Ashley Tuomi, DHSc - Chief Executive Officer
Ashley Tuomi is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon. She grew up in a military family traveling around the United States. When she returned to Oregon, she became very active with her tribe and participated in tribal royalty for seven years. This experience became the stepping stone to her career serving the health needs of the American Indian/Alaska Native population. She graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology while working as a Certified Nursing Assistant at a nursing home. She then went on to get her Master of Health Policy and Administration from Washington State University. During the summer she interned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working with American Indian/Alaska Native grantees. She used this experience and completed her thesis on Secondary Prevention of Diabetes Complications in AI/AN members from the Eastern Band of Cherokee and tribes in Oklahoma.
After school she began working at United American Indian Involvement in Los Angeles as the Associate Director of Health Services. Her experience included a national RPMS training for Urban Indian Clinics, quality improvement, policy revisions, grant writing, and program development. Ashley also served as the Executive Director for a tribal consortium clinic. Recently Ashley graduated from A.T Still University with a Doctorate in Health Sciences. Her manuscript was titled Dental Anxiety in American Indians and Alaska Natives Ashley is dedicated to improving the health of American Indians/ Alaska Natives and has a passion for serving the Urban Indian population. She welcomes the opportunity to meet other Natives around the country and to learn the culture and customs of other tribes.
Chasity Dial, MPA - Chief Operations and Human Resource Officer
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.
Dr. Alice Kachman, MD - Medical Director/Provider
Alice Kachman, MD is board-certified in Internal Medicine (doctors for adults). She graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1997. She has a B.S. in Radiologic Technology from Madonna U. in Livonia, MI. Prior to joining AIHFS, she was a PCP in Ypsilanti, MI. Prior to that practice, she was a hospitalist (doctors who take care of patients in the hospital) at Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. She lives in Livonia with her husband Bruce. They enjoy driving Bruce’s classic cars (AMC/AMX) and going antiquing. “I look forward to becoming part of the AIHFS family: it feels like I am home.”
Glenn Wilson, MS - Behavioral Health Director
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.
Nickole Fox, MA - Community Wellness Director
Nickole (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)!
John Lemire, JD - Chairperson of the Board
John J. Lemire is an enrolled member of the Grand Portage Band, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. He is currently Chairperson of the American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan (AIHFS). John is an attorney and served as a Family Court Referee in Wayne County Michigan for 29 years before retiring. He has served as past Chair of the American Indian Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, and is Vice Chair of Michigan Indian Legal Services, associated with Legal Services Corporation, Washington D.C. In this capacity, Michigan Indian Legal Services was instrumental in obtaining Federal recognition for several Tribes in Michigan. As a member of the Board of AIHFS, he is eager to assist Urban Indian individuals and families receive quality health care through modern as well as traditional means. John is has been married to Marlene for over 40 years and they have two children, Genevieve and John Skye.
Marilyn A. Roubidoux, M.D. - Vice-President
Dr. Roubidoux is a Professor of Radiology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine. She completed a Bachelor's Degree at Brigham Young University in 1969, graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1984, completing a Radiology Residency and fellowship at Duke University Hospital in 1990, and Board Certification in Radiology. She is an enrolled member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and an AAIP (American Association of Indian Physicians) member for 25 years. She is an author of 83 peer reviewed scientific publications, 180 scientific presentations and she is a funded investigator on NIH grants in Radiology. She serves in the Spirit of Eagles Network for Cancer Control, on the Board of Directors of the American Indian Health and Family Services Clinic in urban Detroit, and is collaborating with the Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service in providing Telemammography to the reservations. She works to improve cancer education, access and research among American Indians and Alaska Natives and to increase the number of Native students into medical school.
Marcia A. Ryan -Secretary
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 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.
Kirsten Matoy Carlson - Member at Large
Kirsten Matoy Carlson is an associate professor at Wayne State University Law School and an adjunct associate professor of Political Science. Dr. Carlson teaches federal Indian law, civil procedure, and legal change. Her research focuses on legal advocacy and law reform, with particular attention to the various strategies used by Indian nations and indigenous groups to reform federal Indian law and policy effectively. Dr. Carlson currently serves on the State Bar of Michigan Standing Committee on American Indian Law. Prior to joining Wayne Law, she advocated nationally and internationally to protect the rights of Indian nations as a staff attorney at the Indian Law Resource Center. Dr. Carlson received her J.D. cum laude and a Ph.D. (political science) from the University of Michigan, a M.A. with distinction (Maaori studies) from the University of Wellington, New Zealand, and a B.A. (international studies) from The Johns Hopkins University. She is a descendant of the Cherokee Nation, who enjoys participating in traditional activities with her husband (Michigan Anishinaabe, enrolled at Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) and her two children.
