Our People

About Our People

The Ninilchik Village Tribe is the modern Alaska Native tribe of most of the southern Kenai Peninsula. Its descendants trace their roots from ancient peoples within its tribal boundaries. The tribe’s governing organization, the Ninilchik Traditional Council (NTC), is the presiding body over tribal affairs and maintaining tribal sovereignty. Headquartered in Ninilchik, the Ninilchik Traditional Council provides services and outreach for both tribal members and the public residing in tribal boundaries.

Board of Directors

Executive Director

Departments & Staff

Elections

Employment & Volunteers

Ivan Z. Encelewski

Executive Director

iencelewski@ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov

Ivan Z. Encelewski is a tribal member who serves as the Executive Director for the Ninilchik Traditional Council and oversees the executive branch of all NTC departments and services. He has over 20 years of experience working in the NTC organization including 6 years in the Tribal Services department before first becoming Executive Director in 2001. He is also a shareholder of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and Ninilchik Native Association, Inc.

Ivan was born in Soldotna, Alaska and is a father of three. While growing up in Ninilchik he attended Ninilchik School where he graduated as valedictorian in 1995. He has also studied at the College of Engineering and Technology at Northern Arizona University and business administration and law and Alaska Native studies at Kenai Peninsula College. Ivan has also earned certificates in numerous vocational trainings for tribal governance, business, and human resources. Additionally to seasonally being a local commercial fisherman throughout his life he has been employed by production companies Peak Oilfield Service and Halliburton.

Being experienced in Alaska Native governance, Ivan is a current board member as the Ninilchik representative to the regional non-profit Cook Inlet Tribal Council and a board member of the Alaska Native Justice Center. He has also previously been on the NTC Board of Directors, and has served on the board of directors for the Alaska Federation of Natives, the Alaska Native Health Board, the Cook Inlet Treaty Tribes, and the Alaska Native Tribal Judicial Council.

The main issues Ivan works in support of are enforcing the Ninilchik tribe’s subsistence rights and empowering tribal values and community health by supporting efforts to combat addiction and provide access to mental health care. He strives to encourage younger tribal members to maintain an active role in tribal activities and affairs on any level they are able to perform in order to ensure the tribe’s strength in the future. Ivan fosters leadership and looks forward to seeing the next generation continue to give the tribe a renewed sense of identity and permanence.

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Board of Directors

R. Greg Encelewski

President

Current Ninilchik Traditional Council President Greg Encelewski is a Ninilchik elder and has been active in tribal governance and issues for more than 40 years. He is also a commercial fisherman and has an over 25 year long career with Conoco Phillips. In addition to his work with the Ninilchik Tribe he also serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ninilchik Natives Association, Inc., and is a member of the South-central Regional Advisory Council of the Federal Subsistence Board. Greg is also a retired veteran from the Navy where he served in the US Navy Construction Battalion. Among his goals and visions for the tribe are protecting indigenous rights for all Native people, creating a tribal land base for cultural development, and attaining greater economic independence. Having four sons, seven grandchildren, and a great grandchild he is dedicated to working for subsistence rights for future generations to be able to use the resources of their land.

W. Dean Kvasnikoff

Vice President

Dean Kvasnikoff is a Ninilchik-born tribal elder who is a strong advocate for subsistence rights in Ninilchik. In addition to being active in traditional activities he has had a long career in construction and industrial projects including 13 years with the Alaska Railroad. He has also received licensing from the US Coast Guard. Currently he owns and operates private contractor Alaska Native Resource Consulting on the Kenai Peninsula for Cook Inlet Region, Inc. projects. Dean has two children, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren, and hopes to preserve and revitalize traditional ways of life for generations to come.

Jamie Leman

Director

Tribal elder, Jamie Leman was born in Fairbanks and taught school in Fairbanks, Anchor Point, and Ninilchik for over 30 years and was a KPBSD Teacher of Excellence in 2008/2009. Jamie has a Masters Degree in Secondary Education, a Bachelors Degree in Regular and Special Education and has served on the NTC Board in the past. Jamie has three daughters, four granddaughters and one grandson and will work hard to maintain a high level of excellence in the Tribal Government and to ensure its continued success for future generations of the tribe. It is important to know where we came from, who we are, and to ensure continued education and opportunities looking forward.

