William (Bud) McCombs (Mvskoke) - Hunter, Fisher, Gardener
Darrell Fox (Mvskoke) - Executive Director
Dicey Barnett (Mvskoke) - CFP Garden Manager
June Marshall (Kiowa) - Office Manager
Rita Willams (Mvskoke) - Education and Policy Coordinator
Stephanie Berryhill (Mvskoke) - Youth Coordinator
Lynn Duke- Communications/Media Coordinator
Richard Belcher (Mvskoke) - Eufaula Indian Community Garden Manager
Dicey Barnett (Mvskoke) - Wilson Indian Community Garden Manager
Vicky Karhu has dedicated her life to preservation of farmlands, including Southeastern
Indigenous cultural sites, and advocating for the rights, protection and preservation of
land-based cultures. She is Founding Director of the Mvskoke Food Sovereignty Initiative
in Okmulgee, Oklahoma and has worked with the Indigenous Peoples of the southeastern
US for over 30 years. She serves on the board of directors of the Community Food Security
Coalition (since 2009) and the Leadership Team of the International Institute of Indigenous
Sciences (founding member) where she brings the voice of small farmers and ranchers as
well as rural and tribal communities to the table. She earned her living as an organic market
and estate gardener while raising four children in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She is currently
sharing her knowledge and experience with several non-profit organizations and living in
rural northern New Mexico. She enjoys growing organic vegetables, seed saving, visiting with her
children and grandchildren and balances many hours spent on the computer with regular practice of Tai Chi.
A majority of the Board, Advisory Committee and staff are Muscogee (Creek) citizens.
MVTO to Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation, Seventh Generation Fund, USDA/CSREES, Reach Legacy Program, Hostgator, First Nations Development Institute, Honor the Earth Fund of the Tides Foundation, SSAWGT&TA and our friends who have donated time and money to MFSI.