Our Team

Our Team

The CRCD is here to serve our students. Our team knows the needs of Alaska’s rural and Native communities and are ready to assist you in meeting your goals.

There are CRCD employees spread across the state ready to work with you, no matter where you are.

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Rural, Community and Native Education

Leadership

Charlene Stern, Ph.D.

Charlene Stern, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor

Rural, Community and Native Education

302 Signers' Hall

The office of the vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education oversees the UAF Community and Technical College, the College of Rural and Community Development, and five rural community campuses across the state of Alaska.

For more information about the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education, visit the RCNE website.

Jessica C. Black, Ph.D.

Jessica C. Black, Ph.D.

Associate Vice Chancellor

Rural, Community and Native Education

425 Brooks Building

Izzy Martinez

Izzy Martinez

Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor / Operations Specialist

Rural, Community and Native Education

305 Signers' Hall

College of Rural and Community Development

Leadership

Veronica Plumb

Veronica Plumb

Interim Dean

Brooks Building

Lisa Yancey

Lisa Yancey

Director of Operations

Anne Doyle

Anne Doyle

Finance Director

College of Rural and Community Development

Staff

Tammi Burns

Tammi Burns

USDA Grant Manager

Scott Culbertson

Scott Culbertson

Course and Enrollment Director

Carissa Hauck

Carissa Hauck

Proposal Development Officer

Jared Jeffrey

Jared Jeffrey

Fiscal Manager

Lauren Jerew

Lauren Jerew

Fiscal Officer

Annastasia Johnson

Annastasia Johnson

Human Resources Coordinator

Amanda Knighten

Amanda Knighten

Fiscal Technician

Kim Kovacik

Kim Kovacik

Accounts Receivable Manager

Cynthia Martin-Thompson

Cynthia Martin-Thompson

Registration Specialist

Kirsten McGraw

Kirsten McGraw

Bookstore Coordinator / Administrative Assistant

Kacey Miller

Kacey Miller

Student Services Director

Marchelle Somaduroff

Marchelle Somaduroff

Central Grants Manager

Suzanne Tanski

Suzanne Tanski

Marketing and Communications Manager

Public information officer

Campus public information officers

Monthly Newsletter
 

CRCD Staff

Chukchi Campus Leadership and Staff

Minnie Naylor

Minnie Naylor

Director

mlnaylor@alaska.edu | 907-442-5051

Minnie Naylor is originally from Kotzebue and has family from Noatak and Shishmaref. Minnie graduated from UAF in 2008 with a BA in Rural Development with an emphasis in Community Organizations and Services. In 2022, she earned her MA in Rural Development from the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development. 

 

Annabelle Alvite

Annabelle Alvite

USDA Grant Coordinator

aalvite@alaska.edu | 907-442-5056
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Jazmine Camp

Regional Director, Kotzebue

ANSEP-UAA

slcamp@alaska.edu |  
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Louise Conwell

Assistant to the Director/Registrar Coordinator

lsconwell@alaska.edu | 907-442-5053
Mae Mendenhall

Mae Mendenhall

Library Director

mgmendenhall@alaska.edu | 907-442-5058
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Sharon Milbocker

Program Development Coordinator

smilbock@alaska.edu | 907-442-5050
 

Chukchi Campus Faculty

Paul Atkins

Paul Atkins

Math Instructor

pdatkins@alaska.edu |  
Clay Beck

Clay Beck

Arctic Skills Instructor

clay.beck.ak@gmail.com |  
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Clayton Gindt

Education Instructor

cjgindt@alaska.edu |  
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Hannah Loon

Iñupiaq Language Instructor

hbloon@alaska.edu |  
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Reid Magdanz

Inupiaq Language Instructor

rjmadganz@alaska.edu |  
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Mellissia Troyer

Writing Instructor

mmtroyer@alaska.edu |  

IAC Staff

Julie Biddle

Julie Biddle

Director

Interior Alaska Campus

jlbiddle@alaska.edu | 907-474-6490

Julie is Gwich’in and Navajo, originally from Canyon Village/Fort Yukon, Alaska and Shiprock, New Mexico. Julie grew up in Fort Yukon, Arkansas, Texas, and Fairbanks. She is tribally enrolled in Canyon Village/Fort Yukon and is an at-large shareholder of the interior regional Native Corporation Doyon, Limited.

Julie previously worked as the communications manager position for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (CATG), a consortium of tribes based in the Yukon Flats. She previously managed the Native American Career and Technical Education Program grant for CATG since 2018. Before that, she worked for Doyon, Limited for 20 years.

Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in capital markets from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

Assistant to the Director

smthomas14@alaska.edu | 907-474-6983

 



Toni Abbey

Toni Abbey

Program Administrator

Rural Human Services

tabbey@alaska.edu | 907-474-5503
Robin Brooks

Robin Brooks

Student Success Coordinator

rrbrooks@alaska.edu | 907-474-6770 / 888-474-5207

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Colleen Gaona

Student Services Manager

acgaona@alaska.edu | 907-474-6614
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Leafy McBride

Title III Program Manager

lmcbride@alaska.edu | 907-474-7887 / 888-474-5207

Dana Silva

Dana Silva

Rural Human Services Program Assistant

dlsilva@alaska.edu | 907-474-5692
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Jacob Starkey

IT Student Support Tech

jmstarkey@alaska.edu | 907-474-5760
Laurie Trotta

Laurie Trotta

Coordinator

Tribal Governance

ltrotta@alaska.edu | 907-474-5826 / 888-474-5207 (Press 2 and then 6)Personal availability link

Laurie is the "point of contact" for the Tribal Governance Department. She will be advising any students taking courses in TG and the primary advisor for those working toward a TG certificate or degree. She will support them with everything from FAFSA and registration to preparing for graduation and a career. She supports TG faculty with course materials, events, communications, and a number of other things.

Prior to her position as Coordinator of the Tribal Governance Department, Trotta spent the last six years working as Coordinator with the Migrant Education Program which supports students and their families living a subsistence lifestyle, fishing, and berry picking. Trotta has dedicated her career to education helping students reach their highest potential by finding the path that best suits them and to the sustainability of the natural environment.

Trotta started her career as a fish biologist, aquaculturist, and aquatic ecologist before moving on to teach a variety of aquaculture, aquatic science, and renewable resource courses. She also advised an Outdoor Recreation Club for 12 years in which the students did everything from backpacking in the Adirondack Mountains to hiking in Denali National Park to surfing in Costa Rica.  

After 22 years of university service at New York State Agriculture and Technology colleges, Trotta moved to Fairbanks, a longtime second home that is now her primary home. She has served on the Board of the Friends of Creamer's Field from 2015 to 2021. In her spare time, she likes to spend time out of doors with her dogs, hiking, paddling, fishing, and berry picking. Indoors, she enjoys cooking, consulting on Epicure, doing yarn crafts, drawing Zentangles, or reading.

 
 

IAC Faculty

Michelle Demmert

Michelle Demmert

Assistant Professor

Tribal Governance

mmdemmert@alaska.edu | 206-276-7830
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Bruce L. Ervin

Term Assistant Professor of Language and Culture

Tok Center

blervin@alaska.edu | 907-854-7429
 
 
Sue Fallon

Sue Fallon

Term Associate Professor

Human Services

smfallon@alaska.edu | 907-474-6043
Michelle Demmert

Robyn Henry

Professor

Rural Human Services

rmhenry@alaska.edu | 907-786-1632
Sue Fallon

Chris Miles

English Tutor

clmiles@alaska.edu | 907-474-2709 / 888-474-5207
Michelle Demmert

Kevin M. Illingworth, JD

Professor

Tribal Governance

kevin.i@alaska.edu | 907-474-5710
Debra OGara

Debra O'Gara

Assistant Professor

Tribal Governance

dogara@alaska.edu | 907-474-5742
Anshul Pandya

Anshul Pandya

Assistant Professor

Associate of Science Program

apandya@alaska.edu | 907-474-2748 / 888-474-5207
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Theresa Schmits

Term Assistant Professor

Developmental English

tjschmits@alaska.edu | 907-474-6494
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Carrie Stevens

Associate Professor

Tribal Governance

cmstevens@alaska.edu | 907-474-2616 / 866-474-5710

Carrie Stevens’ passionately works for the advancement of Indigenous self-governance and stewardship. She serves as Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Tribal Governance at the College of Rural and Community Development, University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Stevens has 22 years of experience in designing and delivering place-based educational programs to advance Indigenous self-governance, tribal sovereignty, and stewardship through 
partnerships with tribal governments, communities, and peoples. Carrie serves as the PI of the USDA funded Alaska Native Food and Energy Sovereignty award for the College of Rural and Community Development, a collaboration enhancing educational equity to build Indigenous leadership for community food and energy security.

Stevens served as lead negotiator for tribal self-governance negotiations between the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments and the USFWS and the BLM. 
She is active in advocacy and organizing efforts for the protection of Alaska Native hunting and fishing rights and traditional ways of life. She holds a Master of International and Intercultural Management.

She is married to Ben Stevens, Dinyee Hutanne, Koyukon Athabascan from Stevens Village Alaska, with whom she raises her son Alexander. They enjoy being on the river and in the village when they are not at their desks working on behalf of Alaska Natives.

