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


Tammy Miller-Carlson, CPA

Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Cherylynn Tsikewa

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

Steve Miller

Senior Accountant

Yasaman Parks


Veronica Schultz

Accountant/Building Manager/Benefits Administrator

Megan Thoms

Data Services Manager

Sharon Hurley

Data Entry Specialist II

Ashley Andrich

Front Desk Administrator and Office Manager

Anna Luthens

Director of Human Resources

Moustapha Fall

IT Manager

Michael Pupkin

IT Help Desk Technician

Kevin Maier

Front Desk and Accounting Coordinator


Emily White Hat, J.D.

(Sicangu Lakota)
Vice President, Programs

Bridget Skenadore

Program Officer, Native Arts and Culture

Melissa Silver

Programs Assistant, TCU Programs

Kai Teague

Program Officer, Environmental Stewardship

Erin Griffin

(Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate)
Program Officer, Indigenous Education

Leona Antoine

(Sicangu Lakota Oyate)
Education Specialist

Hannah Gonzales

Program Coordinator, TCU Programs

Gerry Himmelreich

(Bois Forte Ojibwe)
Program Officer, Computer Science Initiative

Cassandra Harden

Senior Program Coordinator, Indigenous Early Childhood Education

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.

Sr. Learning & Evaluation Officer

Heidi Normandin

Program Officer, Faculty Development


Raj Moona

Database Administrator and Analyst

Erik Dutilly

Research and Evaluation Associate

Deborah Wheeler

Program Officer, Building TCU Transfer Pathways – Healthcare & Education

Resource Development

NancyJo Houk

Chief Marketing and Development Officer

Jamie Schwartz

Senior Director of Major Gifts

Karen Cheung

Director of Marketing

Jordan Cooper

Senior Grant Writer & Researcher

Mackenzie Parker

Major Gifts Grant Manager

Elissa Regan

Manager, Direct Response

Elizabeth Russell

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Emi Deguchi

Senior Planned Giving Officer

Liana Epstein

Gift Officer Associate

Aaron Smith

Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Janna Stieg

Senior Major Gifts Officer

Aly Thomas

Sr. Coordinator, Constituent Services

Ted Downum

Grant Writer and Researcher

Dan Khouri

Gift Officer Associate

Amita Manandhar

Marketing Coordinator

Kim Williams

Sr. Community Outreach, Senior Coordinator

Justine Leininger

Resource Development Coordinator, Corporate Partnerships

Jessica Carlson

Development Coordinator, Major Gifts & Planned Giving

Student Success Services

Tiffany Gusbeth

(Northern Cheyenne)
Vice President, Student Success Services

David Bledsoe

Senior Manager of Engagement & Communications

Ben Molzhon

Engagement and Communications Coordinator

Cheryl DeGraff

Scholarships Administrative Assistant

Amber Grant

Career Readiness Coach

Daniel Sauve

(St. Regis Mohawk)
Senior Scholarship Coordinator

Juan Ruiz

Scholarships Manager

Nicolette Weston

(Oglala Sioux Tribe)
Transfer & Admissions Coach

Micheleen Pennington

College Readiness Coach

Erin Redshirt

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

Krystyna Cisneros

Administrative Assistant

Jonathan Breaker

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

Kaylyn Flowers

Administrative Assistant, Scholarships

Kelley Mitchell

Program Administrator, Student Success

Jack Soto

Sr. Program Manager for Career Readiness & Employment

Lisa Silverstein, Ph.D.

Sr. Program Officer, College Success

Sandy Packo

College Readiness Program Administrator

Emma Miller

Programs Coordinator, Student Success Coaches

Julio Barron

College Success Coach

Jaci Deitrick

Intern, College Readiness and Employment