Staff and Board Members

EXECUTIVE TEAM


Chasity Dial, MPA - Chief Executive Officer chasity_dial
Chasity Dial is a registered and active member of the Lumbee Tribe of Robeson County, North Carolina. She has earned a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University with an undergraduate concentration in both Health Science and Political Science. She travels back and forth to NC regularly to spend time with family and friends. Chasity enjoys good food, good company and a good book.

 

 


Glenn Wilson, MS - Chief Operating Officer
glenn wilson Glenn Wilson attended Adrian College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Sociology and Anthropology and an emphasis in Criminal Justice. Glenn played on the football team at Adrian and is a proud member of the Adrian College Athletic Hall of Fame. He obtained a Master of Science Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University. Glenn is a Certified Clinical Supervisor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Trainer. He has over 25 years of experience in the social service industry, as both a clinician and program administrator. Born in Spokane Washington, raised in Urbana, Ohio, Glenn moved to Michigan following the completion of his undergraduate studies in 1987 and has remained in the Metro Detroit area ever since. Glenn’s favorite activity is to spend time with his family, wife Sharon, daughter Melissa and son’s Justin and Brett, preferring to spend as much time outside as possible, with boating as his favorite summer activity and skiing as his winter preference.


Alice Kachman, MD, FACP - Medical Director
alice kachman, M.D. Dr. Kachman returned to American Indian Health and Family Services as Medical Director after being a primary care physician for the US Department of Veterans Affairs in both Wyoming, MI and Battle Creek, MI. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Madonna University in 1991, graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1997, completed an Internal Medicine residency at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI in 2000, and is board certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has been a member of the American College of Physicians (ACP) since 1997 and was granted Fellow status in ACP in early 2019. She has had experience as a primary care physician in both the hospital and office setting.

 

Mary Alice Bernier, LMSW - Interim Behavioral Health Director
mary alice bernier Mary Alice Bernier is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Master’s Degree from Wayne State University in 2011. Mary is able to provide group and individual counseling for adults, adolescents, families, and children with co-occurring needs including mental health and substance use needs. Mary has experience working: inpatient psychiatric hospitals, outpatient behavioral health clinics, a skilled nursing facility, case management, and with community mental health in both their intake departments and via an ACT team. Mary was previously employed with AIHFS as a Behavioral Health Clinician and returned when an Interim Director Position became available. Mary is passionate about helping others process life stressors and make a realistic path to obtain optimal overall well-being. Mary enjoys going mushroom hunting, hiking, and attends a weekly archery league (but is not a very good shot).

Nickole Fox, MA - Community Wellness Director
nickole foxNickole (Cherokee/Blackfoot) is a Director of Community Wellness and a Certified Prevention Consultant at AIHFS. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan (Sociology and Native American Studies) and a Master's Degree from Marygrove College in Social Justice. Nickole first became involved with AIHFS in 2002 as a mentor for the Dream Seekers youth program through the Native American Student Association at U of M. In 2004, during her senior year of college, one of her mentors, Hap McCue (Ojibwe Language Instructor), suggested that she put in her resume at AIHFS; soon after, Nickole was hired as the Tobacco Project Coordinator. Nickole also served as the Youth Program Coordinator for approximately 5 years. She is a lifelong resident of Southeast Michigan and enjoys spending time with her large blended family, especially with her husband, Mike, and her daughters, Chloe and Penny. She also loves to garden, bike ride and create(sewing, baskets, beading)!


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


John Lemire, JD - Chairperson of the Board
John Lemire is an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band, Minnesota Chippewa. He is the Associate Judge of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians in Petoskey/Harbor Springs, Michigan. He is a retired Family Court Referee, having served the 3rd Circuit Court in Wayne County for more than 25 years. Judge Lemire has been involved in Indian law and welfare for decades. He has been a Court appointed Mediator/Arbitrator. He has served as a Board member and Vice Chair of Michigan Indian Legal Services for over thirty years until his appointment to the Tribal Court. He has participated in programs to assist Native American Law students and served other Michigan tribes in various legal capacities. He is past Chair of the American Indian Law Section of the State Bar.
In his legal career, Judge Lemire has served as a Referee for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, as a chair panelist of the Attorney Discipline Board, and as an Assemblyperson for the State Bar of Michigan. On a personal level, Judge Lemire is an Army Veteran of Vietnam and has been happily married for many years to his wife Marlene with two grown children.


Marilyn A. Roubidoux, MD - Vice-President
Dr. RoubidouxDr. Roubidoux is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Radiology and a Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging. She completed a Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology Magna Cum Lauded at Brigham Young University, graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1984, completed a Radiology Residency and fellowship at Duke University Hospital in 1990. She is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and is a 35 year member of the American Association of Indian Physicians. She is an author of 106 peer reviewed scientific publications, 286 scientific presentations and a funded investigator of NIH grants in Radiology. She collaborated for 12 years with the Great Plains Indian Health Service to provide mobile screening mammography. She works to improve access, research, and opportunities among diverse populations.


Marcia A. Ryan - Secretary
marcia a. ryan My name is Marcia Ryan. I have been a board member since 2010 and am presently the Secretary. I am a Registered Nurse and a Certified Case Manager. My bachelor's degree is in Health Management. I have a good knowledge of health insurance policies as I worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield for 15 years. I have worked in health care clinics, in hospitals, and in a nursing home. I am a mother of 3 daughters, grandmother of 6 and great-grandmother of 6!! Although I am a non-native, I consider myself to be a part of the American Indian Health Center.

 


Joanne Sobeck, Ph.D. - Treasurer
joanne sobeckJoanne Sobeck is the Director of Research and the Center for Social Work Practice and Policy Research at Wayne State University School of Social Work. Prior to joining the faculty, she was on staff at the Addiction Research Institute involved in applied areas of alcohol and drug abuse prevention and program evaluation. Dr. Sobeck has 20 years experience working closely with health, mental health and substance abuse agencies and other nonprofit organizations. She has published her research on risk and protective factors in drug use and abuse, co-occurring disorders, capacity building for community-based organizations, and processes related to policy and program development. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and enjoys reading, gardening, fishing and hunting with her family.


Steve Erskine, BS - Member at Large
steve erskineSteve Erskine is from Southeast Michigan and a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewas. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering and the American Indian Studies Specialization. After college, he lived and worked in Alaska for 7 years focusing on new health care construction projects in remote and rural Native communities. His professional experience also includes time living and working in Antarctica as the Facilities Engineer for McMurdo Station. He is currently a construction manager at the U of M Ann Arbor Medical School Campus and is enrolled in a Master's of Science program at U of M Dearborn.


Casey Haam, BSA - Member at Large
Casey HaamCasey Haam retired from Ford Motor Co. in late 2017 after almost 40 years of service -- holding various management positions in areas of financial analysis, accounting and auditing. He graduated from the University of Michigan with business degrees in Accounting and Economics. Casey and his wife Lori have been married over 40 years and have two adult children and a bunch of pets. They reside in Dearborn, Michigan. Casey enjoys mountain biking, hiking, hockey, yard work, and working with numbers. He and Lori love camping -- especially in their truck camper exploring the splendors of their home state of Michigan. Casey looks forward to giving more back to the community he loves.


Gerard Heath, MD MBA - Member at Large
gerard heathGerard Heath is a current emergency medicine resident at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan and a descendent of the Moravian Band of the Delaware Nation. He has served in a number of roles at AIHFS over the years, starting as a volunteer in the medical clinic, to working as the clinic coordinator, and now serving as a member of the board of directors. Prior to pursuing a career in medicine, Gerard worked at the Wolf Education and Research Center, a non-profit organization in collaboration with the Nez Perce tribe dedicated to the preservation of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies. Gerard completed his undergraduate degree in environmental studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn prior to completing his MD/MBA at the University of Michigan Medical School and Ross School of Business.


Essi Hollier, MPA - Member at Large
essi hollier-jackson A proud and registered member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Essi Hollier is a native Detroiter. She attained a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eastern Michigan University. She continued her education and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in Public Administration. Essi chose a career in law enforcement and joined the Detroit Police Department in 2000. She served the citizens of the City of Detroit until joining the United States Postal Inspection Service in 2007. She refers to herself as “Your Friendly Federal Agent” and serves as the alternate Public Information Officer for the Detroit Division and assists with recruiting duties. Essi serves as the Treasurer of the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators (IAFCI) Michigan chapter. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; where she serves as the chair of a committee tasked with safety. Essi seeks to make the world a better place every day.


Stephen James - Member at Large
Stephen James - board member at largeStephen James is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and also a descendant of the Mohawk Tribe of Kahnawake. In his early years he grew up in the community surrounding the Agency. He graduated from Michigan State University Eli Broad College of Business. He has served on the Board of Directors here at AIHFS for 4yrs. Stephen is currently a Michigan State Trooper. In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors, going to the shooting range and spending time with his family.

 


Fayelene D. Locklear - Member at Large
Fayelene LocklearFayelene was born in Pembroke, North Carolina . She is a registered and permanent member of the Lumbee Tribe of Robeson County, North Carolina. She is a retired teacher from Lincoln Park Schools in Lincoln Park, Michigan. She enjoys a good book and cooking. Fayelene travels back and forth to visit family and friends in North Carolina.

