American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Honoree: Mashell Sourjohn Bio summary

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Mashell currently serve as AARP’s Associate State Director of Community Outreach Director of Oklahoma where her focus is enhancing the quality of life for all Oklahomans as we age in areas of Native American outreach, caregiving, hunger, livable communities, transportation, protecting social security, financial asset protection, fraud prevention, and encore entrepreneurship.

Mashell currently serves on the Pottawatomie County Community Market Food Resource Center Board, Oklahoma’s REI Women’s Business Center Advisory Board and the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative of Oklahoma. She is a current member of the Native American Journalist Association, American Society on Aging, and the American Public Health Association. She has formerly served on the national American Diabetes Association’s Awakening the Spirit Native American Committee, the Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women committee, and the New Mexico Shared Strategic Plan for Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease 2012-2016.

Mashell is a proud citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation and is of Cherokee Nation heritage. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership and holds a Master of Jurisprudence in Indian Law from the University of Tulsa College of Law. She is also an alumna of the Oklahoma Public Health Leadership Institute. In 2017, Mashell was awarded the national AARP Sherrie Gordon Award for Excellence in Multicultural Leadership. She a Certified Aging in Place Specialist accredited by the National Home Builders Association in the state of Oklahoma. With a matching employee giving program from AARP, Mashell proudly established the Kenneth Sourjohn, Sr. Memorial Scholarship fund via the Muscogee Creek Nation Scholarship Foundation to assist any citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation in their own purpose driven journey and higher education attainment goals.

Prior to AARP, she was employed at the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association for eleven years in roles such as the Regional Health Equity Director for American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach, State Health Alliance Director, Affiliate Cause Consultant and Interim Vice President of State Health Alliances and Research.

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