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National Resource Center for
American Indian, Alaska Native
& Native Hawaiian Elders

University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
CHSW, Suite 205
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: 907.786.4303
Fax: 907.786.4440

Supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Last updated:
March 15, 2012


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Cheryl Easley

Dr. Cheryl Easley, Dean of the College of Health (CV)
Dr. Easley has supported the NRC in its efforts to develop culturally relevant health care programs for Alaska Native Elders. She has travel to the major Alaska Native regional centers such as Barrow, Nome, Kotzebue, Bethel, Dillingham, Kodiak Island, Juneau, Sitka, Metlakatla, Fairbanks, and St. Paul Island. She has attended national conferences of the National Indian Council on Aging, National Congress of American Indians, the American Society on Aging, the National Council on Aging, and the American Public Health Association to take part in discussing and giving presentations on Alaska Native Elder Health care issues

George Charles
Dr. (Kanaqlak) George P. Charles - Yup'ik, Director of the NRC (CV)
Dr. Charles supervises the administrative functions of the NRC and implements the recommendations from the Joint Advisory Committee. Dr. Charles is research faculty with the University of Alaska Anchorage in the College of Health. He is a Yup'ik originally from Nelson Island, Alaska and has bilingual fluency in Yup'ik Eskimo and English. He was previously an assistant professor in the Rural Development Program and the Alaska Native Studies Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Jean Ballantyne

Dr. Jean Ballantyne (CV)
Information coming soon

Loren Lipson

Dr. Loren Lipson (CV)
Dr. Lipson is a geriatric medical specialist from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He has a long relationship with Alaska senior services and will provide interpretation of the medical implications of the project findings.

Rosellen Rosich

Dr. Rosellen Rosich
Dr. Rosich, Director of the Alaska Geriatric Education Center, is instrumental in coordinating the Summer Institute on Aging sessions.
Jim LaBelle
(Aqpayaq) Jim LaBelle, MA - Inupiaq (CV/bio)
Mr. LaBelle is currently an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of Alaska Anchorage, College of Arts and Sciences, Alaska Native Studies Department. Mr. LaBell is also employed half-time as a Research Professional III for the NRC. He has written about and spoken on historical trauma of indigenous peoples in Alaska on the current generation in various media.
Kay Branch
Kay Branch, MA (Arnyagaq - honorary Yup'ik name) (CV)
Ms. Branch is our long-term care consultant and the ANTHC Elder Health Program Coordinator. Kay is known statewide in Alaska and nationally as a long-term care advocate. The Yup'ik elders in Dillingham were so taken with Kay that they honored her by giving her a Yup'ik name: Arnayagaq (Little Woman).
Joan Herrmann

Joan Herrmann (CV)


Stacy Smith

Stacy Smith, MFA (Bio)
Ms. Smith is responsible for the technical design of the website and the production work for printing and distributing project reports.

Ryan Stafford
Ryan Stafford
Mr. Stafford provides technical support.
Contributing Authors and Former Research Associates and Staff
Jordan Lewis
Jordan Lewis (Bio/CV)
Kathy Graves
Dr. (Anayagaq) Kathy Graves - Sugpiaq-Athabascan (CV/Bio)
Dr. Graves works with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. She is the former UAA Project Director of the Alaska Natives into Psychology (ANPsych) program.
Louise Shavings
(Lakautarkar) Louise Shavings, MSW - Cup'ik (CV)
Information coming soon.
Barbara Jean Franks
Barbara Jean Franks (CV)
Ms. Franks is a Contributing Associate for the NRC.
Cookie Roberts
“Cookie” Elizabeth Rose - Athabascan (Bio)
Ms. Rose works as a Research Assistant for the NRC.

Tony Brown

(Laughing Water) Tony Brown - Menomonee
Mr. Brown is the NRC Videographer.

Cookie Roberts

Kelby Murphy (CV)
Kelby is an MPH graduate student who is writing her MA thesis on health literacy and mental health/depression of Alaska Native Elders.

  Pat Anderson (CV)