Paula Brim, Choctaw
Paula Brim, Choctaw Board Chairperson
Dale Squires, PHD, Chickasaw
Vice Chair – Finance Committee
Dale Squires, PHD Chickasaw Board Vice Chairperson – Finance Committee
Darin Craw, Chickasaw
Darin Craw, Chickasaw Board Member
David Gloria, Tlingit
David Gloria, Tlingit Board Member
Hello and thank you for your interest in the San Diego American Indian Health Center (SDAIHC).
My name is David Gloria/Raven, I am Tlingit. My father is Louis Gloria/Eagle from Klukwan. We are from the Killer Whale Dorsal fin house.
My father had a strong sense of responsibility to serve his native community, he continued his work for decades. I didn’t appreciate that when I was young but as I matured, I realized the significance of what he was doing and am proud of all he accomplished. I want to continue his work so that is what sparked my desire to serve the native community. This is what brought me to SDAIHC.
Though my clan is in southeast Alaska, I was raised right here in San Diego. I love the beach life and Pow Wow’s. I have three beautiful children and one beautiful wife :). Speaking of beauty, one of the things I’ve learned from some members of the community is that you can find beauty virtually everywhere. You just have to want to see it. I have found beauty in this center. So many people have come through here seeking help to improve their quality of life. Through their own hard work they have found it. SDAIHC just provided some tools. I know because this center has helped me and my family with their health and wellbeing that I am forever grateful and want to give back. This center has assisted me when I was in darkness and brought light. All of the staff here are dedicated to improving your health and wellbeing and I am so proud of them. I hope you can find your light here too.
Keren Hilger, MD
Board Member – Quality Committee
Keren Hilger, MD Board Member – Quality Committee
Jill Sherman-Warne, Hoopa Valley Tribe
Jill Sherman-Warne, Hoopa Valley Tribe Board Secretary/Treasurer
Ruben Q. Leyva, Chiricahua Apache
Board Member – Finance Committee
Ruben Q. Leyva Chiricahua Apache, Board Member – Finance Committee
Ruben Leyva, a Chiricahua Apache, is a career law enforcement professional with over 25 years of service. Since 2016, he has served as the Assistant Chief Probation Officer for the County of San Diego. He came to Probation from the San Diego Unified School District Police Department, where he served as the Chief of Police for nearly 5 years.
Prior to that he worked as a deputy sheriff and police officer for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and La Mesa Police Department, respectively. Ruben possesses a diverse background as a lifelong martial artist spanning nearly four decades. He possesses the title of Grand Master and holds the rank of 9th Degree Black Belt. In recent years, he has engineered his own system of martial arts based on the principles of the Red Road, the Native American path leading to a long and happy spiritual life.
Ruben holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Business Administration from the Trident at American InterContinental University, where he graduated with highest honors. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and possesses an Executive Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Certificate. In 2017, he completed the State and Local Governments Certification Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In November of 2019, Ruben was invited as a special guest speaker by the United States Attorney for the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, as part of the Office’s tribute to Native American Heritage Month. As one of the highest-ranking indigenous leaders in local government,
he is committed to breaking the cycle of violence, addiction, and historical trauma facing youth and adults. He is committed to the community and the need to address intergenerational poverty for families in our region. He is honored to serve as a board member, because it gives him an opportunity to
give back to the community in a meaning way.
As a husband of 26 years and a father to two adult children he values family. His son and daughter are both students of Mira Costa Community College. He enjoys spending time with family and researching his genealogy. He is passionate about wellness and want to do his part to serve and inspire.
Elke Chenevy, Omaha Tribe Of Nebraska
Elke Chenevy, Omaha Tribe Of Nebraska Board Member
Yvette Thayer, Eastern Shoshone Tribe
Yvette Thayer, Eastern Shoshone Tribe Board Member
I am an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe in Fort Washakie, Wyo. Both of my parents were also enrolled members. I moved here to San Diego in the 1980’s. I have worked with the same company for the past 24 years as an Assistant Manager for a Retail Company. I came to the San Diego American Indian Health Center a few years after living in San Diego. My interest to be a Board member is to be a voice for our people. I know on a personal level how important it is to have a place to go to for Mental, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing. My passion, is to be a voice to give hope and a message to people that the San Diego American Indian Health Center is here for our Communities and our People.