Veronica Kay Freeman is the Healthy Start CORPS Project Director at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP). She has been employed with UNCP more than 10 years with various grants and nonprofits. She received her undergraduate degree in American Indian Studies and completed her Masters Degree in Service Agency Counseling both at UNCP ’93, ‘10. Her focused energies are in the area of public service. She is by nature a researcher with a passion for helping others. She currently serves on several boards and is very involved in local community organizations. Kay is the Chairperson for the Lumbee Rite of Passage Community Advisory Board and the Union Chapel Harvest Ministries Nonprofit. She holds the position of secretary on the Association of American Indian Faculty and Staff at UNCP and is a member of the Robeson County Rape Crisis Board and the Sexual Assault Prevention Task Force. Embodying a wealth of experience advocating on behalf of our at-risk, minority populations; Ms. Freeman believes in the importance of preserving life, health, history and serving diverse populations. Ms. Freeman’s personal mission statement is, “If we can educate people on successful methods of improving health and birth outcomes and reducing disparities, then we can socially construct the reality that then becomes an avenue for the ongoing learning process of healthy living”.