Staff & Consultants

AAIP Staff

John Stafford, Program Director

John graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University and has ten years experience in federal grants, contracts and cooperative agreements.  Contact John at [email protected]

Jamie McDaniel, Program Manager 

Jamie McDaniel began with AAIP working on a CDC funded project called The National Program to Eliminate Diabetes Related Health Disparities in Vulnerable Populations.  This program was being implemented in three different American Indian settings: rural, reservation, and urban.  She is now the Program Manager for projects funded through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Office of State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (OSTLTS).  She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas, and later completed her Master’s of Science degree in Family & Child Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma. Contact Jamie at [email protected]

Alex Springer, Communication Manager

Alex joined the AAIP team as Media Coordinator in December 2013. Before joining AAIP Alex worked for a local newspaper and covered legislation at the Oklahoma state Capitol. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Alex is a member of the Great Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and was elected in July 2013 to serve as Representative to the General Council (the legislative branch of the tribe). Contact Alex at [email protected] 

Echo Duerksen, Program Assistant

Echo has been employed with AAIP since January 2011.  During her time at AAIP she has worked on several different projects including the Healthy, Active Native Communities Program, Student Program, and currently the Capacity Building Assistance Program.  Echo graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance in 2006.  Prior to AAIP Echo worked for a financial institution for seven years.  While not working Echo enjoys attending her daughter’s t-ball games, gardening, and cheering on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Contact Echo at [email protected]

Expert Consultants

Noelle Kleszynski, MPH

Noelle has worked for and with AAIP for over 8 years leading and implementing various national, federal Diabetes and Obeisty Prevention initiatives in AI/AN communities. As a consultant with AAIP, Noelle has worked in many different capacities including coordinating and conducting webinars, trainings and orientations, writing federal grants, writing work plans, reports, evaluation plans and logic models, and most recently working on the HANC project to create web site content, develop mini-award materials, and providing technical assistance to Tribal Health Department partners and AAIP staff. Contact Noelle at [email protected]

Janis Campbell, PhD

With over 20 years history working in disease surveillance in Oklahoma I have the expertise necessary to assist with the complete and accurate data management and analysis of health information. Moreover, I have and continue to work with many tribal and tribal serving organization thus understand the unique and special issues associated with this population including tribal sovereignty, self-governance and the unique health systems among tribes. As an Associate Professor of Research at the University of Oklahoma and for 15 years with the Oklahoma State Department of Health, I carried out health and behavioral research and secondary data analysis. I am aware of the importance of frequent communication among partner and of constructing a realistic research plan, timeline, and budget. I have a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects in an area of relevance for tribal population, and my expertise and experience have prepared me to lead the proposed project. I believe that I can assist with not only the research but with the completion of these objectives will allow us to propose with potential to have a national impact among this high risk population.

Amanda Janitz, PhD

Amanda is Assistant Professor of Research in Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 2015-Present. Dr. Janitz current major research projects are Epidemiology of congenital anomalies and childhood cancer; Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board, Epidemiologist/Evaluation Region VI Public Health Training Center, Co-Investigator; and Consultant for the Association of American Indian Physicians conducting Data into Action and Grant Writing trainings for Tribes. My research interests are childhood cancer, environmental exposures, congenital anomalies and health disparities.