T. Robert Przeklasa, Ph.D.Executive Vice President, Chief Academic Officer
T. Robert “Dr. Bob” Przeklasa has been with California Indian Nations College since the early planning stages. He serves as the Vice President of Academic Affairs, focusing on all aspects of the College’s academics. Dr. Bob ensures course offerings are ready for each coming term while building towards eventual accreditation and securing partnerships with local colleges and universities. He has worked closely with Southern California tribal communities and organizations through his academic research on the political history of the local Indian Country. Przeklasa received his doctorate in Native American History from the University of California, Riverside in 2015 and serves as a board member of the Native American Land Conservancy.
David Mix, MADirector of Institutional Advancement
David Mix, Director of Institutional Advancement, is responsible for growth at California Indian Nations College. Raised in the Inland Empire, David attended the University of California at Riverside for two years, and quickly realized he needed to search for a radical and traditional education. After working at the Rough Rock Community School on the Dine’ Reservation, he spent a decade learning traditional medicine and ceremony, which led David to Sacred Sites organizing and advocacy work on Lakota/Dakota/Nakota treaty land. A one year internship at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation became four+ years of research, fundraising, and program development, including successful coalitions and partnerships for economic development, sustainability, and energy projects. David’s 15 plus years of work in Indian Country has helped build bridges to opportunities that have created lasting impact. David holds a Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University, Los Angeles, and spends his leisure time singing at powwows and other community events, or playing outdoors with his wife, daughter, and son.
Shawn Ragan, MA (Ph.D. candidate)Executive Director, Regulatory and Institutional Affairs
Shawn Ragan began working with California Indian Nations College as an academic consultant in July 2019 before taking on his current role. Drawing on over two decades of non-profit and higher education experience, Shawn ensures the college stays in compliance with regulatory and accrediting agencies, tracks and analyzes institutional data to support CINC in serving our student population, lobbies legislators on behalf of the College and our students, and engages with other public and independent four-year colleges and universities to create a smooth transition for CINC students to a baccalaureate program. During his time in higher education, Shawn has been committed to challenging “traditional” systemic institutional structures that create obstacles for many of today’s students and to developing a holistic educational model that supports students in all facets of their educational career. Shawn is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Riverside (expected Fall 2020). His doctoral studies focus on the Roman Empire in periods of crisis and comparative empires and religions (Rome and China). In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family, hike the neighboring mountains with his wife, camp with their two Australian Labradoodles, and support South Africa Springboks in Rugby Sevens. As a Nebraska native, he is an avid Cornhusker fan.
Iselda SalgadoExecutive Director of Student Affairs & Services, Title IX Officer
Iselda Salgado serves as the Executive Director of Student Affairs & Services. She joined California Indian Nations College in March 2019. Iselda brings over thirty years of experience in student engagement, student life and campus activities, and academic advising, in the University of California and California State University systems. Iselda is responsible for the Division of Student Affairs, Admissions & Enrollment, and services provided to students on the main campus and all satellite locations. She works closely with academic affairs with course planning and scheduling and academic support services. Iselda advises students on degree requirements, course planning, financial aid, and transfer services. She also serves as the Title IX Officer. Iselda enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, crafting, and loves to cook.
Ryan A. MarianoAdministrative Operations Manager
Ryan Mariano has worked in academia for the past five years and has experience working in higher education. He has done clerical work, administrative work, and event coordinating. Ryan is excited to embark in this new chapter in his life by joining the California Indian Nations College. Ryan hopes that he can being his expertise to help create an institution that will help students with their educational aspirations.
Joshua T. F. Cárdenas, Ph.D. (Onkwehonwe)Academic Coordinator & Instructor
Dr. Frank Cárdenas was raised in the Yarborough of Lake Elsinore, California, of Onkwehonwe, Mennonite, Éireannach and other descent. A transfer student from Riverside Community College and Palomar College, he has completed an Irish Studies Certificate from the University of College, Cork Ireland (2008), and B.A. ‘s in History and American Indian Studies from UCLA (2009). He earned his M.A. in Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies (LLSS) from the University of New Mexico in 2012 with a specialization in American Indian Education and his doctorate in 2019 in the same field. His doctoral research focused on the philosophy of education of D-Q University & NAS of UC Davis co-founder Jack D. Forbes. He has worked in various education settings and capacities since 2004, and is also currently adjunct faculty of American Indian Studies at Palomar College in San Marcos and Bonsall High School. He is honored to be working on behalf of California Indian Nations College, fulfilling a dream of developing a tribal college in southern California.
Courtney Hampton, MBAAcademic Coordinator & Instructor
Courtney Hampton, a Palm Springs native, is an Academic Coordinator and Instructor with California Indian Nations College. She holds a B.A. degree in Communication Studies and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. Courtney comes with over 10 years’ experience in college and university settings. She brings a wide range of knowledge and skill sets both in operational management as well as student support specialist, advisor, coach and mentor in communicating with a diverse population of students. She is dedicated and committed to carrying out the overall college mission and helping each and every student accomplish their educational and career goals.
Faith Morreo is a proud member of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribe of Southern California. Serving her Tribe, non-profit organizations, tribal programs, and private sector in various capacities for the past 25+ years she is honored to serve as the Recruitment and Outreach Specialist. Faith is a graduate of College of the Desert with two Associates of Arts Degree programs in Business Administration and Liberal Arts with emphasis in Arts, Humanities and Communication. She is primarily responsible for recruitment and outreach. This includes creating partnerships to continue the success of CINC in providing unique opportunities in education. Faith is also a cultural preservationist, teaching Desert Cahuilla language within the local tribal communities. Please reach out to her if you have any questions about enrollment and outreach event
Randy Avila (Klamath-Modoc Tribes)Junior Associate
Randy (Howling Wolf) Avila is an enrolled member of The Klamath-Modoc Tribe. He is currently a student of California Indian Nations College. He has spent most of his life in the Coachella Valley and is very involved with the local tribes. Randy is an advocate for his community and participates in volunteer work. He believes that finding an outlet in sports can help Native youth become more involved and engaged in their community. He acts as an advocate, coach, and athletic coordinator in youth sports. He encourages Native youth to play sports and become involved in after-school programs because they are an easy way to be a part of the community, learn responsibilities, and learn time management. Randy’s goals are to lead Native youth in bringing out the best that they can be through their heritage, a positive attitude, and an enlightened mind. Randy has passed down his values to his children, the most important of which is: Elders pave the way to cultural awareness.
Ronald A. Stewart, Ph.D.Professional Consultant
Ronald A. Stewart holds a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior Studies, Leadership & Philanthropy from The Union Institute and University, a Master of Nonprofit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetoric and Communications from Kent State University.
Among the hallmarks of Dr. Stewart’s consultation work within the private, nonprofit, and public sectors are his tailored, practical solutions for organizations, staff, and volunteers. His services include a wide array of capacity building interventions such as training, executive coaching, executive search, board development, planning, evaluation, discussion facilitation, and fundraising.
A native of rural southeastern Ohio, Dr. Stewart is keenly aware of the need to engage young people, especially those from Appalachia, in the consideration of contemporary global issues and to encourage their participation in the delivery of local and global solutions inspired by these increased awarenesses. In 2010, Dr. Stewart established the Ronald A. Stewart Fund for International Study and Service at Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences to award qualified students with scholarship assistance so that they may engage in study and service around the globe.