Lynda Smallenberger

Executive Director, Kene Me-Wu American Indian DV/SA Program


Lynda Smallenberger began her career in 1992, working in administrative and consulting positions in casinos on various California Rancherias. She counseled subordinates and supervisors in professional, educational, immigration issues and personal matters, including domestic violence. In 1998, she completed the University of the Pacific's Drug and Alcohol Counselor Certificate Program along with a volunteer internship at Recovery Treatment Center (RTC) and Methadone Clinic of San Joaquin County. Lynda joined the Kene Me-Wu Family Healing Center, (KMWFHC) of the Tuolumne Rancheria as a DV advocate/substance abuse counselor in 1999. KMWFHC works with Native American families regarding domestic violence and sexual assault through advocacy, counseling and referrals. Appointed the Executive Director in 2000, she continued counseling Native women in domestic violence and sexual assault issues while facilitating healing circles.

Lynda currently sits on Domestic Violence Councils in Amador, Calaveras, Tuolumne and Mariposa Counties with regards to Native American issues. She was also on the Board of Directors of FOR OUR FUTURE, CA Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention Coalition from 2002-2004. She served as both their co-director and director. In July 2005, Lynda Smallenberger facilitated a statewide conference call for all tribes in California. Participants shared ideas and resources to combat domestic violence in Indian Country.

Lynda was appointed a member of the Domestic Violence Program Advisory Council (DVAC), Office of Emergency Services (OES) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2009. In 2011, Lynda completed a Tribal Advocates Curriculum which included: domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking guide. This project was in conjunction with the Administration Office of the Courts; Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts. In addition, she also completed a two year advocacy program through Praxis International and Manavi in partnership with OVAW.