Advisory Council

Current Advisory Council members include:

Mihku Paul-Anderson, MFA (Maliseet) is a poet, playwrite and author (Portland, ME)

Sonya Atalay, PhD., (Anishiinabe-Ojibwe, 1st degree midewiwin Three Fires Lodge) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at UMass Amherst. Her work incorporates aspects of cultural anthropology, archaeology, heritage studies and Native American & Indigenous Studies.

Cathleen Barkley, M.A. (Abenaki), is the Executive Director for H.O.P.E. Works. (Burlington, Vermont.) Ending Sexual Violence through Healing, Outreach, Prevention, and Empowerment

Hannabah Blue, M.S. (Dine) – Public Health Services Program Manager at American Indian Public Health Resource Center in N. Dakota. Hannabah received a Masters of Science from the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. (Cambridge, MA)

Nicole R. Bowman-Farrell, (Mohican/Munsee) – President/Owner of Bowman Performance Consulting LLC (BPC). (Wisconsin)

Cassandra M. Brooks, (Abenaki) M.S., Doctoral Candidate at Stanford University. Internationally known marine biologist (Colorado)

Lisa Brooks, Ph.D. (Abenaki) – Associate Professor of English, and of American Studies at Amherst College. Chair, Five Colleges Native American Program (Leverett, MA)

Amy Den Ouden, PhD. – Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Daisy Goodman, APRN, CNM, MSN – currently is at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in their Nurse Midwife service. (Hanover, NH)

Jane Bartley Hozier, ICPS designed and maintains the Gedakina website. She has worked with Gedakina in various roles since earning her B.A. in Native American Studies (with a minor in Computer Science) from Dartmouth College in 2005. Jane currently works in the field of security, crime prevention, and human intelligence. (Virginia)

Meghan Howey, Ph.D., – Assistant Professor of Archeology and Archeology at the University of New Hampshire. (Durham, NH)

Sarah Kenney, MS, – Deputy Campaign Director, LETS GROW KIDS,  (Burlington, VT)

Jennifer Anne McLaughlin, Esq., JD, LLM – grew up in New England and is a legal/political consultant to tribes from across the United States (Virginia)

Melinda Neff, M.Ed., BCBA, is CEO/Clinical Director, Green Mountain Behavior Consulting, LLC.

Cindy PerryM.Ed. is the Executive Director of the new Raven’s Wood School in Vermont, an outdoor adventure school for kids in grades 3-8, and is a seasoned, 22-year certified elementary teacher, with experience in all grades K-12 in regular and special education, both with disabled and gifted kids.

Dr. Darren J. Ranco, Ph.D. (Penobscot) – Associate Professor of Native American & Environmental Studies at University of Maine, Orono. Coordinator of Native American Research Center . (Orono, Maine)

Cheryl Savageau, M.A. (Abenaki) – Poetry Fellow, National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Artists Foundation (Easton, MA)

Ashley Smith, is a resident of Madison, Maine with family ties to Norridgewock Village and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology and American Indian Studies at Cornell University

Lisa Sockabasin, (Passamaquoddy) – Former Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services – Director, Four Directions, Boston Mass. (Hallowell, Maine)

Gabrielle Tayac, Ph.D., (Piscataway) – Staff Historian, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (Maryland)

Tanaya Winder, MFA, acclaimed poet, author and presenter, currently works as the Assistant Director for the University of Colorado at Boulder Upward Bound Program. (Colorado)