Navajo Tribe (Maternal) and Seminole Tribe (Paternal)
Casandra Stouder, 38, has faced many storms in life, but has a true respect for adversity and the lessons learned from challenges. Her two adult children have inspired her to continue living like an athlete and her oldest sister taught her how to use adversity and humanity in the work she creates and shares.
Professionally, Casandra has 20 years experience working as a wellness professional, her most inspirational work was 7 years working and traveling as a lead trainer for Native American Fitness Council. Casandra dedicated 4 years as a Diabetes Prevention Program Manager for a small tribe in Payson, AZ., after moving she served as a Community Coordinator for a Native Youth Wilderness Program in Camp Verde, AZ for 4 years. Aside from fitness and youth work she worked in many fitness facilities and physical rehabilitation facilities, she traveled Native country representing her philosophies through workshops, presentations and specialty classes with the purpose of teaching wellness principles and encouraging Native people to reconnect or maintain their own wellness principles. Currently Casandra is working as the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe’s Family Support Specialist, serving the beautiful tribal families of the Yavapai people.
"My sister really put into my life how to practice humanity. That is what wellness means to me. My sister lived, blind, mute and had little to no physical movements, she lived 36 years of her precious life confined to a wheelchair. She had cerebral palsy. Human beings were designed so beautifully. We were designed to overcome all adversities. Had my sister been given all the abilities most of us have, she would have exercised her abilities to the FULLEST on all levels! Though she is gone, she still motivates me to encourage others. We have to see it in ourselves to pay more attention to our present abilities, the things that have shaped us along the way, it's important that we take those simple values as we apply ourselves patiently and honestly. It takes a little work, lots of practice and a little support to sustain positive growth. This is why group events are so important in fostering healthier lifestyles. Work like this is something I'll always want to be a part of. Let's gather and let's learn together! "