 

 

 


George Luckey, PhD - Member at Large
board member- george luckey George Luckey is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. He is a mechanical engineer from The University of Tulsa with a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University. George moved to Michigan in 2000 to accept a dream job in manufacturing research at Ford Motor Company. He and his wife Amy, along with their four children live in Dearborn, where George still works at Ford, and still considers it his dream job. His children attend public school and his family attends Dearborn First United Methodist Church. They also tolerate his love for and practice of guitar. George is excited to join the AIHFS board and honored to have the opportunity to serve Detroit's urban Indian community.

 


Don Lyons, MSW - Member at Large
dons lyons Don Lyons is a citizen of the Anishinabek nation. An enrolled citizen of Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe located in Northern Minnesota and Haudenosaunee located in Six Nations Ontario. The Ojibwe, Ojibwa, or Chippewa are an Anishinaabeg group of indigenous peoples in North America. Don is bear clan on his father’s side and turtle clan on his mother side. Don is a well-respected and sought after international trainer, facilitator and presenter. Raised in Detroit MI, Don holds a BA in Business and MSW degree from Michigan State University. Don has over 15 years of international, domestic, state and tribal experience related to youth engagement, community engagement, community/individual wellness, historical trauma/resilience, cultural sensitivity, trauma informed practices, prevention, treatment, program evaluation and community development.


STAFF MEMBERS


Gabriela Alcazar, BA - Family Service Worker / Family Community Partnership Specialist
gabriela alcazar While Gabriela was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, her family comes from the state of Jalisco, Mexico. She has been living in Michigan since she was 10 years old. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Social Relations & Policy and a specialization in Chicano/Latino Studies. She moved to Southwest Detroit six years ago, after college, and has been very active in the community in various ways. She is excited and thankful to be able to join the Community Wellness department working with the new Early Head Start program at AIHFS. Her passion is fighting for a more just and equitable world with a focus on environmental justice, immigrant rights, and early childhood education. She also spends time tending to her fruit trees, her flowers, and her vegetables in her home garden.

Seth Allard, MA – Zero Suicide Program Manager
Seth AllardSeth Allard is a cultural anthropologist, Pipe Carrier and Ogichiidaa of the Bowheting Ojibwa, and a member of the Sault Saint Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He has a bachelor’s degree in History (Liberal Education Curriculum) and a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from Western Michigan University. Seth has a history of serving in various non-profits serving Tribal communities, as well as vulnerable populations (DD, MI, Youth), and is a recently published author (Guided by the Spirits: The Meanings of Life, Death and Youth Suicide in an Ojibwa Community, Routledge, 2017), with a combined research focus on qualitative approaches, creative writing, ethnohistory, Great Lakes indigenous culture and history, and medical anthropology. Seth grew up in Northern Michigan and is a former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps infantry and a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Seth, his wife Victoria, six year old son Liam, and his stinky corn-chippy mastiff Junior recently moved to the Southfield area from Kalamazoo, Michigan – and are thrilled to listen to, advocate for and be a member of the community here in Detroit!

Waneta Assaf, BS - Accounting Manager
waneta assaf Waneta Assaf is the Accounting Manager at AIHFS. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and an Associate’s degree in Accounting. She and her husband, Frank, relocated to Michigan from Wisconsin in 2017 along with her dog and horse. In Wisconsin, she spent 11 years as a financial software consultant traveling to nursing homes across the United States. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, dog, and two horses. Her hobbies include horseback riding, gardening, kayaking, and hiking.

 

Chloe Beard - Certified Medical Billing Coordinator
Chloe Beard Chloe Beard started working at AIHFS in January 2014 handling and maintaining the billing department. She loves traveling, concerts, watching movies, good food, taking care of her two amazing dogs ( August & Apollo), learning and experiencing different cultures, reading, shopping, and spending quality time with family and friends. She has been working in the medical field as Certified Medical Biller since 2011. She enjoys her job and the challenges that comes with it, which allows learning and stimulating growth. She has a true love and passion, animals. “I believe in loving and enjoying life and just being Happy!”

 

 


Jessica Boyd - I-Lead Employment & College Outreach Specialist
Jessica Boyd is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a double major in Sociology and American Culture. She enjoys reading, watching movies, doing puzzles, arts and crafts, game night with her family, dancing when the mood strikes her and is working on her knitting skills. She strives to be a positive role model for her daughter. She also has one unfriendly yet adorable cat named Lizzy. She is excited to be working at AIHFS and looks forward to working with the community.

 

 


Stephanie Boyd - CAC/Site Manager
stephanie boydStephanie Boyd has been part of the AIHFS team since June 2007 and has an Associate's Degree in Science. She is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames tribe, and a descendant of the Chippewa Nation of the Thames. Stephanie enjoys beading, reading books, hanging out with family, going to the movies and to concerts. She enjoys working with the community!

