Ain Dah Yung Center
beaver mural

Board of Directors

David Glass

White Earth Nation
Board Member since 2014

David Glass Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

David Glass is the Northwest Zone Manager in the Division of Capital Investment of the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Developments. He is a longtime community leader and has been instrumental in the national fight to abolish racist sports mascots.

Joe Hobot

Interim Vice President
Hunkpapa Lakota
Board Member since 2019

Joe Hobot Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

Joe Hobot is President & CEO of American Indian OIC since 2006 where he has been instrumental in expanding their skills development and training initiatives to reach 1,300 American Indians each year.

William (Bill) Vanderwall

Board Member since 2020

Bill Vanderwall Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

Bill Vanderwall has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, housing, community engagement, serving as Community Development Manager at Minnesota Housing before his retirement in 2020.

Eric Buffalohead

Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma
Board Member since 2017

Eric Buffalohead Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

Eric Buffalohead is Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies at Augsburg University where he teaches numerous courses including "American Indian in the Cinema." When not teaching, he performs in the Native American blues band Bluedog, who performed in 2018 and 2019 at ADYC's Badges & Blues fundraiser.

Brooke Blakey

Board Member since 2020

Brooke Blakey Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

Cpt. Brooke Blakey is Chief of Staff to Metro Transit Police Chief Eddie Frizell and was instrumental in forming Metro Transit's Homeless Action Team (HAT), a dedicated group of officers who spend their time helping the unsheltered. She is a leading expert in community/police relations, specifically with populations experiencing homelessness.

Jane Prince

Board Member since 2020

Jane Prince Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

Jane Prince has represented Ward 7 on St. Paul's City Council since 2015 where she advocates for better housing for children and families. Before her time on city council, Jane was an attorney, a community volunteer, and a city council legislative aide.

Jan Werness

Emeritus Member
Board Member since 1991

Jan Werness Board of Directors Ain Dah Yung Center

Jan Werness has served on the ADYC Board in some capacity since its founding. Her long tenure has guided ADYC through nearly four decades of growth. Jan worked as an attorney for many years with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services providing free civil legal aid to low-income families. In 2020, Jan was granted Emeritus status on the ADYC Board.

Gabrielle Strong

Honorary Board Member
Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota