Bertha C. Ramirez, BSDirector of Quality Improvement
Bertha was born and raised in the Central Valley, born to farm working families in Merced County she understands the needs for quality healthcare and services. She has served in various leadership roles for non-profit healthcare organizations for over 25 years with 30 years working in the health care field.
Bertha is inspired by the cultural, diversity, and opportunity to work and improve our communities. She is honored to assist in helping to bring more services to the community, while providing the highest quality, excellence in customer service, and dedication. Bertha has an Associates Degree in Management/Supervisory from Merced College with honors, a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences majoring in Psychology/Sociology from Chapman University, and presently working on her Master Degree in Business Administration from Western Governor’s University.
Selina De La Pena, M.B.A.Chief Executive Officer
Selina has been in Valley most of her life. She has served in leadership capacities for non-profit healthcare organizations for over 20 years. Selina was the CFO for Owens Valley Career Development Center for 6 years, a consortium of 11 Native American Sovereign Nations. She is inspired by the rich diversity and opportunity in our community and is honored to serve and bring more services to Native American Community. Selina has a bachelors and a Master’s in Business Administration from Fresno State University.
Darlene FrancoCommunity Garden Coordinator
Hedeh! Hoyowish nim Darlene Franco. I was born and raised in Visalia and I am excited to join the FAIHP team working with the Garden Project at the Discovery Center. I have been actively gardening for the past 4 years and enjoy helping people create their own home gardens, in boxes, rows and various container styles.
I am a lifelong student and teacher of my Culture, gathering and learning basketry from my Grandma as a child. I have worked in the Native Community my entire life, starting as a youth worker for the Indian Education program in Visalia. I earned an AA degree in Liberal Arts from College of the Sequoias. I have directed Native Language and Cultural Revitalization projects throughout California and I continue to be a cultural practitioner and teacher in my community. I enjoy working with all ages and I hope to create new and exciting activities for our families at the FAIHP.
I currently am the Chairperson of the Wukchumni Tribal Council of Tulare County. I sit on the Board of Directors for the Quaker Oaks Farm and I am studying to become a certified Master Gardener in Tulare County.
“Shoyum Maiyihn Paa’an” – Sacred is our Earth
Paul AreyanPeer Mentor
Paul was born in Long Beach and lived all around L.A. county growing up. He joined the Army when he was 18 to become a medic. He did not like the Army, but he enjoyed the medical aspect of his job. As a result he is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and will be attending Fresno State University in Fall 2018.
He has been married to his wife, Rachelle, for around 4 years. They have three beautiful baby puppies. Penny is four, Max is three, and Wednesday (named after Wednesday Addams) is 7 months old. He likes not procrastinating in school and hanging out in tower district. He also likes volunteering with Clubhouse teen youth.
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 GilleranCommunity Health Worker
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
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.”
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
Rachel RamirezDirector of Youth Services
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 78811Director of Behavioral Health Services
Amber is the acting Director of Behavioral Health Services, she joined 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 RedmondDirector of Administrative Services
Nikki is the Director of Administrative Services at FAIHP. She began working here in 2009 through the CIMC Work Express Program. Nikki has worked in many facets of the organization and is well connected in the Native Community. 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 GarciaYouth Coordinator
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.