Eric Kvasnikoff

Director

Tribal Elder, Eric Kvasnikoff was raised as a young boy in the Ninilchik Village. As he says, “I have always had a deep respect and love for my people and my community.” Eric is a semi‐retired fisherman who was raised by a lifelong hunter, trapper, and fisherman. Eric said that his father deeply ingrained in him the great need to continue and always fight for our hunting and fishing rights. Eric supports this very strongly and loves Ninilchik.

Whitney Schollenberg

Secretary & Treasurer

Whitney Schollenberg was born in Homer, Alaska and holds a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts degree from Eastern Oregon University. She grew up in Ninilchik where she worked on her family’s set net fishery and graduated from Ninilchik High School. Whitney currently lives in Ninilchik and is now a stay-at-home mother of one, and she also operates her own professional photography business. With her experience as program assistant at the CIRI Foundation, Whitney has witnessed what tribal and native organizations can accomplish and she encourages the involvement of young people in tribal activities and governance. She would like to work on emphasizing the role of education for not only tribal members but the local community as a whole.

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Elections: Self-Governance by the People

Who do we elect?

The Ninilchik Traditional Council carries out elections for:

  • The NTC Council (Board of Directors)
  • Tribal court judges (currently inactive)
  • and any resolutions, initiatives, or amendments requiring a vote of the tribal membership

The Role of a Voting Tribal Member

The definition of a voting tribal member is defined in Article VII of the Ninilchik Tribal Constitution as follows:
“Tribal members must be registered to vote in order to participate in any election of the Ninilchik Tribe. Only enrolled, full members who are direct, lineal descendants of families with ancestral ties to the village of Ninilchik, who are eighteen years of age or older and who reside within the State of Alaska shall be eligible to register to vote pursuant to provisions of the election ordinance. Other enrolled, full tribal members who do not have ancestral ties to the village of Ninilchik but who are registered to vote on August 17, 2004 shall be eligible to vote in all future tribal elections in accordance with provisions of the election ordinance. Tribal members who no longer reside in the State of Alaska shall lose their status as registered voters and are not eligible to vote.”

When and How to Vote

NTC Elections are held once a year prior to the Annual Meeting of the Tribal Membership and are conducted by mail-in ballot with a deadline of the second Monday of November. Results are posted by the Election Committee and are made official if uncontested after the deadline to contest.
All voting tribal members are encouraged to routinely maintain their contact information with the Tribal Services department in order to promptly receive important election material including notices and ballots.

Council Election Cycle

Council seat terms are three years and staggered over three cycles, which means there is at least one council seat up for election each year.

Current Election Cycle:

2017-2020: R. Greg Encelewski, W. Dean Kvasnikoff
2018-2021: Jamie Leman
2019-2022: Whitney Schollenberg, Kenny Odman

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Admin & Maintenance Department

Shelley Self

Deputy CEO
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Maintenance Staff

Eric Hanson
Facilities Manager
Hunter Cooper
Maintenance Laborer
Dave Nordeen
Maintenance Laborer
Nancy Pulliam
Maintenance Laborer
Michael Pinnow
Maintenance Laborer
Cindy Schnabl
Maintenance Laborer

Finance Department

Maria Goins, B.Ed

Chief Finance Officer
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Finance Department Staff

Darla Bradley
Administrative Assistant
Diane Reynolds
Procurement/Contracting Officer
Melissa Lancaster
Secretary/Receptionist Fill-in
Natalia Taeschner
Procurement Officer/Contracting Officer Assistant
Stormy Walkoff
Admin Secretary-Receptionist

Tribal Services Department

Christina Pinnow

Tribal Services Director
cpinnow@ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov

Tribal Services Staff

Alicia Morris
Social Services Specialist
Jamie Oskolkoff
Education Coordinator
Mikylah Pinnow
Tribal Services Assistant

Housing Department

Bob Crosby

Housing Director
bcrosby@ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov
(907)567-3313

Bob Crosby has been directing the Ninilchik Tribe’s housing programs for over 18 years and is experienced with housing policies as they are shaped by demographics, economics, and the health of the environment. He has seen numerous new homes and housing projects through the stages of needs outreach to concept, construction, and completion. As an advocate for those with housing needs, Bob works to give people a sense of ownership and responsibility that leads to personal and family fulfillment, which in turn benefits our communities’ health as a whole.

