Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Kristine Rhodes, MPH

Anishinaabe, Fond du Lac and Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Email: krhodes@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 844)


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Boozhoo! Aniin! I appreciate the opportunity to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation because of the endless opportunities for partnerships that positively impact the health of my community by finding solutions to end cancer burdens for Native people. In my role as CEO, I am honored to lead the direction of this organization with the incredibly talented employees who work with me. My academic skills, previous experiences and years of lessons learned come in handy in this role. I earned both a Bachelors of Community Health Education and a Masters of Public Health in Public Health Administration and Policy from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining AICAF, I most recently worked as a Research Project Coordinator at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health where I worked on numerous community research efforts. I began my career as the Community Health Educator for my tribal community at the Fond du Lac Reservation. My passion and commitment to tobacco and cancer control is dedicated to my Grandmother, Betty Ella Benton-DeFoe-Morrison, who died from cancer twenty-years ago.

Operations Manager

Alyssa Beaulieu, MBA

White Earth, Turtle Mountain 
Email: abeaulieu@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 841)


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My passion for giving back to my community has led me to my role as Operations Manager at AICAF.  I have discovered that while my mind processes things in terms of business, I have a nonprofit heart.  My family hails from White Earth & Turtle Mountain and both sides have been affected by cancer.  My background in operations and nonprofit management has prepared me for the opportunity to support our organization in shifting the needle on public health outcomes for our people. As Operations Manager, I work to develop, implement, and support strategic objectives, manage human resource functions, daily operations, and play a lead role in our annual Powwow for Hope.

Cancer Equity Manager

Melissa Buffalo, MS

Meskwaki 
Email: mbuffalo@aicaf.org
Office: 347.721.0856


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Bio to come. 

Finance Manager

Kim Galvan, BS

White Earth Nation
Email: kgalvan@aicaf.org
Office: 612.274.7362 or 612.314.4848 (ext. 862)


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I am an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation in Northwestern Minnesota. I choose to work at AICAF because of the mission and values. As a person who works behind the scenes of an organization, as many financial people do, I feel it is important to feel passionate about the organization. I feel excited, motivated and inspired to be a part of the AICAF team with so many talented individuals. I bring several years of nonprofit and financial experience.

Prevention & Policy Manager

Chris Johnson, MA

Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota 
Email: cjohnson@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848


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Hau mitakuyepi. I choose to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation because of the impact cancer has had on my family. Working at AICAF allows me the opportunity to help end the cancer disparities that disproportionately affect our communities. In my role as Senior Prevention and Policy Coordinator, I work across AICAF initiatives with expertise in policy, system and environmental (PSE) change solutions. I also take a lead on project coordination of partners, resources development, facilitation, training, and technical assistance with an emphasis on culturally relevant PSE changes that promote health equity, health promotion and healthy norms.

Strategic Partnerships Manager

Kim Marcucci, BA

Chickasaw 
Email: kmarcucci@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848


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Chokma! I am an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation living in Alaska and am honored to be working with the American Indian Cancer Foundation as the Strategic Partnerships Manager. My focus is on building relationships to raise awareness, build capacity and identify solutions to cancer disparities for American Indian and Alaska Native people. My background in chronic disease prevention, grant management, fundraising and pubic relations has afforded me this opportunity at AICAF to act as a liaison between organizations and help improve health outcomes in our communities. I am also an artist, love spending time outdoors and being with my family. 

Research Manager 

Michael Mudgett, MPH

Spirit Lake Nation
Email: mmudgett@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 845)


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Bio to come.

Evaluation Manager

Robert Spencer, MSAP

Email: rspencer@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 850)


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Bio to come soon.

Research Assistant

Madison Anderson, MPH

Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe 
Email: manderson@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 869)


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Boozhoo! I work with the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF) because I believe that we need more data about the health inequities within our communities. As a Research Assistant at AICAF, I assist with study design and collecting, analyzing, and disseminating research about the behavioral risk factors of cancer in American Indians. I have an MPH in Community Oriented Primary Care and I am currently pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota. I am dedicated to serving and advocating for Indigenous communities within the health research sector. 

Office Administrator 

Samantha Blackhall, AS

Email: sblackhall@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 851)


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Bio to come

Research Coordinator

Charlie Bouverette, MA, MSW

Metis
Email: cbouverette@aicaf.org
Office: 612.274.7371 (ext. 853)


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Bio coming soon. 

