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Dorothy Crowe
Dorothy Crowe is an active member of the Sappony Tribe and lives in Roxboro, North Carolina. Dorothy is a retired Person County Schools educator.

Chenoa Davis
Over the past 18 years, Mrs. Davis has worn many hats as a public educator. She has served the students in Halifax and Warren counties as a kindergarten teacher, mentor, reading coach, and administrator. She is currently the coordinator of pre-school programs for Warren County Schools. Chenoa resides in Hollister (NC) with her husband, Tony and their children, Jayla and Noah.

The Honorable Jim Davis
Senator Jim Davis represents seven counties in Western North Carolina (Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Swain). His district includes the Qualla Boundary, home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee. In addition to his public service, Senator Davis is a practicing orthodontist. He is married to Judy Salyers Davis, his wife of 42 years. They have two sons and 2 granddaughters. 

Ryan E. Emanuel
Ryan is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and is an associate professor in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University. He leads a scientific research program at NC State and has taught undergraduate and graduate students in the UNC system since 2007. Ryan also promotes higher education and careers in science for American Indian youth, and he is a former president of the Wake County Public Schools Title VII Indian Education parent committee. He received MS and PhD degrees from the University of Virginia and a BS degree from Duke University. Ryan attended Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools for 13 years and was an active youth participant in Title VII Indian Education.

The Honorable Charles Graham
The Honorable Charles Graham is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives. He represents District 47 in Robeson County, home to the Lumbee Tribe of which he is an enrolled member. He is currently the only American Indian in the North Carolina General Assembly.   Representative Graham is very involved with charities dedicated to serving children with mental illness and attention deficit disorders.  In addition, he is affiliated with several professional associations for people of American Indian Ancestry and belongs to the National Museum of the American Indian. In 1998, he founded Companion Home Care/UniMed, a healthcare provider, where he serves as the company’s president.

Margo Howard
Margo was raised in the Native community of Hertford County, NC. A former member of the Army National Guard, Margo is very active in promoting progress of Native American Indian people. Her love for the youth and the elderly go hard in hand. Argo is dedicated to the progress of her tribe and is serving a fourth term as a tribal Councilwoman and participates on several committees. She values education and look forward to sharing the purpose, mission and initiatives of the State Advisory Council on Indian Education not only to parents in her Native community but to parents in all communities to make a difference for children.

Alisa Hunt-Lowery
Alisa is a Senior Associate with Native Resource Group, Inc., a family, native-owned consulting company. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in textile engineering, a Masters of Science in industrial engineering with a minor in statistics and materials science and engineering. She is an active member of Triangle Native American Society, where she serves as the Scholarship Chair. Alisa serves as the NCSU chapter adviser to the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES). She is married to Robin Lower, and they have three daughters, Isabella, Allison, and Hailey.

Gwendolyn Jones
Gwendolyn is an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe and holds an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting. Married and the mother of three, she is employed with the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. She serves as secretary of the Guilford County Indian Education Parent Committee.

Kamiyo Lanning
Kamiyo graduated from Western Carolina University with a BSBA and is currently employed as an Instructional Assistant for Kindergarten.  She became actively involved in schools in order to help prepare her children for the consistent changes in curriculum and to have a better understanding of K-12 education and to reinforce at home lessons that were being taught in school. She has been active in advocating education for the past seven years and is currently the chairperson for the State Advisory Council on Indian Education for a second term.

Connie Locklear
Connie is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe. She has been in education for over 20 years. She has taught middle school, high school, and college level mathematics. She also worked with the North Carolina Teacher Academy, served as a curriculum specialist, a mathematics and science curriculum supervisor, and is currently the Title VII Director for the Public Schools of Robeson County. She serves on the board of directors for the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Educational Center as well as the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student Science Enrichment Program Advisory Committee. Connie holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics Education, Master of Arts in Mathematics Education, Educational Specialist in Teaching and Learning, and a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Tiffany Pearson
Tiffany is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2014. She is currently a seventh grade Science teacher at Mac Williams Middle School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and it is her privilege to work with the Native American Students of North Carolina.

Heather Kimberly (Kim) Dial Sellers
Heather Kimberly (Kim) Dial Sellers is an associate professor as well as the Program Director of the Graduate Reading Education Program in the Department of Educational Specialties at University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s School of Education. She is an alumna of North Carolina State University where she earned her Ph. D. in Curriculum and Instruction as part of the inaugural Gates Millennium Scholars Program. She earned both her M. A. Ed. Reading Education and certification in Educational Administration and Supervision as well as her B. S. in Elementary Education degrees from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Kim is a fully enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and is an active member of the Triangle Native American Society. She makes her home with her husband, Justin Sellers, and son, Peter Thomas Sellers, in Apex, North Carolina.

Josephine G. Spaulding
Mrs. Josephine Graham-Spaulding is a member of he Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe. She is married to Lynn D. Spaulding and the mother of three children, Johnathan, Eric and Allison and the proud grandmother of Corey and Cadence Graham. Josephine graduated Cum Laude from Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education. A staunch advocate for children, she is the principal of Hallsboro/Artesia Elementary School. Mrs. Spaulding is active in her community serving as a member of the Title VII Indian parent committee, advisor for the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization, Volunteer for the St. James Waccamaw-Sioun Festival, Waccamaw-Sioun Pow-Wow and School Day Volunteer. She is a member of St. James Baptist Church where she has served as Sunday School Teacher and Vacation Bible School Teacher.

Kara Stewart
Kara Stewart is a member of the Sappony tribe. She is currently a Literacy Coach in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and has been a Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach in the North Carolina public schools for seventeen years. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and her Master of Arts in Reading Education K-12 from North Carolina State University. Ms. Stewart served on the Sappony Tribal Council from 2006-2014 and on the North Carolina State Advisory Council on Indian Education from 2007-2011 and from 2013-present. She has two children who have been through North Carolina’s public schools and now attend North Carolina universities. 

Sharon Williams
Sharon Hair Williams is a member of the Coharie Tribe. She and her husband, Allan, have four children; Robert, Justin, Cheyenne and Ariel.  Sharon has served as the assistant Indian Education coordinator for Sampson County Schools and is currently the Indian Education Coordinator for Clinton City Schools. Sharon works to make sure that Native youth of Sampson County do not get left behind. She started the “MileStone Ceremony” for graduating seniors in the community. The graduates are presented with a beaded feather and a MileStone certificate. Sharon loves her job with Indian youth. To her, it is more than a job, it is a love for the future that she can help shape:  PRESERVING OUR HERITAGE, ENLIGHTENING OUR FUTURE.

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