Our Leadership

 
“These are not simply ‘clients’ – these are our relatives, our relations.” —Steve Darden, Traditional Counselor

Our team is dedicated to stopping the cycle of dysfunction that has been passed down from one generation to the next. As American Indians ourselves, we bring a cultural insight and sensitivity to our work that fosters trust, understanding, and accountability with our clients.  Many of those struggling with substance abuse and other related issues are our friends, neighbors, and tribal members.

 
 
 

Board of Directors

Our leadership team is supported by exceptionally talented individuals in the American Indian community, non-profit, and social impact spaces. Our advisors help us maximize our impact on healing and empowering the lives of American Indians.

 
 
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Jessica Skye Paul, gms-t

Nez Perce & Lakota

Vice President

Global Mobility Leader

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aBBY aBINANTI

Yurok

pRESIDENT

Honorable Yurok Tribal Court Chief Judge California Superior Court Commissioner

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kATHRYN rICH, mba

navajo / dakota

secretary & treasurer

Banking/Risk Management, Vice President

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nadya bratt, m.a. ED.

Board Member

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kevin worth, RN, MS, CNS

Lakota

board member

Executive Director, Patient Safety, Risk Management & Family Centered Care

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Sandra James

NAVAJO

BOARD MEMBER

Administrative Coordinator San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing & Community Development

Advisory & Emeritus

 
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Ethan Nebelkopf, Ph.D., MFT · advisory

Retired Board Member, Native American Health Center

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PETERSON ZAH, emeritus member · NAVAJO

First & Two-Term President, Navajo Nation

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Ron Rowell, MPH, emeritus member · CHOCTAW & KASKASKIA

Friendship House Board President for 25 Years

our funders