Board of Directors

Monique Castro

Monique Castro is a proud Diné (Navajo) & Xicana woman, born and raised on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva People (aka Los Angeles). She’s a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, business owner, consultant, educator, and advocate. Her professional experience expands over thirteen years, specifically within the Native community, supporting efforts in various roles and capacities (from volunteering, providing clinical training, to developing new curricula). Monique has and continues to work with numerous social service organizations, higher education institutions, and Tribes throughout California and nationally to achieve wellness for all our communities.

 

In 2017, Monique founded Indigenous Circle of Wellness, a thriving psychotherapy private practice located in South East Los Angeles where she and her team provide mental wellness services to adults, children, teens, couples, and families. She established Indigenous Circle of Wellness in response to the need for more healing spaces and psychotherapists supporting Native/Indigenous and People of Color on their wellness journey. Monique earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) and Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Mount Saint Mary’s University (MSMU).

monique@icowellness.com

Monique Castro

Co-Founder, Treasurer

Elena Nourrie

Elena Nourrie

Co-Founder, President

Elena Seymana Nourrie (Hopi, Cherokee and Chicanx) was born and raised on traditional Tongva territory. Thanks to the teachings of her mother and grandmother, Elena has a deep personal commitment to advancing social justice and equity for Native Americans in order to strengthen tribal peoples' right to self-determination. Elena reciprocates these teachings to her young son, Kekoa, so that he may continue to strive to honor our ancestors.

 

Her evolving career roles reflect her values for learning, growing, and building community. She has worked in multiple professional capacities within local K-12 districts including in elementary and high school special education classrooms. She has also held several roles within private academic success sectors and with the Association for the Study of Higher Education, an international scholarly society. Elena has also served in the Native American community of Los Angeles through professional roles with Torres Martinez Tribal TANF, the Native American Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona and with California Native Vote Project. She now serves as Co-director of Education and Community Engagement for Indigenous Circle of Wellness.

Elena completed her bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in Education and a minor in Psychology at Cal Poly Pomona. She also earned her master's degree in Higher Education with an emphasis in Student Affairs from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Elena’s capstone research focused on fostering a sense of belonging among American Indian/Alaska Native students in higher education to advance the visibility, equity and inclusion of Native American students.

elena@icowellness.com

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Kimberly Robertson is an artist, anti-violence advocate, scholar, teacher, mother, and citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in her hustle to fulfill the dreams of her ancestors and to build a world in which her daughters can thrive. Robertson is an Indigenous anti-violence advocate who has received trainings and certifications from Sacred Circle, the former National Resource Center to End Violence Against Native Women as well as the current National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center. Robertson is also an active member of the Los Angeles Indian community and in this capacity has served as the chairperson for the Parent & Community Committee of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Indian Education Program; as a councilmember of the American Indian Community Council; as the project coordinator for Insight – an Indigenous Youth and Violence Prevention Project; and as the community outreach coordinator for American Indian Families Partnership.  Robertson is currently the co-creative director for Meztli Projects’ Ready to Rise Initiative.

Robertson earned an MA in American Indian Studies and a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012.  She is currently an Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at California State University, Long Beach.  Her scholarship centers Indigenous feminisms and focuses on Indigenous resistance to violence against Native women. Her creative practices currently include screen printing, collage, beadwork, installation art, and zine-making and centers the ideas and practices of ceremony, storytelling, intersecting subjectivities, dislocation, decolonization, and Indigenous futurities.

 

goldenrobertson@gmail.com 

Kimberly robertson

Secretary