 

 

 


Casey Brant, BS - I-LEAD Program Coordinator
Casey Brant Casey Brant is Mohawk and a registered member of the Muncey Delaware Nation. Casey graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Development with a concentration in Public Administration. She is currently working towards her Master of Science degree in Management, Strategy, and Leadership from Michigan State University. Casey has over 15 years’ experience serving Native American communities. She began her work as a youth volunteer and has since transitioned into roles of advocacy, community organizer, educator, and leader. Her current work experience focuses on professional development, event planning, and leadership. Casey remains dedicated to her community by staying actively involved. In her spare time she enjoys reading, crafts, learning new things and spending time with family and friends.

 


Lesley Burnham, AA - Accounting Assistant
Lesley Burnham Lesley started working at AIHFS in September 2014 as an Accounting Assistant. Lesley has her Associates in Accounting Management from Baker College. Her hobbies include traveling, shooting on a dart league, camping, cooking, attending concerts, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 


Alexandria Cadotte - Food Sovereignty & Wellness Program Coordinator
alexandria cadotte Alyx is an enrolled citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and was born and raised in Detroit. She has family ties to Walpole Island and Mackinac Island. Alyx is Crane clan and has a deep commitment to a traditional model of leadership as service to others. She enjoys event planning as a means of creating opportunities for community members to connect with their culture and one another. During her time at the University of Michigan, she studied American Culture and joined the Ann Arbor Pow Wow planning committee, which became a 16 year commitment. Alyx recently spent a year as an AmeriCorps volunteer, teaching gardening and nutrition on the Big Island of Hawaii. In her spare time, Alyx loves to read, garden, ride her bike and learn Anishinaabemowin and Spanish. She hosts board game events every week and is a huge nerd, loving all things Tolkien, Whedon, Harry Potter and Marvel. If she could be any animal, she would be a black bear so she could gorge herself on blueberries and fish in the summer and then sleep through the winter.


Michael Carroll, LLMSW - Behavioral Health Specialist
michael carroll Michael Carroll has his master’s degree in social work. He works in the medical department screening patients for behavioral health concerns. Prior to working at AIHFS, Michael interned with the agency through Wayne State University. “My decision to go into social work came after I had a stroke 8 years ago. The experience that I had with a social worker was vital to my recovery. I wanted to make that same connection with people.” Michael is excited to continue his practice with such a vibrant and welcoming community. In his free time, he enjoys going to concerts and reading.


Melissa Chivis, LMSW - Behavioral Health Therapist
melissa chivis "Bozho! My name is Melissa Chivis, and I am a member of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi." Melissa is from Grand Rapids, MI, and graduated with a master’s degree in social work from Grand Valley State University. She is now honored to serve the urban Detroit community as a Behavioral Health Specialist. She previously provided outpatient behavioral health services with her tribal government as a behavioral health clinician for almost two years, and also worked as a resident specialist with the Grand Rapids Housing Commission. She enjoys experiencing traditional ceremonies, attending Pow Wows, beading, fishing, mushroom hunting, and spending time with her family and friends. She has a passion for helping the Native community, and looks forward to professional growth with AIHFS.


Lydia Chouinard, AS - Community Health Worker
lydia chouinard Lydia Chouinard is bilingual in Spanish and English and has dedicated herself to work/volunteering in the Southwest community as an advocate and activist for over 10 years. Lydia is completing a Bachelor’s in Anthropology and a Minor in Latino/a and Latin American Studies at Wayne State University. Lydia earned an Associate’s degree in Science and completed Nursing Assistant Skills training at Wayne County Community College. Lydia has worked previously in mentoring, educational, and caretaking roles serving people of different cultures, ages, abilities, and medical conditions for over 18 years. In addition, Lydia has pursued learning in the areas of Pre-nursing, African-American Studies, Women’s Studies, and Immigration Law. In 2014, Lydia completed an internship at American Indian Health and Family Services and is excited to be back to join the AIHFS team. Lydia is passionate about ethics, dignity, and empowerment. Lydia enjoys storytelling, art, spending time with children, cooking, and the great outdoors.


Aimee Cisler, LLMSW - Healthy Start, Family Spirit,and MIHP
Aimee CislerAimee is a social worker for the Healthy Start program at AIHFS. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Aimee has a passion for educating and empowering families to make the best choices for their health and wellness, and for supporting individuals in times of transition, especially pregnancy and parenthood. In her free time, Aimee enjoys spending time with her husband (Andy), spoiling her cat (Gatsby), being in nature, and traveling as often as possible!