KuC Staff

Carolyn Goolsby

Carolyn Goolsby

Director

Kuskokwim Campus

cegoolsby@alaska.edu | 907-543-4502

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Cynthia Andrecheck

Writing Center Coordinator

crandrecheck@alaska.edu | 907-543-4573

Room 112

DeShan Foret

Brenda Andrew

Fiscal Technician IV

baandrew4@alaska.edu | 907-543-4550
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Dorothy Chase

Financial Aid Coordinator

dechase@alaska.edu | 907-543-4563

Room 105E

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Thomas Daniel

Library Circulation Assistant

tdaniel10@alaska.edu | 907-543-4544

Kuskokwim Consortium Library

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Hugh Dyment

Health Careers Advisor

hdyment@alaska.edu | (907) 543-4524
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Marie Friday

College Success Navigator

mefriday@alaska.edu | 907-543-4509

Room 105A 

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Melinda Flemings

Fiscal Technician III

mflemi14@alaska.edu | 907-543-4504

Room 122

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Jessica Glore

Student Services Manager

jlglore@alaska.edu | 907-543-4559

Room 105C

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Martha Glore

Office Manager

mmglore@alaska.edu | 907-543-4501

Room 219

Haley Hanson

Haley Hanson

Assistant Director

hhanson9@alaska.edu | 907-543-4587
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John John

Sackett Hall Resident Director

jjohn15@alaska.edu | 907-543-4566 or cell 907-545-2376

Sackett Hall

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Ron Kaiser

Crafts and Trades III

rjkaiser@alaska.edu | 907-543-4536 or cell: 907-545-4936

Room 150

Mikayla Miller

Mikayla Miller

Youth Services Assistant

msmiller8@alaska.edu | 907-543-4571

Library

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Danny Nelson

Academic Advisor

dnelson7@alaska.edu | 907-543-4505

Room 105D

Cheryl Offt

Cheryl Offt

Academic and Career Advisor

clofft@alaska.edu | 907-543-4560
Cheryl Offt

Golga Oscar (Quki)

Native Arts Coordinator

gposcar@alaska.edu | 907-543-4560
Theresa Quiner

Theresa Quiner

Library Director

tquiner@alaska.edu | 907-543-4517

Library

Daylon Rogers

Daylon Rogers

Local Area Network Manager

drogers15@alaska.edu | 907-543-4507

Room 205

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Marybeth Whalen

Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center Manager

mrwhalen@alaska.edu | 907-543-4538

Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center

 

KuC Faculty

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Kelechuckwu "KC" Alu

Associate Professor of Developmental Math

kalu@alaska.edu | 907-543-4525

Room 116

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Twyla Elhardt

Nursing Clinical Faculty

telhardt@alaska.edu | 907-543-4506

Room 201 YLC

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Ryan Henderson

Assistant Professor of English

rlhenderson@alaska.edu | 907-543-4580
Diane McEachern

Diane McEachern

Associate Professor of HUMS/RHS and Coordinator of KuC Behavior Health

dmmceachern@alaska.edu | 907-543-4597

Room 117

Sally Samson

Sally Samson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Yup’ik Language and Culture

spsamson@alaska.edu | 907-543-4530

Room 115

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Lisa Strecker

Assistant Professor of Anthropology/Ethnobotany

lstrecker@alaska.edu | 907-699-6414

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Jacqueline Tagaban

Jacqueline Tagaban

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education

jctagaban@alaska.edu | 907-543-4555

Room 113/Juneau

 

NWC Staff

Barb Amarok

Barb Amarok

Director

bjamarok@alaska.edu | 907-443-8402

Mitch Erickson

Mitch Erickson

Evening Admin Assistant

merickso@alaska.edu | 907-443-8415
Naomi Jones

Naomi Jones

Program and Outreach Coordinator

nejones2@alaska.edu | 907-624-3157

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Sue Luke

Sue Luke

Business Manager

ssluke@alaska.edu | 907-443-8409
Frank McFarland

Frank McFarland

Facilities Manager

fmcfarl1@alaska.edu | 907-443-8405
Chad Oleson

Chad Oleson

Program Manager

cdoleson@alaska.edu | 907-443-8404
Sonja Schaeffer

Sonja Schaeffer

Program Development Manager

slschaeffer@alaska.edu | 907-443-8420
Bonnie Scheele

Bonnie Scheele

HLRM Program Manager

bmscheele@alaska.edu | 907-443-8428
Gwendalyn Manniq Trigg-Stettenbenz

Gwendalyn Manniq Trigg-Stettenbenz

Admissions and Records Coordinator

gltriggkomakhuk@alaska.edu | 907-443-8403
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Business/Administrative Coordinator

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Student Services Technology Specialist

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Program Outreach Advisor

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NWC Faculty

Ryan Ford

Ryan Ford

Construction Trades Technology Program

jford23@alaska.edu | 907-223-1287Construction Trades Technology program
Jackie Hrabok

Jackie Hrabok

Cooperative Extension and High Latitude Range Management

jhrabok@alaska.edu | 907-434-2906Cooperative Extension Program
Claudia Ihl

Claudia Ihl

Biology

cihl@alaska.edu | 907-443-8417
Miranda Musich

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