Andrea is originally from Tucson, Arizona but was drawn to Maine by her family and cultural connections. As a member of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs she wanted to explore Maine and her ancestral heritage. In 2016 she drove across the country to move to Maine with her teenage son and her dog. As a student at the University of Southern Maine, she has been on the ground floor of the reintroduction of the Native American Student Alliance and an organizer of the Indigenous Student Orientation. Andrea has had the privilege of working on projects involving Maine Wabanaki REACH, Indigenous Policy Issues in Education and the Maine Indian Child Welfare Act Workgroup. Now a graduate of the Master’s of Public Health program, Andrea is a Program Officer at the Maine Health Access Foundation.