Co-President Dawn Hill, Ph.D. (Choctaw)* is Tapestry’s Founder and Senior Scientist, and was its first President. She has been awarded five grants for science education from the National Science Foundation, is a scientific illustrator and registered Choctaw artist, and a speaker and writer. She holds a Doctorate in Vertebrate Paleontology with emphases on biomechanics and evolutionary theory from the University of California, Berkeley (1989). Her Master’s degree in Systematics and Ecology is from the University of Kansas (1977), as is her Bachelor’s degree in Geology (1974). She taught at Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina from 1986 to 1989, and at Baylor University in Waco, Texas from 1989 to 1998, where she ran a successful graduate program. She has been a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. She is active in the Intercontinental American Indigenous Research Association. She delivered keynote addresses to AIRA in 2013 and 2014 and a platform paper in 2016. She presented a keynote to the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) in 2014. Other publications may be found here.
*Dawn’s legal surname is Adams but her enrolled tribal name is Hill. That is, Hill is her legal and official surname in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, appearing on tribally-issued ID; but Adams is her legal and official surname in the United States, appearing on state- and federally-issued ID.