Contact Information

Main Office


604 3rd Street

PO Box 297

Kotzebue, Alaska 99752

Phone: (907) 442-3400

Toll Free: (800) 478-3402

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Pete Pinney,

Interim Campus Director

Phone: (907) 474-7089


Sharon Milbocker, IT Support

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 206

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Kelson Phillips

Village Access Coordinator

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 218

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Hello! My name is Kelson Phillips and I am the Village Access Coordinator for Chukchi Campus in Kotzebue. Some of my duties include working with students throughout the region in developing a pathway to attain a degree in postsecondary education, acquiring financial support through organizations within the region, and maintaining Testing Services on campus through proctoring and administering national and state tests such as the Praxis, HESI, and ACT. After graduating from Kotzebue Middle/High School, I attended the University of Oklahoma and Colorado Mesa University to earn a BA in Kinesiology with a concentration in Education. Some of my hobbies include playing outside, competitive sports, and reading. I can’t decide who is cooler between R2-D2 and Chewbacca, and I was once on the same plane flight as Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin. I look forward to meeting with any potential or current students who need assistance with realizing their postsecondary educational goals.

Mykayla Nipper

Library Tech

Phone: (907) 442-2410

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Mary Booth-Barger

Student Services Technician

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 214

Fax: (907) 442-3204

Kristen Smith

Grants Manager

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 209

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Kristen was born and raised in Kotzebue, Alaska.  Her maternal grandparents were from Noatak, and on her father’s side her grandma was from Deering and grandpa from Tacoma.  

After attending UAF for three years, she was still unsure of what field to go into, she wanted to major in everything.  She decided to move back home, and while working at the hospital she was inspired to finish her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management.  She then realized that she is an adult learner who is addicted to education, and continued on to receive a Master’s of Business Administration. 

Krisen enjoys writing, so she entered the field of Grant Writing and hasn’t looked back.  She is now the new Grant Manager for the Chukchi Campus, manages the existing grant funding, and seeks new funding that matches community needs and the future goals of Chukchi Campus.  Her favorite hobbies include cooking, baking, working with youth and venturing out into the wilderness with her husband and three dogs.

Donene Stein


Phone (907) 442-3400 Ext 201

Fax (907) 442-2322

Chukchi Campus Faculty

Susan B. Andrews

Professor of English/Journalism

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 210

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Susan Andrews has been a professor at Chukchi College since 1989. She has taught mostly English literature and writing classes, but also journalism, arts appreciation, and other humanities classes. She also teaches high school honors classes for students in the Northwest Arctic Borough villages every semester. She enjoys helping the region’s young people prepare for college. In recent years, she has also been teaching memoir writing, which helps rural and Alaska Native students tell stories about their extraordinary, unusual lives. Prior to coming to the university, she created television documentaries on Alaska Native issues for the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, and was a television anchor, reporter and news director in Fairbanks. She has four children, including twins, and enjoys walking, hiking, berry picking, camping, reading, writing, and cooking.

John Creed

Professor of English/Journalism

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 217

Fax: (907) 442-2322

John Creed, professor of Journalism and Arts & Letters, first joined the Chukchi College faculty in 1987. Before that he worked as a janitor, forester, waiter, painter, North Sea oil rig worker, journalist, photographer, and other pursuits. He also has worked as a village teacher in Noatak and in the Lower 48. At Chukchi College, Professor Creed, who with Professor Susan Andrews has published two books, Authentic Alaska and Purely Alaska, has taught courses in literature, journalism, developmental studies, communication, Alaska Native Studies, English composition, and other areas. His primary focus these days is the teaching of writing, which he believes is essential to college success as well as in one's personal, professional, and civic life. Professor Creed teaches through distance education, reaching rural and urban students throughout Alaska, but he also enjoys working with college-bound honors students at Kotzebue High School. A father of four wonderful children, he also loves to hike, mountain bike, and downhill ski, especially with his children.

Anshul Pandya Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biosciences

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext. 221

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Dr. Anshul Pandya (Andy) is a Bioscience faculty at the Chukchi campus of University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). He is affiliated with the College of Rural and Community Development (CRCD) within UAF.

After completing his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UAF in 2009, he was a a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) a part of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Durham, NC. 

He have been at the Chukchi campus since January, 2013, where he teaches bioscience courses like anatomy and physiology, Nutrition, Microbiology and chemistry for the pre-nursing program. He also offers courses of human interest like neurobiology of addiction and medicinal chemistry. These courses are offered both as a face to face class and via distance delivery. 

Anshul is also involved in biomedical research at the Chukchi campus during the fall and spring semester. His research interest focuses on issues of nutrition and mental health among the residents of Northwest Arctic Borough of Alaska. In the summer months he is involved in animal behavior research at the Fairbanks campus of UAF, where he studies the effects of allosteric drugs for neuronal nicotinic receptors on diet intake and weight status of rodents and looks at the effects of these drugs in various behavioral paradigms such as cognition, pain, anxiety and depression. His summer research project is funded by a multi-year pilot grant from the NIH BLaST grant to UAF.

Recent Publications:

Dineley KT, Pandya AA, Yakel JL. Nicotinic ACh Receptors as Targets in Neurodegenerative Disease, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, and Pain. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2015 Jan 29. pii: S0165-6147(14)00215-6. doi: 10.1016/

Pandya AA, Yakel JL. Effects of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor allosteric modulators in animal behavior studies. Biochemical Pharmacology. 2013 May 31. doi: pii: S0006-2952(13)00344-4. 10.1016/j.bcp.2013.05.018. (Invited Review).  

Pandya AA, Yakel J. Activation of the α7 nicotinic ACh receptor induces anxiogenic effects in rats which is blocked by a 5-HT1a receptor antagonist. Neuropharmacology. 2013 Jan 12. pii: S0028-3908(13)00008-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2013.01.004.

Kelechukwu "KC" Alu

Assistant Professor of Developmental Mathematics

Phone: (907) 442-3400 Ext 223

Fax: (907) 442-2322

Kelechukwu (“KC”) Alu joined the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Chukchi Campus in August 2014, as an Assistant Professor of Developmental Mathematics. Before coming to UAF, he was a Mathematics Instructor at West Georgia Technical College. Mr. Alu has taught and tutored math at East Tennessee State University, Walters State Community College, and Northeast State Community College, all in Tennessee. He also taught computer science and math courses as a Lecturer at the Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, Nigeria.

Mr. Alu holds a Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences from East Tennessee State University and a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Computer Science from Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria. He is a member of several professional organizations. Alu, originally from Nigeria, is a naturalized US citizen.

In addition to his teaching experience, KC has in the past provided direct support to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He helped many developmentally and intellectually challenged adults gain knowledge and skills that increased their independence and improved their quality of life.

Mr. Alu has developed and taught several math courses at the Alaska Technical Center (ATC) in Kotzebue as part of a new partnership between the UAF Chukchi Campus and the Alaska Technical Center. This has resulted in a marked improvement in students’ math scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

KC Alu has been instrumental to several success stories in the Arctic, and has been very active in his service to the university and the community. He has been developing math courses, teaching students at the Alaska Technical Center, serving as a math resource person for Maniilaq Association’s Water Operator Certification course, offering free math tutoring, planning and holding community math nights, developing math radio programs, and engaging in other activities aimed at increasing math interest, enrollment, and success rates among college students, high school students, and the general public.  

Mr. Alu is very passionate about teaching mathematics and instilling a love for the subject in his students. He is excited about serving students and communities in rural Alaska, and is committed to helping increase the math capacity of the Northwest Arctic region.

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