Our Board Members

The Native BioData Consortium requires a majority leadership of Indigenous board members comprised of leading scientists, data and policy experts. As most board members are also enrolled tribal community members, these individuals serve as strong advocates for Indigenous genomic and data sovereignty.

Guthrie Ducheneaux

Guthrie Ducheneaux

Board President

(Lakota - Cheyenne River Sioux)
Provides digital infrastructure expertise and is a local tribal community member. Guthrie also brings nonprofit entrepreneurial experience and leadership.

Joseph Yracheta, MS

Joseph Yracheta, MS

Board Vice President

(Pūrepecha – Mexican Indigenous)
Masters in Pharmacogenomics from University of Washington. Currently a DrPH candidate in Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Joseph serves as Executive Director and laboratory manager.

Krystal Tsosie, MPH, MA

Krystal Tsosie, MPH, MA

Board Secretary

(Diné – Navajo Nation)
Master of Bioethics, Arizona State University. Master of Public Health, Vanderbilt University. Current PhD candidate in Genomics and Health Disparities. Krystal brings ethics, public health, and statistical expertise.

Matthew Anderson, PhD

Matthew Anderson, PhD

Board Treasurer

(Tsalagi - Eastern Cherokee Descent)
PhD in Genomics from Stanford University. Currently an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University. Matthew’s area of research includes microbiome contributors to health.

Keolu Fox, PhD

Keolu Fox, PhD

Board Member

(Kanaka Maoli – Native Hawaiian)
PhD in Genomics from the University of Washington. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Diego. Keolu’s areas of expertise includes gene-editing technologies.

Simone Bordeaux, LPN

Simone Bordeaux, LPN

Board Member

(Sicangu – Rosebud Sioux)

Taylor Morriseau, BS

Taylor Morriseau, BS

Board Member

(Cree - Peguis First Nation)
Current PhD Candidate in Pharmacology & Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba (Canada). Taylor’s research area includes gene-environment interactions in type 2 diabetes.

Jessica Bardill, PhD

Jessica Bardill, PhD

Board Member

Associate Professor at Concordia University

Sergio Ita, PhD

Sergio Ita, PhD

Board Member

(Mexican Indigenous)
PhD in Virology at Harvard Medical School. Currently a Research Scientist at Abintus Bio. Expertise includes viral evolution and pathogenesis, immune evasion, drug therapeutics, and gene therapy

Jada Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAN

Jada Brooks, PhD, MSPH, RN, FAAN

Board Member

(Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina)
Jada L. Brooks is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As a Lumbee Indian tribal member, nurse, and epidemiologist, Dr. Brooks conducts community engaged health disparities research with tribal communities. Her program of research focuses on air pollution, mental health, and cardiovascular disease.

Richard Meyers, PhD

Richard Meyers, PhD

Board Member

(Oglala Lakota, Pine Ridge)
Richard Meyers is Director of Graduate Studies at Oglala Lakota College. His work broadly spans topics related to Indigenous, North American, Native American education to sacred sites.

Board Advisors

In addition to our board, the Native BioData Consortium also utilizes a number of board advisors who are leading experts in biobanking, population genetics, health disparities research, and bioethics. We also utilize legal experts to assist with policy development and data protections.

Community Advisory Group

We heavily rely on a committee of local tribal members to serve as the experts to inform us about:

  • what kind(s) of research questions are of interest and benefit to the community?
  • what are the questions or concerns related to biomedical research within their community?
  • how can we ensure our research practices are culturally-consistent and respects traditional values?