Resource & Environment Department

Darrel Williams

Resource & Environment Director
darrel@ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov

Health & Community Department

Janet Mullen

Tribal Health Director (RN, BSN)
jmullen@ninilchiktribe-nsn.gov

Janet obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in 1995 at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She started in pediatric home health, working with high risk newborns and children who needed 24-7 in-home care.

Janet moved to Bethel, Alaska in 1997 and worked for the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation as Home Care Director, traveling to over 20 villages in the YK Delta until 2002. She moved to Anchor Point in 2002 and worked for South Peninsula Hospital as their Home Health Director until 2011, when she was hired as the Tribal Health Director for Ninilchik Traditional Council.

Janet enjoys golf and numerous other outdoor activities with her German Shepherd in her leisure time.

Community Clinic Medical Staff

Ajiel Basmayor
Medical Assistant (EMT-I)
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Ajiel obtained her BS in Biological Sciences and BA in Foreign Languages from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She grew up in Ninilchik, and now works full-time at NTC as a medical assistant. She also volunteers as an EMT-I for Ninilchik Emergency Services, and likes to travel, play volleyball and dabble in film photography in her spare time.

Dr. Tim Scheffel
Medical Director
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Dr. Scheffel is a board certified Family Practice Physician. As medical director for the clinic he brings 40 years of broad medical experience and has served the Alaska Tribal health system since 1998.
Dr. Scheffel’s role and passion is to work with the clinic staff to create the best possible patient experience through safe, effective, and personalized medical care.

Maricel Folkert
Community Health Aide (CHA/MA/PBT)
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Maricel has been a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist since 2008 and been involved the medical field for 11 years, most recently achieving Community Health Aide certification in 2018. Maricel received training from the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANTHC).
 
Maricel dotes upon her pets and garden which keep her leisure moments extremely busy.

Mattie Cobb
Medical Assistant/CHA (NREMT‑P)
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Mattie grew up in Ninilchik fishing, hunting, and raising animals. Through high school, she volunteered with Ninilchik Emergency Services and grew to love the field of emergency medicine. In 2013, she left for school in South Carolina and attended Greenville Technical College. She obtained her paramedic certification and associates in emergency management in 2016. She immediately found a job in Greenville and worked as a night shift paramedic for 4.5 years. She drove from South Carolina back to Ninilchik to return to her hometown with her fiancé and 4 big dogs. She is currently volunteering at NES once again, enjoys the outdoors, and loves exploring Alaska with her family and dogs!

Peggy Westner
Family Nurse Practitioner
Renae Blanton
RN Consultant/Educator (RN, MSN, FNP-BC, FAIHM)
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Renae became a nurse in 1991 and since 1999, a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a fellowship/specialty in Integrative Medicine. She moved to Homer, Alaska in 2001 where she has raised her daughter.

Integrative Medicine is the blending of traditional “Western” medicine, naturopathic, and functional medicine that focuses on a holistic approach, allowing patients and their families to direct their care in a way that is meaningful to them. Integrative Medicine respects and incorporates alternative medicine into a plan of care that helps people reach their health goals.

She cares for those with chronic illness such as diabetes, hypertension, auto-immune disorders, hormone balancing/replacement for men and women, supportive cancer care, detoxification and chelation, ozone therapies, nutritional support and anti-aging medicine. She is passionate about prevention of disease and illness while helping people live a long and healthy life.
When not with patients, she practices what she teaches about balancing life with joy, laughter, quality time with loved ones, and time for meditation and reflection. She loves camping, hiking, fishing, biking, paddle boarding, and a little bit of gardening.

Renae will be a wellness educator in addition to program service development for the Clinic.

Anchor Point Clinic Medical Staff

Margaret Westner
FNP
Sara Duncan
CMA
Tina Banner
Clinic Receptionist

Homer Clinic Medical Staff

Brenda Trefon
Clinic Receptionist
Dr. Robin Holmes
Board Certified Family Medicine Physician
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Dr. Holmes is a board-certified family physician with special interest in women’s health and LGBTQ+ care. Originally from Chicago where she completed medical school, she completed residency training in Anchorage and worked in Fairbanks for several years prior to moving to the Peninsula. She has experience with a wide variety of clients in multiple settings and is especially excited about caring for entire families from babies to great-grandparents! She also has personal interests in food as medicine, supporting her colleagues who specialize in weight loss programs and functional medicine. Dr. Holmes has experience in prenatal and obstetrics as well as minor office procedures in addition to full-spectrum primary care.

