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Honorable Council Member, Jan Lowery 


Jan Lowery was born and raised the majority of her life in Robeson County. She attended Pembroke Elementary School, Pembroke Middle School and graduated from Pembroke Senior High in 1972.

She graduated from Pembroke State University in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and served as Secretary of Student Government and on the Dean's list while enrolled.

She worked four years at Lumbee Regional Development Association, and became the youngest Project Director and at the time the second woman (behind Janie Maynor) to direct a federal grant at the age of 21. She implemented a reading grant funded by the US Department of Education and operated four audit reading academies in churches throughout the country to help folks learn to read and write and get their GEDS.

She left in 1982 and went to Raleigh amd worked for eight months with the NC Commission of Indian Affairs as a Program Evaluator for all grants operated by the Commission.

In 1983, she was accepted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Global Public Health, where she majored in Health Behavior and Health Education with an emphasis on policy and minority health. She was theed recipient of the Indian Health Service Scholarship and graduated in 1983 with a masters in Public Health.

She returned to Robeson County and worked at Pembroke State University as Director of the NC Health Careers Access Program enrolling and graduating minority students into the health professions. During her 11 year tenure, she saw seven of her students graduate with medical, dental and pharmacy degrees from NC universities. This was a federal grant through the Department of Health and Human Services.

In 1994, she moved to Nevade and became employed with the Southern Nevade Area Health Education Center, an affiliate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine. As an Education Program Manager, she designed continuing education programs and conferences throughout Nevada for health care professionals. She was also a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Nevada School of Medicine.

Upon returning from Nevada in 2001, she became employed with the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities as a Program Manager. There she worked endlessly to identify state health care funds to American Indian tribes in NC. She, along with the Office of Minority Health and NC Commission of Indian Affairs, established the first ever Joint Task Force on American Indian Health with Secretary Carmen Hooker Odum and Paul Brooks, chair of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs, serving as co-chairs and 17 American Indian health professionals and four HHS department represenatives. The Task Force lasted two years and identified 11 recommendations for the Department of Health and Human Services for the Department to strengthen the relationship between them. She served for five years as the Secretary's designee on the Commission Board and was Chair of the Health Committtee.

In 2006, she returned to Robeson County to care for her mother, and became employed with the University of NC at Pembroke as a Program Coordinator/Budget Manager for $2.3 million dollar federal grant from the US Department of Education to retain American Indians and low-income students in college. She is currently President of the UNCP Association of American Indian Faculty and Staff.

She is Chair of the Planning Board for the Town of Pembroke and has been a member of Berea Baptist Church since 1967. She has one brother and a puppy named Jaxson of who she cares for daily and serves on the Board of Glenn Flora Assisted Living Facility in Lumberton. 

She has dedicated her life to working and providing resources to American Indian tribes in NC and low income residents in Robeson County. She successfully paved the way for the Lumbee Tribe to receive three grants, in additionto several other tribes in NC with her grant writing skills. And, she hopes to continue expanding health care resources for tribal membership during her time as the Lumbee Tribal Council member for District 7.




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