MEET THE TEAM
Eric Sanchez is the Executive Director for Pukúu Cultural Community Services. Eric is both Navajo and Mexican and hails from Long Beach, California. Eric’s clans are Kinyaa’aanii and Nakai Dine,
while his father is Tejano from San Antonio, Texas, while some of Eric’s mother’s family is also Mexican- Eric believes strongly in honoring all sides of his heritage. Eric has worked as a
Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau, a Research Analyst with the Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange (TLCEE) program, Program Associate with the Leadership Development in Interethnic Relations (LDIR) program and most recently worked as a Care Coordinator for Seven Generations Child and Family Services with United American Indian Involvement (UAII) in downtown Los Angeles for close to seven years. Eric earned three degrees at
the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA): a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Juris Doctorate in Law, and a Masters in American Indian Studies at UCLA. Eric was very involved during his time at UCLA, serving as a member of the American Indian Student Association, Native American Law Students Association, the Indigenous Peoples’ Journal of Law, Culture and Resistance, and as staff/volunteer with the American Indian Recruitment (AIR) project. During his studies at UCLA, Eric was able to work with Indigenous communities in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Brazil, and was trained in various indigenous methodologies, especially in terms of
research and organizing. Eric currently serves on the boards of the American Indian Community Council and the American Indian Alumni of UCLA. Eric has previously served on the Board of
Directors for Pukúu Cultural Community Services for 8 years before resigning and accepting the Executive Director position earlier in 2019.
Avril Cordova is an enrolled member of the Taos Pueblo Tribe of Taos, New Mexico on her father’s side and daughter of enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge SD on her mother’s side. Avril was an important part of the collaborative team at Seven Generations Child and Family Services Prevention & Aftercare program through United American Indian Involvement in Los Angeles as a Care Coordinator for more than 13 years.
Avril is the owner/operator of AC and Associates providing training, consultation and community engagement services all over Indian country.
Waunshila Jealous Of Him is an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, by her Father, Gary Prettybird, who is from the Redshirt Table District and her Mother, Deborah JealousOfHim, who is from the Porqupine District, both of Pineridge, South Dakota.
Waunshila was born in Rapid City, South Dakota and raised in Northern California on the Hupa Reservation. She is a proud mother of 3 sons, 2 daughters and role models a positive lifestyle to her children. Waunshila goes back to Pineridge to be with Family and attend Ceremony when she can.
Waunshila has been involved with the American Indian/Alaskan Native Community throughout Northern and Southern California for 23 years. She is currently employed at the United American Indian Involvement, Seven Generations Child and Family Services, as Care Coordinator for 7 years for the Dept of Mental Health and Prevention and Aftercare programs.
Justine Medina is a member of the Navajo Nation, Ho-Chunk and Menominee. Justine's passion for empowering the Native community started at the age of 15 when she started to volunteer for the American Indian Community Council and is a proud board member today. She is currently a Community Organizer at the California Native Vote Project.
Justine received her B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles and a M.A. in International Administration from the University of Denver (DU). Growing up in Inglewood and Pico Rivera, she calls Los Angeles County home.
Susan Jackson is a member of Ft. Yuma Quechan Tribe and Laguna Pueblo from the village of Paguate (Badger Clan and Coyote Clan). Susan currently a Care Coordinator at United American Indian Involvement in the Seven Generations Department in the Prevention and Aftercare Program. Susan has a Bachelor’s in Science in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
Susan is a pow wow dancer and has traveled to many pow wows throughout Indian country. Susan held a princess title as Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Princess 2014-2015. Susan has also hosted/coordinate different pow wow pageants. Susan has had the honors to be apart of head staff as the Head Woman Dancer at many different Pow Wows. Susan has coordinated the AICC Pow Wow and AICC foodbooth. Susan is honored to be apart of AICC as a Board Member and continue to strive for community wellness and engagement.
GEORGE LONE ELK
Bio coming soon
Hupa/Yurok- registered Hupa Tribal Member. Owner of Native Ragazza.
Roberta Javier was born in Nampa, Idaho, raised in Arizona, Oklahoma and California. Her ancestors are Cherokee/ Sac and Fox. Sadly, breaks in the family chain due to adoptions and removal have made successful lineage completion and enrollment impossible.
Roberta was raised in LA County foster homes from 1958-1968. She was discouraged/punished when she wore braids,researched/learned native ways and for participating in any contact with other native people or functions. She left foster care at 16 and married to emancipate. Now, Roberta has 1 son, 3 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Once her children were over 18, she returned to school.
Roberta received her AA at LA City College, her BA in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley in 2005 and her Master in Social Work at Cal State, Los Angeles in 2009.
Roberta started working for Department of Children and Family Services just prior to her master's thesis completion and award of her MSW. She began her employment with DCFS and stayed in the American Indian Unit for 11 1/2 year career before retiring in August 2018. Currently she continues and loves her volunteer work in the community, improving lives of our community, especially those in out of home/foster care.