Pablo Diego Viramontes (Nha Nhu-Otomi)


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.

Committee(s): Executive Committee and Nominating Committee

Charlene Eigen-Vasquez (Ohlone)


Charlene joined the IHC Board in 2020. She was born and raised in San Jose. She is a descendant of the Ohlone people. She is a strong community advocate and community volunteer. She is honored to help support the work of IHCSV. Charlene offers extensive board experience, having served on a number of non-profit boards and committees in both California and Minnesota. In terms of professional experience, Charlene has served as an Adjunct Professor teaching Ethnic Studies. She has also held several positions in corporate legal departments negotiating contracts, addressing issues of compliance and matters of privacy. As a life-long learner, Charlene has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Service Administration, from San Jose State University, a M.A. in Mexican-American Studies from San Jose State University, and a Juris Doctorate from Mitchell Hamline School of Law where she studied Indian Law and Health Law.

Committee(s): Executive Committee and Nominating Committee

Paulette Pico (Navajo)

Board Treasurer

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.

Committee(s): Executive Committee and Nominating Committee

Lisa Aguirre (Oglala Lakota Sioux)

Board Secretary

Lisa became an IHCSCV Board Member, in 2019. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming and raised in San Jose, California, where she currently resides. Her tribal affiliation is Oglala Lakota Sioux. Lisa has been a patient IHCSCV for over 40-years, as well as an active community member. She is a former Special Education Paraeducator for Santa Clara County Office of Education, where she worked for 15- years. Since 2006, Lisa has worked in the capacity of Senior Citizen Care Provider for In Home Supportive Services of Santa Clara County. As a student, Lisa studied medicine and the pharmaceuticals industry. She enjoys creative art and Mother Nature. Lisa looks forward to her future endeavors as an active IHCSCV Board Member, strengthening the Circle for Health, Balance and Wellness.


Committee(s): Executive Committee and Nominating Committee

Cheryl Marsden (Tlingit-Haida-Tsimpsian)


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.

Committee(s): Audit Committee

Soma de Bourbon (Blackfeet)


SOMA received her B.A. in Native American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Program at UC Santa Cruz. She has taught classes in Women’s Studies, Asian-American Studies, as well as Sociology.

Her students have strung up hundreds of shirts across campus, each garment representing a victim of violence, and hung red dresses, each representing a missing or murdered indigenous woman.

De Bourbon, whose ancestry is Blackfeet Indian and French, is also the faculty advisor to the Native American Student Association, at SJSU.

Her research has centered on the ways in which Native people are viewed as property through enslavement and detention, lack of enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act, and cultural appropriation.