Darlene “Dar” Kawennano:ron Johnson, MSW, is a member of the Kahnawake/Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. Born to the Turtle Clan, and for the Bear Clan, she grew up in a world of cultural, socio-economic, and personal challenges, which motivated her to pursue her own passion of personal empowerment and self-healing. Through her own journey she discovered her gifts of facilitating, guiding, and motivating others to find their own way to empowerment and healing. She is a graduate of both Arizona State University and California State University Northridge.
Her passion for peer-centered and peer-driven programming is what drew her to The Web in 2009, when she was looking to be a volunteer and instead was invited to sit on the Board. She has been on The Web’s Board of Directors for 8-years and has served as Board President for over five of those years.
Currently, she keeps herself busy as Community Rehabilitation Provider (CRP) for DVR/TVR, an educator for the Anchorage School District, a small business facilitator and consultant, and career development counselor. She is the principle owner of Eagle Vision Consulting where your passion is her passion; the founder and president of the Alaska Geotourism Alliance, a membership organization dedicated to sustaining Alaska’s small businesses; and the owner operator of Diamond Dar’s Alaska Adventures. In her leisure time, she takes advantage of Alaska’s splendor and beauty as a photographer, artist, and filmmaker. You can hear her daily on KNBA 90.3FM, Alaska’s Native Voice, as Diamond Dar, the host of Indigenous Music Hour. And of course, she is always a regular and familiar face at The Web!