Jakay Jarvis is Research Associate, Administrator of the Cherokee DNA Project and Manager of Social Media for DNA Consultants. A graduate of Stetson University with a B.A. in English, she attended the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, before embarking on a decades-long career in journalism as reporter, photographer and editor.
Susan Levin is Associate Investigator. She has a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Maryland and also attended Georgetown University. Most of her career has been in business, specializing in management training and retail operations.
Teresa Panther-Yates has an M.A. in English from Georgia Southern University. She is Vice President, Communications. Formerly, she was an Adjunct English Professor at Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix.
Wendell Paulson is Statistics Consultant, responsible for all database development. Professor Paulson is concurrently Faculty Associate in the Math and Natural Sciences Division of Arizona State University, West Campus, in Phoenix and Adjunct Faculty member in the Math Division at Paradise Valley Community College. He has an M.S. in mathematical statistics from Michigan State University and B.S. in mechanical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. Among his many distinctions is an American Society for Quality Six Sigma Black Belt.
Alice Richards is Director, Business Development. She has an M.B.A. from St. Mary’s University and B.A. in Economics from Trinity University. She has spent nearly a decade working in business development and financial analysis.
Angela E. Watkins is Research and Marketing Assistant.
Donald N. Yates, Ph.D. is Principal Investigator. He earned an M.A. in English from Duke University and Ph.D. in Classical Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has published widely. His books include The Early Jews and Muslims of England and Wales (with Elizabeth Caldwell Hirschman) and Old World Roots of the Cherokee, How DNA, Ancient Alphabets and Religion Explain the Origins of America’s Largest Indian Nation.