- Lou Schmitz
More About LouLou Schmitz, BS, GCPH. Ms. Lou Schmitz has over 29 years of service in Indian healthcare and tribal public health. Her areas of experience in Indian country include public health emergency preparedness and response, cross-jurisdictional collaboration, tribal health department management, electronic health record implementation, patient-centered care delivery, health programs planning and design, community based participatory research, healthcare reform, quality assurance, data management, and grant development. She has designed and successfully implemented programs and quality assurance measures for various clinical, prevention, and community health services.Ms. Schmitz was one of the tribal health department representatives to collaborate in developing the groundbreaking Olympic Regional Tribal Public Health Mutual Aid Agreement in 2010. As a NextGen Certified Professional and NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert, Ms. Schmitz managed the implementation of a health information management system for a Washington tribe, receiving the National NextGen Best Practice Award for Excellence.Ms. Schmitz is an alumnus of the University of Washington School of Public Health, and the Northwest Public Health Leadership Institute. She is an Affiliate Instructor for the University of Washington School of Nursing Department of Psychosocial and Community Health.Lou is a member of AIHC’s team of consultants, and serves as lead consultant for the Commission’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness projects. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Jan Ward Olmstead
More About JanJan Ward Olmstead, MPA. Jan is a Chumash descendant of the Santa Ynez and Barbareño, California Mission Indians. She serves as the Senior Public Health Policy and Project Advisor to the American Indian Health Commission (AIHC) for Washington State.
In partnership with Tribal Leadership, Tribal Health programs, and community members, Jan 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 knowledge from working with tribal communities. Jan has over 40 years of experience in health policy, public administration, and Tribal and intergovernmental affairs. Her experience includes the development of models and curriculum to support culturally grounded strategic thinking and program development.
Jan earned 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. She has served as adjunct faculty in the MPA Tribal Governance and General Cohorts at The Evergreen State College. Jan is a certified master trainer in Neuroscience, Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experience, and Resilience. She applies a historical and cultural context in trauma-informed approaches as a path to healing through Seven Generation Strategies, acknowledgment of intergenerational core strengths, and self-determination.
Jan also 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. Together, Jan and her husband Roger, have four grown sons, their partners, and their first grandchild.
- Pam James
More About PamPam James (Colville). Pam is the Co-Founder of Native Strategies a non-profit training and technical assistance organization, specializing in facilitation; infrastructure development; program design, customer service and people management. Pam is particularly passionate about her trainings including, Historical Trauma & Modern Drama, Healthy Relationships, Healthy Workplace, Healthy Parenting and the Auntie/Grandma approach to Home Visiting.For over two decades, Pam has provided training, consultation and project development expertise to meet diverse social, cultural, governmental and organizational needs of hundreds of tribal and non-tribal governments, organizations and communities throughout the United States, Canada, and the Pacific Basin. Currently Pam serves as the Senior Project Director for GrantVantage.com a Native woman-owned grant and contract management Software Company. GrantVantage is the first cloud-based solution of its kind to address the pre and post–award grant and contract management needs of federal, state, and Tribes, foundations, intermediaries, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.She is a consultant to the American Indian Health Commission for Washington State to address health disparities for Native Americans and Alaska Natives. She lends her expertise to the Nisqually Tribe in program development, strategic planning and parenting training.Pam is pursuing her master certification in Near Science (Neuroscience, Epigenetics, ACE’s and Resilience). The Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACES) that supports trauma impact on child development and validates the historical trauma experience of Native people.She co-designed through Culture2Culture Consulting the curriculum for the Washington State Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, “Government-to-Government Training,” to improve the governmental relationships of Washington State agencies and the federally recognized tribes. Pam is a published author, a mother of six and an alumni of The Evergreen State College.Pam is best known for her unique cultural and holistic approach to training, education, healing, empowerment, and inspiration.
- Cindy Gamble
More About CindyCindy Gamble, MPH, is Tlingit and a member of the Kaax’oos.hittaan, or Man’s Foot Clan. As a Tribal Public Health Consultant with the American Indian Health Commission, Cindy is the lead on the WIC Research Project and the Maternal and Infant Health work, and works collaboratively on other public health projects. Cindy has enjoyed working over 30 years with Tribal and Urban Indian Communities in Alaska and Washington State as a Community Health Educator and as a Tribal Health Director. Cindy is married to her husband Jerry; they have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.
- Heather Erb
More About HeatherHeather Erb, AIHC Legal Counsel. Heather owns a law practice in Bellingham, Washington and has been practicing law for the last sixteen years. She represents nonprofits, Tribes, and Tribal organizations in public health, health care legal policy, contract drafting and negotiation, mutual aid agreements, emergency preparedness, code/ordinance development and nonprofit corporate governance. In her representation of the American Indian Health Commission, Heather assisted in drafting the Washington Indian Health Improvement Act and the Washington Indian Behavioral Health Act. She has previously provided training and outreach to tribal members, leaders, and Indian health program staff and administration across the State of Washington on American Indian and Alaska Native income tax exemptions, Medicaid expansion, cost sharing, premium sponsorship, and contracting with qualified health plans. In the early years of her career, Heather served as an assistant state attorney prosecuting felony crimes.
- Kathryn Akeah
More About KathrynKathryn Akeah.Kathryn (Yakama/Diné, she/her) has over 17 years of experience in project management, contract management, and communications in public health, small business support, labor, and the justice system. She sees her work in a broad context of social justice, anti-racism, and healing from historical injustice. She works for AIHC as a Tribal Health Consultant, specifically focused on Medicaid Transformation Projects and the Tribal Behavioral Health System. She also works part time for Washington State Administrative Office of the Courts, supporting judges and court administrators in the Tribal State Court Consortium.With a foot in each world, Kathryn has been assisting with jurisdiction issues and framing Indian Health Care Provider work for state agencies and their contractors. She is available to provide technical assistance to departments, clinics and programs on a range of issues related to Tribal Behavioral Health Integration, Tribal FQHCs, and Medicaid Transformation Projects : workforce development, planning, training and policies, success stories and messaging, communications products, and reports.Kathryn has an MBA from WSU, a 3rd grader full of sass, and three step-teens. Her favorite traditional foods are roots, with huckleberries coming in a close second. email@example.com
- Aubrey Gamble
More About AubreyAubrey was raised in rural Southeast Alaska and is Kaax’oos.hittaan, or Man’s Foot Clan. After receiving her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology and Psychology, she followed a passion for early childhood education and has many years’ experience as both a teacher and administrative support staff at the Bing Nursery School in California. Aubrey enjoys organizing successful events and keeping information flowing, assisting in the preparation, planning and implementation of many of the AIHC’s Public Health events as well as being editor of the quarterly AIHC newsletter and providing website updates as needed. Aubrey spends every spare moment with her young son, Kaikoa, and enjoys being behind the scenes in building positive communities and equitable resources for all youth. The preservation of Native culture is very important to her, so she continues to learn more about Tlingit language and traditions for her own health and well-being, as well as to strengthen her son’s heritage, and for the generations who follow.
- Pam James