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@sssisterproject.com

Monique Castro

President

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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

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Bridget Garcia Vera (Latinx and Chicanx) was born in Veracruz, Mexico and was raised in Tongva Land (Los Angeles). Being dacamented, she has been able to continuously advocate and fight for her community and for undocumented folks by volunteering in various local organizations within Los Angeles. Bridget's parents have taught her that in life nothing comes easy and working hard towards one's goals comes with dedication and passion. Being instilled with this mindset, she pursued her education by attending East Los Angeles College where she obtained two associate degrees in Chicana/o Studies and Psychology. Transferring to Cal State LA, she was able to complete her bachelor's degree in Mexican American Studies in 2018. She immediately pursued her masters degree in Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, graduating in 2020. She now serves as the Operations Manager at Indigenous Circle of Wellness and within the So’oh-Shinálí Sister Project non-profit where she is able to service the Native community of Los Angeles.

bridget@sssisterproject.org

Bridget garcia vera

Treasurer