Board of Directors
Mary Ann Greycloud , M.P.H., Founding Board Member non voting (Sisseton Sioux) – Registered Nurse
Ms. Greycloud was a founding Board Member of the Urban Indian Child Resource Center (now AICRC), involved since its inception in 1974. She has served in every position as an Officer of the board at one time or another over the years. She is a retired RN who formerly worked at the San Francisco Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Unit. Ms. Greycloud’s involvement in the community includes affiliations with the California Urban Indian Health Board, the Native American Health Clinic in San Francisco, the California Board of Registered Nurses Consumer Affairs in Sacramento, and Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco as Ruling Elder.
Sandra La Framboise, BA Music, B. Ed., Chair Person (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)
Ms. La Framboise taught in Washington and California elementary schools since 1962. She was involved in the Mt. Diablo Education Association’s Bargaining Team and served as President. Her involvement in the California Teachers Association includes membership in the State Council of Education, Mt. Diablo Delegate, Migrant Education Task Force, Minority Affairs Committee, Urban Training Conference Presenter, Association for Better Citizenship Committee, and Representative to the National Indian Education Association Conference. She has been involved in the National Education Association as a delegate and has been a member of the American Indian/Alaskan Native Caucus as well as the Congressional Contact Team. Ms. La Framboise has many years of training experience through the CTA/NEA and served as AICRC’s Board Chairperson in 1996, 1997 and present.
Carmella Icay Johnson, Member Habetmatolel Pomo of Upper Lake
Since March 2012, Carmella has worked for the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center in Hayward, California as Development Associate in the Office of Planning Development. As development, associate Carmella has excelled in launching and building an individual donor campaign as well as raising capital funds for TVHCs New 8.166 million-dollar Health Center in outer San Leandro.
Carmella served as a member of Tribes tribal Council from 1998-2010 as tribal chairperson. During this time she was the driving force in leading her community through the lengthy complex planning, development and construction phase of devel0ping a tribal gaming facility.
She has also worked with the Clorox Company Foundation in Oakland CA, managing charitable giving budget of 3.2 million dollars.
Kelly Middlebrook, M.A, Board Member (Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Shawnee, Oklahoma)
Kelly is an American Indian graduate student in school psychology; she has dedicated the last 4 years of school studying the factors that influence the educational achievement of American Indian students. In conjunction with an American Indian professor at Stanford, Kelly traveled to Native communities in attempts to develop studies and implement curriculum to help improve the academic achievement and social outcomes of Native students. Kelly has professional commitment to understanding why American Indian students are the lowest achieving minority group in the country and a deep personal commitment to helping develop solutions to ameliorate the tremendous achievement gap.
Kelly is familiar with a number of Native communities and understands that American Indian children face some unique issues that influence their success in school. In her research and personal experience, Kelly came to recognize that for many Native youth, the lack of connection between their home and school cultures is a factor that contributes to their problems in school. Extant literature suggests that when an individual feels alienated from their home culture or their school’s culture, they are less likely to excel in school. Research also suggests that groups such as American Indians who have been historically marginalized by the contemporary educational system are at risk for disengaging in school because of an overall lack of trust in the system.
Kelly is a valuable resource for the American Indian Child Resource Center, especially the Indian Education Center. Kelly believes in the Indian Education Center’s commitment to helping create a haven for urban American Indian youth to congregate and connect to their culture. By providing a space for Native students to meet with one another and participate in cultural activities, the AICRC is taking a big first step toward helping AI students stay connected to their culture. Further, providing this connection helps to ground and empower youth to achieve in many aspects of their lives. As a board member, Kelly is committed to continuing the AICRC’s work on trying to find a way for successes in the after school program to generalize into successes in school. Kelly will lend her knowledge of the field of American Indian identity and education to inform the AICRC’s research endeavors and program development.
Elnora Tena Webb, Ph.D., Board Member Emeritus (Blackfoot and Choctaw), President of Academic Affairs, Laney College, Peralta District.
Elnora Webb has enjoyed a 30-year career as an educator including three years as a Dean of Instruction two years as a Vice President, and currently serving as president of Instruction at Laney College in Oakland, California . She has served in a range of instructional, student services, research, and administrative roles within all systems of higher education in California. Those institutions included the University of California at Riverside and at Berkeley, the California State University at Sonoma, Stanford University, the Contra Costa Colleges, and the Peralta Community College District. Having affected the lives of thousands of individuals, Vice President Webb maintains the highest priority for equity for access and excellence especially for persons who have historically been locked out of (or disconnected from) sound educational resources. Firmly, she believes that high quality education is the most efficient means to assure transformation of lives, families, communities, and the society-at-large in sustainable and healthy ways. She has marshaled development of instructional support initiatives including the Laney Basic Skills Learning Collaborative and ensured that Laney College is a partner with the Hewlett Foundation and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advance of Teaching’s “Strengthening Pre-collegiate Education in Community Colleges” statewide initiative.
Dr. Webb continues to engage in her own learning through direct participation in community-centered, professionally-oriented, and politically-driven initiatives. Currently, she serves on several local and regional boards, and she is active on taskforces to help improve conditions within the City of Oakland. She benefits from her membership in the Futures Leadership Institute of the American Association of Community Colleges and the Women’s Institute of the American Council on Education, and, currently, the Chief Academic Officers’ Institute of the American Council on Education. Always experiencing urges to enhance her capacity, she regularly challenges herself through listening, self-reflection, questioning, readings, critical assessment, pursuit of constructive feedback, and use of other methods.
As a member of the last cohort in the Community College Leadership program at U.C. Berkeley, she completed her Ph.D. in Education with emphasis in Higher Education Administration/Policy while also completing all of the coursework in the Organizational Behavior and Industrial Relations Ph.D. program of the Haas School of Business. Her Master’s in Educational Administration was awarded by San Francisco State University, and her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside.
Mark Thompson (Choctaw)
Mark has been the Business Manager for the Indian Dispute Resolution Services (IDRS, Inc.) a Native Non-Profit dedicated to dispute resolution in Indian Country for the past decade. There, Mark is responsible for overseeing the organization’s financial management. He also leads the organization’s programs on Native Microenterprise Development and Election Services. Prior to joining IDRS, Mark had experience in small business management, owning several ventures in the hospitality and entertainment industries. Mark has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law. He has served on AICRC’s board since 2012.
Damian Willson, (Sicangu Lakota/Seneca)
Mr. Damian Willson is a Project Officer and Tribal Liaison for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, providing financial and technical assistance to Tribes developing environmental programs and implementing environmental projects on their homelands. Mr. Willson obtained his B.S. in Environmental Policy, Planning, and Analysis from the University of California, Davis. He brings his passion for education and the environment to the agency, as well as his previous experience working with a largely American Indian service population. He has assisted with the development of community programs as a member of the Board of Directors of Intertribal Friendship House, and has also worked as a tutor in the after-school program at the American Indian Child Resource Center.
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Willson recognizes the unique challenges facing American Indians as we strive to maintain our language, our culture, our connection to the land, and each other, especially in an urban environment. He sees his role on the American Indian Child Resource Center Board of Directors as a way to help strengthen our community by providing support for those who need it most; children and families. Mr. Willson acknowledges that his individual accomplishments are only possible because people came before him to lay the foundation, and he is grateful to his family and friends for providing the support that he needed along the way. As a benefactor of the assistance and charity of so many, he feels a responsibility to provide the same kind of support to others, so that they may accomplish their goals. He looks forward to working with the Board to create partnerships that support existing programs, as well as the development of programs which increase the opportunities available to our future generations.