Gerard Heath - Member at Large
Gerard Heath is a current medical student at the University of Michigan Medical School and is a descendent of the Moravian Band of the Delaware Nation. Gerard is active in the Native community both locally and nationally, as the former chair of Native American Affairs at the University of Michigan Medical School and current at-large member of the Association of Native American Medical Students. Gerard is a former AIHFS employee who worked in the medical clinic at AIHFS during his gap year and is excited to be back 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 Rocky Mountain region.
Essi Hollier-Jackson - Member at Large
A proud and registered member of the Muscogee Creek Nation. Essi Hollier-Jackson 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.
Fayelene D. Locklear - Member at Large
Fayelene 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.
Thurman "Blue" Bear - Facilities, Safety and Transportation Manager
Blue is an enrolled member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and a recognized descendant of Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. He is a dedicated uncle, brother and son to his family and friends. He has many interests and hobbies, one of them being cooking balanced meals that nourish the body and the soul. He believes that we truly are what we eat and that we all need to eat for success. He’s also one of the founding members of the Dream Seekers youth group.
Chloe Beard - Certified Medical Billing Coordinator
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!”
Rosa M. Benitez-Bear - Healthy Start Community Health Worker
Rosa was born and raised here in Southwest Detroit. She is active in the Hispanic and Native American communities through pow wows, conferences, exhibitions and community outreach activities. Currently she is a Community Health Worker here at AIHFS with the Healthy Start Program. Her passion and goal is to make a difference in these young, beautiful families’ lives, by being instrumental and helpful in empowering them as functional, healthy and proud individuals. She is also a Certified Lactation Counselor thrilled to serve and encourage the young mothers the beauty and healthier way to give their infants a better beginning from prenatal stage through at least six months to a year.
Mary Alice Bernier, LMSW - Behavioral Health Therapist
Mary Alice graduated from Wayne State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work and is fully licensed. Her focus while at Wayne State University was Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Mary Alice enjoys teaching others about this model and how to utilize it in daily life. She has worked in several different settings including an inpatient psychiatric unit, at a skilled nursing facility, and through providers for both Wayne and Oakland Community Mental Health. During her free time, Mary Alice enjoys hiking, reading, and mycology (the branch of biology concerned with the study of fungus). She is also trying to improve her cooking skills and likes to make vegetarian bacon out of tofu.
Christy Bieber - Weneniiganzejik: Future Leaders Program Coordinator
Christy Bieber (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) is the Weneniiganzejik: Future Leaders Program Coordinator at AIHFS. She received her B.S. in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan. She is passionate about her work, the youth in our community, and developing/strengthening the use of the Ojibwe language. She also enjoys fancy shawl dancing, playing tennis, and spending time with her family.
Fred Blaisdell, B.Sc. - Case Manager
Shekóli! Fred Blaisdell ní yúkyats. On^yote?a ká ni?í. Wakeskle wake niwaki?taló t^. Hello everyone, my name is Fred Blaisdell and I am bear clan from the Oneida Nation of the Thames.” Fred is a recent graduate of Cornell University, located in the heart of Haudenosaunee territory, and is excited to be back home in Anishinabe territory. He is an alum of the Dream Seekers Youth Program and hopes to give back to the AIHFS community and help patients coordinate health care. Fred loves to cook at home and has a chocolate lab named Ohkwali. He is inspired by Indigenous leaders such as Deskaheh that continue to stand up for the rights of Indigenous Peoples against forced colonization.
Stephanie Boyd - CAC/Site Manager
Stephanie 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, AA - Clinic Office Coordinator
Sa:go, Casey is Mohawk and a registered member of the Muncey Delaware nation. Casey received her A.A. Degree from Schoolcraft college. She stays actively involved in the native community by attending powwows, conferences, and community outreach events. Casey enjoys, reading, crafts, learning new things, and spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Brant - SOC Care Coordinator
Sa:go, aanii, Sarah is Mohawk and a member of the Muncey Delaware nation. Sarah is an active advocate in the native community having a background in community outreach and program management. Sarah was with the North American Indian Association for 10 years and is very eager and happy to begin a new journey of growth and opportunity here at AIHFS. She is an avid beader and enjoys powwows, crafts, and time with family and friends.
Lesley Burnham, AA - Accounting Assistant
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.
