Our Expertise

The staff and Board of Directors at NAL provide a wide range of expertise that provide the best skill sets for our clients. Please check our individual bio's for more information.


Board of Directors


Kiros Auld, President (Pamunkey)
Joshua Hudson, Vice President (Bay Mills Ojibwe)
Love Richardson, Treasurer (Nipmuc)
Stephanie Cassidy (Oglala Lakota), Secretary
Kerry Desjardins
Jennifer Hunt (Choctaw)
Rick Kelley (Nottoway)
J Michael Parsons (Tuscarora)
Jennifer Underbaggage (Blackfeet)


Message from the Executive Director



Dear relatives,

As many of you know, the federal government shutdown is impacting all areas of Indian Country. Native American Lifelines is no exception. As contractor with the Indian Health Service, we rely on their staff to process and make the payments that allow us to offer services and keep the doors open. With no end in sight, and in consultation with our Board of Directors, Native American Lifelines will be forced to dramatically reduce the services we provide to the community.

Effective immediately, Native American Lifelines is suspending dental services in hopes to reopen these services beginning January 29, 2019. Additionally, we will need to dramatically reduce purchase of care spending. You may continue to make requests for financial assistance, but please understand that we cannot commit to any spending at this time, and that all requests will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and in terms of medical urgency. We cannot offer utility preservation or eviction prevention assistance at this time and ride share services will only be available in the event of true medical urgency.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, however understand that you will likely need to leave a message for a return call.

We hope that this situation resolves as soon as possible. Please continue to check this site for updates and additional information.

On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, we extend our thanks for your patience and support.

Kerry Hawk Lessard, MAA Executive Director



Meet our Staff


Executive Director
Kerry Hawk Lessard, MAA (Shawnee)

Clinical Director
Dustin T Richardson, LCPC (Blackfeet)

Fiscal Manager
Jess McPherson, BFA, CACS (Shawnee)

Fiscal Assistant

Group Counselor (Baltimore)
Shelly Wiechelt, PhD

Medical Case Manager (Baltimore)
Jessica Dickerson, BS (Lumbee)

Transportation (Baltimore)
Chris Simmons

Office Assistant (Baltimore)

Program Manager (Boston)
Janelle Pocowatchit, BS (Comanche/Mi'kmaq)

Community Health Worker (Boston)
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Program Assistant (Boston)
Ella Mae Blackowl (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma)