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


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.

Jill K Therrien, MA, MFTi                                                                                                                                               (510) 208-1870 x 317

Jill (Anishinaabe) is from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan.  She is a descendant from her Detroit elders who gave her the inspiration to seek higher education in the field of social work.  She has lived and worked in Oakland for 13 years in various arts and therapy communities.  Jill joined AICRC’s staff in 2014 after receiving her Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in expressive arts and narrative therapies.  Jill works in both the IEC after school program and social services, providing art education and therapy to our youth.