Ernesto Carmona - Facilities Assistant/Driver
Ernesto went to school at Phlebotomy Career Training. He is a certified CNA, MA and Phlebotomist EKG tech. His inspiration is his son because feels he makes him a better person. One of Ernesto's goals is to start a father's parental rights group to help good fathers regain and retain their parental rights. In his spare time he likes to play sports, spend time with his son, nephews and nieces. Ernesto is glad to be here at AIHFS and is more than willing to help out in any way that he can.
Melissa Chivis, LLMSW - Behavioral Health Specialist
"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 the Behavioral Health Specialist in the medical clinic. 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.
Aimee Cisler, LLMSW - Healthy Start, Family Spirit,and MIHP
Aimee 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!
Julie Collins-Marquez, MSN FNP-BC - Family Nurse Practitioner and Wellness Coach
Julie completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She worked as a registered nurse for 14 years with mostly pediatric patients with chronic illness in the hospital, at home, and as a School Nurse. Julie’s experience as a Nurse Practitioner includes working with older adults at a Wellness Center and at a clinic that served clients without health insurance. Her strengths lie in health promotion, chronic disease support, and connecting patients to community resources. Julie strongly believes in patient empowerment and building collaborative partnerships. She spends her free time enjoying her family and 3 rescue dogs. Her hobbies are thrifting, home decorating, taking walks, and reading.
Bob Davis, MBA - Finance Manager
Bob Davis is the System of Care Project Director and is a citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians in Manistee, Michigan. Bob is originally from Michigan but lived in Denver, Colorado from 1980 until June, 2000 when he returned to work for the Little River Band. He met his wife in Denver and has two daughters, ages 22 and 26. In June, 2012 he and his wife relocated in the Detroit area to be closer to family and friends. Bob has a BS degree in Allied Health Teacher Education from Ferris State and received an MBA from the University of Colorado. He enjoys reading, sports, fishing and playing golf in his free time and is very happy to be here working for the Indian community again.
Keith Dayson - Cultural Services Coordinator
"Aanii, I'm Keith Dayson and I'm the new Cultural Services Coordinator." Keith's tribe is the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. He is from Dowagiac, Michigan and currently residing in Wayne, Michigan. Keith drums and sings on Painted Rock, a Native American drum group.
William F. Dial - Facilities
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
Nina 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.
Josette French, MD - Physician
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.
Chantel Henry, BAA - REACH Coordinator
"Boozhoo. Giniwkwe n’diazhinikaaz. Myeengun n’doodem. Deshkan ziibiing ndoojiba. Anishinaabe kwe ndaw. Hello. My name is Golden Eagle women, aka Chantel Henry." Chantel is Wolf clan from Antler River (Chippewa of the Thames First Nations). She was raised in Southwest Detroit and on Chippewa of the Thames First Nations reservation in Ontario Canada. She has a Bachelor’s of Applied Arts in Public Health Education with a Substance Abuse Prevention Minor from Central Michigan University. She is happy to be in a new position at AIHFS as REACH Coordinator. She is very grateful to be working with the Detroit Urban Native Community, as her family did before moving back to their home reservation. She is blessed to be a mom of 3 beautiful children, two daughters and a son. Family and friends are most important to her and she loves spending her free time with them, especially traveling to her reservation to visit. "Chi Miigwetch Baamaapii."
Martha Hinojosa - Youth Program Coordinator
"I believe that if I can keep a youth on the red road, sober, it can open up more doors for opportunities-educational and other-that I wasn't able to take advantage of growing up."
Martha (Walpole Island Ojibwe, Crane Clan) is a mother of two and a grandmother of five. She has been a youth prevention educator at American Indian Health and Family Services since 1999. She is also a Certified Prevention Consultant. Her work has included parenting programs, traditional activities, youth prevention programs, fundraising, community gardening, cooking classes, nutrition education and community giving, among other things. Martha's vision is to see an alcohol and drug free future for American Indian families.
Roberta Hirshon, LMSW - Consultant
Roberta 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.
Don James - Facilities Assistant/Driver
I Would like to say how fortunate I am to work with such kind and caring people. My native heritage comes from my mother, which is the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. When not at work, my time is spent on my rental properties business, which I just started two years ago. I like attending sporting events, concerts and have partial season tickets for the Tigers. I have a good family and wonderful friends. I look forward to working here.
Tina James - Executive Administrator
Tina (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.
Lauren Lockhart, MSW - Sacred Bundle Project Program Manager
Lauren Lockhart is the new Manidookewigashkibjigan Sacred Bundle Program Manager. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. Lauren's professional background is in behavioral health and project management. In her spare time, she likes to crochet, bake, and spend time with friends. Lauren is very excited to be joining the AIHFS family!
