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Board of Directors
Leadership

Hope Craig

Board Chairperson
Hope Craig

Board Chairperson

Hesci! Hope Craig, cvhocefketv. Este Mvskokvlket owis.
Hello, I am of the Mvskoke People who originated in the Southeastern United States now residing in our relocated homelands of Eastern Oklahoma. I am a descendant of the BIA American Indian Urban Relocation program. I am married with two adult children and my husband, and I reside in Valencia, CA. I currently work for the University of Southern California as a Contracts Coordinator.

I am an active member of my tribal community and have been an advocate for our citizens residing outside the boundaries of our reservation and for Indian Child Welfare. I am the founder of California Mvskoke Community, an organization created to address the needs of our Mvskokvlke (Mvskoke People) residing in California. I have had the opportunity to partner with our Tribe and organizations, like United American Indian Involvement (UAII). I have been connected to UAII for over 15-years and have become intimately aware of their contribution to our urban Native community and an excited to continue in this long history of serving our community.

I am also a student at the University of Arizona pursuing a degree in Law with a concentration in Indigenous Peoples Law, Tribal Courts, and Justice Administration. I plan to use my degree to strengthen my advocacy for Indian Child Welfare and to create an inter-tribal legal infrastructure based on our Traditional values.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading books about Federal Indian Law and spending time with my family.

Keith H. Vielle

Board Vice Chairperson
Keith H. Vielle

Board Vice Chairperson

My name is Keith H. Vielle. I am an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana. I have been a community member since 1963. My family was a part of the Relocation Act of the 1950’s. I am currently employed with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health in the American Indian Unit for the past 13 years. I am a member of NAVA veterans group, as well as a Honor Guard member since 2003. I recently completed 1 year as a Co-Chair with DMH UsCC committee. The UsCC Committee has provided a American Indian mental health conference for the community for the past 8 years as a way to overcome and understand the stigma of mental health and substance abuse. I have interacted with United American Indian Involvement organization in both a professional manner as well as a community member for over 20 years. My interaction with the Clubhouse as a certified Archery coach and a summer camp mentor has given me a sense of pride to be a part of an organization that sets the standard in American Indian health care, substance abuse as well as the very best in social services for our community. The key to UAII success as I believe is it listens to the community needs. Since day one, it has always been a beacon of hope for our people. We as a community can rely on UAII for support and to help us meet our goals and become a more stronger and healthier community.

Jamie Ishcomer-Aazami

Board Member
Jamie Ishcomer-Aazami

Board Member

Laura Escobar

Board Secretary
Laura Escobar

Board Secretary

Charlene Harrison

CEO
Charlene Harrison

CEO

Kevin Koko

Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Koko

Chief Operating Officer

Osiyo!  I am the Chief Operating Officer here at the United American Indian Involvement (UAII).  I oversee the Administrative Operations here at UAII.  I am a proud, enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Most of my mother’s family still resides on the Qualla Boundary, (our reservation) in Cherokee, North Carolina.  I am married with five adult children.  My wife is a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Pulmonology.  Prior to my work in the Private Sector, I had a career in Law Enforcement for almost 20 years.  I served as a Chief Homicide Detective, a Drug Recognition Expert, an Academy Instructor, Field Training Officer and a lead member of Protective Services Detail for the California Highway Patrol, providing protection and security, (in conjunction with the United States Secret Service), for the President and Vice-President of the United States, as well as visiting Heads-of-State of foreign governments.

 

Education:   

Master’s degree in Administration Management from Lindenwood University

Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Lindenwood University 

Bryan Guino

Chief Financial Officer
Bryan Guino

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Guino joins our Fiscal Department as an experienced finance and accounting professional with more than 20 years of private company experience. Primarily in the Insurance industry with a focus on Property and Casualty Insurance. 

He has worked with companies of all sizes from startup to high achieving businesses with a million dollars in revenue. Mr. Guino received his Bachelor's Degree in Finance and Accounting from University of the East in Manila Philippines, and is currently in the process of acquiring his CPA license. In Bryan's free time he enjoys playing basketball, video games, and walking in the park with his Wife and 2 boys.  

Dr. Norma Blackwater, M.D.

Acting Medical Director
Dr. Norma Blackwater, M.D.

Acting Medical Director

Omerlene A. Thompson

Social Services Manager
Omerlene A. Thompson

Social Services Manager

Omerlene A. Thompson (Vielle) is an enrolled member of the Akimel O’odham (Gila
River) and Choctaw Nations. Omerelene has been employed by United American Indian
Involvement for the past 37 years, serving most recently as the Social Services
Manager. Helping families in need is her greatest inspiration for committing herself to
the American Indian Community on Skid Row in Downtown LA. In 2019, she was
honored for her years of dedicated service to the American Indian Community by LA
City Hall, the LA County Board of Supervisors, and at the LA City/ County Native
American Indian Commission at the Grand Park Powwow for Native American Heritage
Month. In February 2020, she received recognition by a proclamation from the Gila
River Indian Community Governor, Stephen R. Lewis, for her help in building the
relationship between UAII and her Gila River Indian Community that provided a
connection for urban members living in Los Angeles.

Chris Kamatani

Associate Director for RSFWC
Chris Kamatani

Associate Director for RSFWC

Jim Greycloud

MIS Site Manager
Jim Greycloud

MIS Site Manager

Ramon Enriquez

Director of Youth Services
Ramon Enriquez

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.

Wil Lowe

Tribal and Government Advisor
Wil Lowe

Tribal and Government Advisor

Family:   My wife is Elsa, and I have three beautiful daughters, Ashlyn, Jadyn, and Kaci. My parents are the late Jonas “Rusty” Lowe of Tulsa, OK, and May Marshall of Eufaula, OK. 
 
Education:   
Associate in Business Administration, Bacone College
Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Bacone College 
Master’s in Business Administration, Grand Canyon University
Certified Travel Industry Specialist
Certified Fundraising Manager
Certified Life Coach
 
Experience:  I served in the United States Marine Corps from September 1993 to May 2002. I have over 20 years of experience in governance, management, tribal business development, and negotiating government and tribal contracts. I’ve had the opportunity to work and partner with several tribal governments across the Nation. The experiences I endured while working with tribal entities have taught me the importance of being a sovereign nation and advocating for all our citizens. I am the former Speaker of the Council for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. Currently, I serve on the boards of the National Center for the American Indian Enterprise Development, Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance, and the Okmulgee County YMCA.   

Vivian Garcia

Tribal Liaison
Vivian Garcia

Tribal Liaison

Coming soon...

Richard Lujan

IT Manager
Richard Lujan

IT Manager