Meet the Staff

Pinoleville Pomo Nation
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
“Celebrating One Success Story at a Time”

Serving the Needs of Native Americans in Mendocino, Lake and Sonoma Counties


Meet the Staff



Lisa Weiler




Dino Franklin – Vocational Counselor

My name is Dino W Franklin, Jr., I am Kashia Pomo, Coast Miwok, Mic Mac Indian and Hawaiian decent. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa and now have been living up here in Ukiah for 15 years. I have been happily married to my wife Patricia Ray-Franklin since 2003. We have three children of our own and all together there are eleven, along with five grandchildren. I’m a graduate of Santa Rosa High and Mendocino College. I’ve been working for PPNVRP since November of 2006 first as a transportation coordinator and then as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. I am also a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor and my passion is working with our people suffering from drugs and alcohol.   My other passions include God and Church, being a Dad, a grandfather, coaching and playing sports, long hikes and long drives.







Gabriel Ray – Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Coordinator


My name is Gabriel Ray I am currently the Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Healing Native Youth Minds project. I studied Business Management at Mendocino College. I have worked for tribal communities my entire professional career. I am a tribal member of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians and am currently an elected councilman for the Scotts Valley Tribe. My first experience working with tribal communities was helping my uncle take care of the water system on the Hopland Indian Reservation. I was only 10 years old at the time and would measure the water in the storage tanks, test the water for bacteria, and then chlorinate the water. This is where I received my first sense of what it is to work for the benefit of your community. I have since, worked for many different tribes and under many different programs.

I am blessed to have my career revolve around working to better the lives of native families. I believe early intervention allows for the necessary support needed to help keep our youth on a positive path into their futures. We need to reach out to as many native parents as we can and support them in being strong roles models for our native youth. We need communities of role models not the negativity that dominates much of our native communities.

There is a lot of hopelessness in the lives of many native youth in today’s world. It is my vision for all native people to live lives like we once lived with strong family values, rich in culture, and free of drugs and alcohol. I dedicate myself in providing help to Natives American families as well as to non-native professionals and programs that lack the resource and knowledge to serving the Native youth of Lake and Mendocino County and all of Indian country.

Let’s support our leaders of tomorrow today!


Haley Higgins