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Four community liaisons worked with the research team to develop and implement culturally appropriate research data and analysis approaches.


Sherri Brooks, MSW

Sherri is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and 2009 Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate of the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  She studied Social and Economic Development with an emphasis on American Indian communities.  Currently, Sherri works with the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, a small non-for-profit, addressing and advocating for the educational needs of current and former foster youth.  On the American Indian Healthy Eating Project, Sherri helped develop the modified Talking Circle approach and has been a consistent friend and advisor to the project despite living all the way in California!

Randi Byrd, BA

Randi is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee and Community Engagement Coordinator at the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  On the American Indian Healthy Eating Project, she conducted key informant interviews and helped coordinate a collaborative health session at the Unity Conference 2011.  She was also instrumental in developing a partnership between the American Indian Center and the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe focusing on community  food projects.  Randi also works with Tony V. Locklear, Executive Director of the Native American Interfaith Ministries (aka the Healing Lodge), on the Full Circle Movement, a community-based, grassroots endeavor to stimulate forward movement on advancing American Indian health.  Currently, Randi is Project Director of Healthy, Native North Carolinians.

Ashley McPhail, BS

Ashley is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and current Master of Public Health/Registered Dietitian Candidate at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  From October 2009 to July 2010, Ashley assisted in developing a modified Talking Circle approach for our project and then facilitated all seven modified Talking Circles.  She also conducted key informant interviews.  In addition, Ashley assisted with the food environment assessment, traveling the roads of all seven participating tribes!

John Scott-Richardson, BA

John Scott-Richardson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe and, at the time of this project, was a Program Coordinator at the North Carolina Museum of History.  He brings to the project years of experience with youth advocacy, particularly working with Boys and Girls Clubs and the NC Commission of Indian Affairs.  John is an Eastern Woodland Dancer and a Southern Style Drum Singer.  On this project, John conducted key informant interviews and helped with the inter-rater reliability process for the food environment assessment.  He assisted Donn Young with the development of seven community newsletters and a project photo exhibit.