6190 North State Street Ukiah, CA 95482
p. 707.462.7801 f. 707.462.7809
The mission of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program is to establish and provide quality vocational rehabilitation services to all eligible enrolled members of Federally-Recognized Tribes, residing in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties.
The purpose of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program (PPNVRP) is to provide culturally oriented vocational rehabilitation services to American Indians with disabilities, traditional an underrepresented population. Enrolled adult and transition aged youth of federally recognized tribes who reside in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties and have a medically documented disability that significantly impacts their ability to obtain or retain employment are eligible for vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to achieve a successful employment outcome.
The PPNVRP has been providing VR services since 1999 and has been a major source of employment, training and job placement services for American Indians with disabilities in the PPNVRP service area. The PPNVRP process is based on an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) with the goal of obtaining full-time, part-time, seasonal, self-employment or supported employment consistent with the individual consumer’s strengths, traditional values and beliefs, resources, priorities, concerns, capabilities, interests and informed choice. Services provided to individuals with disabilities must be necessary to overcome substantial barriers to employment. The PPNVRP strives to maintain a highly accountable program to all consumers, funding sources and the members it serves.
I am a member of the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians, I am Pomo, Cherokee and Creek. I was born and raised in Lakeport, CA by wonderful adoptive parents. I am the proud mother of two amazing sons. My professional and educational experience includes work and leadership within the medical and dental fields, finance, event planning, life and business coaching, and a variety of businesses I created as an entrepreneur.
One of my greatest privileges and achievements has been to utilize my professional experiences and skills to provide leadership in organizations serving Native American youth and adults. I have provided leadership with a focus on administration and management. My personal and professional mission is to continue to create and work within organizations whose purpose is to improve the quality of life for Native Americans. I fulfil this mission by utilizing my interpersonal, organizational and communication skills as well as my creative qualities. In 2008, I was hired as the first Executive Director of Scotts Valley Tribal TANF, where I created the vision and programs for the organization based upon the Native American medicine wheel. I cultivated excellent working relationships with local tribes as well as State and Federal staff and administrators. It is with this same dedication and commitment that I now utilize my experiences and skills in my current position as Program Director of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program. I welcome you to reach out to me or a member of our staff and ask how our confidential, individualized training programs and services may be able to assist you in accomplishing your goals in employment.
I was born in California shortly after my family moved to Germany for several years. When we returned to the States, we settled in Lassen County, where I lived for 30 years. While living there I married and had 2 children. I worked on a large military base for 12 years. My jobs included a position in shipping, receiving, and data entry. I received serval premotions, Unit Leader, where I oversaw 25 employees, and became administrative assistant to the director of the base. I moved to Lake County 5 years ago. I love the area and have really enjoyed making new friends and exploring the surrounding areas. After having a couple of positions with administrative duties, I feel blessed to be the administrative assistant at Pinoleville Vocational Rehabilitation Program. Its been a great experience learning the history, traditional ways, and culture of the Native Communities that are served by PPNVRP.
My name is Dino W Franklin, Jr., I am Kashia Pomo, Coast Miwok, Mic Mac Indian and Hawaiian decent. I was born and raised in Santa Rosa and now have been living up here in Ukiah for 15 years. I have been happily married to my wife Patricia Ray-Franklin since 2003. We have three children of our own and all together there are eleven, along with five grandchildren. I’m a graduate of Santa Rosa High and Mendocino College. I’ve been working for PPNVRP since November of 2006 first as a transportation coordinator and then as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. I am also a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor and my passion is working with our people suffering from drugs and alcohol.
Pinoleville Pomo Nation
Vocational Rehabilitation Program
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