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Healthy Native North Carolinians leverages partnerships across community, government and academic sectors to administer and coordinate the efforts of this innovative initiative!  Learn more below about the participating partners from the American Indian Center and Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, The Healing Lodge and the Wake Forest Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.  The HNNC team has also sought the advice from several consultants and colleagues.
Illustration created by Tina Gibson

American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina

The American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill works to advance the University’s overall mission or research, teaching and public service by creating an environment in which quality research, scholarship and engagement related to American Indians is strengthened, nurtured and coordinated.
For Healthy Native North Carolinians, the American Indian Center leads the coordination of the capacity building and consultation components of Healthy Native North Carolinians.

Pictured above key areas the American Indian Center at UNC focuses on
Amy Locklear Hertel, HNNC Principal Investigator:  Amy is the Director of the American Indian Center, as of May 1, 2012.  Throughout year 2 of Healthy Native North Carolinians (2012-2013), Amy stepped up and served as the Co-Principal Investigator and led efforts to secure renewal funds as the Principal Investigator of HNNC (2014-2016).  She is originally from Fayetteville and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  While at UNC, she served as President of the Carolina Indian Circle and was inducted into the Order of the Golden Fleece.  She was also one of the founders of the Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, Inc., the country’s oldest Native American Greek letter organization.  Previously, she served as project manager of the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis.  She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) and law (JD) degrees at Washington University.  Amy currently serves as trustee for the G.A. Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation, which seeks to improve the social and economic conditions of American Indian families and communities.  In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Community Investment Network, a nonprofit organization that encourages organizations and individuals to engage in strategic giving to enable greater social change in their communities.  Amy is a member of the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina.
Randi Byrd, HNNC Project Director:  Randi is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the American Indian Center and has worked at the Center since 2009.  She was a community liaison on the American Indian Healthy Eating Project and is the Project Director for Healthy Native North Carolinians. As Project Director, she coordinates capacity building workshops and consultations.  Randi received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 2004 from Meredith College.  During her undergraduate career, she volunteered with the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs on various projects.  Afterwards, she completed two service terms in AmeriCorps through the North Carolina Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities to assist the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs with the Not-On-Tobacco Program, a culturally appropriate program for American Indians.  She also assisted the Commission’s Community Services Program during this time.  She has worked with all of the American Indian communities in North Carolina on a combination of issues such as health and wellness, disease prevention, traditional knowledge, cultural preservation, and strengthening sovereignty through grassroots inter-generational education and activism.  In 2011, she facilitated the tribally-led development of an online K-12 Curriculum Guide for Teaching about American Indians in North Carolina, in partnership with Learn NC in the UNC School of Education.  Ms. Byrd continues to serve as mentor for students with a particular interest in giving back to their communities through education and service.  Randi is also a member of the North Carolina Giant Vegetable Growers and grows giant competition pumpkins in her free time!

Pictured above is “Peter” the Pumpkin who weighed in at 703.5lb in 2009

Pictured above is Randi being honored as a Native “Women to Watch”during the Seventh Annual Conference for American Indian Women of Proud Nations, which was held September 18-20th, 2013 at the Regional Center at UNC Pembroke 

Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina

Dr. Alice Ammerman, HNNC Co-Principal Investigator (2011-2013):  Dr. Ammerman is the Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Professor of Nutrition.  Her research activities include design and testing of innovative clinical and community-based nutrition and physical activity intervention approaches for chronic disease risk reduction in primarily low income and minority populations.  Her recent research interests focus on school nutrition policy associated with childhood obesity, sustainable agriculture as it relates to improved nutrition, and social entrepreneurship as a sustainable approach to addressing public health concerns.  She is also interested in methods of research translation and dissemination and is currently the principal investigator of the Center for Training and Research Translation, charged with identification, translation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for obesity and cardiovascular disease control and prevention.  Dr. Ammerman received her doctoral degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  In 2000, she received the Greenberg Award for excellence in public health research, service, and practice.  The American Public Health Association awarded her with the Excellence in Dietary Guidance Award in 2006.  Dr. Ammerman has strong research and practice collaborations across the state addressing childhood obesity and was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to serve on the Childhood Obesity Study Committee, charged with recommending legislative action around childhood obesity.  She also serves on the Governor’s Task Force for Healthy Carolinians and the North Carolina American Indian Health Board.  Dr. Ammerman is the author of more than 75 scientific articles and book chapters.
Dr. Sheila Fleischhacker, HNNC Co-Principal Investigator (2011-2012) and HNNC Advisor (2012-2013):  While an adjunct professor of nutrition and post-doctoral fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), through the support of the Healthy Eating Research, a national program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Sheila was the Co-Principal Investigator of a multidisciplinary research team that partnered for more than three years with seven American Indian tribes on the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.  This innovative project developed policy and planning strategies to improve access to healthy eating within North Carolina tribal communities that were shared widely with participating tribal leaders and throughout Indian County in a toolkit known as “Tools for Healthy Tribes“.  Building on the partnerships and evidence-base developed, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust approached Sheila to develop and secure funding for a two year grant awarded to the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs known as Healthy Native North Carolinians (HNNC).  Sheila led the development, implementation and evaluation of HNNC in year 1 (2011-2012) and worked with the American Indian Center as they transitioned to leading this initiative in Year 2 (2012-2013).  Sheila received a B.S. and J.D. with a Certificate in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago and Ph.D. in Integrative Biosciences/Nutritional Sciences from The Pennsylvania State University.  She was admitted into the Illinois Bar Association in 2007.
Dr. Maihan Vu, HNNC Evaluation Advisor:  Dr. Vu has over fifteen years of research experience in public health program evaluation and an experienced qualitative researcher.  In her current role as Director of Formative Research and Director of the Qualitative Research Unit at the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Health Behavior in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, she directs various formative and process evaluation components for several practice and community based intervention research studies.  Dr. Vu has worked with hundreds of physicians, office staff, administrators, families, and children in both rural and urban counties.  Her expertise is in the design of qualitative data collection forms and protocol.  Dr. Vu has also been involved in qualitative training for numerous multi-site CDC and NIH studies.  In addition to these key tasks, she has project director experience, overseeing formative data collection at the field level while serving as the qualitative data coordinating center for several large studies.  Her focus is on qualitative assessment, working with investigators, community leaders, and study staff to collect, interpret, and translate the lessons learned into creative and culturally appropriate targeted intervention strategies.

North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs

Healthy Native North Carolinians was administered by the the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs (NCCIA or Commission) for our initial grant (July 2011 to June 2013).  Under the leadership of Gregory Richardson, Executive Director, and with the support of Missy Brayboy (2011-2012) and Kimberly Hammonds (2012-2013), the Commission was responsible for administering grant funds directly to participating tribes and urban Indian organizations.

The North Carolina (NC) General Assembly responded to the requests of concerned Indian citizens and, in 1971, created the NCCIA. Composed of executive leadership and program staff, NCCIA also includes members appointed or selected to serve from the state’s eight tribes and four urban organizations.  
The mission and objectives of NCCIA include:

  • Increasing and maximizing educational opportunities for Indians in NC;
  • Increasing the economic self-sufficiency of Indians in NC and maximizing Indian economic development initiatives;
  • Achieving parity in employment for Indians of NC;
  • Improving the health status of Indians in NC;
  • Increasing the public awareness of Indians; providing for the state and/or federal recognition of NC Indian tribes; and
  • Promoting recognition of and the right of Indians to pursue cultural and religious traditions considered by them to be sacred and meaningful and to promote public understanding and appreciation of Indian culture.

