

Yasaman Parks

Senior Accountant

Zīle Humeyumptewa

Office and Building Manager


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

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, MSCS, MEd

Senior Program Officer, Research

Deborah Wheeler, PhD, MBA

Program Officer, Building TCU Transfer Pathways – Healthcare and Education

Erik Dutilly, PhD

Research and Evaluation Associate

Heidi Normandin

Program Officer, Faculty Development

Raj Moona

Database Administrator and Analyst

Rebecca Garvoille, Ph.D.

Director Organizational Learning 

Taylor Lucero

(Pueblo of Laguna)
Post Baccalaureate Fellow

Kayla Alkire Stewart, EdD

(Standing Rock Sioux Tribe)
Research and Evaluation Associate

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

Amy Hartenstine

Major Gifts Officer

Dan Khouri

Gift Officer Associate

Elissa Regan

Senior Manager, Direct Response

Elizabeth Russell

Senior 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

Jessie Carlson

Associate Digital Writer and Editor

Justine Leininger

Grant Writer and Researcher

Karen Cheung

Director of Marketing

Kim Kaplan

Coordinator Constituent Services

Liana Epstein

Gift Officer Associate

Mackenzie Parker

Assistant Director Major Gifts, Grants

Natasha LaRose

(Chippewa Cree/Lakota/Dakota)
Major Gifts 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)

Ben Molzhon

Program Administrator, Engagement and Communications

Daniel Sauve

(St. Regis Mohawk)
Senior Scholarship Coordinator

Delphina Thomas

Program Officer TCU Student Success

Erin Redshirt

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

Jena Gray

(Sicangu Lakota)
College Readiness Associate

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 Officer, College Access and Success

Krystyna Cisneros

Administrative Assistant

Lisa Silverstein, Ph.D.

Senior Program Officer, TCU Capacity for Student Success

Loyola Rankin

(Navajo Nation, Diné)

Nicolette Weston

(Oglala Sioux Tribe)
Program Administrator, Transfers and Admissions

Sandy Packo

College Readiness Program Administrator

Verónica R. Hirsch, MA/PSM 

(Chiricahua Apache)

Career Readiness and Employment
Program Administrator, Student Programs