 


Janet Contreras, BGS - Early Head Start Home Visitor
janet contreras Janet graduated from UofM Dearborn in 2015. She worked as an elementary teacher for two years at Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, North Dakota. There she learned more about their culture and traditions but most of all, the profound meaning of family. Family does not mean only biological kin. She is very grateful for that opportunity. After she graduated she decided she wanted to work in places where she was most needed. She comes from a Spanish speaking immigrant family and wanted to work with families that need extra support. She is glad to be at AIHFS because she feels she can put her bilingual ability into great use. Since Her birthday is February 29th, she's had only 6 official birthdays. She is recently married and enjoys exploring Michigan with her husband.


William F. Dial - Facilities Assistant/Driver
Bill Dial William is a Lumbee Indian from Pembroke, North Carolina. He retired from Chrysler's in 2008 after over 44 years of employment there. He is a father of 4 and a grandfather of 8. He has been married for 32 years. His hobbies are fishing and NASCAR racing. Around the agency here he is also appreciated for cooking real southern bar-b-q!

 

 

 


Nina Eusani, RN, BSN - Healthy Start Coordinator
NinaNina Eusani, RN, received her BSN from Wayne State University College of Nursing. Nina is a labor and postpartum doula (someone who supports families though the process of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period), a certified massage therapist, a registered yoga teacher, and a certified infant massage instructor. She is guided by a passion for health care that is holistic, integrative, and accessible, and believes that when individuals, families, and communities have control over their health, they transform themselves and the world. She lives in Southwest Detroit, and loves to run, bike, dance, and play outside. Nina is delighted to be part of the AIHFS community, and honored to have the opportunity to work with families with young children in the community.

 


Lance Fisher, BS - Behavioral Health Case Manager
lance fisher Lance graduated from East Detroit H.S. in May of 1991,where he was also on the cross country and baseball teams. He attended Macomb Community College studying Law Enforcement from 1991 to 1993, where he also played on the baseball team. In the fall of 1993 Lance went on to attend classes at Wayne State University to obtain his Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice in May 1997.
He has been married to his wife Lisa since 2006 and has 2 sons and 1 daughter. He enjoys spending time with his family and coaching kids baseball and basketball teams. His major goal is to one day to land a coaching job with either a high school or college baseball team so he can give back everything that he has learned from all the greatest coaches throughout his career. Lance has worked with all different types of populations since graduating college such as juvenile delinquents, geriatrics, disabled, indigent, court involved and underserved youth and adults. His biggest fears are clowns and mimes due to having to trust someone wearing all that make-up.


Josette French, MD - Physician
dr. french Josette French, MD is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan. Her tribal roots are tied to Sugar Island on her grandmother’s side and Saint Ignace on her grandfather’s side. She is a board-certified family physician and earned her ten-year recertification in 2015. Dr. French received her Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in New Haven, CT in 1991 and her Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Florida, College of Medicine in Gainesville, FL in 1995. Dr. French completed her family medicine residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI in 1998. She has worked at AIHFS since 1998 and is dedicated to trying to lessen the health disparities seen in the Native community. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending lots of time with her family, getting outside to walk and bike as much as possible, relaxing on Michigan’s beautiful beaches, and staying centered with daily meditation and yoga.


Carrie Garcia, MSA - Human Resource Specialist
carrie garcia Carrie is an enrolled member of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Born and raised in Elmore, Ohio Carrie moved to Mt. Pleasant, MI in 2008 to attend Central Michigan University. She graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor of Science degree in News Editorial Journalism with a minor in Psychology. After moving to the surrounding Detroit area in 2013, she wanted to pursue her education further by going back to Central Michigan University and graduating in 2016 with her Master of Science degree in Human Resource Administration. Carrie likes to visit her friends and family back in Ohio and Mt. Pleasant as well as spending time with her cats Monopoly and Priscilla. With her photojournalism background, she likes to take photos as much as she can and also enjoys going to comic book conventions.


David Garcia, LMSW - Cultural Services Counselor / Coordinator
david garcia David is of Native American and Mexican American heritage. His father is from the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas. His mother is from Mexico and would be related to the Tarahumara tribe of Copper Canyon, Mexico. He has his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Social Work from Michigan State University. His journey on the Red Road began in June of 1994 and he practices the Lakota Teachings of Spirituality. He has been privileged to participate in teachings and ceremonies with Elders from the Dakotas, Canada, Central American, the Andes and the Amazon. He is a Fire keeper, Piper carrier, Sundancer and Water Pourer of the Inipi ceremony. Dave grew up in a Mexican community in Saginaw until he was 5 when his family moved to rural Chesaning. He currently lives in Bay City and has two adult children, Elizabeth and Aaron and 3 dogs. Dave has over 25 years of sobriety and believes that through indigenous teachings and ceremonies, we can help heal the indigenous people. Dave’s idea of a vacation is to travel and spend a week with an Elder participating in ceremony. Mitakuye Oyasin


Ted Hebert - Facilities Assistant/Driver
ted hebert Ted is a 20 year retiree from Ford Motor Company, retiring in 2007. He is a father of 2 and has been married 13 years. He is also a grandfather of 1. His hobbies are golf, attending sporting events, and music concerts. Ted enjoys working for AIHFS, the people, and the work the agency does for the community. He plans on taking an active role in any way he can to help.

