Program Manager, CAIR (Center for American Indian Resilience)
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Northern Arizona University
Jan Kerata, Program Manager for the Center for American Indian Resilience, comes to CAIR from the Merriam-Powell Center for Environmental Research at Northern Arizona University. As the Administrative Associate there for six years, she handled several dozen grant accounts and millions of dollars in funding from local, state, and federal agencies. In addition to administrative duties, she also authored three grants related to solid waste reduction and recycling education.
Before coming to NAU, she had her own business: RE:Solutions, which provided grant writing, event organizing, and facilitation services to schools, non-profits, and businesses in Northern Arizona. She is a certified mediator with three years of experience working for the Arizona Attorney General's Flagstaff mediation office.
From 1990-1997, Jan managed the City of Flagstaff's conservation programs: recycling, composting, and hazardous waste reduction and supervised the Clean and Green program. Curbside recycling was implemented in the city in 1998, and a permanent hazardous waste facility was sited at the Cinder Lakes landfill in 2002, as a result of these early efforts.
Prior to working for the City, Jan started the supported employment program for Goodwill Industries of Northern Arizona. In that capacity she was an employment coach, placing clients with disabilities into the workforce and assisting them in acquiring the skills needed for successful employment.
Jan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and Employment Training Specialist certification from the University of San Francisco.