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Meet our Community Wellness Department
Jessica Foster (Snohomish, Lummi, Haida)
Community Wellness Manager
Jessica has been working at American Indian Health & Services since 2016, developing and managing grant-funded programs and projects that promote wellness through community and cultural connectedness. Jessica has been leading the Community Wellness Department since 2018 and is proud to work with a dedicated and gifted team of individuals committed to addressing the needs of the community. Originally from rural Snohomish County Washington, Jessica has lived on the Central Coast of California since 2007 and is grateful to call Santa Barbara, the land of the Chumash peoples, home.
Kiana Cates (Diné)
Kiana is the Communications Coordinator for the Community Wellness Department and has been working at American Indian Health & Services since 2018. In her role, she leads collaborative efforts related to ongoing and emergent departmental and organizational programs, projects, and events. Kiana is the lead behind the Native Sun Newsletter, AIH&S Facebook Page, and other Community Wellness promotional materials.
Manuel Luna (Wukchumni, Chiricahua Apache)
Community Programs Coordinator
Manny has been working at American Indian Health & Services since 2018. As Community Programs Coordinator, he coordinates grant-funded programs that connect culture to health and wellness, through culturally-grounded activities, such as beading, weaving, basketry, traditional arts, gardening, and traditional foods.
Community Wellness Support Specialist
Heaven started working at American Indian Health & Services in 2020. As Community Wellness Support Specialist, she works to support, implement, and coordinate community wellness programs. Being born and raised in Santa Barbara, Heaven hopes to continue to serve and help the community in which she came from.
Oliver Murray (Akimel O’odham)
Youth & Families Advocate
Beginning in 2021, Oliver Murray seeks to support and engage American Indian & Alaska Native youth, young adults, and their families. In their role as Youth & Families Advocate, they develop and implement programs to encourage positive youth development and inclusion in holistic wellness and cultural activities. Oliver has been involved in Santa Barbara community organizing since 2008 as a youth leader. They are passionate about creating safe spaces for LGBTQ+ teens and young adults, and proudly identify as non-binary.