Staff Directory

Executive Director

NeilHann3.jpgNeil E. Hann, MPH, CHES

Neil Hann retired from the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) in 2017 as Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Community and Family Health Services where he provided oversight of 68 county health departments and major program areas such as MCH and WIC. Prior to his last position, Neil was Director of the Community Development Service within the OSDH, and oversaw six divisions including Turning Point – a statewide community engagement and health improvement initiative. He has authored and co-authored several publications on public health topics. His other activities have included president of the Oklahoma Public Health Association, president of the national Directors of Health Promotion and Education, and chair of the American Journal of Public Health Editorial Board.

Neil has been involved with the Society for Applied Anthropology since 1988 and attended his first annual meeting at Santa Fe in 1989.  In addition to his SfAA work, Neil holds an Adjunct Faculty appointment with the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health and serves as a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board. He enjoys flying fishing, cooking, and the blues. 


Annual meeting Coordinator 

Don.jpgDonald D. Stull, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Don Stull is professor emeritus of anthropology at the University of Kansas, where he taught from 1975 to 2015. His research and writing focus on the meat and poultry industry in North America, rural industrialization and rapid growth communities, industrial agriculture’s impact on farmers, processing workers, and rural communities. A fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology since 1973, he has been a sustaining fellow for many years. Don was program chair of the 1989 annual meeting in Santa Fe and served on the SfAA executive committee from 1990-1993 as chair of the Membership Committee. He was editor-in-chief of Human Organization from 1999 through 2004 and SfAA president in 2005-2007. In 2009 the Society for Applied Anthropology honored him with its Sol Tax Distinguished Service Award. Don and his wife Laura divide their time between Lawrence, Kansas, and his hometown of Sebree, Kentucky.


Office Manager

Trish-Colvin.jpgTrish Colvin

Trish began working for the Society in October 2005.  She and her husband Jeremy have one son and they live in Mustang, OK.  Trish is a native Oklahoman and is passionate about baking, crafts and interior design.


Annual Meeting Program Administrator

Melissa-Cope.jpgMelissa Cope

Melissa began working for the Society in May 2003.  She and her husband Chris have one daughter now attending college at Oklahoma State University.  She is currently working remotely from Germany.  Melissa is a native Oklahoman and an avid sports fan. She enjoys watching Oklahoma State University football and West Ham United Soccer as well as hockey.


Publications Copy Editor

Buckwalter.jpegLori Buckwalter

Lori began working for the Society in May 2004. Lori is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. Lori works remotely from Saint Louis, Missouri, and enjoys spending time with her husband and three young sons.


Administrative Assistant


Kelsey Cope

Kelsey is a student studying Political Science Pre-Law. She is from Oklahoma, and enjoys watching hockey, football,and soccer. She plans to work in International Law.