JanMarie (Chumash) is a lineal descendant of the Santa Ynez and Barbareño California Mission Indians. She is a private consultant and serves as a senior public health policy and project advisor to the American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) for Washington State.
“I am dedicated to promoting knowledge and respect for the Native wisdom and experience from within our communities by utilizing the seven-generation principles in our everyday lives.”
JanMarie is an expert in American Indian/Alaska Native Health and well-being, with 40 years of public sector experience. In partnership with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Health programs, and community members, JanMarie helps create Native approaches that draw on unique cultural resources, community vision, and the engagement of Tribal elected officials. She brings an understanding of evidence-based public health from working with tribal communities and decades of public sector experience in health policy, public administration, and tribal and intergovernmental affairs. Her experience includes development of models and curriculum to support culturally grounded strategic thinking and program development.
JanMarie holds a master’s degree from The Evergreen State College, Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Tribal Governance-management, policy, and leadership for Indigenous organizations. JanMarie has served as adjunct faculty in the MPA Tribal Governance and General Cohorts at The Evergreen State College and as a guest lecturer in health policy courses.
She is a certified master trainer in the Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experience and Resilience (NEAR). She is a member of an international trauma-information systems change learning collaborative through the Mclean Institute for Trauma Informed Systems Change within the Center of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety Disorders. She applies a historical and cultural context in trauma-informed approaches as a path to healing through Seven Generation Strategies, acknowledgement of intergenerational core strengths, and self-determination. JanMarie’s focus is on raising awareness of Seven Generation Strategies and Generational Clarity linked to core strengths and ancestral resilience within Tribal and Native communities that have existed and sustained people for generations.
JanMarie serves on multiple boards and committees to address systemic racism, support equity, and community-driven capacity building in American Indian and Alaska Native health and wellness, including serving as the President of the Washington State Public Health Association for 2022-2023.
Together, JanMarie and her husband Roger, have four grown sons, their partners, and their first grandchild.