Board of Directors, Staff & Volunteers of the American Indian Center of Indiana, Inc.
AICI Board of Directors
Tony Castoreno (Lipan Apache)
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. Contact: email@example.com
Sally Tuttle (Choctaw)
A resident of Indiana for over 40 years, Sally is an enrolled citizen of the Choctaw Nation and was the first Executive Director of the American Indian Center of Indiana. She has been active in improving the lives of Indiana Native American Indians and Alaska Natives through her work with the American Indian Council in Lebanon and the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission (INAIAC). In addition, she was one of the co-founders of the INAIAC and was instrumental in creating the Native American license plate, which is the primary source of funding for the Commission. Sally has also been involved in several national organizations as both a representative and an advocate of Native American Indians. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Teri Cardwell (Shawnee Descent/Cherokee Descent)
Teri Cardwell, LCSW, ACSW, MSW is a life-long Indiana resident, and has lived in several communities throughout the state in both urban and more rural areas. She currently resides in Bloomington. Her profession as a graduate-prepared social worker has spanned substance use treatment, mental health, medical settings, and academia. She has served in various positions including executive leadership, as a therapist, an educator, and a community advocate.
Teri’s career spans more than three decades since earning the MSW degree at IUPUI School of Social Work. She has also been active in the community serving on numerous boards, special appointments to Governor’s Commissions, and has taught workshops on a variety of clinical topics, including cultural diversity and social policy. She also was appointed adjunct faculty to the IUPUI School os Social Work from 1999-2014.
Teri has been active in many social work issues through the Indiana Chapter of NASW, where she was chair of the public policy committee from 1997-2014, was awarded the Chapter Service award, and won election to national office as a member at large to the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She subsequently was chosen as the Indiana Region 7 Social Worker of the Year by NASW in 2013. Teri has been a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana since 1993.
Teri served on the American Indian Center of Indiana (AICI) board of directors from 2008-2014, holding office as treasurer from 2008-09 and board president from 2009-2014. Upon returning in 2019 from five years working on the East Coast, she was invited to join the AICI board once again and is the current secretary and HR committee chair.
Virgil Lewis (Pokagon)
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.