Dr. Holmes is fluent in Spanish, both conversational and medical, and welcomes Spanish-speaking patients of all ages.

In her spare time she enjoys walking her dogs on the beach, riding her bike around town, and cooking vegetables from her garden.

Kristie Finkenbinder
Family Nurse Practitioner
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Kristie is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She had 9 years of primary home health care nursing experience and developed extensive experience with the geriatric population. She worked part time in an integrative clinic giving her both knowledge and appreciation in this spectrum of care. Kristie was an experienced wound care nurse and recently obtained board-certification as a Wound Treatment Associate. She also holds a MAT Waiver and can treat opioid use disorder. Kristie began working with NTC June 2019. Born and raised in Homer, Kristie is very excited to be a part of the community.
Kristie’s goal with patients is to help prevent disease and optimize health outcomes by delivering holistic medical care and is always striving to address patient values and goals as well as psychosocial, physical, and spiritual health.
Kristie is a wife and mother of 2 children. An outdoor enthusiast who loves nature, Kristie loves all types of skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, berry picking, yardwork, and anything outdoors. She also loves down time with family and friends.

Labri Estrada
Medical Assistant
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Labri Estrada graduated from Ninilchik High school in 2016. That fall, she entered the CNA program at the Alaska Job Corps Center in Palmer, Alaska. Upon completion of the program, Labri received her certification to provide care in the state of Alaska as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Before joining the Ninilchik Traditional Council Community Clinic's team of healthcare professionals, Labri worked as a CNA on the Kenai Peninsula for 5 years.

In addition to working as a Medical Assistant (MA) at NTC's Community Clinic, Labri has spent the last year actively volunteering with the Western Emergency Services (previously Ninilchik Emergency Services) as an EMT-1. Labri likes to spend her free time enjoying hobbies such as art and photography.

Community Outreach Staff

Christine Prokop
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Christine is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Capella University, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  She grew up in Minnesota, but now considers Alaska her home.  Prior to working for NTC, Christine was a clinician at the King Cove Community Health Clinic.
 
Christine has worked in the behavioral health field for the past 18 years.  Her professional experience includes working with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, mental illness, co-occurring disorders, substance abuse issues, and trauma.  She is passionate about working with those experiencing body image issues and eating disorders.  Christine provides treatment to adults and children in the Ninilchik Tribal area as well as maintaining and implementing the Behavioral Health Services Program.
 
Christine enjoys traveling and spending time with her two cats and yellow lab.

Kathleen Eagle
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Kathleen Eagle provides counseling as a Licensed Professional Counselor having received her M.Ed. from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2014. Kathleen practices primarily from the person-centered perspective with the knowledge that each person has the capacity and desire for personal growth and change. Each person has a wealth of personal resources and that can be built upon, through building a trusting and safe therapeutic relationship. Kathleen provides clients with empathy, unconditional positive regard, and choices in therapy, which all help facilitate change.

Kathleen has worked with clients of all ages, but specializes in children and families. She finds that offering choice in therapy important and therefore, along with more traditional talk therapies, offers creative and non-directive approaches including play therapy, expressive arts therapy, nature therapy among other approaches. Kathleen also uses her knowledge of neurobiology to understand the role that trauma and attachment wounds play in contributing to client distress and how the role of recognizing strengths, support, and connection contribute to increased wellbeing. Kathleen has trained in EMDR and trauma treatment, play therapy, nature therapy, and expressive arts therapy specialties.

Kathleen moved to Alaska in 1981 after receiving a degree in wildlife biology and has since lived in many communities around the state. Kathleen believes that while counseling is important, connection in families and communities is also essential. She lives in Homer and loves time in nature, hiking, biking and being on and near the ocean, as well as connecting with her adult children, friends, her two dogs and doing arts and crafts.

Katie Matthews
Youth Outreach Program Coordinator
Laura Ullmann
Patient Advocate Case Manager
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Laura obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from University of Northern Colorado in 1996 and has been involved in supporting individuals in accessing healthcare and community resources for over 15 years. She joined the NTC Behavioral Health team in December of 2017.
Laura provides patient advocacy for those seeking behavioral health services, including overseeing the referral process. She also provides case management support for the Behavioral Health Licensed Professional Counselors.

