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.
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. She is a dedicated member of numerous boards and advisories that advocate and foster change to positively impact American Indian youth and families affected by historical trauma. Her years of dedication, visionary leadership, executive oversight, and experience allow her to navigate complex systems and advocate system change that impact our community today.
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.
Holly has 14 years of experience in street outreach, program management and development dedicated to using traditional/holistic healing for youth experiencing sexual exploitation and homelessness. She specializes in grant writing, training, community organizing and event planning. She has worked for ADYC since 2009. In her current role as Deputy Associate Director, she is part of the Executive Team supporting strategic leadership for ADYC and oversees all Residential and Street Outreach programs. Holly is a jingle dress dancer utilizing art to elevate community voice, healing, and advance change.
Amy has 20 years of experience working with and on behalf of our relatives in the tribal and urban native communities. She has codeveloped and facilitated an Indigenous Group Prenatal Care curriculum for Hennepin Health and has been a Location Producer for the documentary Native Silence with 3generations Production company out of New York City. Amy has been the Program Manager as well as the Director of Family Services at the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center for the past 11+ years before joining the Ain Dah Yung team as the new Director of Community Services in August.
Amy’s heart and purpose is dedicated to her family, community, healing and living her traditional values.
Angie has a 30+ year history of nonprofit work as both volunteer and staff. Careers in membership and volunteer management for Girl Scouts River Valleys followed by development and executive leadership roles within March of Dimes provides a foundation rich in diversity and inclusion benefitting children and families. Her career provides the opportunity to develop an understanding of the philanthropic community of Minnesota. Her role as Development Director at ADYC focuses on donor development and stewardship, community engagement, individual and corporate relationships, and overseeing grant management. Angie holds a BS, Organizational Management & Leadership from Concordia University, St. Paul, and a Mini MBA from University of St. Thomas.
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 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.
Amy spent over 20 years of HR and management before finding her home at ADYC. She makes sure ADYC is running smoothly behind the scenes, so our staff can bring much needed services to our community. Youth services are also near and dear to her heart and she has spent time at local schools educating youth on how to get and keep a job. She values her native heritage and the continuation of our culture. Amy graduated from Metropolitan State University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and a minor in HR. She also has a Senior Human Resources Professional (SPHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute.
Program Managers & Coordinators
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.
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 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.
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.