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PPH Foundation Board Members | PPH - Palomar Health Foundation
Tishmall Turner, member of ...
Tishmall Turner, member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, and Tribal Liaison for Cal State University, San Marcos, has been appointed to the Palomar Health Foundation Board.
"I was honored when asked to join the board, and I am excited to be part of an organization that invests so much energy and passion in making our region a better place for everyone," said Turner
Turner believes that serving on the foundation board is like her position as tribal liaison at the university.
"My role at Cal State is generating awareness and links between the tribal communities, the university staff, and other community institutions," Turner
personal mission as, "making positive connections between tribal communities and our neighbors."
is a true warrior; she's making a place for Indian people in today's world," Mazzetti said.
By educating people about the native history, cultural contributions and the American Indian presence in the region, Turner
explains, the university is creating an environment where Indian people feel welcome and where young tribal members are encouraged to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees.
"I am very fortunate to be associated with Cal State University
The dedication the campus has shown in recognizing and honoring North County tribal bands is truly gratifying," she
Turner also serves as chairwoman of the Rincon Band's Community Contributions Committee.
According to Turner
, sharing is a strong tradition among American Indians
Caring for each other is a way of life learned early in childhood - a practice that creates strong communities and has sustained tribal people through good and bad times.
"Palomar Pomerado Hospital
has been good to Rincon families in important moments in our lives, and the $100,000 gift is our way of saying, 'Thank you,'" explains Turner
, adding that the donation is also an investment in quality health care for the region.
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Tishmall Turner is the Chair of the Donations & Contributions Committee for the Rincon Band of the Luiseño Indians, and CSUSM Tribal Liaison.
Ms. Turner is the first full-time Tribal Liaison in the California State University System.
In just over two years, she successfully coordinated activities that linked the University to many tribal communities inthe region, providing guidance and assistance to the university president and other university administrators, faculty and staff regarding tribal events, issues, educational needs, and protocol.
was also instrumental in assisting faculty to establish the California Indian culture and Sovereignty Center
at the University.
conducts outreach to tribal youths on healthy lifestyles and education.
She serves on numerous boards and committees in the community including the Dream the Impossible Native Youth Conference, Valley Center Pauma Unified School District Title VII Advisory Committee, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of CA, Rincon Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors.
As an educator and advocate ofthe Luiseno people, Ms. Turner
has assisted in publishing children's books and annual calendars in the Luiseño language.
She holds a bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Administration and was instrumental in obtaining the $100,000 commitment to the Palomar Health Foundation.
Tishmall Turner was the ...
Tishmall Turner was the first full-time member of the CSU system to be appointed to the California Indian Tribal Liaison in 2007, a role in line with the efforts of her tribal community to maintain its culture.
Turner, who holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, is a member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians tribal community.
She currently works in the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center as the first point of contact for American Indian students on campus.
applies the goals of her
previous role at The Southern California Tribal Chairmen's Association
, which include serving their members in the tribal community in various aspects of their lives, to her
role at the Sovereignty Center
, which is located in Social and Behavioral Sciences Building 1818.
efforts are ingrained in maintaining American Indian traditions, whether they involve various tribal groups, as with the tribal association, or are within her
own community on the Rincon Indian Reservation.
It is on the 6,000-acre reservation in Valley Center that she
learned about her
tribal identity and culture from her
grandparents and other elders.
"There is a role for everyone in a tribal community and everyone must participate fully in their role in order for the tribe to continue our traditions and culture," said Turner
"My roles include being an advocate for my tribe and a woman leader within my own family."
also maintains these values in the Sovereignty Center
, where American Indians
from inside and outside the community can feel united.
[Sovereignty Center] provides a sense of community for American Indian students, staff, faculty and Tribal Nations when they visit our campus," said Turner
She works for the Division of Community Engagement but her office is in the Sovereignty Center so she can "provide a one-stop shop for American Indian students and communities when they visit our campus."
involvement on campus also gave her
the opportunity to work with the Office of Diversity, Educational Equity and Inclusion on the Beyond the Stereotype campaign in spring 2014.
"It was a campus-wide effort led by the center to help educate our students about various groups," said Turner
Being a part of Community Engagement has also allowed Turner
to provide "guidance and assistance to the President and other university administrators regarding tribal events, issues, educational needs and protocol," she
Turner said she is grateful to work at the Sovereignty Center, a place she describes as "one of a kind," where she can interact with fellow American Indians.