Megan Irby - MACHE

Megan Irby, PhD, MS, MS 
Senior Research Associate


As a Senior Research Associate, I am engaged in programming that seeks to promote social justice and understand the intersectionality of social and structural determinants of health inequity. My areas of research include family and community influences on the well-being of traditionally marginalized and special populations, particularly related to behavioral management of chronic pain and disease, and in identifying and intervening on health-related factors within and across diverse family and community systems. My experience and educational training is in the areas of Health and Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, Clinical Population and Translational Science, and Human Development and Family studies.



Amy Pulliam

Amy Pulliam, DHSc., MPH, MCHES
Community Research Coordinator

In my role as Community Research Coordinator, I provide outreach to communities across the state regarding the Registry for Brain Health, which focuses on increasing access to research that helps understand and maintain brain health. My background is in quality improvement, data analysis, community outreach, and advocating for disadvantaged populations, in the community and organizational arenas. I am also focused on increasing representation of underserved and underrepresented populations in research for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia treatment and prevention. My educational training is in the areas of Public Health Science, Global Health, and Health Policy.


Sarah Langdon - MACHE

Sarah Langdon, MPH, MCHES
Project Manager II

As a Project Manager II, I am involved in workforce diversity pipeline programs that focus on increasing the numbers of underserved and underrepresented students pursuing health and biomedical science careers; educational programming for health and biomedical professionals; and community-engaged and clinical health equity research. I am passionate about partnering with communities to develop capacity-building resources that positively impact community health and wellness, and am grateful to have over 15 years of work in health equity and health education. My experience and educational training is in the areas of Public Health and Community Health Education.


Charlene Hunt - MACHE

Charlene Hunt, BA
Project Manager

As a Project Manager, my work involves working with NC tribal communities through educational outreach, community-engaged research, and advocacy programs. I am the manager of the North Carolina American Indian Health Board, which is housed in MACHE. I am also an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. My areas of interest are in improving health of tribal communities through education, access to care and addressing social determinants of health. I am involved in MACHE Pipeline programs and efforts to educate health professionals on community-engaged research. My educational training and specialty areas are Education, Pedagogy and Community Engagement.


Takiyah Starks - MACHE
Takiyah Starks, MS

Project Manager

As a Project Manager, my focus is research in genetics of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), particularly among African Americans and underrepresented populations. My goal is to increase awareness in AD and to bridge the gap of health inequities in the most vulnerable populations. I have a personal connection in that my paternal grandmother is living with AD, diagnosed in her late fifties; this makes this research especially meaningful for me. Currently, there is no cure for AD, which makes it critical to find answers to better understand the disease. My experience and educational training is in Genetics Research, Cancer Biology, and Biology.


Sheere Mills - MACHE

Sheree Mills
Grants Administrator

As the finance and grants administrator at the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity, I track and organize grant requirements to ensure timely and meaningful reporting to funding agencies. I am also responsible for finance management and human resources.


  (not pictured) Latonya Yarber 
Administrative Secretary