Kristie Fuller is a graduate of Western Carolina University, where she earned a Bachelor of Nursing Degree Cum Laude. She is a Departmental Manager of the Case Management Department at Cherokee Indian Hospital and is a CCMC Certified Case Manager. Kristie is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and the Mu Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society for Adult Learners. She has three wonderful children: Rebekah, Campbell and Emmalie.
Lucretia Hicks has received both her Bachelors of Science in Health and Exercise Science and Master of Arts in Management from Wake Forest University. Hicks received the Action Learning Project Excellence Award for group consulting work done for Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC). Her team’s job was to help WFUBMC optimize the utilization of their operating rooms. She now works at Cherokee Hospital and has completed The Right Path, a leadership program for adult members of the EBCI. Lucretia serves as a Mentor for the Jones-Bowman Program.
Savannah Hicks is a student at the University of Tennessee pursing a degree in nursing, and after she graduates, she plans to attend graduate school. At UT, she is a member of both the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Native American Student Association. She has worked as a CNA at Tsali Care center for the past two years.
Kevin Jackson, a combat veteran of the U.S. Army, has earned a BA in Business Management from Montreat College and is enrolled in the Graduate Program with the University of Alabama Human Environmental Science. He has served on the steering and selection committee for The Right Path and works in the EBCI Information Technology Department. He has been a chaperone on the Costa Rica Eco-Study trips available to youth in the region, and he frequently volunteers his time for the betterment of the youth on the Qualla Boundary. Kevin is a Jones-Bowman Program Mentor.
Jerae Jackson is majoring in Business Administration at Haskell Indian Nations University. He has served as an intern in the EBCI’s Information Technology Department. After having attended the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) national conference in Anchorage, AK, he is joining the AISES chapter at Haskell. Jerae credits the Jones -Bowman program with him becoming more confident and a better public speaker.
Carmen Johnson is pursuing a B.S. degree in Pre-Medicine at Duke University. She is a fellow in the Cardea program, helping other Duke students who need a better foundation in math and science. She volunteers in FEMMES (Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science), a community service group for girls in local Durham, NC, schools.
Sky Kanott is a graduate from Western Carolina University with a degree in Communications. During school, Sky was the president of the Native American Student Organization, which expanded to form the first Native American Sorority at WCU. Sky now works at the EBCI Cooperative Extension Program in Cherokee, where she serves as the Cherokee Youth Council Program Manager. Sky is a Jones-Bowman Mentor and is currently a participant in The Right Path adult leadership program.
Jessica Munson studied Information Technology at Southwestern Community College and now works at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel. Through the Jones-Bowman program, she has had the opportunity to spend a summer in Costa Rica working with UVolunteer.org on a reforestation project.
Joey Owle earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in Environmental Soil Science. While at UT, he received the Biosystems, Engineering and Soil Science Undergraduate with Professional Promise Award. He is currently at NC State pursing a Master of Crop Science degree. His graduate project is focused on the development of an educational vermicomposting unit at the Center for Cherokee Plant in collaboration with the EBCI Cooperative Extension Program. Upon the completion of his degree, Joey looks forward to a career in agricultural related field.
Kayla Smith is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sports Administration and minoring in American Indian Studies. As a volunteer, she has participated in a recruitment program at UNC and come back to Cherokee High School to answer questions about FASFA (financial aid paperwork), give advice on applying to colleges, and discuss some of the benefits students would have at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Damian Solis graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. degree in Sport Management and is now working on a M.S. degree in Physical Therapy at WCU. He works at the EBCI Diabetes Program and has completed The Right Path adult leadership program.
Kelsey Standingdeer graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and is currently at NC State pursuing a Master of Education in School Counseling. She serves as secretary for the NC State chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. She is also Pow-Wow coordinator for the university’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. After Kelsey graduates from NC State, she wants to be a Mentor in the Jones-Bowman program.
Noah Wachacha is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and has a B.S. degree in Forestry. During his fellowship, he participated in Southern Collegiate Forestry Conclave, an annual competition among students from 15 southern forestry schools that includes a variety of physical and technical events. He now works for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon.