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Daanis Chosa, BS

Boozhoo. Daanis is from the Keweenaw Bay Chippewa Indian Community in Michigan and is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa in Minnesota. Daanis holds an AS in Community Development and a BS in Sociology – Policy Analysis at the University of Minnesota. She chose to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation…

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Sana Siddiqui, MPH

As a Prevention and Policy Coordinator, Sana supports sustainable strategies that strengthen Native community systems and improve health outcomes. Sana earned a BA in Physiology and an MPH in Public Health Administration and Policy, both from the University of Minnesota. As a first generation Pakistani-American, Sana aims to ally herself with Indigenous communities so she…

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Samantha Blackhall, AS

Samantha is the Office Administrator with the American Indian Cancer Foundation. Growing up, many of her friends and family had in some way been affected by cancer. With it being a large presence in Samantha’s life, it led her to work in the healthcare field. While working alongside individuals every day, many who were in…

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Madison Anderson, MPH

Boozhoo! Madison works with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) because she believes that we need more data about the health inequities within our communities. As a Research Assistant at AICAF, Madison assists with study design and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating research about the behavioral risk factors of cancer in American Indians. Madison has an…

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Chris Johnson, MA

Hau mitakuyepi! Chris chose to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation because of the impact cancer has had on his family. Working at AICAF allows Chris the opportunity to help end the cancer disparities that disproportionately affect our communities. In his role as the Prevention and Policy Manager, Chris works across AICAF initiatives with…

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Kim Galvan, BS

Kim is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation in Northwestern Minnesota. She chose to work at AICAF because of its mission and values. As a person who works behind the scenes of an organization, as many financial people do, Kim feels it is important to feel passionate about the organization, and she feels…

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Melissa Buffalo, MS

Han mitakuyepi! Melissa is an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Nation in Iowa and Dakota from the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes. She grew up in South Dakota and comes from a large extended family. Melissa received an undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and earned an MS in…

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Alyssa Terleski, MBA

Alyssa’s passion for giving back to the community has led to her role as Operations Director at AICAF. Alyssa has discovered that while her mind processes things in terms of business, she has a nonprofit heart. Alyssa’s family hails from White Earth and Turtle Mountain, and both sides have been affected by cancer. Alyssa’s background…

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