Team Member Biography: Tanis Henderson

Tanis Henderson completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Minnesota- Morris in 2008. She is employed by ISD #317- Deer River, Ross Resources, Ltd, where she has held positions as Truancy Prevention Specialist, Indian Home/School Liaison, and Mental Health Practitioner. She is affiliated with the White Earth Nation.

Her duties involve prevention of truancy and chronic absenteeism. In her duties as a Home School Liaison, Tanis educates students, families, and the community about the importance of daily consistent school attendance. She coordinates a program called Project Connect which connects at risk students with adults in the school. She assists students and families in making referrals to needed services and helps them identify barriers to them having daily consistent school attendance.

Tanis facilitates the Leech Lake Area Truancy Services Collaborative. She is a representative of a minority race on the Itasca County Mental Health Local Advisory Council and she facilitates the Leech Lake Area Truancy Services Collaborative. She is on the MN Sub-Committee for Children’s Mental Health where she represents the needs of children with emotional disturbances of minority races and cultures. She is the vice- chair of the S.T.E.P. (Standing Together Embracing Prevention) Coalition working to reduce and delay youth alcohol use in the Deer River Area by growing positive community norms.

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