Pablo Diego Viramontes (Nha Nhu-Otomi)

President

Pablo joined IHC’s Board in August 2005. He is a master artist and craftsman and a graduate of San Jose State University. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from San Jose State University, and has a 35 year record of teaching in the Santa Clara County office of the Education Alternative School. Now retired, he is very involved in the 500 mile run, which he has actively supported for the last 34 years. For the run, he is a spiritual leader and caretaker of the drum. He is a supporter of the Bear dance and Sun Dance and other ceremonial events in the San Jose area, and is nationally and regionally recognized for his visual art work. He has three children, all of whom are adults, and currently has 3 beautiful grandchildren.

Chris Mele, M.D. (Seneca)

Vice President

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Mike Liu (Navajo)

Treasurer

Mr. Liu has over 13 years experience in Safety and Mission Assurance, serving as Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, Deputy Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, Associate Director of Safety and Mission Assurance, Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer, Software Assurance and Quality for Flight and Spacecraft projects for an Agency of the Federal Government. Mr. Liu has over 25 years experience in Data Acquisition and Instrumentation Systems for aerospace testing facilities as Deputy Branch Chief, Development Group Leader, Project Manager, and Task Manager. Mr. Liu’s cultural background is Navajo, English, Irish, and German. Mr. Liu is born for the Many Goats Clan. Mr. Liu was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Oregon, Washington, and California. Mr. Liu has been a board member since June, 2016.

Paulette Pico (Navajo)

Secretary

Paulette Thomas Pico (Navajo Nation) Dziłtł’ahnii (Mountain Cove Clan) and born for Naasht’ézhí Dine’é (Zuni Clan), Maternal Grandfather’s clan – Tsé Nahabiłnii (Sleep-Rock People Clan) and Paternal Grandfather’s clan – Tó’aheedlíinii (Water-Flows-Together Clan). Paulette is carrying on the family tradition by working as a Principal System Engineer with Roche Molecular Systems. She is a Sequoyah Fellow of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and a member of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Paulette and her family actively participate in community events which promote diversity and cultural awareness such as Interfaith events, school events, American Indian gatherings while being a parent to three. Paulette joined the board in July of 2016 and proudly serves as the Secretary.

Cheryl Marsden (Tlingit-Haida-Tsimpsian)

Member

Cheryl has been on the Board since April 2006. She is a member of the IHC’s Diabetes Community Advisory Committee (DCAC) and has been involved with the Committee’s efforts to reach out and educate the community about diabetes. She is also a Patient Advocate in the Community Health Partnership’s Patient Advocacy Program that trains clients how to speak to legislators and other officials about the need for health care services. Cheryl has volunteered at many IHC events over the years. Cheryl has been the Recording Secretary and Vice President of the Tlingit/Haida San Francisco Central Council and is an enrolled member.

Amy Lopez (Choctaw)

Member

Amy joined the IHC Board in 2013. Amy is a well-rounded person who has had experience and expertise in banking, bookkeeping, and financial aid for Native American higher education. She is an enrolled member of the Mississippi Choctaw tribe of Oklahoma. She is also a fourth generation Mexican – American. She is very proud of her heritage. Amy has general interest in health and well-being of Native communities. She believes that having the opportunity to serve on the Board will not only allow her to lend her expertise and knowledge while giving back to her community, but also help her acquire leadership skills needed for success.

Gerardo Loera

Member

Gerardo joined the IHC Board of Directors, in September of 2017. He was born in Santa Cruz, CA to Molly Lucero Munoz (Pueblo – Roswell, NM) and Juan Loera (Pame – Aramberri, Nuevo Leon, MX). Being raised in San Jose, Gerardo has been serving the urban-indigenous community for over twenty-years, personally and professionally. He currently serves as the Program Coordinator for the Washoe Tribe of NV & CA Native TANF Program. In this role, he develops, implements and oversees programming in both Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. In addition, he brings years of expertise as a mental health professional working with youth and families, throughout Santa Clara County. Gerardo and his wife are keepers of tradition and ceremony, within their respective communities; they are passionate about living life with the intention of healing generations of the past-present-and-future, starting with themselves. Gerardo hopes that his cultural collateral, professional experience and long-standing connection to community will be an asset to the IHC Board of Directors and the community it serves.

Bryan Curtis (Navajo)

Member

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