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 
 
 
Tony Castoreno (Lipan Apache)
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.
 
 
Patrick Bea (Cherokee descent)
Vice Chair
Patrick was born here in Indianapolis. He moved to San Diego, CA when he was four with his family when his father was transferred serving his country as U.S. Navy corpsman. Patrick also served in the Navy. Patrick have lived in many parts of the U.S.and the world in the military. He was also an EFL teacher in Japan teaching at a high school and a university for 10 years.
Patrick is a graduate of University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He had also attend Southwestern School of Law and San Diego State University. Patrick has an extensive family background including a direct relationship with the Cherokee Burns family. He has been very active with the San Diego Cherokee Community - an At-Large citizens' group of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma since 2008.
 
 
D. Bruce Brown (Sac and Fox descent)
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.
 
 
Robbie Bowling (Cherokee descent)
Acting Secretary
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.
 
 
Dr. Lann Thompson (Cherokee descent)
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.
 
 
 
Daniel Coffey
Volunteer Coordinator
Daniel Coffey, MDiv, BA, CMC is the Department Staff Chaplain for the Indiana State Police, beginning in 2006. In this capacity he coordinates three programs: the ISP Volunteer Chaplain program comprising 50 volunteer district chaplains; the ISP Critical Incident Stress Management Team; and the ISP Employee Assistance Program. He previously served as the Senior Chaplain / Chaplain Program Coordinator for the Fort Wayne Police Department and has continuously served as a police chaplain since his original appointment in 1993. The purpose of this ministry is to support emergency responders and victims of crime or accidents / disasters. Following the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01, he assisted the Port Authority Police Department at the World Trade Center by invitation through the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Chaplain Coffey is a charter member of the Indiana State Suicide Prevention Advisory Committee. Throughout his career Pastor Coffey has served three Lutheran parishes. He has a deep appreciation for the spiritual side of life and seeks to walk in beauty following the seven Grandfather Teachings. For health benefits and in an effort to live more fully in harmony with creation, Father Daniel enjoys adhering to a nutrient dense vegan menu.
 
 
Elder Council
 
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
 
Executive Director -- Carolina Castoreno-Santana
 
 
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
 
 
Kerry Steiner
Print Newsletter Editor
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.
 
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.