Serving Indiana's Indigenous Population Since 1992
Board
Board of Directors, Staff & Volunteers of the American Indian Center of Indiana, Inc.
 
 
AICI Board of Directors
 
Anita Ray (Shawnee/Cherokee descent)
Board Chair (and interim Volunteer/Member Coordinator)
Anita Ray has made a career in non-profit fund development and management.  Ray served as the director of development for several non-profit organizations including the Ruth Lilly Health Education Center, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, and the Humane Society of Indianapolis.  She served as finance director for the Pearson IN ’92 gubernatorial campaign and prior to that as deputy finance director for the Indiana Republican State Central Committee.  Ray attended Indiana University at Indianapolis and holds a Bachelor of Science from the Kelley School of Business and a Graduate Certificate from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  In 1988 Ray was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Robert D. Orr, and in 1995 she was awarded the designation of Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).  Ray was named the 2006 Fundraising Executive by the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter.
 
Tony Castoreno (Lipan Apache)
Vice Chair
Tony is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache tribe from southwest Texas.  He is from the Sun Otter Clan and a pipe carrier, an honor bestowed to a select few.  He was born in Indiana, but his Native roots have always had him involved with tribal issues around the country.  He is a journeyman brick and masonry carpenter and is known for his creative stone work. Tony joined the American Indian Movement in 1979.  Though AIM has had some issues with the Federal Government, they were founded on the principle to stand up for all Natives and their rights and to also to try to make amends for all the atrocities that have occurred to the Native population in the U.S.  Tony was one of the original founders of the American Indian Council and has delivered clothes and toys to various reservations.  He is a water drum maker and teacher and teaches traditional Apache songs.  He sits (plays) on various powwow drums and dances in his traditional Apache regalia.  Tony is also a teepee-maker and has won numerous awards for his authentic teepees and the items inside of it.  He has been Head Male dancer, Arena Director and Master of Arms for various powwows.  Tony donates his time volunteering for the American Indian Center and pulls their trailer to powwows and sets up their tents and booths.  Through the Indiana/Kentucky AIM, Tony hosted the Longest Walkers when they traveled through Indiana in 2013.
 
D. Bruce Brown (Sac and Fox)
Secretary/Treasurer
Bruce is of Sac and Fox heritage.  His great-grandfather was born on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Tama, Iowa.  Bruce grew up in a small town on the south side of Chicago and attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.  After college he found himself working in the food service industry and he managed several tablecloth and limited menu restaurants before becoming the Foodservice Director for three State prisons. Bruce served in that capacity for twenty-five years. During that time he furthered his education by earning the professional designations of Certified Dietary Manager (CDM) and Certified Nutritionist  (CN).  Bruce then worked for three years with the Indiana Department of Education as the Director of the Summer Foodservice Program for Children.  He is now retired and enjoys discovering his family history through several genealogy sites on the internet.
 
Virginia Majewski
Ginny Majewski, MSW, PhD, currently serves as Professor in the Indiana University School of Social Work. Her areas of teaching include: Community organizing, group work, social policy, program evaluation, and research (including a course she designed on Research with Indigenous Peoples).  All her teaching has a strong emphasis on experiential learning and culturally-competent practice. She co-designed and co-taught service-learning courses on American Indian reservations in South Dakota and continues her community relationships in the Lakota Nation.  Ginny has a strong interest in food and water security as a basic human right as well as indigenous and rural issues.
 
Robbie Bowling (Cherokee descent)
Robbie Bowling  has been a member of AICI since 2003 and an AICI board member since 2005.  Bowling has a BFA in graphic design, an Associates degree in fashion design, and three years of college in art education at IUPUI; and she is currently employed as a substitute teacher in Indianapolis.  She is also a two-year student of the Cherokee language taught by Crazy Bear Dixon.  She is a pow wow dancer and one who practices the Indian ways in every day living, to include prayer, consideration of Mother Earth, and the value of all life.  Her interests include raising pet rabbits, flowers and gardening, dancing, music and creative photography.  Bowling believes her mission at AICI is to assist in making important decisions and to offer support in attaining necessary goals.
 
Ralph Taylor (Choctaw descent)
Ralph Taylor, a Purdue graduate, is the Co-Coordinator of Welcoming Indianapolis (a project of the Immigrant Welcome Center and member of Welcoming America), Radio Analyst for Purdue Men’s Basketball, and an independent consultant. Ralph is currently Purdue University’s Representative on the Big Ten Advisory Commission, and serves on a variety of boards such as the Purdue University Health & Human Sciences Alumni Board, Citizens Police Complaint Board, American Indian Center of Indiana, Felege Hiywot Center, United Way of Central Indiana Committee on Diversity, Asian American Alliance Inc., and Indiana Partners of the Americas. He also serves as Community Advisor with the Assistance League of Indianapolis and is a member of the Indianapolis Race and Cultural Relations Leadership Network. He is also a Past President of the Downtown Rotary Club of Indianapolis and the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Board of Directors.
 
