Advisory Council

Chairperson: Position to be filled.

Lake County Advisory Council Members

  • Youth Representative: Position Open – to apply visit
  • Adult Representative: Rose Steele
  • Elder Representative: Millie Simon – Millie is a member of the Middletown Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California. She was born and raised on the Rancheria.  She sits on Board of the Lake County Tribal Health Consortium.

Mendocino County Advisory Council Members

  • Youth Representative: Position Open – to apply visit
  • Adult Representative: Nikcole Whipple – Nikcole is a member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes located in Mendocino County. She is a law student pursuing a Masters at the University of Oklahoma in Indigenous Peoples Law.
  • Elder Representative: Position Open – to apply visit

Sonoma County Advisory Council Members

  • Youth Representative: Rose Hammock – Rose is enrolled with Round Valley Indian Tribes. She’s Pomo and Wailaki. Rose has family in Big Valley, Upper Lake, Elem and Tribes on the coast. 
  • Adult Representative: Madonna Feather-Cruz
  • Elder Representative: Donna Ramirez – Donna is an elder in the local Native American community, a member of the Cloverdale Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. Worked for a electronics company for 25 years and during retirement has enjoyed watercolor painting as a hobby.

Community-Based Participatory Project


Our wellness initiative relies on our Native communities’ participation to produce appropriate changes in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake County. The Project Advisory Council assists and supports the Tribal Youth Ambassadors for Tobacco Control by providing recommendations and approaches to Native community-based tobacco control efforts. The goal  of the Advisory Council is to assist this project in gaining support and involvement from our Native communities in order to promote Native community wellness and resiliency.


The 9-member Advisory Council meets bi-monthly throughout the 5-year Project. It is composed of youth, adults and elders from our local Native communities. The Advisory Council may form Ad Hoc Committees to assist with project activities and further Native Peoples’ involvement in preventing commercial tobacco use in our communities. To learn more about the Advisory Council, please feel free to view the By-Laws and Organizational Chart.

Advisory Council By-Laws

TYA for Tobacco Control Advisory Council Bylaws

Advisory Council Organizational Chart
coming soon


If you are interested in serving on the Advisory Council or one of its Ad Hoc Committees, please use fill out the Advisory Council questionnaire at this link and a project staff member will contact you.