ICFPP STAFF

Liz Elgin DeRouen

Executive Director

Indian Child Welfare Act Advocate

Expert Witness

Liz has worked with ICFPP for the past 21 years as an ICWA Advocate and is also an qualified expert witness. She serves on the Children's Justice Act Task Force, Ya-Ka-Ama Board of Directors and the Restorative Resources Board of Directors. Liz is a lineal descendant of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria, Manchester/Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians and Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. 

Laila DeRouen

Indian Child Welfare Act Advocate

Expert Witness

Laila has worked with ICFPP since 2006. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit governance. She has an Associate's Degree in Administration of Justice and in Social and Behavioral Science. Additional certifications include: Law Enforcement; Corrections; PC 832 Laws of Arrest; Juvenile Correctional Counselor Basic Course and Children in the Justice System. She has worked in the community and has served on the Sonoma County Indian Health Project Board of Directors and the Ya-Ka-Ama Board of Directors. Laila is a lineal descendant of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of Stewarts Point Rancheria, Manchester Point Arena Band of Pomo Indians, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians , Choctaw and Chitimacha.

Angie Arroyo

Indian Child Welfare Act Advocate

Angie has worked with Indian Child Welfare for a number of years, including being an Expert Witness.  She has sat on Tribal Council for the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake.

Hailey Ferroni

Education and Training Specialist

Indian Child Welfare Act Advocate

Hailey has previously worked with the program implementing grants and creating the website. She has a Master's Degree in Education with a concentration in equity and social justice as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Psychology and Native American Studies. In addition to a life long passion for educational equity, Hailey loves her dog, Sir. 

Ernie Ceja

Chief Financial Officer

Ernie Ceja joins ICFPP with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management from Sonoma State. He previously worked at Sonoma County Indian Health Project.  He is currently working on attaining his CPA license and sits on the Elsie Allen Foundation Board.

Maria Cardenas

Administrative Assistant - Santa Rosa

Maria Cardenas has been with Indian Child & Family Preservation Program since beginning of 2020 as our Administrative Assistant. Previously Maria worked in the Drug and Alcohol field as a Substance Abuse counselor. Maria has her Associates in Human Services: Advocacy and an Associates in Drug and Alcohol studies. She is registered as a SUD educator with CADTP. Maria currently sits on 3 boards within the Native American community to further goals of cultural awareness and increase cultural competency in the Human Services field. She has previously been on the Ya-Ka-Ama Board of Directors & president of the Native American Student Council. Maria is working towards a Bachelor’s in Social Work and hopes to one day gain a Master’s of Social Work. Currently Maria is working on implementing the Tribal Opioid Prevention Grant awarded to Indian Child & Family Preservation Program in November 2020.

Raelene Cromwell

Administrative Assistant - Ukiah

Raelene Cromwell, a member of the Robinson Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. New to ICFPP and loving it! Raelene has been involved with ICWA for many years. She is a High School Girls Basketball coach and has been coaching for 10+ years for different age groups.  She has sat on Council for her Tribe and was able to be part of developing California Tribal TANF Partnership, opening a Daycare on the Rancheria, along with a Social Services Department. She has Foster family members, and became a long term guardian and adopted one child.

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