Dr. Lann Thompson (Eastern Band Cherokee)
Lann E. Thompson, EdD, MSSW, MA, ACSW, LCSW, LMFT was elected to the AICI Board in 1999. He has Cherokee heritage and began his career working on the Sioux Indian Reservations in South Dakota. He recently retired as the Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center at Riley Hospital for Children on the campus of Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN. For 32 years he held a clinical and associate faculty position with Indiana University School of Social Work teaching courses on death, dying, grief and loss while also serving as a social work field instructor and a clinician at the Riley Child Development Center working with families and their children with disabilities. While earning an MSSW at the University of Wisconsin, Lann was a LEND trainee at the Waisman Center. He also earned a MA and an EdD in counseling psychology from the University of South Dakota. He served a term as vice president for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) South Dakota Chapter, and has served as both vice president and president for the Indiana Chapter. In addition he was an elected representative six times for the NASW Delegate Assembly (1990–2005), and in 1999 he was chairperson for the Midwest Coalition. Lann also serves on the boards of the Indiana Telehealth Advisory Consortium and About Special Kids (formerly the Indiana Parent Information Network) and is Past President of that Board. In 1992, he was awarded the Social Worker of the Year Award for Indiana. In 2006 he was elected to the National Board of Directors of NASW as the Region VII representative for IN, OH, KY, TN and WV. He chaired the NASW Personnel Committee. Lann also served on the NASW National Committee for Racial and Ethnic Diversity. In 2007 he was elected to the National Board of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and is Chairperson for the Council on Interdisciplinary Services. He served on the Program, Council Chairs and Award Review Committees of the AUCD Board. Previously he was Co- Chair of the AUCD Communications, Committee and served on the 2008 Poster Review Committee. He has been a member of AAUAP/AUCD, since 1975 and has served on the National Training Directors Council and the National Community Education Directors Council. He also has served as a grant reviewer for MCH –LEND grants, as the chair of the review panel and as chair of a HRSA Small Provider Health Grants Review Panel. From 2008-2009 he served on the U.S. Health and Human Services, Office on Disability and Department of Labor Office on Disability Employment Policy,  Health Providers Health Care Curriculum Select Panel.
 
Elder Council
 
Don Smith (Crow)
(bio not available)
 
LeRoy Malaterre (Ojibwe)
LeRoy Malaterre grew up on Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota, part of the Chippewa tribe.  He served sixteen years in the Army Airborne Unit and then worked at General Motors where he retired after 31 years.  LeRoy is a founding board member of the American Indian Center and served as emcee at powwows around the state.  LeRoy enjoys woodworking and ballroom dancing in his spare time.
 
 
Office Staff
 
Doug Poe (Cherokee descent)
Executive Director
Doug Poe is the Executive Director/CEO of the American Indian Center of Indiana, Inc., a state wide not-for-profit organization serving Native Americans and Alaska Natives in the State of Indiana regarding workforce and employment issues.  The AICI office is located in the John H. Boner Center.  He is responsible for the overall operations of the Center.  Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director of the Center, he was Chairman of the Board.  Doug is a graduate of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., with a BS in Industrial Technology.  He is of Cherokee descent.
 
Mark Bush
WIA Case Manager
Mark Bush is from Michigan City Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University's School of Liberal Arts in 1989 with a Bachelors Degree In Political Science.   He began working for the American Indian Center Of Indiana in July of 2009 and serves as the case manager.  His job at AICI is provide qualified Native American participants with post secondary education assistance, job search assistance and other supportive services.  Bush worked for the State of Indiana in the Division Of Family and Children Services for 10 years prior to coming to The American Indian Center of Indiana.
 
Volunteers
 
Volunteer/Member Coordinator - VACANT
 
Sally Tuttle (Choctaw)
Website/Co-Social Media Manager
Sally Tuttle has assisted AICI with the website and social media since 2015, and serves in a similar capacity with other organizations around the state.  She is a retired Ivy Tech instructor and enjoys classic cars and spending time with her family.
 
 
 
 
Kerry Steiner
Print Newsletter Editor and Co-Social Media Manager
Kerry is a former U.S. Army Journalist who has served as a volunteer at AICI since 2008.  She currently serves as the Editor for AICI's quarterly print publication, Native Circles.  In the past Kerry has also done the monthly e-newsletters, website content and managed the social media network.  It is both her hope and her goal that these communication channels will unify the Indigenous community of Indiana.  In addition, Kerry is a professional genealogist and a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists; she has been tracing family trees since 1992.  In her free time, Kerry enjoys art, traveling and photography.
 
Gina Boltz
Contributing Editor/Native Village
Gina Boltz is a retired elementary teacher and serves AICI as a volunteer in the role of Contributing Editor.  She is also Director of Native Village Publications, an online news and educational resource for Native Peoples and their friends everywhere, and since 2006 has been Director of the Internet Youth Forum for The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers.  In the past, Gina served as a consultant for a PBS documentary on Nickelodeon entitled, "Native American Teens: Who We Are."  She was also the online writer and Editor of Turtle Tracks, a newsletter for Native youth, and she was a volunteer host for several of America Online live interview sessions, including those for Barbra Streisand and Russell Means.  Gina was born near Pittsburgh and grew up in Lordstown, Ohio. She now lives in northwest Ohio with her husband and their many pets. Her hobbies include reading, gardening, films, and networking.
 
Tony Burnett (Cherokee descent)
Veteran's Advocate
Tony is an Ordained Minister and a retired disabled veteran. Prior to retiring, Tony was a Certified Medical Quality Manager, Certified Tissue Banking Specialist, Certified Eye Bank Technician, Certified Surgical Technologist and was the Director of the Methodist Hospital Eye and Tissue Transplant Bank, Quality Manager of Indiana Organ Procurement Organization Tissue Bank, Quality Director Donor Services of Indiana and Founding Director of the Northern Indiana Eye Bank. He was a Vietnam-era veteran and spent five years on active duty in the Navy and five years in the Army Reserve. He is a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Native American Veterans Association and the Association of Interfaith Ministers. He has been volunteering for AICI since November 2012.
 
Barnes and Thornburg
Legal Advisor
With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg LLP is one of the largest law firms in the United States. We rely on dedicated administrative and support staff to assist our legal personnel in providing professional services to our more than 12,000 clients. We offer employees competitive salaries and benefits, and provide them with an environment conducive to a productive workplace.