Our Educators & Staff
FNP nutrition educators listed alphabetically
Extension Anchorage District Office
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.
Extension Mat-Su/Copper River District Office
1509 S. Georgeson Rd.
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."
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!
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."
Extension Kenai Peninsula District Office
43961 K-Beach Road Suite A
Soldotna, AK 99669
State Program Coordinator
Tanana District Office
PO Box 751855
Fairbanks, AK 99775-8155