Prevention & Policy Coordinator

Daanis Chosa, AS

Bois Forte
Email: dchosa@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 853)


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Boozhoo, I’m from the Keweenaw Bay Chippewa Indian Community in Michigan and an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa located in Northern Minnesota. I choose to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation because I am an advocate for American Indian health and reclaiming our identity and culture as Indigenous people. My family and I have been affected by cancer and lost loved ones to this disease as I know many others have. It is my goal to help change this story by promoting healthy living and prevention strategies to American Indian communities. In my role as the Policy & Prevention Coordinator, I bring cultural awareness, community engagement, program management, resource development, capacity building and innovative ideas to strengthen our goals as an organization.

Prevention & Policy Coordinator 

Alyssa Diaz, BA

Email: adiaz@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 855)


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Bio to come.

Research Coordinator 

Caitlin Doerrmann, MPH, CPH

Email: cdoerrmann@aicaf.org
Office: 612.274.7376


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Bio to come.

Cancer Equity Coordinator 

Sheryl Lawery, MPA

Email: slawery@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 852)


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Bio to come.

Cancer Equity Coordinator 

Misha Loeffler, BA

Bay Mills Ojibwe 
Email: mloeffler@aicaf.org
Office: 612.274.7366


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Bio coming soon. 

Communications Specialist

Tina Munnell, BA

Leech Lake Ojibwe
Email: tmunnell@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 864)


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Dedication to improving health outcomes in American Indian communities, along with a passion for story telling, has inevitably lead to my role in communications at the American Indian Cancer Foundation. AICAF provides a positive environment full of staff who grind every day to eliminate cancer burdens in Indian Country. As Communications Coordinator, I'm able to collaborate with all of our Teams, leading the organization's communications, public relations, marketing, and social media efforts. My background in professional journalism and political science has equipped me with the skills to tell impactful stories about AICAF, its mission, and the American Indian community.  

Prevention & Policy Coordinator

Angie Nason, BS

Leech Lake Ojibwe
Email: anason@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 854)


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Angie Nason is an enrolled member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. Angie began her career in chronic disease prevention while pursuing her undergraduate degree from Bemidji State University, where she studied community health and psychology. She became passionate about prevention and primary care through her work with the Leech Lake Health Division's Diabetes Program where she completed her undergrad internship and later became employed as the Diabetes Wellness Education Coordinator. Angie's experience working in preventative care and primary prevention was instrumental to her professional growth, and in becoming part of AICAF's Prevention & Policy Team. Her position gives her the opportunity to overcome new challenges in providing technical assistance with various tribal nations, as well as provide expertise in policy, system and environmental (PSE) change solutions. 

Senior Program Specialist

Ashley Pohlenz, BS

Email: astrusz@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 861)


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Greetings! I came to work at the American Indian Cancer Foundation in September 2017 as an Evaluation Coordinator. I chose to work with American Indian and Alaska Native populations because of the wisdom and strong sense of community that reside within each other. This is a quality of life I admire and wish to see in every community across the nation. As an Evaluation Coordinator, I hope to emphasize the impact of American Indian Cancer Foundation on policy, prevention, and community and clinical health. Evaluation will inform program effectiveness and efficiency. As a result, American Indian Cancer Foundation will be able to impact more American Indian and Alaska Native communities with real solutions and systems changes.

Senior Research Coordinator

Kendra Roland, MPH

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
Email: kroland@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 869)


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Bio to come. 

Research Coordinator 

Tarlynn Tone-Pah-Hote, BA

Kiowa, Oneida 
Email: ttonepahhote@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 846)


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 I am an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and Oneida (Haudenosaunee) from Six Nations, Ontario, Canada. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, Morris in Biology and I plan to continue my education in the future. Working with American Indian communities to improve health outcomes is my passion. I hope to build awareness and change the narrative when it comes to cancer and health disparities within in our communities through research and program development. I am excited, inspired and humbled by the opportunity to be a part of AICAF, whose work directly impacts American Indians throughout turtle island.

Senior Program Specialist

Colin Welker, BS

Email: cwelker@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 856)


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Greetings! I am a Prevention & Policy Coordinator with the American Indian Cancer Foundation. I bring expertise in policy, system and environmental change and work across various projects to promote health and health equity in American Indian Communities. I am passionate about helping communities identify unique solutions to fight the cancer epidemic impacting Indian Country. Outside of work I enjoy reading, traveling and spending time on Lake Superior.

Graphic Designer 

Mike Yang, BA

Email: myang@aicaf.org
Office: 612.314.4848 (ext. 870)


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Michael Yang is a graphic designer with the American Indian Cancer Foundation. He has nearly a decade of experience working in digital media for film festivals, city governments, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of Augsburg College and holds a B.A. in Political Science with a Communications minor. Outside of work, he enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and staying fit. He's also a fan of locally crafted beers, good food, better company, fresh air and a lot of sunshine.