Mary Trimble Norris, Executive Director                                                                                                                    (510) 208-1870 x 305


Youth Services

Erick Aleman, After School Program Coordinator (510) 208-1870 x 312

Erick (Salvadoran-American) was born and raised in the Bay Area. He received his BA in Sociology and Minor in Education from the University of California, Davis. Erick has been working with youth for close to 8 years in various capacities, with an emphasis on college admissions and post-secondary opportunities. Erick’s is the After-School Program Coordinator for the Indian Education Center; he is responsible for the oversight of the after-school program, as well as providing direct services to students.

Manny Lieras, Title VI Indian Education Coordinator                                                                                                (510) 208-1870 x 319


Manny (Navajo & Comanche) has worked with AICRC for over 15 years. Currently he is the Title VI Indian Education Coordinator. Manny moved from San Diego, CA after receiving his BA from San Diego State University to Oakland to work with inner-city / urban American Indian youth at AICRC. Manny has established himself as a influential role model and change agent in the Oakland Intertribal community. Manny has many talents and wears many hats. When he’s not working at the American Indian Child Resource Center you might find him volunteering to teach pow wow drumming and singing or producing a film with Injunuity (

Joshua Hoyt, PONY Program Coordinator                                                                                                                 (510) 208-1870 x 318

Joshua (Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa) cares about education, Indigenous issues, youth advocacy, cooking, and storytelling. As the PONY (Preparing Oakland Native Youth) program coordinator he gets to do a little of each. 

Ben Shleffar, Program Assistant / Gardner                                                                                                          (510) 208 1870 x 310


Ben (Blackfeet) is a Traditional Native American Farmer Association TANAFA trained farmer / gardener. 

Devina Miller, Tutor / Program Assistant (510) 208-1870 x 311


Devina Miller is Oglala Lakota and Costa Rican. She has grown up in Oakland and is an AICRC alumni. She has received her bachelors degree at Humboldt State University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Native American Studies. Devina will be working as an AICRC tutor along with assisting in IEC programs. She looks forward to continue working with the indigenous youth of the Bay Area and to see her students become leaders for the next generations to come.

Social Services

Darlyn Tsosie MSW,   Foster Care Supervisor  (510) 208-1870 x 315


Darlyn (Navajo), has worked at AICRC for over 10 years and receiving her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Currently,  she is the Foster Care Supervisor and Administrator and Bay Area Collaboration of American Indian Resources (BACAIR) Team Decision Making (TDM) Coordinator for Alameda County. Her responsibilities include recruitment, certification of foster homes and keeping foster homes in regulation to Community Care Licensing.  She is   responsible for placement of Native children in foster care looking for caring Native foster homes and working with Child Protective Service and Native American Tribes regarding ICWA compliance. As a Team Decision Making Coordinator she also provided Native identified families in the child welfare system culturally appropriate resources through collaborations with other Native programs and agencies.

Andrew DeMers LMFT, Therapist (510) 208-1870 x 303

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Andrew was born in Troy, NY and is of European, African, and other decent. He received his Bachelor’s of Arts in Dance from Hunter College with the City University of New York in 1998. He then went on to receive a Master’s of Science in Teaching at Pace University in New York, NY. He taught for four years in Red Hook, Brooklyn; in elementary and special education. Andrew received his Master’s of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA in 2010. He has been working in the field of mental health ever since. He currently attends Alliant International University in Sacramento, CA in pursuit of a Doctorate of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is excited to be a member of AICRC’s staff as the Project Director for the Native American Child Abuse Treatment grant and will be providing individual, group, and family counseling through AICRC’s various programs.