Pamela Jumper Thurman, Ph.D., a Western Cherokee, is Senior Affiliate Faculty at Colorado State University and co-owner of Council Oak Training and Evaluation, Inc., a female and American Indian owned company. She has 35 years of experience in provision of substance misuse and mental health direct services, research, evaluation, grant writing, and provision of HIV/AIDS Capacity Building Assistance. She is a co-developer and co-author of the Community Readiness Model and has applied the model in over 5,000 communities throughout the US as well as over 44 communities internationally. She leads the annual launch of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, funded by ETR and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is the co-editor of the recently published book, Cherokee National Treasures: In their own words... and has published extensively on a variety of topics in various books, chapters and journals.