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Carrie Billy serves as a co-PI on the Native FEWS Alliance of which AIHEC is the backbone. Carrie is a member of the Navajo Nation, is President & CEO of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). Through AIHEC, the nation’s 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) work toward Strong Sovereign Nations Through Excellence in TRIBAL Higher Education. 

Throughout her career, Ms. Billy has focused on developing equity-centered strategic initiatives and innovative policies and programs founded on Tribal culture and values, including AIHEC AIMS, a comprehensive TCU data system, and the Indigenous Evaluation Framework, which incorporates Indigenous epistemology and core tribal values into a framework that integrates place, community, individuality and sovereignty with Western evaluation practice. She has worked to forge partnerships and drafted legislation designating TCUs as “1994 land-grant institutions” and creating a new federal designation for “Hispanic Serving Institutions”. Her career reflects a commitment to public service — protecting and promoting the cultures, rights and well-being of American Indians and improving the quality of life and educational status of all. 

Ms. Billy has undergraduate degrees from the University of Arizona and Salish Kootenai College and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.  She was appointed by former President William J. Clinton as the inaugural Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges.

Alice M. Agogino is the Roscoe and Elizabeth Hughes Professor of Mechanical Engineering. She directs the BEST Lab: Berkeley Energy and Sustainable Technologies | Berkeley Expert Systems Technology | Berkeley Emergent Space Tensegrities. She currently serves as Chair of the Development Engineering Graduate Group and Education Director of the Blum Center for Emerging Economies.

Alice Agogino served as Chair of the Berkeley Division of the Academic Senate in 2005-06, having served as Vice Chair during the 2004-05 academic year. She has served in a number of other administrative positions at UC Berkeley including Associate Dean of Engineering and Faculty Assistant to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost in Educational Development and Technology. She also served as Director for Synthesis, an NSF-sponsored coalition of eight universities with the goal of reforming undergraduate engineering education, and continues as Founding Director for the Engineering Pathway digital library of engineering courseware. She is currently serving as Chair of the Development Engineering Graduate Group and Education Director of the Blum Center for Developing Economies. She has supervised 196 MS projects/theses, 60 doctoral dissertations and numerous undergraduate researchers.

Prior to joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Dr. Agogino worked in industry for Dow Chemical, General Electric and SRI International. Her research interests include: soft robotics; community-based design; development engineering; sustainable engineering; internet of things; intelligent learning systems; information retrieval and data mining; multiobjective and strategic product design; nonlinear optimization; probabilistic modeling; intelligent control and manufacturing; sensor validation, fusion and diagnostics; wireless sensor networks; multimedia and computer-aided design; design databases; design theory and methods; MEMS synthesis and computer-aided design; artificial intelligence and decision and expert systems; and gender/ethnic equity. Dr. Agogino has authored over three hundred peer-reviewed publications in these subject areas. She is a member of AAAI, AAAS, ASEE, ASME, AWIS, IEEE, NAE and SWE and served as Chair of the AAAS section on Engineering (2001-2002). She serves on the editorial board of three professional journals and has provided service on a number of governmental, professional, and industry advisory committees, including the NSF Advisory Committee for Engineering, Engineering Directorate, (1991-96, Chair 1996-97); Guidance Committee of the “Removing Barriers to Collaborative Research” project of the National Research Council (NRC) Government-University-Industry Roundtable (1997-98); NRC Committee on “Standards for Technology Education,” (1997-98); National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Academic Advisory Board (1998-2002); NAE “Engineering of the Year 2020” Planning/Steering Committee (Co-Chair of Planning, 1999-2000; Member of Steering; 2002-2005) and Executive Committeee, Digital Media Innovation Initiative, University of California System (2000-2001), Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST; 2004-2005), JPL/Cal Tech Engineering Advisory Board (2003-2005), National Academies Board on Science Education (BOSE, 2005-2007) and the Women in Academic Science Engineering Committee of the National Academies Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (COSEPUP; 2005-2010). She is or has served on a number of university advisory boards: CMU CIT, KAUST, Harvard/Radcliffe, MIT and SUTD.

Dr. Agogino received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Mexico (1975), M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1978) from the University of California at Berkeley and Ph.D. from the Department of Engineering-Economic Systems at Stanford University (1984).

Frank Bannon is supporting the AIHEC backbone for the FEWS Alliance, focused on collaborative opportunities between the Alliance and TCUs.

Frank hails from East Tennessee and has lived in Northern Virginia for four years. He studied Physics at the University of Tennessee and later Environmental Science at Sony Brook University in New York. After working for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as an Education Specialist, he returned to school and graduated with an MFA in Art from the University of Alabama. Frank has been an instructor with Western Carolina University, Penland School of Crafts and returned to education administration with Northern Virginia Community College in 2017. The limited edition, letterpress books that Frank produces are held in several special collections libraries in the United States, England and with private collectors. His 2005 letterpress monograph focused upon research into the Cherokee Phoenix newspaper of northern Georgia, 1828-1834. As the 2016-2017 Vaughan Fellow with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, he continued this historical research, documenting his work supporting Cherokee language revitalization through art. He enjoys gardening, running, bonsai, opera and quesitos. His email address is fbrannon@aihec.org.

