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Jacob A. Thompson, JD

Growing up in western South Dakota, Jacob had the opportunity to learn about the culture and values of Native communities, including their strengths and their struggles. Because of this experience, he developed a deep interest in working with Indigenous people. Jacob has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in biochemistry and genetics, cell…

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Ketaki Birje, MPH

Ketaki holds a master’s degree in public health from Long Island University and earned her bachelor’s degree in dental surgery in India. Her practical approach to primary health care has allowed her to provide outstanding care to her community while improving health and wellness through patient education and community welfare. By joining the American Indian…

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Chelsea Cooley, MPH

Chelsea earned a master’s degree in public health from New Mexico State University with an emphasis in administration and policy. She also earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology, history, and religious studies from the University of Kansas. Before joining AICAF, she worked as a clinical research coordinator at Mass General Brigham in Boston, where she helped…

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Shannon Zila, MS

Oki! Shannon’s ancestors belong to the Siksika Blackfoot tribe in Montana and Canada.  Shannon holds a Master of Science in human services and social and community outreach from Capella University along with a bachelor’s degree in history and human relations from Saint Cloud State University.  She chose to work for the American Indian Cancer Foundation…

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Veronica Seifert, MS

Boozhoo indinawemaaganidog. Veronica Seifert is the Indigenous Evaluation Specialist for the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF). Veronica is affiliated with the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. She has a Master of Science in integrated biosciences and a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Minnesota in Duluth. Throughout her education, she created outreach and…

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Catherine Zingg, BA

Hinįkaragiwi! As a Prevention and Policy Coordinator, Catherine is passionate about improving health outcomes for Indigenous communities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Arizona State University. She is a firm believer in higher education being physical and tangible. That means talking to elders, interacting with other Indigenous leaders within communities, learning the…

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Mac Hickey, BA

McKinley (Mac) is from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. He is currently a Research Coordinator with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF). He joined AICAF because he is interested in working to promote healthy behaviors and communities. He has a bachelor’s degree in health and human physiology from the University…

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Marie Smith, BA

Marie started working at the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) in February 2021. She grew up in Florida but has lived in Minneapolis since she graduated from Grinnell College with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Russian. Her first job after college was as the Aquatics Director at the Boys and Girls Club in the…

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Lauren Conroy, BA

Lauren Conroy is a Communications Coordinator for the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF). She was born and raised in Minnesota, and part of her family comes from the White Earth Nation. Cancer has had a deep impact on Lauren’s life and family. She has lost loved ones to the disease. That personal connection drove her…

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Anna Webber, MS

As a Research Specialist with AICAF, Anna supports the collection and dissemination of Indigenous-specific health research. Anna has a background in socioeconomic and environmental research through her Master of Science in International Development and Bachelor of Science in Ecological Science and Conservation Management. She is excited to work with AICAF because she is passionate about…

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