 

 


Roberta Hirshon, LMSW - Consultant
Roberta HirshonRoberta graduated from the University of Michigan with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master's degree in community mental health counseling. She received her MSW from the University of Connecticut. Roberta moved from Maine to Michigan 8 years ago. While living in Maine, she was in private practice. Roberta worked at the Family Assessment Clinic and the University Center For The Child and The Family before joining the AIHFS family. She loves to work with students and support the AIHFS staff as a consultant. Her passion is horses and she is a certified therapeutic riding instructor and an equine facilitated psychotherapist.


Tina James - Executive Administrator
tina jamesTina (Cherokee/Macedonian) is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians from Cherokee, North Carolina. She has been a part on the native community her whole life and was one of the first members of the youth group Dreamseekers here at AIHFS. She is a proud mother of two handsome boy’s Adon and Adrian. In her spare time she likes spending time with her family and friends and traveling to pow wows as much as she can.

 

 


Carmen Malis King, MA - SNAP-ED. Program Coordinator
carmen malis king Carmen Malis King is a Detroiter of Central American (Guatemalan & Panamanian) and Irish-German ancestry. Growing up in Southwest Detroit, community-based educators, activists, and healthcare workers influenced her path of working within her community to promote health and social equity. Her interest in how our environments affect our health and well-being lead Carmen to complete a Master of Arts in Integrative Health Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies (2015). She is a trained doula, a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), and has a Bachelor of Arts in English & Women’s Studies from Wayne State University (2011). She enjoys gardening/gathering plant knowledge, writing, cooking with family and friends, and appreciates people with contagious laughter who make her laugh.


Danica Littledeer - Medical Assistant
danica littledeerDanica is from the state of Oklahoma and the Cherokee tribe. She has been a medical assistant since 2017. She plans on going back to school in the near future because she loves problem solving and learning new things. In her spare time she likes to spend time with her husband and their animals, go on cruises any and everywhere. Her absolute, without a doubt, favorite thing to do in her spare time is to make crafts. Her husband has been a major impact on what inspires her because he has overcome so many obstacles in his life and never let anything slow him down. He has encouraged her to always believe in herself and go for what she wants.

 


Alexis Lowe, LLMSW - MSPI Program Coordinator
alexis lowe Alexis Lowe is a native Detroiter. She received a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. She decided to pursue social work because she comes from a family of social workers and has been able to witness the impact of social work. While in her program she focused on Management of Human Services with a practice area in Children and Youth in Families and Society. She truly enjoys providing programming to benefit the participants. She is very proud of being able to assist in the planning of a Harry Potter themed Life Skills Conference. She is also passionate about evaluation and creating data visualizations to illustrate data. In her spare time she enjoys reading, and spending time with her family and friends.


Shiloh Maples, MSW - Program Manager for Food Sovereignty & Wellness Initiatives
Shiloh MaplesShiloh (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, where she specialized in community organizing. Her work in the community includes promoting traditional native foods for a healthy diet and traditional dance as a form of physical activity, facilitating nutrition lessons, and coordinating a variety of garden activities. Shiloh is passionate about increasing the community’s access to healthy food, revitalizing traditional foodways, and honoring our relationship to the environment. Shiloh enjoys spending time with her family, as well as cooking for her loved ones, beading, gardening, and doing genealogy research.

 


John Marcus - Communications Specialist
john marcus John Marcus has family roots in Six Nations, Ontario; Taos Pueblo, N.M. and the Sault Ste Marie Band of Chippewa Indians.
He enjoys the various methods available to him to share our messaging and develop our online presence. He contributes to our agencywide and program specific community outreach efforts using print, video, digital and web-based mediums. He also administrates our website, our social media accounts and our Mailchimp account.
"I am grateful for this opportunity to work with our Native Community, especially in a capacity where communication, education, and how this information is exchanged, are crucial elements. These elements can be the seeds of a healthy community."

 


Marcela Martinez - Medical Assistant
marcela martinez Marcela was Born in Nuevo Leon Mexico and came to Detroit in 1999 with her family. Her first language is Spanish so that makes her bilingual and proud of it because she can help people by translating their needs. She is a mother of three and they are her inspiration every day to be a better person and never give up. She has over 6 years in the medical field and she absolutely loves it. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

 

 


Teia McGahey, BA - Youth Program Assistant
staff Teia McGahey Teia has Ojibwe (Sault Ste. Marie), Mexican, Irish and French ancestry. She is continuously on a path to connect to her roots and is grateful to be working in a community that is reigniting and spreading indigenous culture. She comes from the community organizing world, and hopes to incorporate some of that knowledge into her work with young people at AIHFS.
She is active in the metro Detroit social justice community and does her best to support organizations that fight the social, economic, and political disparities in our communities. In her free time, she enjoys playing basketball, going on walks, and listening to music far too loudly. She hopes to learn more about hip hop and beat making so that she can one day listen to her own music far too loudly.


