I’m a member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians, currently headquartered in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. I have a BA in literature and Writing from UCSD, where my father taught statistics and probability for forty years. Seventeen years ago, I was recruited to attend HSU by the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program. I obtained a teaching credential to teach English within secondary settings. Shortly after, I was nominated to participate in an Emerging Activist Leadership Program, sponsored by the Indigenous Women’s Network. After being mentored by national and local Indigenous leaders, I have had the honor to work within northern Californian communities in various capacities. I have facilitated cultural mentoring for Wiyot children and helped create culturally based curriculum for local schools
to make education for meaningful and relevant. I was one of the original community organizers that helped develop the Native Cultures Fund, a program that gives Indigenous community leaders the tools they need to transmit cultural skills, values and social roles between generations. After receiving an MSW from HSU, I was able to focus on community wellness on a more micro scale. I have worked at First 5 Humboldt, Changing Tides and Children and Youth Family Services of DHHS providing individual, group and family therapy. I am currently a Commissioner of First 5 Humboldt. Most importantly, I spend a great deal of my time raising my two sons with my partner, Chag.