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Who We Are

About Us

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Our Values

We believe...

  • Every parent is the perfect parent for their baby
  • That healthy mothers and babies are the foundation of a healthy community
  • That abundance and generosity are essential in Indigenous resiliency
  • That abundance and generosity are a community responsibility
  • In the validity of traditional knowledge
  • In centering Indigenous people in all our work
  • In the importance of providing culturally relevant care
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Our Story

Hummingbird's Birth Story

In the summer of 2019, we hosted an Indigenous doula training and an Indigenous lactation counselor training open to community members. As Daybreak Star Doulas, we launched that program with United Indians of All Tribes Foundation in 2019 which was exclusively funded by a King County levy called Best Starts for Kids. This program was spearheaded by Camie Jae Goldhammer and she hired two doulas. We immediately got busy working with families but we wanted to do more! In the summer of 2021, we launched Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services.
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Meet our Drum

While hummingbirds are fairly independent birds, when two or more of them get together they can be called a drum, a glittering or a shimmering. Like a drum, the Hummingbird team is a steady guide and heartbeat of our organization.

Hummingbird Team

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Camie Goldhammer, LISCW, IBCLC
Camie Goldhammer, LISCW, IBCLC
Founding Executive Director
she/her
Sisíthuŋwaŋ-Waȟpéthuŋwaŋ Oyáte

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Chrissy Harris
Chrissy Harris
Operations Manager
she/her
Kaigani Haida, Katzie First Nation and Filipino

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Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron
Vanessa Lovejoy-Guron
BirthKeeper Program Manager
she/her/siya
Filipino

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Tess Abrahamson-Richards, MPH
Tess Abrahamson-Richards, MPH
Director of Data Sovereignty
she/her
Spokane Tribe

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Kaitlin Kamalei (KK) Brandon
Kaitlin Kamalei (KK) Brandon
Pilimakua Program Manager
she/her
Native Hawaiian/Kānaka Maoli

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Lacey Warrior
Lacey Warrior
Nest Program Manager
she/her
Dena'ina/Alutiq/A'aniiih

Nest Program Manager

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Såhi Velasco
Såhi Velasco
Storytelling Manager
They/Them
Indigenous CHamoru

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Kristin Lightfeather
Kristin Lightfeather
Indigenous BirthKeeper Lead and Lactation Counselor
she/her
Comanche, Ojibwe

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T'leeuh Antone
T'leeuh Antone
Indigenous BirthKeeper and Lactation Counselor
they/them
Akimel O'odham

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Devi Mudaliar
Devi Mudaliar
Indigenous BirthKeeper and Lactation Counselor
she/her
Indo-Fijian and Native Hawaiian

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Tanala Weaver
Tanala Weaver
Indigenous Birthkeeper
she/her
Cowlitz

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Charlotte Pfeiffer
Charlotte Pfeiffer
Home Visitor/Health Educator
Klamath Tribes

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Tia Yazzie
Tia Yazzie
Abundance Auntie
she/her
Diné/Navajo

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LeChante' Raiwalui
LeChante' Raiwalui
Indigenous Emotional Peer Support
She/her
Fijian and Black

Clan Mothers (Board of Directors)

Our Clan Mothers are a group of strong, kind and culturally grounded women and Two-Spirit people. They help to guide, as well as oversee the Hummingbird leadership and help to set our strategic plan. 

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Colleen Echohawk
Colleen Echohawk
Eighth Generation
Pawnee

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Lynnette Jordan
Lynnette Jordan
Community Member
Leech Lake and Colville

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Temryss Lane
Temryss Lane
Pyramid Consulting
Lummi

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Farrah Rivera
Farrah Rivera
Quilted Health
Filipinx

Cultural Advisory Council

Our Cultural Advisory Council represents the community. They are leaders who have have been a consistent voice and advocate for the community. The Cultural Advisory Board serves a number of roles within Hummingbird including providing cultural knowledge sharing with Hummingbird staff and families, supporting program planning and ensuring that community and culture remain an integral part of Hummingbird. Cultural Advisory Board members do receive a stipend for their service.

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Lika Smith
Lika Smith
Pacific Islander Health Board
Native Hawaiian

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Masha Fry
Masha Fry
Cowlitz Behavioral Health
Alliut

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Socia Love-Thurman
Socia Love-Thurman
Seattle Indian Health Board
Cherokee

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Shelley Means
Shelley Means
Native American Women’s Dialogue on Infant Mortality
Ojibwe/Lakota

Community Partners

Seattle Indian Health Board
Provides community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the greater Seattle/King County area.
Na’ah Illahee Fund
An Indigenous women-led organization dedicated to the ongoing regeneration of Indigenous communities.
Pacific Islander Health Board
Cultivate resilience within our communities to achieve health equity through culturally safe and community-driven solutions, traditions, advocacy, and policies.
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation
Provides educational, cultural and social services that reconnect Indigenous people in the Puget Sound region to their heritage by strengthening their sense of belonging and significance as Native people through being a social service provider, community center, and cultural home for Urban Indians.
Open Arms Perinatal Services
Provides free perinatal services to improve birth experiences and lifelong outcomes for families. Through prenatal education, continuous doula support through labor, lactation guidance, support groups, and home visits, we establish supportive networks from pregnancy up to a child’s second birthday.
Perinatal Support Washington
Supports the emotional wellbeing of people in the perinatal period, making our families and communities stronger.
Quilted Health
Quilted Health's mission is to build and champion a model for equitable access to compassionate, evidence-based, whole-person pregnancy care.
NAWDIM
"Working to ensure infant and cultural survival” advocacy, education & outreach for Indigenous futures.
Center for Indigenous Midwifery
Strengthens community by honoring, supporting and reclaiming Indigenous Midwifery Care.
Capacity Collective
Builds the capacity of individuals… to build capacity of their programs… to build the capacity of their organizations… to build the capacity of the communities and people they serve.

Our Funders

Best Starts for Kids
Best Starts for kids supports our Hummingbird Indigenous BirthKeepers.
Perigee Fund
Perigee Fund supports Hummingbird Nest and Indigenous BirthKeepers.
Groundswell
Groundswell supports our out-of-state abortion care.
Washington State
Washington State supports the Family Spirit Program.
City of Seattle
The City of Seattle supports Hummingbird Indigenous BirthKeepers.
St. Joseph Community Partnership Fund
St. Joseph supports building capacity at Hummingbird.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
RWJF supports our Storytelling program.
Potlatch Fund
Potlatch supports Hummingbird Indigenous Family Services.