Dr. Karletta Chief is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. The goal of her research is to improve our understanding, tools, and predictions of watershed hydrology, unsaturated flow in arid environments, and how natural and human disturbances affect soil hydrology through the use of physically based methods. Dr. Chief research also focuses on how Indigenous communities will be affected by climate change to identify and mitigate risks to these vulnerable populations. As an Extension Specialist, she works to bring relevant science to Native American communities in a culturally sensitive manner by providing hydrology expertise, transferring knowledge, assessing information needs, and developing applied science projects. Dr. Chief is a member of a national network of Indigenous and non-Indigenous scientists focusing on climate change impacts to Indigenous peoples and co-authored several publications in the Special Issue of Climatic Change entitled “Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples in the United States: Impacts, Experiences, and Actions” and Forest Conservation in the Anthroprocene. Dr. Chief is a member of the Rising Voices, and Climate and Traditional Knowledges Workgroup with a focus on climate impacts to tribal waters. She co-authored a tribes chapter in the Southwest Climate Assessment Report and provisional guidelines for considering traditional knowledges in climate change initiatives. Two of her primary tribal projects are The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Climate Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge and The Navajo Nation Gold King Mine Spill Impacts. Dr. Chief supervises and advises the research of 11 students, 10 of which are Native American working on topics related to tribal environmental issues. Dr. Chief is Diné originally from Black Mesa, AZ and received a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000. Dr. Chief received her Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources in the School of Engineering at the University of Arizona (UA) in 2007. She completed her post-doctorate at Desert Research Institute in the Division of Hydrologic Sciences in Las Vegas, NV where she worked on large weighing lysimeters at the Scaling Environmental Processes in Heterogeneous Arid Soils (SEPHAS) Project in Boulder City. In 2011, Dr. Chief was named American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Most Promising Scientist/Scholar, 2013 Stanford University Distinguished Alumni Scholar, 2015 Native American 40 under 40, 2016 AISES Professional of the Year, 2016 Phoenix Indian Center Woman of the Year, and 2020 American Geophysical Union Ambassador.

Kathy Aplan is supporting the backbone by creating and disseminating a quarterly newsletter and supporting their social media efforts.

Kathy Aplan, AIHEC Communications and PR Associate, is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. She manages the social media, press releases, and newsletters for both the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the Tribal College Journal.  

She has previously worked in Public Affairs for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe CARES Act and at the South Dakota Department of Tribal Relations as their Communications Coordinator.  She worked at Oglala Lakota College as the TV Production Director overseeing and teaching their TV Production Program that was given several awards.  She was co-PI on an NSF grant that highlighted locations of interest on the Pine Ridge Reservation having students make short video vignettes that combined history, research, and GIS.  She has also worked in television production, including copywriting, graphics, shooting and editing.

Katherine Cardell, Senior Data Associate for Student Success for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, manages the AIHEC AIMS (American Indian Indicators of Success) data collection initiative involving the annual collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data from the 35 accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities. She is an analyst with a background in mixed methodological research related to minority health, limited English proficiency, intimate partner violence, and mandatory random drug testing. Mrs. Cardell holds a master of social science degree in European integration from Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland. She enjoys foraging, gardening, getting muddy, and learning traditional skills.

Darius Taylor is AIHEC’s Data Associate for Student Success supporting AIHEC through a partnership with the Harvard Strategic Data Project.  He is a scholar, artist, and activist originally from North Chicago, IL but currently resides in Springfield, MA. His background intersects the fields of education, epidemiology, biostatistics, evaluation, research, psychometrics, theater production and performance. Darius intersects these disciplines with a critical lens and the overarching goal of healing and empowering historically marginalized youth and young adults. Darius is excited about supporting the Native FEWS Alliance with hopes of advancing the achievements of TCUs, students, staff, and Indigenous Scholars.

Erica Moore, Ph.D., is Boriken Taíno of iukaieke Guainia and a member of the United Confederation of Taino People. She has a Ph.D. in higher education leadership and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history. Moore currently serves as Executive Director of Native Student Success at the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Previously, she was director of the American Indian Student Center at South Dakota State University (SDSU), where she oversaw Native student success and worked as a content expert for an ongoing educational development series and fostered a culturally responsive and supportive campus environment for American Indian students.

Prior to working at SDSU, she served as chief academic officer of Lower Brule Community College, the tribal college for the Lower Brule tribal community. Moore has worked in education for over 10 years, including teaching a variety of history and political courses and a research agenda focused on Native American student success.

In addition to her higher education experience, Moore has shared her expertise in culturally responsive practices in workshops for K-12 classrooms, museum networks, and medical facilities. In 2018, she served as a U.S. Human Rights Network ‘Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education’ Fellow. Moore continues her passionate advocacy, where her lobbying for equity, diversity, and inclusion has positively impacted organizations, communities, and those they serve.