Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Billy is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation with a Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of California, Riverside and a Masters of Business Administration Degree from the University of Redlands. After graduating from UC Riverside, he explored a different career before realizing he wanted to work with the American Indian community. Mr. Billy worked for the Native American Student Programs for approximately three years at UC Riverside before having the opportunity to work for United American Indian Involvement, Inc. (UAII). He has been at UAII since 2003, where he held several positions for many programs and departments within the agency to eventually serve in his current role as Chief Executive Officer.
Dr. Norma Blackwater
Acting Medical Director
Ms. Castillo is the Director of the Center for Community Based Learning (CCBL) at Occidental College. Celestina has worked with a wide range of community-based organizations focused on education, community and workforce development, advocacy and organizing throughout Los Angeles. She earned her BA in History at Pomona College and a MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management at New School University in New York.Celestina is Tohono O' odham and Chicana/Mexican-American. Her family has lived in Los Angeles for four generations.
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Director of Youth Services
Mr. Ramon Enriquez serves as the Director of Youth Services for United American Indian Involvement, Inc. and oversees the American Indian Clubhouse, Central High School - UAII Branch, and the Robert Sundance Summer Camp. He has served the American Indian community since 2000 working in various capacities at United American Indian Involvement - both as a volunteer and as an employee. He also served as a Mayoral-appointed Commissioner on the Los Angeles City/County American Indian Commission and has worked on a variety of issues concerning the American Indian community including youth, veterans, and mental health. He has also served as a Stakeholder Delegate for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and was an Advisory Board member for the Circle of Care Project at UAII, and currently serves as a Board Member for Inter Tribal Sports, which is an American Indian youth sports league that covers several counties throughout Southern California. Other professional associations include membership with the Native American Veterans Association, the Boys Scouts of America, the American Camp Association, and USA Archery. Mr. Enriquez received a Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a Minor in American Indian Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Director, Wellness Center
Dr. Andrea Garcia
Dr. Andrea Garcia
Board Member, Director of Community Centered Initiatives | Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.
Dr. Garcia is a citizen of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, and she is Mexican American. She was born and raised in Los Angeles where she credits her family and the local Native community for equipping her with the tools necessary to complete higher education. She participates in the pow wow circle as a fancy shawl dancer and has benefited from the programming offered by our longstanding organizations since she was in middle school. Dr. Garcia trained in General and Preventive Medicine and completed a fellowship with the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA in research and policy. She is a proud graduate of the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program where she obtained her master's degree in health and medical sciences from UC Berkeley, and her medical degree from UCSF. She serves as a Mayoral Appointee for the L.A. City/County Native American Indian Commission, and she is excited to serve on the boards of We Are Healers and Building the Next Generation of Academic Physicians. In her spare time, Dr. Garcia loves to eat, run, then eat some more!
Director of Operations
Eric James Honanie (Navajo, Hopi, Choctaw), Director of Operations, has worked for United American Indian Involvement, Inc. since 2001. Mr. Honanie has managed various facility and logistical support duties serving all programs at UAII. Mr. Honanie has been responsible for Vehicle Management, as well as Facilities Management. He has a strong passion for Emergency Planning and is the agency Safety Compliance Officer. He is also a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member and has attended national training provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Currently, Mr. Honanie is a Board Member of the Emergency Network of Los Angeles.
Dr. Carrie Johnson
Director of Seven Generations Child & Family Services
Dr. Carrie Johnson (Wahpeton Dakota) is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of the Seven Generations Child and Family Counseling Center at United American Indian Involvement in Los Angeles, California. For the last 20 years, Dr. Johnson has provided Behavioral Health services to American Indians in Los Angeles County, including mental health treatment, grant writing, integrating traditional healing into services and evaluation of the services. Dr. Johnson is involved with local county-wide and State wide advisory boards to increase the access and cultural competence of services provided to Native Americans. She is also an experienced trainer and consultant in the impact of intergenerational trauma on Indian children, families, and communities; and provides consultation, training, and workshops on a Community and Family Healing Model she has developed. Dr. Johnson also provides TA on program development, grant writing, evaluation and direct services for Native Americans.
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Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Martinez is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. He began participating in UAII youth programming in 1991 and began working at UAII in 2003. Mr. Martinez graduated from the University of California at Riverside with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology in 2003 and a Master of Business Administration in 2009 from the University of Redlands. Prior to serving in his current role as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Martinez served as a research analyst, program coordinator, and director for the Los Angeles American Indian Health Project at UAII.
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Health Project Director
Joseph Quintana Tribe: (Kewa)
Mr. Quintana joined United American Indian Involvement in the fall of 2015 to lead the organization's new development projects. During this time he has increased the visibility of the organization, developed new- and maintained
existing partnerships, and been involved in diversification of funding sources. Mr. Quintana’s work has improved the health outcomes of community members and ensured that education and training will increase the economic health of Native people in Los Angeles. Joseph and his family are active participants in the LA Native community and plan on continuing to serve the needs of the American Indian people as a mayoral appointee to the Los Angeles City/ County Native American Indian Commission.
Director of LACO Indian Alcoholism Commission
Director of Workforce Development
Rene’ Williams, Director of Workforce Development
Rene’(Colville), grew up and was raised on her reservation including boarding school, Rene’ is committed to working towards health equity (by building partnerships with consumers, businesses, Tribes, and community organizations) to address health disparities and the social determinants of health for indigenous people. During her 20 years of service with various Tribal entities and non-profits, Rene’ held various leadership positions throughout the United States. She developed and implemented numerous health, educational, workforce development, and youth programs including two large regional tribally designed TANF programs among many HHS, DOL, DOI, DOE, and HUD projects.