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Association of American Indian Physicians Staff


Tom AndersonTom Anderson, Executive Director

Mr. Anderson brings to AAIP many years of experience in working with tribes, tribal health programs and the public health agenda.  Recently, Mr. Anderson worked at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences serving as Director of the Office for American Indians in Medicine and Sciences.  Prior tribal related endeavors include: Senior Health Strategist and Tribal Health Consultant and Director of the Oklahoma Area Tribal Public Health/Epidemiology Center at the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board.  Mr. Anderson has a B.S. from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health.  Mr. Anderson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation and actively engaged in tribal history, cultural practices, activities and ceremonies.  Mr. Anderson states “My background includes serving as a voice for tribes, tribal health issues, and tribal advocacy resulting in added funding awards for tribe and tribal organizations.  I remain actively involved locally, regionally and nationally on many fronts concerning tribal health and tribal public health issues.  I continue to serve tribal communities participating on regional and national tribal workgroups, boards, taskforces, tribal consortiums, tribal associations and planning committees”.

Gary LankfordGary Lankford, Program Director

Gary has been employed at the Association of American Indian Physicians for just over 11 years now and has worked at AAIP in the areas of diabetes prevention, policy and environmental change, obesity prevention and student programs.  Before AAIP, Gary worked for several years at the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.  Currently, Gary is the Program Director for the Advances in Indian Health Care student programs at AAIP.  Gary earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Tribe of Oklahoma.

Echo DuerksenEcho Duerksen, Operations Manager

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, Capacity Building Assistance Program and currently the Partnership for Success Program.  Echo graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with an emphasis in Finance in 2006.  Prior to AAIP Echo worked for a financial institution for seven years.  Echo is a member of the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes and also of Caddo descent.