Intertribal Friendship House Board of Directors 


Marie Hernandez      

Board Chair

Marie Garcia-Hernandez, IFH Board Chair, Hoopa Nation. Maria’s family has lived in the Bay Area since the 1950’s both of her grandparents came on the BIA relocation. Her grandmother served on the IFH board many years ago. Marie grew attending IFH events and activities and was a dedicated IFH board member for 6 years. She recently ran for the board after taking one year off and was elected to the board in the last election. Marie is currently attending school majoring in Criminal Justice. She is the IFH board chair


Angelina Ahedo        


Angelina Ahedo, Vice-Chair, Umpqua Nation she received her bachelor's degree from the University of California Berkeley in 2005 and her Masters in Public Health from the University of Hawaii Manoa in 2008. Angelina has served on the Board of Intertribal Friendship House since 2015 and currently serves as the Vice Chair. Angelina has a broad range of experiences in direct service, evaluation, research, and program planning. She is dedicated to social justice and improving the health of all communities, and has spent the last 10 years working for community health centers, tribal home visiting programs, family shelters, and public agencies. 

Sabine Talaugon    

IFH Secretary

Sabine Nicole Talaugon, IFH Secretary, Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, and received her bachelor's degree from Mills College in 2012 and her Masters in Public Policy in 2013. Sabine has served on the Board of Intertribal Friendship House since 2015, and currently serves as Board Secretary. During her undergraduate and graduate work, she had the opportunity to work in the fields of education and health. Her master's thesis about addressing anti-Indian bias in California public schools, written for the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, received a Public Policy Outstanding Thesis Award in 2013. After graduate school, she pursued health policy, serving as the Director of Programs & Evaluation at the California Consortium for Urban Indian Health. She currently consults under Iwex Consulting, practicing policy analysis, program evaluation, and communications. In the Samala Chumash language, "iwex" means to grind in a mortar, a word chosen to represent a piece of the work done to build resiliency and self-determination for our communities

Pauline Patty


Pauline Patty is a mother to 5 children and a grandmother to 4 beautiful grandchildren. She is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation and have ties to my Native Hawaiian and Seminole relatives. I’m a very active person – and am interested in cultural health and wellness. Since arriving to the Bay Area from Hawaii in 1992 I have witnessed great changes at IFH.  I do know that it is a second home for many of us and the #1 place where our community can gather.  I do not have an extensive education back ground or degrees but what I do have is experience, a big heart, and compassion for others. I also would like to share IFH mission and vision that will embrace the future not only for ourselves, but for our elders and future generations to come.