About The Founder

Dr. Jami Bartgis completed a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University and internship at the University of South Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI). She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma and has spent her career working for both tribal and urban American Indian communities across the United States. Dr. Bartgis previously served an Assistant Professor of Research at the University of Oklahoma Health Health Sciences Center, Indian Country Child Trauma Center. She has worked on the national level in her previous role as the Director of Technical Assistance and Research at the National Council of Urban Indian Health. Highlights of her community work include the development, implementation and evaluation of children's mental health systems; a range of community-based participatory research projects to advance health knowledge and practice; partnerships with State/County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Departments to support Systems of Care for American Indian populations; and the honor of working with thousands of tribal youth and family members as a direct service provider, community-based researcher/evaluator, and data driven policy advocate for a healthier world. Dr. Bartgis serves at the President and Chief Executive Officer of One Fire.

Administrative Project Coordinator

Chelsey Osburn serves as the Administrative Project Coordinator for One Fire Associates. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Her skills include project organization and tracking, invoicing, and financial management using quickbooks. Chelsey has a passion for advancing the wellbeing of children and youth with autism and she supports fundraising effort’s for Autism Oklahoma, a parent to parent support organization that provides community education and support for children with autism. In addition, she is the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Secretary, Family Engagement Chair, and part of the Budget Committee for the local school her children attend. She is a mother of two and she and her husband reside in Coweta, Oklahoma.

Senior Research Director

Dr. Candace Fleming (Kickapoo/Oneida/Cherokee) was raised on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. Dr. Fleming currently serves a a Senior Research Director with One Fire Associates, LLC and is responsible for providing highly technical training and consultation to One Fire Associates staffs and to communities served. Her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology was conferred in 1979 by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she has 40 years of experience in training, administration, research and evaluation. Dr. Fleming has developed expertise in program evaluation for both treatment and prevention efforts with indigenous population and served much of her career at the National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research (NCAIANMR), University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Fleming resides in Maine with her family.

Chief Operations Officer

Alison Mahurin currently serves as Chief Operations Officer with One Fire Associates, LLC. Alison completed a B.A. in Accounting at Oklahoma State University and a M.B.A. at Northeastern State University. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. Alison is experienced in operations, customer service, management, communications, project management, international business, sales, marketing and supply chain management. Alison enjoys getting involved in events that support the community such as 5k’s and half marathons. She has been involved with youth in the community serving as a volunteer in youth programs such as Girl Scouts. She resides with her husband and new baby in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Senior Research & Training Director

Dr. Corey M. Still is a citizen of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians. Originally from Tahlequah, OK, he lives and works from Norman, OK.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies from the University of Oklahoma, a Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership from Northeastern State University, and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies with an emphasis on Student Affairs, Higher Education Administration, and Indigenous Higher Education from the University of Oklahoma. He is passionate about education within Indian Country and strives to help Native students who dream about attending college turn that into a reality.  Being a first-gen college student, Dr. Still relates to many of the obstacles that Native students face and has dedicated his life to serve and help others achieve their educational goals.  His current research agenda includes the promotion of Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous representation in institutional policy, undergraduate Native men's experiences, Indigenous masculinity, and Native American fraternities and sororities. Dr. Still has served on several national and regional boards, advisory councils, and community and organizational leadership teams advocating and promoting Native education across the country.

Project Manager

Marle is deeply dedicated to mission-driven work, having contributed to community development from Washington, DC to San Francisco. Her academic background in sociology fueled her passion for breaking down cultural and socioeconomic barriers. Over the years, Marle has collaborated with diverse nonprofits, emphasizing inclusive growth and positive change. As a project manager, she focuses on measuring impact and spearheading impactful programs. Marle's vivacious spirit and dedication to community uplift make her a dynamic asset to any team.


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