Our Educators & Staff


FNP nutrition educators listed alphabetically


Anderson, Katherine

ksanderson@alaska.edu

907-786-6329

1675 C Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501-5153

Kat Anderson is a life-long Alaskan who joined the Cooperative Extension in Anchorage as a Nutrition Educator in 2012. She has strong personal interest in nutrition and food budgeting. Kat enjoys sharing how to eat well on a limited income with adults and seniors in the community.


Benson, Winona

wjbenson@alaska.edu

907-745-3423

907-745-5479 FAX

Extension Mat-Su/Copper River District Office
809 Chugach St, Suite 2
Palmer, AK 99645

Winona Benson has worked as a nutrition educator in Palmer since December 2009. She enjoys the diversity of people she has the privilege of working with while teaching healthy lifestyle skills. She can often be found teaching healthy cooking lessons, teaching school-age children nutrition lessons and 'sharing the tools of the trade' on how to save money while eating well. Winona enjoys her job and the chance to bring such an important message to her community!

Winona says to her, the taste of eating right is, "taking the time to prepare a nutrient dense meal at home and educating myself on the benefits of the nutrients those foods provide.  Knowing that when I add color to my plate I am decreasing the risk of heart disease, obesity and other diseases."


Chakuchin, Sharon

schakuch@alaska.edu

907-543-4583

907-543-4552 FAX

Extension Yukon-Kuskowkim District Office
PO Box 368 Bethel, AK 99559

Sharon Chakuchin is 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!"

Hasting, Reina

 
907-474-1530
 
907-474-6885 FAX
 
Extension Tanana District Office
724 27th Ave
Fairbanks, AK 99701
 

Reina Hasting joined the Cooperative Extension in Fairbanks as a Nutrition Educator in January of 2014.  Reina was born and raised in Fairbanks and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  She lived in Michoacan, Mexico for over 4 years and speaks fluent Spanish.  Reina has always found nutrition and health to be a very important part of her life and looks forward to sharing that message as a Nutrition Educator.  Reina enjoys working with the public and finds interest in diversity.  On her off time, she enjoys instructing Zumba Fitness, trying new adventures and watching her kids play sports.  Her favorite things about Alaska are the people and the summers.  She always looks forward to growing a garden and spending time with visiting family and friends.

Reina says for her, enjoying the taste of eating right is, "It means to enjoy living a healthy  life because I am choosing to give my body the nutrients it needs with each tasteful and colorful bite. Over the years, I've enjoyed using roasted garlic to make my foods very tasty from adding it to almost anything when cooking, to using it as an alternative to butter on warm whole wheat bread.  A little garlic can go a long tasty way."


MacDonald, Donna

dmmcdonald@alaska.edu

907-786-6329

907-786-6312 FAX

Extension Anchorage District Office
1675 C St, Suite 100
Anchorage, AK 99501

Donna MacDonald began her career with the University of Alaska in 1982. Because of her strong personal interest in nutrition education, and her background in teaching and communicating with others, she was led to begin her career as an educator with the nutrition education program in 2008.

Her current education focus is on the food guide pyramid, MyPlate, dietary guidelines, and menu planning and food safety. Her primary interest is in the effectiveness of the program to improve the well-being of individuals of all ages. She enjoys teaching individuals from various cultural backgrounds. Not only does Donna embrace the backgrounds and nutritional differences of those she teaches, but she is inspired by and learns from them as well.

As a nutrition educator, Donna has had an opportunity to incorporate all of her past career passions, specifically teaching, cooking and nutrition education, which she finds extremely fulfilling. She continues to find ways to make learning about nutrition fun and exciting so that it will become a lifestyle that people of all ages and backgrounds can comfortably incorporate into daily living.


State Program Coordinator

Idzorek, Helen

haidzorek@alaska.edu

907-474-7930

907-474-5139 FAX

Extension State Office
308 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756180
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6180

Helen Idzorek began with Cooperative Extension in 2005 as a nutrition educator in Juneau and later transferred to the Tanana District office in Fairbanks. Currently she coordinates the Family Nutrition Program (FNP) statewide. Her background is in cultural anthropology with a focus on food security and hunger. She says, “Coordinating FNP allows me to see the real difference our nutrition educators make across the state in the lives of Alaskans.” In her spare time she enjoys canoeing, cross-country skiing, cooking, gardening and exploring Alaska.

For Helen, enjoying the taste of eating right is, "It’s that feeling of eating something that tastes fresh and thinking about how my body loves the healthy choice I made. This winter I've been taking advantage of the good prices on broccoli and making roasted broccoli at least once a week."


Administrative Assistant

Kelly Sather

kasather@alaska.edu

907-474-6339

907-474-5139 FAX

Extension State Office
308 Tanana Loop
PO Box 756180
Fairbanks, AK 99775-6180

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