Meet our Staff

Leif Albertson, District Faculty
Leif Albertson, District Faculty

Leif Albertson grew up in Anchorage and has lived in Bethel since 2002. He joined the Cooperative Extension Service in 2008 as the district agent and a member of the Health, Home and Family Development faculty.

While Leif has professional responsibilities in many different areas, his main interests include public health, environmental health, gardening, nutrition and residential energy issues. He's been particularly interested in residential indoor air quality in rural Alaska homes.

Leif is an active volunteer with several community organizations including the Bethel Fire Department, where he is a firefighter and an EMT. E-mail Leif or Call Leif.

Sharon Chakuchin, Nutrition Educator

Sharon Chakuchinis a life-long Alaskan who has lived in Fairbanks and various villages in the Lower Kuskokwim region. Since graduating from UAF with a degree in Social Work, and Alaska teacher certification, she has been involved with educating parents and children. A former EFNP participant, she has been endeavoring to make nutritious meals within a budget for her four children, and often others. She has just moved to Bethel, with her family, and is excited to join the FNP team of educators.

Sharon says, "Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right means being amazed even my "picky eater" will eat 100% whole grain cereal happily with no added sugar, just sliced bananas!

Knowing that my health-conscience daughters will make low-fat & whole grain choices because they've re-trained their taste buds!"

Dedicated Volunteers

Norma Wyckoff and her husband Jim have been Bethel residents for 27 years. Norma is a member of the Bethel Lions Club and is a director on the board of the Bethel Chamber of Commerce. She is an adjunct instructor at UAF-Kuskokwim Campus and an AFLAC insurance sales associate.

Norma has been a volunteer leader for the StrongWomen Program for 8 years. She has found that the program lives up to its motto, “Lifting Women to Better Health.” The three 12-week sessions meet on M-W-F evenings at the Log Cabin, and provide the participants an opportunity to improve their strength, balance, and overall health.
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