Dawn has a very diverse back ground, she comes to us with over 15 years expertise in the Medical Coding, Insurance, and Billing Management field. 6+ years of Allied Health Curriculum instructing, along with family and youth outreach programs, and working with the Retired Veteran population. Bringing her knowledge of CMS, Behavioral Health and Individual Psychotherapy education. She is a member of AAPC for Certified Professional Coders, AAPMR with regard to Physisatry and Physical Medicine.
She has a passion for humanity and working with youth as well as adults. She is currently working on her BSW through Brescia University, with a concentration on Behavioral Science. Dawn has 2 amazing grown sons that compliment and enrich her life. She is excited and blessed to be a part of this incredible journey helping to add to the lives of all those she meets in a positive way.
I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist. I received my graduate degree from the University of San Francisco. I have been working as a therapist for the past 10 years. I’ve worked within the managed care system, for non-profit organizations as well as in the Juvenile Justice System and served adults, teens, children and families. I work closely with dreams, expressive arts, parenting (Love and Logic), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), guided imagery to help bring about change. I am vegan and on my spare time, I like to try out new vegan places to eat. I also enjoy learning about different cultures and spiritual belief systems.
Community Garden/CARE Coordinator
I am so excited and thankful and to be a part of the amazing team at FAIHP! After working in the field for decades with our Native families in matters of the ICWA, Substance Abuse, Prevention, and Native Youth Programs, I am blessed to plant my feet and be given the opportunity to grow and be of service in an environment which actively supports community, culture, traditions, and balance.
As the new Community Garden/Care Coordinator, I would like to invite everyone to come to “Iuhpin”, our Native Community Garden, and receive so many wonderful blessings from our Mother Earth, and share in the sacred teachings she continues to give to all our generations. We would love to have you a huge part of the growth of the “Iuhpin” and are looking forward to seeing you there!
Nicole is currently at Fresno State with a major in Public Health and an emphasis in Community Health. Nicole is also working on completing her Drugs and Alcohol Studies certificate from Fresno State. She earns her Bachelor of Science degree in May of 2016. She is a member of the Karuk tribe and has been an active member her entire life. She is passionate about preventative health care and helping her community live healthy and happy lifestyles.
In her free time Nicole enjoys going to her hometown of Visalia and spending time with her family. She also enjoys going to San Francisco where she loves to spend time at the Golden Gate Bridge and going to 49ers and Giants games whenever she can.
Nicole is so thankful to be involved in the Fresno American Indian community and helping with efforts to maintain the well-being of the community.
Joyce Burel, MA
Joyce received a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and a Masters in Counseling from Sonoma State University. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience. In addition to her years of service as a therapist working with individuals, couples and families, a job she considers both a privilege and an honor, she is also trained and certified as a Mediator.
She has taught intercultural communication, negotiation and mediation to federal, state and local agencies and Indian tribes throughout the United States. She is a member of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians and lives on trust land that has been in her family for over 100 years. Joyce also serves on the Native American Advisory Council to the Phoebe Hearst Museum at University of California, Berkeley.
CBANS Peer Support Specilaist
Band of Pomo Indians
Ruben is a member of the Manchester-Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians. He spent the first half of his life living on the Point Arena Rancheria, and for the other half he has resided in Fresno. He joined the FAIHP team under the CBANS program.
The CBANS program is a culturally based peer support navigation program. As a Peer Support Specialist he is here to provide prevention and early intervention,connecting the Native American community to the right resources that they need to live a less stressful and healthier life. CBANS focus is to improve the knowledge of mental health and the availability of services in the community. Not only to inform, also to connect our community with the proper services through peer support and navigation.
“As a member of the FAIHP team and as a community member I enjoy nothing more than serving the Native Community.”
Valerie has over 15 years of on-the-job experience in the Business Field especially in Bookkeeping and Accounting. She was born in Fresno California and has remained in the Fresno/Clovis area all of her life. She has two brothers and one sister, and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, and great nieces. “My greatest enjoyment is spending time with them.”
She is very involved with her Church “The Church at the Southgate” which reaches out to the Southeast Community of Fresno.
Mike Colvard, BA, GD
Social Marketing Coordinator
As Social Marketing Coordinator Mike is responsible for getting out information about what’s going on at FAIHP and our Community via traditional and social media like; Newsletters and flyers, brochures and signs, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Website and others. He also enjoys teaching the youth about design, social media, photography and computers.
Mike graduated from California State University, Fresno and is a member of the Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma. His Great Grandfather, Bluejacket was a Chief. Mike has worked in every facet of the advertising design & web industry and enjoys working as a team to help others. “Every organization can benefit from Good Design.”
