Rick Haverkate is an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (Michigan) and grew up in the land of his ancestor's along the shores of Lake Superior. In 1993 he earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Hawai'i. His work in public health has been focused almost entirely on American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations. Rick has assumed a variety of roles including Community Health Educator, Public Information Investigator, Project Officer, Director of Public Health, Senior Program Analyst, and Deputy Director at the local, state, tribal, and national levels. He has specialized in operational management in the fields of HIV/AIDS education, Maternal and Child Health, commercial tobacco prevention, health promotion/disease prevention, and community capacity building. Rick currently works as the Director of the National HIV/AIDS Program at the Indian Health Service headquarters near Washington, D.C.