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
Board of Trustees Liaison and Senior Manager – President’s Office

Aderet Averick
Assistant to the President’s Office – Events and Administration

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

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

Andrea McCauley
Program Officer, Environmental Stewardship

Bridget Skenadore
Program Officer, Native Arts and Culture

Cassandra Harden
Senior Program Coordinator, Indigenous Early Childhood Education

Hannah Gonzales
Program Administrator, TCU Programs

Juliana White Bull-Taken Alive
(Hunkpapa/Mnicoujou Lakota)
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

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

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 Cesar Barron Jr., M.S.
College Success Coach

Kaylyn Flowers
Scholarships Specialist

Kelley Mitchell
Program Officer, College Access and Success

Lisa Silverstein, Ph.D.
Senior Program Officer, TCU Capacity for Student Success

Loyola Rankin
(Navajo Nation, Diné)

Mariah Plummer, CHES
(Navajo Nation, Diné)
Student Engagement & Communications Coordinator

Nicolette Weston
(Oglala Sioux Tribe)
Program Administrator, Transfers and Admissions

Philip Hayes
Administrative Assistant, Student Success Services

Roanna Shebala
(Navajo Nation)
Program Administrator, College Readiness

Taylor Keplin
Program Coordinator, TCU Student Success

Verónica R. Hirsch, MA/PSM 
(Chiricahua Apache)
Career Readiness and Employment
Program Administrator, Student Programs

Resource Development

NancyJo Houk
Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Dana Bunker
Assistant to CMDO and Events Coordinator

Aaron Smith
Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Ava Kalhoefer
Associate Digital Designer

Aly Thomas
Senior Coordinator, Constituent Services

Amy Hartenstine
Major Gifts Officer

Dan Khouri
Gift Officer Associate

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

Maya Leibold
Development Coordinator, Major Gifts and Planned Giving

Natasha LaRose
(Chippewa Cree/Lakota/Dakota)
Major Gifts Officer

Seth Bass
Marketing and Data Analytics Manager

Ted Downum
Senior Grant Writer and Researcher