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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.

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. 

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.

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Susan Faircloth
Dr. Susan C. Faircloth (an enrolled member of the Coharie Tribe) is a Professor in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She has published widely in such journals as Educational Administration Quarterly, Harvard Educational Review, The Journal of Special Education Leadership, International Studies in Educational Administration, Values and Ethics in Educational Administration, Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education, Rural Special Education Quarterly, and Journal of Disability Policy Studies. In addition to the State Advisory Council on Indian Education, Dr. Faircloth is a member of the Bureau of Indian Education’s Special Education Advisory Board and Chair of the technical review panel for the National Indian Education Study. Dr. Faircloth lives in Wilmington, NC with her husband, Lee Brotzman, and their daughter, Journey. She is the daughter of Gene and Marie Faircloth of Clinton, NC.

Joy Jacobs Rector
Joy Jacobs Rector is a member of the Waccamaw-Siouan tribe in Columbus County's Buckhead community and has been an educator in Whiteville City since completion of her Elementary Education degree at UNC-Pembroke in December of 1994. Rector earned her Master’s Degree in Library Science in 2009 and served as a librarian, cheer coach, and athletic director. In 2014, she returned home to Edgewood Elementary to teach Academically Gifted students and to provide academic interventions and remediation in various content areas. Last year, she began working with the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO) as a volunteer adult advisor after her daughter, Bailey became involved in the organization and became Miss NCNAYO. Joy states, "I was excited when I saw the untapped potential of our Native youth. Investing the time and efforts in them is critical so that they can continue the programs and incentives that will cultivate the leadership skills needed for their futures and the future of our communities." This school year Joy will begin as the first teacher/librarian at Edgewood and plans to continue her involvement with the students of NCNAYO. Mrs. Rector and her husband, Christopher, have three children and one grandchild and reside in Chadbourn, NC.

Chad E. Pierce
Chad Pierce is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He graduated from North Carolina State University (NCSU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences. Chad previously served as the American Indian Alumni Society President at NCSU and currently he remains active with his alma mater by serving as the co-chair of the American Indian Advisory Council. Chad is also a graduate of the UNC- Chapel Hill North Carolina Native Leadership Institute. Chad is the Chief Secretary on the national council for Phi Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. Chad and his wife Nakesha Locklear Pierce (also a member of the Lumbee Tribe) reside in Cary, NC with their two sons who both attend Wake Co. Public Schools. Chad is presently the Vice President of Network Engineering with the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union.

Will Paul
Will Paul has worked in the field of education for over 18 years in the areas of special and regular education across all grade levels and currently works as the Behavior Liaison and PBIS Coordinator for Granville County Public Schools. He is currently serving his second four-year term as a member of the Sappony Tribal Council. Paul has also served as a Core Sappony Youth Camp Committee Member for the past 16 years.

Lesa Brewington Locklear
Lesa Brewington Locklear is a member of the Coharie Tribe and is the wife of David Locklear of Pembroke, NC and the mother of two daughers Zoey and Hanna, both of whom attend North Carolina Public Schools. Lesa is in her 30th year of teaching at Sampson Middle School in Clinton, NC. Lesa earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Middle School Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Reading from UNC-Wilmington. She has also earned National Board Teaching Certification. She has served on the Coharie People Board and currently serves on the Clinton City Schools Indian Education Parent Committee, serving as both a parent and teacher representative. Lastly, Lesa is a member of New Bethel Baptist Church and believes that it is her faith that shapes her belief that being a classroom teacher is a calling not just a career. She states, “It is my heartfelt desire for young people to feel loved and to use their education to make a difference in the world.”

Connie Locklear Harland
Connie Locklear Harland is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and spent her childhood in Robeson County, NC. Connie has had the privilege of serving as a parent representative on the NC Child Care Commission for two terms, She also worked for former Congressman Mike McIntyre as a legislative assistant where she had the opportunity to work with individuals to support Native American and Immigration legislative issues. Connie is the mother of two children and strives to incorporate their Native American heritage as an integral part of their daily lives. She is currently an educator in the Wake County Public School System, where she serves on the School Leadership Team.

Sabrina Arch
Sabrina Arch is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). She graduated from Western Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration Degree in Entrepreneurship. Currently, she is the Enterprise Development Specialist in the Commerce Department for the EBCI. Sabrina believes that being a member of the EBCI has influenced her beliefs around what we do as a people and how it affects the community as a whole. To become more active in her community she has served as a Policy Chairperson for Dora Reed Head Start, prepared taxes through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), volunteered with the Sequoyah Fund Entrepreneur Youth Camp, been involved with the EBCI Ethics Committee, and taught Sunday School at Waterfalls Baptist Church. She is married to David Ethan Arch and they have two beautiful sons. Sabrina states, “Being an adult, we are naturally placed in a leadership position to our children. They look up to us, mimic us, and want to be like us. Sometimes we forget these little ones are watching and paying close attention to every detail. For them, I want to become a better leader and show them together through ideas and positive actions, we can grow a better future.”

Angela Richardson
Angela Richardson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. She is currently employed by the Halifax County School District where she has 30 years of service. Angela is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and is a member of local, state, and national organizations. Early in her career Ms. Richardson worked as an Indian Education program coordinator for many years. During that time, she developed and taught American Indian studies curriculum for grades K-5 and coordinated cultural activities for American Indian students across all grade levels. Currently, she teachers middle school Computer Skills, Office Productivity and Exploring Business Activities. Ms. Richardson has two children, one of whom has joined the work force; the other is a student at Nash Community College.


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