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Katherine Locklear Chavis
Kathy is a member of the Lumbee Tribe. She graduated from UNC-Pembroke with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle School Education and a Master of Arts in Education. She is a retired teacher of thirty-three years with the Public Schools of Robeson County. She began her teaching career with the Title VII Program teaching American Indian Studies in Grades K-9, and helped develop an American Indian Studies Curriculum Guide as a supplemental resource for teachers. She has one daughter, LeeChelle Brooks and five wonderful grandchildren, Marion, Fallon, Riley, Drake and Gaige. Kathy works part-time as an Intake Specialist with the Energy Department of the Lumbee Tribe.
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 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 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.
Karen Goins Kueny
Karen is a North Carolina State Board Certified Paralegal with Britton Law, P.A. in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is a graduate of Fayetteville Technical Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Technology and a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She is an active member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, where she serves as the Chief Administrative Court Judge. Karen also is the Chairman of the Parent Committee on Indian Education for the Cumberland County School system. She is married to Chad W. Kueny, and they have two children, Sydney and Walker.
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.
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 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 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.
Trina Bennett is an active member of the Guilford Native American Association and lives in Oak Ridge, North Carolina. Trina is a school counselor for Guilford County Schools.
Dorothy Crowe is an active member of the Sappony Tribe and lives in Roxboro, North Carolina. Dorothy is a retired Person County Schools educator.
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