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Spero M. Manson, PhD (Pembina Chippewa) 

Director, Administrative Core Leader
Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health
CU Anschutz Medical Campus​


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Candace Fleming, PhD

Community Liaison Core Leader
Centers for American Indian & Alaska Native Health
CU Anschutz Medical Campus



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Dedra Buchwald, MD

Investigator Development Core Leader
Partnerships for Native Health
Washington State University


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Stephen M. Schwartz, PhD

Methods & Analysis Core Leader
University of Washington
School of Public Health 


Faculty & Advisory Panel Members


Dave Baldridge, BA

International Association for Indigenous Aging 

Advisory Paneldave@nipcinfo.com

Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, PhD

College of Nursing, Washington State University 


Cathryn Booth-Laforce, PhD

Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington

Faculty Mentoribcb@uw.edu

Munro Collum, PhD

Psychology Division, University of Texas South Western Medical Center

Advisory Panelmunro.cullum@

Ralph Forquera, MPH

Seattle Indian Health Board (retired)

Advisory Panelraforq@gmail.com

R. Turner Goins, PhD

Department of Social Work​, Western Carolina University

Faculty Mentor
former Native Investigator (Cohort II)

Jeffrey A. Henderson, MD, MPH
(Lakota, Cheyenne River Sioux)

Black Hill Center for American Indian Health

Faculty Mentor
former Native Investigator (Cohort I)


Twila Martin-Kekahbah

Turtle Mountain Chippewa (retired)

Affiliated Faculty
Advisory Panel

Michael McDonell, PhD

Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University Spokane

Affiliated Faculty
Advisory Panel

Leo Morales, PhD, MPH

Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, University of Washington

Advisory Panel 

Lonnie Nelson, PhD, MPH

College of Nursing, Washington State University 

Advisory Panellonnie.nelson@wsu.edu

Carolyn Noonan, MS

Institute for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH), Washington State University


Adam Omidpanah, MS

Center for Clinical Epidemiological Research, University of Washington


Dorothy Rhoades, MD, MPH
(Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma)

American Indian Cancer Research Initiatives, University of Oklahoma

Faculty Mentor
former Native Investigator (Cohort I)

Astrid Suchy-Dicey, PhD, MS

Elson S Floyd Medical School, Washington State University


Jason Umans, MD, PhD

MedStar Health Research Institute

Faculty Mentorjason.umans@gmail.com

Thomas K. Welty, MD, MPH

U.S. Public Health Service (retired)

Affiliated Faculty
Advisory Panel

Ron Whitener, JD

The Whitener Group

Faculty Mentor
former Native Investigator (Cohort V)

Nancy Fugate Woods, PhD, RN

University of Washington School of Nursing

Advisory Panelnfwoods@uw.edu