For four decades, NCCIA has used its statutory authority to leverage resources at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels to improve the health status of Indians in NC.  NCCIA has administered a variety of grants to implement and disseminate policies and programs related to health promotion and disease prevention, such as the American Indian Teen Tobacco Use Prevention Program.  NCCIA has also established the North Carolina American Indian Health Board (also follow NCAIHB on facebook and twitter)—an independent group of Indian physicians and health professionals advocating for policies and projects to improve the health status of American Indian communities.  Through their health leadership, NCCIA has built sustainable partnerships with state agencies, community and faith-based organizations, corporations, and academic institutions.  In December 2010, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a historic visit to Raleigh and Pembroke, NC to explore the Commission’s capacity to administer CDC funds for program implementation and evaluation.

Pictured above includes staff from the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs, members of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, and team members of the American Indian Healthy Eating Project
Since October 2008, NCCIA has been a community partner and key advisor to the American Indian Healthy Eating Project.  With Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust support, NCCIA facilitated the capacity within each participating tribe and urban organization to cultivate community changes around healthy eating and active living.  The Commission continues to partner with HNNC to advance Native health!
“Through Healthy, Native North Carolinians, seven tribes and three urban Indian organizations in North Carolina have the support necessary to foster community changes that promote active living and healthy within their communities and have a variety of opportunities through workshops and consultations to work with and learn from other tribes and organizations across North Carolina to improve the health of our people,” explains NCCIA Executive Director Gregory Richardson.  “The Commission believes this historic initiative will strengthen our tribal communities’ capacity to promote healthier lifestyles and reduce chronic diseases, as well as provide an opportunity for us to work together to create meaningful changes for American Indians living throughout our North Carolina.”

Native American Interfaith Ministries (The Healing Lodge)

Tony V. Locklear, HNNC Community Advisor:  Tony serves as Executive Director of Native American Interfaith Ministries, Inc. also known as The Healing Lodge, a nonprofit ecumenical faith-based organization whose purpose is to serve as a gateway to services, provide crisis ministry, and promote health and wellness among American Indians in and around Robeson County.  The Healing Lodge exists to eliminate disparities for all and nurture a common hope for the transformation of the entire community.  The Healing Lodge has been a key partner to the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (HPDP) in HOPE Accounts for Women and is instrumental in HPDP’s Seeds of HOPE project, in Robeson County and with Native American women.  Mr. Locklear is a trained Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) expert.

Wake Forest School of Medicine Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity

Dr. Ronny Bell, HNNC Evaluation Advisor:  Dr. Bell is a Professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Epidemiology and Prevention, at Wake Forest School of Medicine, with training in nutrition and epidemiology.   Dr. Bell’s primary research interests are chronic disease prevalence, risk factors, and prevention, with particular emphasis on ethnic minority populations.  Dr. Bell is Director of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest.  Dr. Bell is a charter member and Chair of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board (also follow NCAIHB on facebook and twitter), and chair of the North Carolina Diabetes Advisory Council.  He also serves as a member of the American Indian Alaska Native Workgroup for the National Diabetes Education Program.  Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his doctorate degree in nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Master of Epidemiology from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  Dr. Bell is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and a native of Pembroke, North Carolina.