Tomeka McKague - Clinic Manager/Medical Assistant
tomeka mckague In my spare time I do Mother Daughters Days. We usually go shopping, go to the library or catch a movie. I am inspired by the notion that we as human beings can make the world a better place one kind act at a time. I love to talk and laugh, once I warm up to someone I can talk all day. I love to walk into a room and feel a sense of wholeness and happiness. I get that working here at AIHFS. I love the idea that it is mind, body and soul when thinking about a person's well-being. You get that here. I practice and teach my kids to pay it forward. I am married and have 3 kids.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou


Michael Menard - Facility Associate/Driver
Michael is a member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Born and raised in the great city of Sault Ste Marie, he is a proud Yooper. Michael was a sergeant in the U.S.A.F and left the air force to become a safety conservation officer for his tribe. He became a member of the tribal council. He moved to Royal Oak in 2004. In his spare time he likes to do volunteer work whether it be hospice, working with the Special Olympics or working at the food banks. He also likes to people watch as he explains, people do some of the craziest things.

 


Mayim Meyers, LLMSW - Behavioral Health Therapist
mayim meyers Mayim was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. She attended college at the University of Colorado where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She went on to graduate from Western Michigan University with her Masters of Social Work with a concentration in interpersonal practice and special coursework in holistic health and wellness. Mayim enjoys incorporating aspects of art therapy, nature therapy, and movement therapy to help people “live their best lives.” Mayim moved to Detroit in June 2018 with her husband and their (then) 2 year old daughter. When she’s not working, Mayim enjoys spending time with her family and being in nature. Mayim loves to cook and bake and adores the British Baking show.


Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw - Office Coordinator
Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw Ya’at e’ e’ h! Shelly is dine and African American. Shelly has been actively involved in the community thru various cultural events offered at AIHFS. Go red wings! Along with hockey, she enjoys jewelry making, powwows, reading and making people laugh! Shelly is proud to part of the AIHFS family! Ahe’hee’

 

 


Monica Noyola - Office Coordinator
monica noyola Monica joined the AIHFS team in 2018. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. She has worked in the southwest community for many years. She is a student at WSU matriculating towards a BA in sociology and minor in psychology. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, traveling, and making memories with loved ones. “Live life to the fullest.”

 


Jennifer Oprisiu, MPA - Development Coordinator
jennifer oprisiu Jennifer Oprisiu attended the University of Michigan where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Leadership and Communications in Organizations. During this time she fell in love with non-profit work and social justice. She worked very closely with Michigan United and Michigan People’s Campaign on supporting the underserved and underrepresented community in Detroit and Kalamazoo. After working a few years in the non-profit field she earned a Master’s Degree from Wayne State University in Public Administration with a focus in Non-profit Management and Policy. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys making jewelry and all natural body care products. She resides in Detroit and enjoys exploring with her 35mm film camera.


Agnes Peeples, BS - Early Head Start Home Visitor
agnes peeples Agnes has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education with Integrated Science concentration. She received her Bachelor’s from Wayne State University. Agnes is from Oneida Nation and is Bear clan. She has lived in Michigan since she was seventeen. She loves travelling with her family, seeing this beautiful country and seeking out waterfalls because they give her energy. She enjoys working with families and continuing her education by completing her Masters. In her free time she loves cooking for her family and taking long walks to unwind.

 

 


Irianna Peraza - Office Coordinator
Irianna Perzaz "Hi, my name is Irianna Peraza." Irianna is the office coordinator here at AIHFS. She is also bilingual, she speaks Spanish and English. She was born in San Diego California but moved here to southwest Detroit when she was 9 and has never moved ever since. She is a proud mother of 3 beautiful girls. She really looks forward to working for AIHFS. She really enjoys being here. She loves to learn new things every day and this is definitely the place where she can.

 

 


John Peterson, BS - I-LEAD Program Assistant
john peterson John Peterson graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a B.S. in Political Science. After graduating, he joined the Americorps VISTA program in Albuquerque to work in the field of supportive housing. Eventually, he got home sick and returned to Michigan and is currently enrolled in the Public Administration program at Eastern. He’s hoping to make a difference in Native Youth’s lives by expanding their educational and employment opportunities. When he isn’t writing a paper or studying for an exam, John enjoys reading books, going on hikes, eating good food, listening to music, playing DnD, and building stuff out of wood when he has the space. Martin Luther King Jr. is one of his personal heroes.


