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Matta Sannoh, MSPH

Matta was raised in Maryland by immigrant parents from Sierra Leone. After completing her undergraduate studies in Life Science & Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University she went on to receive a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of Miami, allowing her to further exercise her passion for health equity and social…

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Cheryl Bird

Cheryl Bird is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. With nearly ten years of experience in Indigenous communications, Cheryl is passionate about helping tribal communities. Cheryl previously worked for national and local Native organizations, and is dedicated to helping raise awareness of cancer…

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Arundhathi Sasikumar, MPH

Arundhathi has a passion for health equity through meaningful community engagement, and this is what brought her to AICAF. Arundhathi earned an MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and minored in American Indian Public Health. Her academic focus combined with previous public health experiences in health systems…

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Justin Jones, MS

Justin is Yanyeidí, Eagle/Wolf Tlingit (as well as Haida, Tsiminshian, Nisga’a, Scottish, and Irish). His Tlingit name is X’at Kweíx and he was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska. Growing up in such a beautiful area sparked Justin’s interest in fishing, running, hiking, and enjoyment of the great outdoors. Justin received a BS in Engineering…

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Mike Yang, BA

Mike Yang is a graphic designer with nearly a decade of combined professional experience in digital and multimedia work. He is a graduate of Augsburg College with a major in political science and a communications minor. He started his career as a multimedia professional working for Spectrum-Interactive Media, a branding and web development firm in…

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Ashley Pohlenz, BS

Greetings! Ashley came to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation in September 2017 as an Evaluation Coordinator. She chose to work with American Indian and Alaska Native populations because of the wisdom and strong sense of community that resounds in Indian Country. This is a quality of life Ashley admires and wishes to see…

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Misha Loeffler, BA

Misha Loeffler is the Cancer Equity Coordinator for the American Indian Cancer Foundation. At the heart of what she and so many people in our communities believe is that we are all related, and our health is tied to one another. With this in mind, Misha joined AICAF to address cancer burdens affecting our Indigenous…

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Lindsey Petras, MSN

Hello! Aniin! Lindsey is the Cancer Programs Manager and has a Masters Degree in Nursing Education. Lindsey previously worked for the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in their clinic in various roles. One of her main focuses while working at Bad River was to reduce the cancer burden in the community. She…

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Alyssa Diaz, BA

Mabuhay! As a Prevention and Policy Coordinator, Alyssa provides technical assistance in policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change solutions to promote chronic disease prevention and health equity. Prior to this role, Alyssa served as AICAF’s AmeriCorps VISTA developing AICAF’s survivorship program. She is passionate about health equity, social justice, and decolonizing public health. As a…

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