Kylie was born in Fresno, CA and a member of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. She is currently working to receive her degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies. She has currently worked in office administration for 3+ years and enjoys getting the opportunity to meet new people. She is excited to join the FAIHP team and uplift the community in a positive way. It is extremely important to her to embrace the cultural aspects of life while empowering all Native people.
She is a mother to three boys and enjoys spending quality time with them and her fiancé. In her spare time aside from family activities, she enjoys road trips through the mountains and to the beach, going to the lake and camping during the summer, beading and singing round dance songs.
Kylie looks forward to serving the community in any way that she can!
Deborah joins FAIHP from Fresno, CA. She was originally born in Merced Ca. She humbly & gratefully takes on the privilege of working with the Native American population. She is a Registered Alcohol And Drug Technician. Currently in school at the California Consortium of Addiction Professionals Programs where she will gain her CADC1. Certified Alcohol And Drug Counselor. She is passionate about her education and the way it enables her to become a helping hand towards a healthy Native Community, A’ho
Stefani KodaSocial Work Intern
I am Stefani Koda and I was born in Fresno, Ca. I have five wonderful children ages ranging from 17 to 4 year old twin boys. I graduated from Fresno City College with an Associate in Social Work and transferred to Fresno State University. Currently at Fresno State, I am a working on a Bachelor in Social Work and a Minor in Gerontology. I am excited to work with the Native American elder community as a Social Work Intern for FAIHP. My goal is to advocate for, empower, and motivate the Native elders and the community.
In my free time, I love to paint, spend time with family, camp out on the beach, and go fishing.
My favorite quote:
“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning to dance in the rain.”
Teela ReyesFamily Advocate
My name is Teela Kipp-Reyes and I am very excited to be part of the Fresno American Indian Health Project team. I was born in Fresno and moved to North Fork in 2011. I am a tribal citizen of the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. I’ve worked for the NFR Tribal Government office for 3 ½ years. My job title was Administrative Assistant II. I assisted with our tribal citizens along with our Tribal Council. I participated in the Elder/youth meeting with mono language and heritage. It was a privileged to work for our tribal council and tribal citizens and an honor to work for the FAIHP and to continue to serve my native people and community.
My spare time I like to spend quality time with my kids, taking random trips to the beach which they enjoy, reading and watching movies as a family.
“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Walk beside me that we may be as one.”
Naomi WiensMarriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Naomi joins the FAIHP team as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee from Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Having been raised in the Central Valley, she received her BA from CSU Fresno in Cultural Anthropology. Prior to beginning graduate school, Naomi spent a year living with and learning from the Senufo tribe of Cote d’Ivoire, in West Africa. Her treatment approach focuses on family systems and culturally informed therapy, honoring interdependence and connectedness between people.
In her spare time, Naomi enjoys spending time in the mountains, playing guitar, and painting. Naomi is excited to be a part of the FAIHP team providing services to American Indian and Alaskan Natives in the Central Valley.
“If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” – Brene Brown
Melissa PutmanMarriage and Family Therapist Trainee
Melissa is a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee finishing her last year at Fresno Pacific University Biblical Seminary and looks forward to providing counseling services and working with individuals, couples and families at FAIHP.
Hil-le Hil-le! Nim Hoyowush Dominique Carrillo and I am very excited to be given the opportunity to be a member of the FAIHP team! I was born and raised in Fresno, California and I am an enrolled member of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians. I received my AA Degree from Fresno City College and I am currently a Fresno State student working on my Child Development Degree. Before coming to FAIHP I worked for Saint Agnes Medical Center as a Patient Access Representative. Prior to Saint Agnes I was given the honor to work with my tribe’s elders as their AOA Coordinator. One of my most fulfilling jobs was working with Special Needs Children in Clovis Unified. Whether I am working for the youth or elders it is my desire to serve my community to my fullest potential which makes FAIHP a perfect fit for me!
On a personal note I have been with my significant other for 14 years and we have three beautiful children. My step son is 19 years old and is a Fresno State student as well! Our middle child is 12 and he will soon be in junior high. Then there is our princess who is 19 months old and keeps us on our toes. In my spare time you will find me at our family cabin in Tahoe!
