Meet Us


Meet Our Executive Board:

Trey Adcock

Executive Director

Roseanna Belt

Executive Board Chair

Tom Belt

Cultural Specialist

Turner Goins


Blythe Winchester


Tara McCoy

Executive Board

Kristina Hyatt

Executive Board

Caleb Hickman

Executive Board

Micah Swimmer

Executive Board

Onita Bush

Executive Board

Brett Treadway

Executive Board

Manuel Hernandez

Executive Board

Meet Our Staff:

Madison Leatherwood

Program Officer - Education & Training

Kilyne Oocumma

Digital Media Coordinator

Emily Herzog

Administrative Assistant

Chelsea Rangel

MedCaT Mentorship Coordinator

Trey Adcock, Executive Director

Trey Adcock (ᏣᎳᎩᎯ ᎠᏰᎵ, enrolled Cherokee Nation), PhD, is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Director of American Indian & Indigenous Studies at the University of North Carolina Asheville. He was named one of seven national Public Engagement Fellows in 2018-2019 by the Whiting Foundation for his work documenting a Bureau of Indian Affairs run day school in the TutiYi “Snowbird” Cherokee Community. He obtained his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Sequoyah Dissertation Fellow focusing on technology integration at an American Indian boarding school in Oklahoma. Dr. Adcock’s work has been published in the Journal of American Indian Education, Teaching Tolerance and Readings in Race, Ethnicity and Immigration. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Native Health and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Cherokee Studies.

Turner Goins

Turner is a gerontologist with her PhD from UMass-Boston. For the past 20 years, her research has focused on American Indian and Alaska Native aging-related issues, including diabetes, mental health, physical functioning, caregiving, and social support. She most enjoys collaborative projects with tribal communities that address their identified priorities with respect to elder health and well-being.

Blythe Winchester MD, MPH, CMD

Is a board-certified Geriatrician and member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in Cherokee, NC. She practices at Cherokee Indian Hospital and is the Certified Medical Director at Tsali Care Center. She received her MD and MPH at UNC-Chapel Hill and did a Family Medicine Residency in Greenville, SC. Her Geriatrics fellowship was completed through the Mountain Area Health Education Center in Asheville, NC. She is board- certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics and is a Certified Medical Director through the American Board of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

She has served on the Ethnogeriatrics Committee for the American Geriatrics Society since 2011. Her presentations often focus on neurocognitive disorders among tribal communities and her research focuses on tribal elders. She is a mentor for the Jones Bowman Leadership Award Program and a recent graduate of the Right Path Adult Leadership Program through the Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute. She lives on the Qualla Boundary with her husband, five dogs and one cat. She was selected for the Remember the Removal bicycle ride and completed a 950 mile bike ride in 2019 retracing the Northern Route of the Trail of Tears. She is a retired member of the Smoky Mountain Rollergirls roller derby team. She loves music, reading, and being outdoors.

Tara McCoy (Eastern Band Cherokee), graduated from Cherokee High School and furthered her education at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  She graduated with a B.S. degree in Sports Medicine.

After graduating, she returned to the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, NC and worked in various programs including Cherokee High School/Coaching, UNITY Treatment Center, Dora Reed Daycare and Women’s Health before settling down into a role at Cherokee Choices, a Diabetes Prevention Program, for 14 years. She currently serves as the Right Path Leadership Specialist at the Ray Kinsland Leadership Institute where her role is to help develop selfless leaders deeply rooted in Cherokee culture identity and leadership through teaching Cherokee values, culture, history, and language. She is a 2011 Right Path Program Alumni, a 2011 Remember the Removal Bike Ride Legacy Rider, founder and supporter of the Cherokee Cancer Support Group, artist member of the Qualla Arts and Crafts Mutual, Inc. and promotes Cherokee art by organizing and teaching art shows and classes in her community. 

Kristina Hyatt is a mother, dental hygienist, former Miss Native American USA, and an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina Asheville and an Associates in Applied Science degree from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College to become a registered dental hygienist. She has travelled across Indian Country as the Native American Tooth Fairy, educating Native youth about the importance of oral health.

