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Staff

Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora)

Associate Professor, Director of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program
Dr. Rickard is a visual historian, artist, and curator interested in the issues of Indigeneity within a global context. She is currently conducting research in the Americas, Europe, New Zealand and Australia culminating in a new journal on Indigenous aesthetics, and has a forthcoming book on Visualizing Sovereignty.

Ann Bianchi

Business Administrator
Ann Bianchi is the Business Administrator for the American Indian Program and has been with the unit for 12 years. Responsibilities focus on unit administration and policy to include: Accounting, Human Resources, Staffing, Payroll, and Facilities Management

Amanda Gallagher

Office Administrator
Amanda is the new Office Administrator for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. She brings experience working with diverse students in the Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI) at Cornell, as well as experience as a Director’s Assistant at the university, to the role. Amanda is passionate about helping students, and is excited to meet and build relationships with AIISP students, staff, and partners.

Kathy Halbig, M.S. (Onondaga)

Student Services Associate
Kathy Halbig is the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program’s (AIISP) recruiter and student support specialist. Her focus is to recruit the brightest American Indian students to Cornell University to pursue higher educational opportunities in 80+ majors. Kathy is also interested in providing support services that enable students to not only excel in their academic scholarship, but to explore and expand their professional development opportunities.
 

Vernon Miller (Omaha)

Residence Hall Director, Akwe:kon
Vernon Miller is pursuing his Master of Science degree in Counseling & Student Development at Kansas State University. He recently served as the Omaha Tribal Chairman and President of the Omaha Nation Public Schools Board of Education on the Omaha Indian Reservation. He also served as a National Racial Equity & Healing Fellow with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, an Americans for Indian Opportunity 2010-2011 Ambassador, and a 2016 Fellow with the New Leader’s Council: Omaha Chapter. Vernon is excited to work with the Akwe:kon community and to provide support for students, staff, and faculty within AIISP and Housing & Residential Life at Cornell.

Caldwell Office Hours:
Mondays 10 AM - 2 PM, Thursdays 10 AM - 2 PM

Urszula Piasta-Mansfield

Interim Associate Director
Dr. Piasta-Mansfield is a scholar, whose primary research interests focus on the discourses of dispossession in the context of North American Indigenous Peoples with the special attention to the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.