It’ s my honor to be at FAIHP to serve my Native people in a positive and healthy way!
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” -Lao Tzu
David Stroud, MA, LMFT
Originally from Fresno, David recently moved back after living in Los Angeles for 9 years. While there, he completed a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in LGBT treatment, from Antioch University. David has a foundation in Relational Gestalt therapy which promotes the importance of relationships through personal awareness, dialogue, and eliminating social isolation through connection with others. David has also worked as a group therapist in a hospital setting, as well as worked extensively with children with developmental disabilities.
In his spare time, David enjoys hiking, spending time in nature and meditation. He is also inspired by Eastern spirituality and yogic philosophy. David is excited to join FAIHP and is honored to be able to work with the Native American community.
“Learn to give what we have and learn to look within.” — Amma Sri Karunamayi
Intern Outpatient Therapist
Eva joins FAIHP from Los Angeles, CA. She humbly takes on the rewarding privilege to work with the Native American population. She is a Marriage and Family Therapy Trainee from the California School of Professional Psychology, and is passionate about her education and the way it enables her nourish a healthy curiosity to better understand how we can be the best versions of ourselves.
My treatment approach includes Narrative Therapy, which I believe to be helpful in the Native American community. Honoring the stories that each of us hold, and being given the opportunity to re-author them not only puts us in a position of power, but give us the hope of a better future. I believe in the interconnectedness of all people, of all of our stories and I believe in the resiliency and strength that each of us can draw from one another.
“So when you are listening to somebody, completely, attentively, then you are not listening only to the words, but also to the feeling of what is being conveyed, to the whole of it, not part of it.” -J. Krishnamurti
Jannet CastanedaQuality Improvement Coordinator
Jannet Castaneda was born in Los Angeles, California and her family later migrated to the small town of Dos Palos. She left home to attend CSU, Fresno, graduating with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, a minor in Mathematics, and an applied research certificate through Sociology. Jannet’s passion for research has allowed her numerous opportunities to work closely with local non-profit organizations.
In her spare time, Jannet, enjoys painting, reupholstering furniture, reading classic novels, and watching films. She is looking forward to learning more about Native American culture and hopes that she will be able to apply her love of research and culture. She is grateful to be a part of FAIHP where she gets to work alongside community leaders making a difference.
Rachel RamirezDirector of Youth Services
Elena GoodeData Coordinator
Dawn BattenBilling Manager
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.
Amber Molina, LCSW 78811Outpatient Therapist
Amber joins the FAIHP team from her hometown of McFarland, California. She relocated to Fresno in 2004 to pursue a college education and has since made it her home. She 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 comes to FAIHP with a wide variety of experience working with diverse populations and communities.
Amber has experience and a foundation in social work, the mental health field, non-profit organizations, foster care, community outreach, and also therapy treatment with individuals, children, and families. Amber’s approach is from a Person-Centered frame work, typically focusing on self-actualization and mindfulness strategies. Amber also has a focus on working with children with trauma through a play therapy approach, specifically child-centered. She also is a certified Motherhood is Sacred facilitator.
Amber is excited to be a part of the FAIHP team and to be able to provide services in hopes of promoting wellness within our native community. She looks forward to this journey in her life and to continue to advocate change for others.
“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
Renee Ingalls, RDDietitian
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.
Nichole RedmondOffice Manager
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.
Valerie has over 20 years of experience in the Bookkeeping/Accounting Field and has been with FAIHP since August 16, 2012. She has always felt a sense of belonging at FAIHP and discovered in July of 2016 through DNA testing that she is 34% Native American, which is something she never really knew, but had a feeling of. She is now searching Family History to find her Native American Roots, which though very hard work, is also very exciting and rewarding.
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, greatnephews, and great nieces.
Ruben GarciaCBANS 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.”
Nancy Pierce, RN,BSN,MPHPublic 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 over 14 years, have twin daughters ( you will hear many stories about them) 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.
Jennifer Ruiz, MBAExecutive Director
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.