Maria Roman, AA - Early Head Start Home Visitor
maria roman Maria Roman is a proud mother of three children. She came from Mexico at the age of 22 and already had her oldest child. In 1986 she became a resident of the United States. Later on in 1998 she became a U.S. citizen. She enjoys learning and has always enjoyed working with kids. In 1991 she applied for an assistant teacher position after working for too many years in agriculture. She attended college to get her AA in early childhood education. She moved to Detroit to look for work and was hired by SWCS. She started as a teacher and then moved onto the home visitor position. Now she is here at AIHFS and thankful for the opportunity to learn and be a part of their program.

 


Dustin Sample - Systems Administrator
dustin sample Dustin has been with AIHFS since 2013 and has over 4 years of experience in the computer science field. He also volunteers his time with Girl Scouts, running youth programs at his local library, coaching teens to help develop their individual personalities, and participating in various charity walks. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, his dog, and his cats.

 

 


Ashinique Soney-Wesaw, BA - I-LEAD Peer Mentor
ashinique soney-wesaw Ashinique Soney-Wesaw is a great lakes based Aniishnaabe Kwe from Walpole Island First Nations (Ojibwe/Potawatomi/Odawa), she is Turtle clan of the Fish Family. She is an Alumni of the University of Michigan-Flint with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Dance Performance as well as receiving formal training as a Fine Arts Artist throughout her life. During her collegiate career, some of the highlight moments were being selected to perform at the American College Dance Association conference for a consecutive 4 years, leadership responsibilities in the Native American Student Association, Student Dance Organization, and membership in the National Society of Leadership and Success honor society.
Her roots to her culture have been a key component in her upbringing, which has guided her to helping youth and young adults pursue their goals and dreams with confidence. During her free time, she’s passionate about beadwork, painting, photography, special effects makeup application, traveling across the country, being a Jingle Dress dancer, the practice of yoga, meditation, gardening, puzzles, and volunteering for her community.


Laura Sorrells, BS - Zero Suicide Program Assistant
Laura Sorrells Laura enjoys connecting with others and working towards bettering community and self. For that reason, she obtained her B.S. in Psychology, minoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and is attending graduate school for Criminal Justice. She's worked in the fields of research, education, child care, and mental health care (focusing on patient care and crisis intervention). Her passion is serving others and working to give others the help and assistance that she herself would’ve wanted when facing obstacles. She stays fairly busy and doesn’t have too much down time, but when she does, she loves to play games with family and go to the park with her kids and dogs (Fun Fact: She has 5 dogs and 3 cats.).


Cristina Terrazas-Moreno, BA - Early Head Start Lead Home Visitor / Education Specialist
cristina terrazas-moreno Cristina has a Bachelor of Arts in Family Community Services with a Child and Youth concentration. Cristina was raised in Southwest Detroit and has made it her career focus to stay in the community with non-profit programs. She has worked with Head Start for almost 7 years. Her involvement with AIHFS started by attending yoga classes 3 years ago and has attended the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). She often referred families for services to AIHFS while at her previous employer. Cristina is excited to be part of AIHFS and be part of the new Early Head Start team.

 


Leslie Theisen, MS, NP-C - Family Nurse Practitioner
Leslie TheisenLeslie was born and raised in Southeast Michigan and is excited to serve her community as a Family Nurse Practitioner at AIHFS. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Boston College and her Bachelor of Science in Ballet and Health Sciences from Indiana University. One of her favorite experiences as a FNP student was training in Mind Body Medicine, which she hopes to incorporate into her care here at AIHFS. Prior to working as an FNP, Leslie worked as a Registered Nurse at Camp Harbor View in Boston, MA. She has a strong interest in community health and is committed to providing accessible, preventative, and holistic health care. Outside of working as a healthcare provider, Leslie is a Registered Yoga Teacher®. She believes movement is an important way to keep both your body and mind healthy and hopes to inspire others to incorporate more activity in their daily lives.


Robert Timek - Facilities, Safety and Transportation Supervisor
robert timek Robert graduated from Northwestern Institute with a degree in building maintenance and climate control. Robert strives to keep our facility clean, comfortable, and safe for our clients and staff. While having traveled to various countries, he enjoys living in his home town of Detroit best of all. His leisure time is spent drawing, oil painting, writing, exercising, bicycling, camping, fishing, and cooking for his son and daughter. In addition, Robert attends Holy Trinity Orthodox church in Detroit.

 


Darius Watkins - Youth Program Coordinator
Darius WatkinsHe is from Detroit. He loves helping people in the community. He would like to share a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr., "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

 

 

 

 

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