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Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 8:34 AM

Cherokee Nation Human Services Executive Director Marsha Lamb is retiring after 31 years of service to the tribe.

Lamb began her career with the Cherokee Nation as a family advocate in the Human Services department in 1987. After 20 years of working to improve the lives of Cherokees, she retired to spend time with family, but later returned to the Human Services department to implement a social services comprehensive case management model for the Cherokee Nation’s rental assistance program. Once the program was designed and successfully implemented, Lamb again retired, but later returned to oversee the Human Services department at the request of former Principal Chief Bill John Baker.

Lamb will continue to serve the Cherokee Nation as a special advisor for Human Services.

“Working for the Cherokee Nation over the years and helping serve thousands and thousands of Cherokee citizens has been the greatest honor for me,” Lamb said. “I have worked alongside a great team of coworkers who are very dedicated to providing assistance to our citizens through the Human Services department. I am so thankful for the opportunity to have served the Cherokee Nation for 31 years.”

Jennifer Kirby, the Cherokee Nation Human Services Director of Youth Services and Special Projects and Interim Director of the tribe’s Family Assistance program, has been named interim Executive Director of Human Services. Kirby, a Cherokee Nation citizen, has worked for Cherokee Nation Human Services since 2008.