Ain Dah Yung Center
Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung staff working at our new building

Staff

Mission Driven, Team Oriented

ADYC is fortunate to have staff that are deeply dedicated to our mission. Full-time team members have an average of over 9 years of experience in homeless services that they bring to the workplace or the streets everyday.

Leadership

Deb Foster
St. Croix Ojibwe
Executive Director

Deb Foster has served as Executive Director of ADYC since 2009. Under her leadership, she oversaw the dramatic expansion of ADYC services to our new permanent supportive housing project Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung. She brings over forty years of experience in program development, management and fundraising in roles at numerous Twin Cities non-profits, including Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, and YMCA. Deb holds an MSMFT from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.

Angela Gauthier
Associate Director

Since 2008, Angela Gauthier has worked for ADYC in various capacities, including Children's Mental Health Case Manager, Family & Children Services Director, Residential and Clinical Director, and her current role as Associate Director. Her career has been devoted to the fight to end homelessness, family preservation and reunification, and cultural preservation and revitalization. She oversees operations at our new permanent supportive housing facility Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung, and supervises the Ninijanisag and Family Services programs. Angela holds an MA, LMFT from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology - Argosy University.

Management Team

Holly Miskitoos Henning
Marten Falls Anishinaabe First Nation, Constance Lake Oji-Cree First Nation
Residential Director

Since 2009, Holly Henning has worked at ADYC in various capacities. She was a previous Street Outreach worker and Case Manager for both Ain Dah Yung Center and Division of Indian Work dedicated to using traditional/holistic healing working with youth experiencing sexual exploitation/human trafficking, survival sex and homelessness. In her current role as Ain Dah Yung Center’s Residential Director, she is overseeing Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Front Desk staffing at Mino Oski ADYC, Street Outreach, and Zhawenimaa Safe Harbor programs. Holly is a jingle dress dancer, a visual artist and muralist who is a Lead Organizer of a BIPOC artist collective, she utilizes art to elevate community voice, healing, and advance change.

Sheri Riemers
White Earth Nation of Ojibwe | Pine Point Community | Bear Clan
Government & Community Relations Director

Sheri has over 34 years of experience in program development, management and community outreach involving social services and culture revitalization in community-based services creating innovative, nationally recognized models within the American Indian community. A dedicated member of numerous boards and advisories that advocate and foster change to positively impact American Indian children, youth, families, and individuals affected by historical trauma and the challenges around Indian Child Welfare, chemical and substance abuse, and criminal justice inequities. Her years of dedication, visionary leadership, and executive oversight experience allow her to navigate complex systems and advocate system change that impact our community today.

Jill Ross
Director of Operations

Since 2015, Jill Ross has worked in administrative roles at ADYC including Administrative Assistant, Executive Assistant, Communications Director, and Administrative Services Director, before taking on her current role as Director of Operations. She brings over fifteen years of experience in non-profit administration. She holds a BS in Business and Marketing from Winona State University.

Susan Summers
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe
Facilities & IT Director

Susan Summers has over two decades worth of experience working at ADYC in various capacities, including Van Driver, Night Staff, Clinical Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Development Assistant, Facilities Coordinator and her current role as Facilities & IT Director.

Program Managers & Coordinators

Angel Dolfay
Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung Administrative Coordinator

Angel Dolfay has served as Mino Oski Ain Dah Yung’s Administrative Coordinator since 2020 supervising front desk staff at Mino Oski. He has 6 years of experience working with vulnerable youth and adults, all which came from working with Fraser as a House Supervisor as well as a Case Manager and Housing Coordinator at Supportive Living Solutions. Angel also has extensive administrative experience from being a Regional Coordinator for AREAS USA managing restaurants and accounting in the MSP Airport, as well as being the Lead Rebate Analyst for NVent Technologies managing customer accounts. Angel also has his certification in Mental and Behavioral Health and Situational De-Escalation.

Celina Jubera
Red Lake Band of Ojibwe
Youth Lodge Coordinator

Celina Jubera has worked with ADYC since 2017 supervising staff in our Youth Lodge and Street Outreach programs. She brings a decade of experience in programming for Indigenous youth, including her work co-creating the first Indigenous programming for Youthprise and serving as Academic Enrichment Coordinator for Little Earth of United Tribes. Celina holds certificates from the Native Wellness Institute for Healthy Relationships and Traditional Leadership.

Maricella Pacheco
White Earth Nation of Ojibwe
Shelter Manager

Cella Pacheco has served at ADYC since 2020. She is responsible for supervision of staff of our Emergency Shelter. Cella has over four years of crisis intervention experience with youth experiencing homelessness and is committed to embracing positive youth development, trauma informed care and harm reduction. Cella was promoted to Emergency Shelter Manager in 2021.

Mariah Smith
Fond Du Lac Band of Ojibwe
Nokomis Circle Liaison/Oyate Nawajin Coordinator

Since 2019, Mariah Smith has worked at Ain Dah Yung Center in various roles including Shelter Direct Care, Tobacco Prevention Advocate, and her current role as Nokomis Circle Liaison and Oyate Nawajin Coordinator. Mariah is passionate about working with families involved in the child protection system. She has over four years of experience in pre-K education and has deep ties to the Native community in Fond Du Lac.