HNNC Advisors

Edgar Villanueva, Capacity Building Workshop One and Two Presenter and HNNC Evaluation Advisor:  Edgar has been engaged in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector for more than 15 years in a variety of roles.  Most recently, he served a term as the founding Executive Director of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, a statewide health equity organization focused on improving the health of North Carolina’s American Indian population.  Edgar also served as the Executive Director of Quality Enhancement for Nonprofit Organizations (QENO), a partnership between the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), philanthropic and civic organizations and leaders focused on building capacity in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in southeastern North Carolina.  Edgar founded Leverage Philanthropic Partners, which engages with funders and nonprofits to advance positive social change through organizational development, philanthropic initiatives, and leadership development which has been a vehicle for engaging with numbers of state and national nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.   Prior to this work, Edgar served as a Senior Program Officer for six years at one of the largest private health foundations in North Carolina.  Edgar is a Hull Fellow with the Southeastern Council of Foundations, a Grantmakers in Health Terrance Keenan Fellow, a Fellow with the American College of Healthcare Executives, and is a member of the Circle of Leadership Academy with Native Americans in Philanthropy.  Edgar is a two time graduate of the Gillings Global School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BSPH in Health Policy and Administration and a Masters in Health Care Administration.
Ingrid Ann Johnston, HNNC Editor:  A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Ingrid earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in December of 2010.  An enrolled member of the Western Band of the Cherokee Nation (Tahlequah, Oklahoma), Ingrid has been a part of the American Indian Healthy Eating Project since her graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill.  She enjoys contributing to and editing the dissemination materials, such as the Tools for Healthy Tribes toolkit for the American Indian Healthy Eating Project, as well as the Healthy, Native North Carolinians report.  In May of 2013, Ingrid earned her Master of Arts degree in English literature, with a concentration in Shakespeare, from Wake Forest University.  And in August of 2013, drawing on her love of the Spanish language, she became a certified level II specialist in TESOL/TEFL.  She is now a graduate student in the Library and Information Studies program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and works as a graduate assistant for the department in the School of Education.  During her years at UNC-Chapel Hill, Ingrid enjoyed being a member of the Carolina Indian Circle and served on its executive board.  She is now a member of the Native American Student Association at UNCG.  Ingrid feels that it is a priority to encourage healthy and organic living in Native communities across the nation and strongly believes in giving back to the local Native community whenever and wherever possible.
North Carolina Botancial Gardens, Capacity Building Workshop Two Host:  This conservation garden located on Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill aims to ïnspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas and to advance a sustainable relationships between people and nature.”

Rev. William (Bill) Kearney, Capacity Building Workshop Two Presenter:  Owner of Bill Kearney & Company, LLCConsultant & Facilitator – website, is an ordained minister and serves as Assistant to the Pastor at Coley Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Warren County, North Carolina.  Reverend Kearney coordinators the church health ministry and chairs the United Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Association health committee.  Reverend Kearney has more than 30 years of experience developing and facilitating individual and group empowerment programs for both youth and adults.  He has been a partner in the development of research partnerships including:  The Harvest of Hope Church Garden Project; The Faith, Farming, and the Future Youth Mentoring Project; The Community Leadership and Reciprocal Development Project; the Carolina-Shaw Partnership for the Elimination of Health Disparities, and was  chosen as a 2011-2012 scholar in the novice UNC Translational and Clinical Sciences Research Engaged Community Scholars Program where he began a new research project aimed at  engaging members of his community in discussion about environmental justice and the role the 1982 Warren County PCB toxic landfill protests played in the birth of the “environmental justice” movement.  Reverend Kearney is also a research affiliate with the African American Collaborate Obesity Research Network and a fellow in the Presbyterian Hunger Program.  He has extensive experience in Community-based Participatory Research and consults with local, state and national organizations.
Rev. Mike Cummings, Capacity Building Workshop Two Presenter:  Reverend Dr. Michael Cummings of Pembroke, North Carolina was born and reared in rural Robeson County.  Dr. Cummings has spent a lifetime sharing the positive and powerful word of God with many.  And through his ministry, Dr. Cummings has made a difference in changing hearts and building a better community.  He is a graduate of Campbell University, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Campbell.  He has served multiple churches in southeastern North Carolina in developing their leaders and facilitating cooperation among congregations for maximum church and community ministries.  Rev. Cummings is the current director of missions at Burnt Swamp Baptist Association, which is a family of churches affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist State Convention that primarily is made up of Native American churches.
Shane Plumer, Capacity Building Workshop Two Active Break Facilitator:  Shane (Red Thunderbird), Red Lake Band of Chippewa, is a NASM Certified Personal Fitness Trainer and Yoga Instructor who has been studying, practicing, and teaching Therapeutic Hatha Yoga for nearly a decade.  He has worked with Native American tribes and students from California to Minnesota, where he currently resides.  Shane believes that Yoga can be a powerful medicine to prevent and treat conditions such as diabetes, depression, and obesity.  Manitou Yoga: Technology for the Body and Spirit is a holistic fitness program that blends traditional Native American healing philosophy with the ancient science of Yoga.  Shane served as a workshop consultant for the HNNC project via the technology of Skype and facilitated a live yoga session for NC Indian community leaders!  Visit Red Thunderbird Athletics to learn more about Shane and American Indian culturally-appropriate wellness opportunities!

Charles Alvin Evans, Capacity Building Workshop Two Presenter:  Alvin is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and is an accomplished sculptor and crafter working with wood and stone.  Alvin’s work is known nationally and he has taught his craft for many years being one of the tribe’s oldest potters and sculptors.  In addition to his artwork, his knowledge of native plants, herbs, and their medicinal purposes is extensive.  He plants according to the moon and the seasons and is very knowledgeable of wild plants.  Over the years, he has organized educational guided nature tours for Haliwa-Saponi youth on tribal land.  Mr. Evans has served as a consultant on the Health, Native North Carolinians project and continues to serve his community through volunteerism and sharing of his traditional knowledge to enhance the tribe’s community garden.  To reach Alvin, call the Haliwa-Saponi tribal center at (252) 586-4017.

Dr. Linwood Watson, Capacity Building Workshop Two Presenter:  Dr. Watson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and a board certified family medicine physician.  He serves as a board member for the North Carolina American Indian Health Board.  He is from Wilson, NC and currently practices in Raleigh, NC with Rex Healthcare.  He attended UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate studies, where he majored in clinical laboratory science and served as president of the Carolina Indian Circle.  He then attended the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.  Linwood was an original member of the powwow drum group, Southern Sun.  Dr. Watson is also an avid composter and gardener.  He serves as an advisor to the HNNC project by sharing knowledge around composting, organic gardening techniques, and by encouraging creativity and resourcefulness of Indian communities to sustain grassroots efforts in economically-friendly ways.

Claire Lorch, Capacity Building Workshop Two Presenter:  Claire is one of the volunteer founders of the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) back in March 2010 and currently serves as its Educational Coordinator/Garden Manager.  CCCG aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all employees have access to fresh sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents and serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.  Claire has been proud to oversee an effort that has provided more than eleven thousand pounds of fresh produce free to housekeepers at UNC Chapel Hill and has evolved into a hands-on learning laboratory for a variety of academic courses at the university and a source of great joy for both the campus and community at large.   Although she has been gardening organically for more than thirty years, the CCCG represents the first time she has done so on such a large scale.  Original from Miami, Florida, Claire studied at UNC where she earned a BA in Psychology (1976) and a Masters in Social Work (1982).  Since 1982, she has been employed at UNC primarily in the role of project coordinator/director.  In 2011, she received the Robert E. Bryan Award for her leadership of CCCG.   Claire and her husband of 35 years, Fred (and a CCCG volunteer) live in Chapel Hill and still maintain a small garden of their own.

Pictured above are members of Guliford Native American Association Community Garden Committee and Randi Byrd of the UNC American Indian Center during a “hands on” consultation from the Carolina Campus Community Garden 
Linden Thayer, Carolina Campus Community Garden:  Linden is a doctoral student in nutrition intervention and policy at UNC-Chapel Hill and a research assistant at UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.  At the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG), Linden serves on the board and is fondly referred to as “The Compost Queen.”  CCCG aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all employees have access to fresh sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents and serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits.  Linden helps manage the production and maintenance of the compost at CCCG, which serves as the garden’s primary nutrient source for all of the beds.  Linden also leads compost training sessions in the garden for volunteers and for other interested groups, such as the HNNC grantees, and helps to teach a nutrition course each spring that gets UNC students involved in various garden projects and activities.

