Executive Director

Kristine Rhodes is Anishinaabe, an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and a Fond du Lac Reservation community member where she was born and raised. She earned a Master’s of Public Health degree in Public Health Administration & Policy and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Community Health Education both from the University of Minnesota. She has worked on improving the health of American Indian health communities for the past two decades. Her work has included the development and evaluation of many tobacco control efforts in American Indian communities throughout Minnesota. From 2000 – 2010 she coordinated multiple research projects at the American Indian Community Tobacco Projects at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the Health Educator for the Fond du Lac Reservation where she initiated community-tailored tobacco cessation programming and worksite wellness for tribal employees. Her passion and commitment to tobacco and cancer control is dedicated to her Grandmother, Betty Ella Benton-DeFoe-Morrison, who died from cancer twenty-years ago.

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