Caleb Hickman, Phd

Is the Supervisory Biologist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, where he grew up. With over 20 years of experience in the field of ecology, he has worked from deserts to mountains to restore, conserve and study a variety of plants and animals and understand their interactions with people. He holds a bachelors and master’s degree in biology from Missouri Valley College and Missouri State University, respectively, and a Ph.D in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Since 2013, he has worked for EBCI to manage culturally and economically important natural resources for the tribe. His research and interests are primarily concerned with how people interact with their environment, especially related to capturing traditional Cherokee knowledge and weaving humans into the health of the environment for the benefit of future generations.

Micah Swimmer, Executive Board

Micah Swimmer, M.A. was born and raised on the Qualla Boundary in Cherokee, North Carolina. He is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokees. Micah earned his Associates and Bachelors degrees from Haskell Indian Nations University and his Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. His focus has been Indigenous Studies, with a special concentration in Language Revitalization and Preservation. Micah has utilized his familial knowledge of the Cherokee language and culture along with his western education to serve in several capacities with the Eastern Band of Cherokees, most recently as the Cherokee Language and Culture Specialist for the Human Resources Department. Throughout his career he has worked in language preservation efforts focused on all age groups, from newborns to adults.

Micah is an active community member, serving as a youth basketball and football coach and is also a keeper of Cherokee traditions as a member of the Warriors of Anikituwah and the Kolanvyi Indian Ball team. He is also the leader of a dance group for young people, the Aniyvwiyahi Analsgisgi (The real people dancers) who perform traditional Cherokee dances. Micah travels regularly to provide educational workshops on the Cherokee language, dances, and culture. He is often accompanied by his wife Carrah and their children: Dvdaya, Ogana, and Yona-Uweluga who are all also ambassadors of the Cherokee language and traditions.

Brett Treadway

Brett Treadway is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians and grew up just off the Qualla Boundary in Bryson City, NC. He now resides in Boulder, CO and currently serves as a Program Associate for First Nations Development Institute, a National Tribal lead non-profit focused on strengthening tribal economies and communities through technical assistance, training, policy, and awarding grants. Specifically, Brett works under the Stewarding Native Lands Program, where he helps manage multiple projects focused on climate, environmental justice, community pathways, and ecological stewardship.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Studies from the University of Florida, along with a minor in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Organic and Sustainable Crop Production. While completing his degree, Brett was active across multiple campus organizations focused on sustainability, climate activism, and environmental outreach.

Brett has been able to work across Indian Country and is dedicated to strengthening and uplifting Native communities within his career. He is passionate about sustainability and environmental protection, and their relationship to Tribes and Native cultures.

Manuel Hernandez

A current resident of the Big Y community, Manuel Holds has dedicated 15+ years with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians: Public Health & Human Services (EBCI:PHHS) in different capacities. Manuel currently serves as a Training Coordinator at the EBCI: PHHS Regulatory & Compliance department where he is tasked with workforce development, professional development and orients new employees on the culture of PHHS and Cherokee health disparities.  He is a member of the Patient Family Advisory Council at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority (CIHA) were he advocates for community input on policies, administration recommendations and building better relations with family and care teams.

Madison Leatherwood, Director of Programming

Madison graduated from Western Carolina University in May of 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Health Science and a concentration in healthcare management. She hopes to return to school to obtain her Masters degree in Business Administration and bring her knowledge back to her community. As an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians she hopes to be a positive influence and role model for upcoming youth and college students. In her free time she can be found spending time with her husband and three dogs on their family farm in Sevierville Tennessee.

Kilyne Oocumma

Kilyne recently joined the Center for Native Health team as the Digital Media Coordinator. Having grown up in the Birdtown community, she now resides in Asheville, is a senior at UNC Asheville studying New Media, and is set to graduate in May of 2023.

Chelsea Rangel

Chelsea Rangel is a tribal member of the Navajo people from the Four Corners area of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Chelsea has had the privilege to be a part of many Native American programs geared towards the betterment of young native people, as well as volunteering for children’s programs and drug addiction recovery programs. She has most recently worked with tribal programs aimed at higher education for Native students. She is currently a Student Success Advisor at Western Carolina University in the School of Nursing, and has been with the Center for Native Health since June 2023. She obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Antelope Valley in California, and a degree in Health System’s Management from the University of Baltimore in Maryland.

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