Shiloh Maples, MSW - SNAP-Ed & BALAC Grant Program Coordinator
Shiloh (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 has family roots in Six Nations, Ontario; Taos Pueblo, N.M. and the Sault Ste Marie Band of Chippewa Indians.
He enjoys the various roles he has here which include: agencywide and program specific community outreach efforts which include creation, distribution of print and web-based messaging, coordinating our monthly community advisory council meetings and developing our web presence.
"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."
Karen M. Marshall - Sacred Bundle Outreach and Training Coordinator
Karen is a former AIHFS Board member and volunteer with the Sacred Bundle youth suicide prevention program, now very happily working full-time on the project. Community-based suicide prevention is so close to her heart, and she particularly enjoys teaching and training life-saving skills. Her professional career began as a journalist with the Lansing State Journal, and she was a reporter for print and broadcast organizations for many years. For the past nearly 25 years, she has been involved with suicide prevention, intervention, and post-vention in several areas of the country. She is glad to be back in her home state of Michigan, and to be working with this community! Her father’s family was First Nations and French Canadian, her mother’s family is all Italian.
Tomeka McKague - Medical Assistant
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
Rachel Menge, LMSW - Clinical Supervisor
Rachel is the Clinical Supervisor for the Behavioral Health department at AIHFS. Rachel received both a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree and a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Loyola University Chicago. Rachel has special training in mental health treatment and has worked in a variety of clinical and administrative roles before joining AIHFS, including inpatient psychiatric treatment and community mental health. Rachel enjoys seeing the people she works with improve and develop their inner strength. She also enjoys working with new and developing therapists, and enhancing her clinical skills by attending lectures and trainings. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and family, traveling (most recently Iceland and Ireland), running, and cooking. Rachel enjoys working at AIHFS because of the welcoming atmosphere and focus on holistic wellness.
Shelly Nimocks-Hinshaw - Office Coordinator
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’
Irianna Peraza - Office Coordinator
"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.
Joe Reilly, LLMSW - Youth Program Assistant
Joe (Cherokee, Irish, and Italian American) has been part of the Native American community at AIHFS for over a decade. Joe enjoys working with youth and their families in the Dream Seekers prevention program. Joe is also a singer and songwriter and shares his music with audiences throughout Turtle Island. In 2012 Joe helped produce a CD with the youth at AIHFS entitled “We Are Dream Seekers.” Sales of this CD benefit youth programs at AIHFS. Joe received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a specialization in working with children, youth, and families.
Dustin Sample - Systems Administrator
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.
Rosebud Schneider, CLC - Program Assistant (SNAP-ED/BALAC)
Rosebud is an enrolled member of Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and a recognized descendant of Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. Rosebud has been a part of the Native community in Detroit her entire life. She is one of the original members of the Dreamseekers Youth Group at AIHFS. Rosebud is a fancy dancer and has traveled to powwows throughout the US and Canada. She is a Zumba instructor with aspirations to be a certified group fitness instructor. Her passion is in family health and wellness with an emphasis in breastfeeding nutrition. She is a proud mother of two beautiful children, Kateri and Sonny. Her lifelong goal is to teach her children the beauty of connecting the present world with the past, and to live a well-rounded healthy life with the knowledge of our ancestral ways. Although her career began in the accounting field, Rosebud feels that her true calling is to work among families, helping any way she can. She is currently enrolled at Henry Ford College and is working towards her degree in Community Leadership. Rosebud enjoys spending time with her friends and family, traveling and watching her children grow.
Michelle Vincil – Certified Medical Coder
Michelle has been the medical coder at AIHFS since October 2014. She has been married 20 yrs & is the mother of two girls & a boy. She loves being with them, reading, WWII history, family history, camping, and gardening. Michelle is a volunteer with FamilySearch.org as an indexer. Having had her own experiences with family illness, her goal as a coder is to help lessen families’ burdens during illness at least on the financial side by doing her job well. She has enjoyed learning about the Native American culture and being a part of serving the community.
Darius Watkins - Sacred Bundle Program Assistant
He 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."
Eric L. Wilkins, LLMSW - Behavioral Health Therapist
After spending nearly 30 years in San Diego, California, Eric returned to Detroit to be nearer to his family members, return to college & to be a part of the city’s renaissance. Upon the completion of his Wayne State University internship, he was invited to stay on as a member of the Behavioral Health therapy team. This honor allows him to live out his dream of giving back to the community. Eric practices meditation, Tai Chi & guitar regularly. He also enjoys traveling, painting & poetry.