Session 4H: The American Indian and Alaska Native Grants Panel

Track: Research and Innovative Practices  

Join a panel of grantees as they share their goals and objectives for expanding CAC access and services to American Indian and Alaska Native youth and their families. Learn from their firsthand experience how these grant funds have benefited and expanded their reach to serve Native children, the challenges and successes they face, and how they plan to navigate obstacles and opportunities to reach their goals.

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Session 4H: The American Indian and Alaska Native Grants Panel
06/06/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
06/06/2022 at 8:00 AM (EDT)   |  60 minutes Join a panel of grantees as they share their goals and objectives for expanding CAC access and services to American Indian and Alaska Native youth and their families. Learn from their firsthand experience how these grant funds have benefited and expanded their reach to serve Native children, the challenges and successes they face, and how they plan to navigate obstacles and opportunities to reach their goals.
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Alyssa Mrozek

Program Associate

National Children's Alliance

Deanna Chancellor

Executive Director

Leflore County Child Advocacy Center

Deanna Chancellor has been the Executive Director of the Leflore County Child Advocacy Center in rural Southeastern Oklahoma for sixteen years. She holds a master’s degree in public administration. She is a proud member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She is passionate about reducing the trauma for children and their families and prevention activities to decrease abuse in rural communities.

Erin Hourihan

Originally from New England, Erin has lived in New Mexico for the past 26 years, moving to Farmington, NM to become the Chief Executive Officer with Childhaven in 1996. With a double major in French and Psychology from Bates College in Maine, Erin put both degrees to work. She has always gravitated towards working with children, first as a nanny in France and later directing children’s programming for the YMCA in Boulder, CO. She is inspired by travel and learning the culture and languages of a region, so she sprung at the opportunity to move to a part of the country with a majority Native American community.

Currently Erin oversees two nonprofits, Childhaven and the Childhaven Foundation. The Childhaven Foundation focuses on funds development and investment of funds for Childhaven and other at-risk youth serving organizations. Childhaven serves the needs of abused neglected and abandoned children in the Four Corners region. Programs include Children’s Shelter, Foster Care, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Parent Education, Behavioral Health, and Children’s Advocacy Center. Erin has served as a Board Member for the New Mexico Behavioral Health Providers Association, was named to the Governor’s Behavioral Health Planning Council, served as a board member for Sexual Assault Services, and received the “Behavioral Health Voice” Award from Voices for Children. Erin and her husband Mike Eisenfeld, who works on environmental issues in the region, are both passionate about their work. They have two adult children and a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy who is currently 75 lbs. and growing. Erin is an avid skier, mountain biker, and hiker.

Leigh Bolin

Executive Director

Resource Center for Parents & Children

Leigh Bolin, LCSW, MAC is the Executive Director of the Resource Center for Parents & Children (RCPC) in Fairbanks, AK. RCPC houses the Child Advocacy Center that serves the Interior Region of Alaska. Leigh has been working with CACs in Alaska for seven years and is the current President of the Alaska Chapter of NCA, the Alaska Children’s Alliance. Prior to her current role she served as the Forensic Services Department Manager for the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation in Dillingham, AK where she managed Nitaput Child Advocacy Center. Prior to that, she managed a housing program for adults experiencing houselessness living with HIV and mental illness. Leigh worked in community mental health providing clinical case management services to adults with severe mental illness. She has also provided dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) services to adults as well as facilitated Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model (TREM) groups for adults with histories of trauma. Leigh has additional experience as a case manager and domestic violence advocate. She has a Master of Social Work from Saint Louis University and is a licensed clinical social worker in both Alaska and Missouri. She was previously the President of the Alaska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). In her spare times Leigh likes to cross stitch, read books, and drink tea. She resides in Fairbanks, Alaska with her spouse, who is also a clinical social worker, and her two cats, Florence and Evie.

Opal Boyer

Program Associate

National Children's Alliance