Pictured above is the Carolina Campus Community Garden
Santos Flores, Capacity Building Workshop Two Presenter:  Santos is the great grandchild of farmers from Puerto Rico and proud to be part of the urban farming movement in NC.  His focus in Durham, NC has been education in social development, youth leadership, sustainable agriculture, and food justice.  He currently directs agriculture education programs for youth (DIG/SEEDS) and continues to use art and culture to empower marginalized communities in NC.  Serving as a liaison between community organizations and community stakeholders has inspired him to look for more effective approaches to sustainable and non-hierarchical social change.  Santos believes in the rights of people to define their own food and agriculture systems and has witnessed members of communities experience inequalities in their local food system, economic development plans, educational institutions, and health outcomes.  Santos hopes to further understand how these inequalities are linked and to develop strategies that promote equity, empowerment, good health, and spiritual healing in under-served communities.  Santos plans to use “social movement” and ecological agriculture to plan community-level food systems that provide accessible, fresh, healthy, locally sourced “food for all.” Santos holds a B.S. in Philosophy of Law and Plant Biology from North Carolina State University.  Most of the time, you will find Santos in handstands, in nature, in music, in good company, or in laughter.

Vivette Jeffries-Logan (Kanahabnen Tabunitckia translation Morning Star), Capacity Building Workshop Three Presenter:  Vivette is a member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation (OBSN).  She served as an elected member of the Tribal Council and is also Founding Director of the OBSN Tribal Health Circle, a Committee responsible for all aspects of Community Health.  The Health Circle honors the Indigenous belief that health is a balance of the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual aspects of one’s being and one’s community.  Vivette is also a member of the dRWorks Collaborative and the Director of Training and Technical Assistance  at North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCCADV) where she incorporates decolonization and dismantling racism work with servant leadership principles, restorative justice, accountability to communities and culturally appropriate program development.  Vivette brings a wealth of experience, theoretical knowledge, and passion for inclusion, equity, and dismantling oppressive systems.  She understands the connectedness between domestic violence and all societal oppressions.  “To understand the whole we must understand the parts.  To understand the parts we must understand the whole.”  Vivette earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Community Studies from Guilford College.
Georgia Hall, HNNC Advsior on Afterschool Active Living and Healthy Eating Standards:  Dr. Hall is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Institute of Out-of-School Time (NIOST) at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College and specializes in research and evaluation on youth development programs, settings, and learning experiences.  Hall most recently served as Principal Investigator on a national study of physical activity and healthy eating practices in out-of-school time programs funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  Hall is currently funded by Active Living Research, a national program of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate the implementation of the new Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards for Afterschool Programs in collaboration with the HOST Coalition.  In addition, Hall is the Principal Investigator for After School Gets Moving (ASGM), a randomized control trial study of the impacts of a professional development resource for out-of-school time program staff on children’s pedometer step counts in a national sample of out-of-school time programs.  Hall is also serving as Principal Investigator for a research study on BOKS, a before school physical activity program.  For two summers, Hall served as the Principal Investigator on NIOST’s evaluation of the Boston Summer Learning Program.  Working with a team of colleagues at the Wellesley Centers for Women, Hall is co-leading an investigation of out-of-school time program practices that support immigrant and refugee children and families.  Hall is the Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters, a journal for out-of-school time practitioners, researchers, and other related professionals.  She is an enthusiastic youth soccer, basketball, and softball coach in her local community.  Hall earned her B.A. in 1982 from Duke University and her M.A. from Clark University.  She holds a Ph.D. from Boston College.
Evan Watchempino, Sappony Trail Run Ambassdor:  Evan Watchempino is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and one of their most accomplished and fastest runners in 2008-2012.  Evan is from Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is a member of the Acoma Pueblo Tribe.  During his time at UNC, Evan achieved many outstanding honors:  Cross-Country/Track and Field Team Captain for 2010-2011 Season, Named UNC Most Valuable Performer in 2008, 2009, and 2012 in Cross-Country, Achieved NCAA All-Regional honors in 2008 and 2009 in Cross-Country, Achieved NCAA All-Conference Honors in 2009 and 2010 in Cross-Country, All-ACC Academic Honoree in 2009, 2010, and 2011 in Cross-Country, All-ACC Academic Honoree in 2010 in Track and Field.  In 2013, the Sappony recognized Evan Watchempino as their first Race Ambassdor.  The Sappony, along with Evan, will host a 12 week count down and training program to help everyone prepare for the race.