Native American Cancer Research Staff

Linda Burhansstipanov, MSPH, DrPH (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Founder/President and Grants Director
has worked in public health since 1971, primarily with Native American issues. She taught full-time at universities for 18 years (CSULB and UCLA). She developed and implemented the Native American Cancer Research Program at the National Cancer Institute from 1989-1993. She currently is the principal investigator and subcontractor for 5 NIH grants. She serves on multiple federal advisory boards. She has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, of which most address Native American cancer, public health and data issues.

Lisa D. Harjo, B.S., M.A. (Choctaw) - Executive Director
Lisa is the Executive Director for Native American Cancer Research. She provides leadership to the organization and the grants and cooperative agreements that NACR implements. Lisa also works actively on the projects, coordinating conferences, publications, navigation of patients, and education for the American Indian community. Upon receiving her Bachelors of Science in Native American Education and Child Development in 1974, she spent the next twenty years teaching all ages from preschool through higher education. Ms. Harjo also worked for over a decade years in the field of non-profit organization management and development and she served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization. Lisa received her Masters of Education in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver in the early nineties. She co-authored several books in the field of Indian education. Ms. Harjo has worked for decades with American Indian tribes, school districts, health organizations, and other organizations, facilitating group meetings and training, and assisting communities in building consensus and unity of visions. She lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, three daughters, two granddaughters, and a nephew.

Rick Clark
Co-Founder / Vice President

NACR's Web Design and Maintenance   ·   Audio/Visual Production   ·
Online Data Programing, Collection, Reports   ·   Production/Printing Booklets, Educational Materials

Denise Lindstrom, Native Sister (Arikara / Turtle Mnt. Chippewa) (Denver office)
Denise is dedicated to the Indian community; working for over 35 years to improve services to the all Native Americas. She has been committed to NACR and it's mission for several years as a 'Native Sister' supporting all NACR grants project.

Education: Life; Pursuing BA from the Community College of Denver.
Denise is a Recent Breast Cancer survivor, diagnosed on April 13, 2011

Peg Fennimore - Administrative Assistant (Pine office)
Supports Grants Director Linda Burhansstipanov. Coordinates meetings, logistics and conferences and updates and maintains eRA Commons and all organizational passwords and confidential records.

Audrey Marshall,
Native Sister (Denver office)

Lisa Castro,
Office Manager (Denver office)
Lisa supports NACR in billing, maintaining financial records, human resources and tasks for the Board of Directors. She works at the Denver Office to manage Office / Facilities and support NACR projects in Contracts, Grant Applications, Development of New Materials, Policy Development, Implementation of Strategic Plan and Performance of Administrative Duties.

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