Robert Vetter, M.A. is an anthropologist and educational consultant, with Native American Studies as his area of specialization. He began his ethnographic fieldwork among Native Americans in 1980 while a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to his work with children, Robert has also taught courses and workshops for teachers through SCOPE and Teacher Centers throughout Long Island. He has served as an instructor for courses taught at SUNY Stony Brook, SUNY Farmingdale, Southampton College, and the University of Oklahoma.
His adult and children's travel programs have taken participants for cultural immersion experiences in Native cultures throughout Indian Country, including New York (Iroquois/Haudenosaunee), Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Wisconsin. These programs have been featured in: the New York Times, Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Newsday, Child Magazine, McCall's, NBC's Today Show, and the Travel Channel's Lonely Planet series. Along with his adopted Kiowa uncle Richard Tartsah Sr., he is author of the book Big Bow: The Spiritual Life and Teachings of a Kiowa Family.
Maddi Cheers has been teaching theater, dance and multicultural games for over 30 years. As an actress, storyteller and games specialist she has developed programs for children and adults as well as training programs for teachers and recreational leaders.
Maddi is co-creator of Funfit, a popular family fitness program in the D.C. metro area. She is also a founding member of The Women's Theatre Project in Baltimore, MD and Co-Creator and director of Tiramisu Theater of Truth on Long Island, NY.
For the past 20 years she has traveled extensively throughout Indian Country within the United States and has studied with Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), Cheyenne, Lenape and other Native American elders in order to authentically bring their cultures to life. Maddi is a graduate of Towson State University with a B.S. in Theater Arts.
Jamie Reason is an enrolled tribal member of the Eastern Cherokees of Georgia and is a member of the Southeastern Cherokee Council. He is an award-winning artist who specializes in traditional wood carving and painting. Among many other awards, he received first, second, and third place for carved painted wooden ceremonial boxes at the Gallup Intertribal in 1999 at Red Rock, New Mexico. In 1992, he received the designation of “Master Artist” from the Southeastern Cherokee Council. A lifetime Pow-Wow dancer, Jamie was also a founding committee member of the Paumanauke Pow-Wow.
Jamie has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles including the New York Times, Newsday, the American Indian Community House Newsletter, The Indian Trader, and many more. Jamie credits his grandfather for a great deal of the traditional Cherokee knowledge and teachings that have inspired and guided him in both his personal and professional life.
Richie Cornacchio has been involved in American Indian culture for almost twenty years. He is a member of the Cheyenne Elk Clan and has been adopted by several Southern Cheyenne families in Oklahoma. He has also been adopted by a Lenape family in Oklahoma, and has many friends from several other Oklahoma Nations, where he is a frequent participant in ceremonies and social events. Richie has many good friends in the Mohawk nation in New York as well.
He is a musician and a singer/songwriter and has composed songs that are used in the Journeys program.
Marianne Franzese Chasen MS, MA is a New York State Certified Teacher and a Creative Arts Therapist. She is the co-founder of Kid Esteem Inc., a non-profit agency dedicated to the emotional and social well-being of children and families. She is the director of cultural arts and innovations at the Kid Esteem Montessori School and she is the author of the book The Sacred Weave of Mothering (Aslan 2002).
Marianne is inspired by the relevance and beauty that the teachings of Journeys into American Indian Territories provide for character development and leadership training. She joins the team to promote the empowerment of children by helping them to connect to the individual gifts they bring to their community.
Jennifer Hickman holds a master's degree from New York University in Humanities and Social Thought and has worked as a writer, editor and in the arts. She is also a certified yoga teacher and holistic health practitioner. Born and raised in California, she has resided in New York City for over eighteen years. She is a published writer and was the administrative coordinator of the Undergraduate Summer Internship Program at the Getty Museum for two years. For the past 7 years, she has studied a variety of indigenous and holistic medicine modalities and has taught workshops while seeing clients privately. She has been an assistant teacher for the prenatal and postnatal yoga programs at Golden Bridge Yoga in Manhattan. A mother of two, Jennifer resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Carolyn Flynn, B.S. is a forest biologist and environmental educator. She has worked for natural history organizations for over 35 years, teaching school groups, scouts, camps and family and public programs. She has taught the Journeys Native New York program for ----- years.
Carolyn has been active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts at all age levels.
As a member of the Kings Park Heritage Museum, she creates displays showing how natural history has influenced the history of Long Island people over the years.
You can find Carolyn hiking, exploring and camping around the country.
Moses Starr is a Southern Cheyenne elder and ceremonial leader from Weatherford, Oklahoma. He is well known among the Cheyenne and other Indian communities in Oklahoma as a singer and m.c. at pow-wows and dances all over Plains Country. He serves as camp crier at the annual Cheyenne Sun Dance. He is also an advisor whose council is often sought by members of his tribe.