He is married to Kandra and has three wonderful children;Alexandra, Hayley & Luke, 2 dogs, 2 tortoises, enjoys the outdoors, cycling, fishing, painting, skateboarding, surfing, playing and watching volleyball and being a self-proclaimed computer geek.
Amber Huhndorf, BS, CHES
She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University in Public Health and is currently working towards a Master’s of Public Health at Fresno State. Her previous experience was with her tribal clinic as a Wellness Educator developing, implementing, and evaluating health programs.
Amber enjoys family gatherings, beach walking, and subsistence fishing for Sockeye Salmon in Alaska. She believes in her tribal traditional values: Self-sufficiency and Hard Work, Care and Provision for the Family, Family Relations and Unity, Love for Children, Village Cooperation and Responsibility to Village, Humor, Honesty and Fairness Sharing and Caring, Respect for Elders and Others.
Nikki is the Office Manager at FAIHP. She began working here in 2009 through the CIMC Work Express Program. She has worked as the Transporter for the Clubhouse and the Main Office.
Nikki is the mother to five beautiful children and is a tribal member of the Northfork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians.
She enjoys spending time with her family and giving back to her community.
Renee Ingalls, RD
Renee was born and raised in Fresno/Clovis and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from Fresno State. She went on to complete her internship through their comprehensive dietetic internship program.
She has worked mainly in the hospital setting since becoming a dietitian, where she was disheartened to see patients suffering from lifestyle-related disease and complications of diabetes. Much of which could have been avoided if the patients were simply given the tools and knowledge to manage their own care. She is excited to have the opportunity to now focus on empowering people towards self-management and prevention. Renee’s goal is to increase awareness in the Native American community of the impact nutrition can have on disease prevention, well-being and quality of life.
In her free time she enjoys relaxing with friends and family, reading, baking, gardening, riding her bike, hiking, and spending time with her many animals.
Amber Molina, ASW
Amber received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Fresno and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from California State University, Bakersfield. She is currently in the process of becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is originally from Kern County and moved to Fresno County in 2004 for college. She loved and connected with the area so much she stayed.
She has experience in working with diverse populations, the mental health field, non-profit organizations, foster care, community outreach, and providing counseling/therapeutic services to individuals and families. She enjoys meeting new people, trying different restaurants, traveling, and spending time with family.
She enjoys learning about new cultures, connecting with others in the community, and has a strong social services background. She is also a quarter Navajo Indian and anticipates learning more about her culture while embracing and implementing FAIHP services. Amber is grateful to be a part of the FAIHP team and to be able to provide services in hopes of promoting the well-being of others.
Jennifer Ruiz, MBA
Jennifer was born and raised in Fresno/Clovis, California and is an enrolled member of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians of Coarsegold, California. Jennifer has over ten years progressive experience working in Indian Health and nonprofit programs. She earned bachelor’s degrees in cultural anthropology and history, and then a Master’s in Business Administration at California State University, Fresno.
Pete was born in Tucson Arizona and is a enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe
He worked for the Veterans Administration for 40 years, 26 years in Healthcare and 14 years
as a Marketing and Community Outreach Specialist. Pete retired 2010 to take a Governors
Appointment as Assistant Secretary of Native American Affairs for California Department
of Veteran Affairs.
Pete has been the Chairman of the Board Of FAIHP 2007 to 2015 and is now
Honored to be the Community Coordinator for FAIHP.
Nancy Pierce, RN,BSN,MPH
Public Health Nurse
As the Public Health Nurse here at Fresno American Indian Health Project, I can’t ask for a more rewarding position. I have been working in the public health field for over 12 years, and have been a nurse for more than 20 years. Public health is definitely my love and my calling. When I was attending California State University Fresno, where I completed my nursing degree, I worked with Central Valley Indian Health and the Native Americans up in our hills near Auberry and Friant, never knowing that I would return someday to work with Native Americans again. I enjoy the people and the challenges and hope to help them, and touch a few lives along the way.
On a personal note, I have been married for 14 years, have twin daughters ( you will hear many stories about them) who are 7 and a step son, 4 cats, and a dog. Our family spends most of our fun time camping and fishing, four wheel driving and playing on the beach. We go as often as we can. I love gardening and outdoors in general, I feel most alive in spirit and body when I am in the outdoors, especially the mountains.
I truly believe that I was guided to this position by a higher power, and every day brings a new adventure in life. Thank you for this opportunity.