Leslie McCombs
Behavioral Health Front Desk Receptionist
Maria Calhoun
Licensed Professional Counselor
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Maria has held various roles in the mental health field for over 16 years and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2010. She has worked primarily with adolescents and adults, providing assessment and psychotherapy in university, clinic, and private practice settings.
 
Maria is committed to providing confidential, compassionate, and change-oriented counseling while recognizing diverse backgrounds and perspectives. She values the privilege of journeying alongside those who seek to live into a more enlivened, enriched way of being. Using a variety of therapeutic approaches, Maria works from a relational style of therapy, drawing upon cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based, and trauma-informed methodologies. Maria is also trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy.
 
A Homer resident, Maria enjoys fly-fishing, hiking, and subsistence activities like berry picking, canning, and hunting.

Rick Dunaway
Native Connections Program Manager
Rick Dunaway
Native Connections Program Manager
Tiffany Stonecipher
Elders Outreach Program Coordinator

Clinic & Outreach Administration

Anna Sutton
Clinic Information Coordinator
Brenda Trefon
Clinic Receptionist
Jamie Fleury
Clinic Receptionist
Jennifer Day
Tribal Health Support Manager
Jennifer Miller
Medical Biller
Karen Bennett
Clinic Receptionist
Kim Steik
Clinic Receptionist

Medication Assisted Treatment Program

Annette Hubbard
MAT Case Manager & Behavioral Health Aide
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Annette has worked in the behavioral health field for over 10 years, previously working at the Alaska Psychiatric Institute and Providence Psychiatric Emergency Room. She currently works to facilitate intakes into the medication for addiction treatment program with Dr. Spencer and helps connect people with resources both within the program and the community.

In addition, she is a board member and volunteer for the Homer Syringe Exchange dba Megan’s Place where she does outreach and education with people who are still experiencing active use and helps connect them to local community resources to assist them with life-saving tools (NARCAN, housing, employment, other social services).

Annette is also a Ninilchik tribal member and has resided within the Ninilchik community for the past 5 years. She lives here with her boyfriend and their two young boys. In their spare time they enjoy hunting for agates, hunting, fishing, berry picking, and making jams.

Bettyann Steciw
MAT Case Manager
Kathleen Totemoff
MAT Project Director
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Kathleen has worked in behavioral health for 20 years and possesses a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She worked as the Community Development Director under an Administration for Native Americans grant, served on the Ouzinkie City Council, the Southwest Alaska Municipal Conference (SWAMC) Board of Directors, and the Ouzinkie Community Holding Company (OCHC) Board of Directors – helping to bring the Community Quota Entity program to local families.
 
Her experience includes in-home and school-based behavioral intervention, residential treatment, and Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy. Since 2010, she has also provided distance education as an Adjunct Faculty member of Kodiak College’s Business Department.
 
Kathleen, as a mother of two, is passionate about improving access to education and behavioral health services, as well as partnering with individuals and organizations to increase opportunities for rural and Native communities.

Kristie Finkenbinder
Family Nurse Practitioner
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Kristie is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She had 9 years of primary home health care nursing experience and developed extensive experience with the geriatric population. She worked part time in an integrative clinic giving her both knowledge and appreciation in this spectrum of care. Kristie was an experienced wound care nurse and recently obtained board-certification as a Wound Treatment Associate. She also holds a MAT Waiver and can treat opioid use disorder. Kristie began working with NTC June 2019. Born and raised in Homer, Kristie is very excited to be a part of the community.
Kristie’s goal with patients is to help prevent disease and optimize health outcomes by delivering holistic medical care and is always striving to address patient values and goals as well as psychosocial, physical, and spiritual health.
Kristie is a wife and mother of 2 children. An outdoor enthusiast who loves nature, Kristie loves all types of skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, hiking, berry picking, yardwork, and anything outdoors. She also loves down time with family and friends.

Lukas Ficklin
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
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Lukas is independently licensed with the Alaska State Board of Professional Counselors as well as the New Mexico Therapy and Practice Board to provide therapeutic interventions for clients seeking a safe and confidential place to improve upon their mental health.
 
Actively counseling since March 2009, Lukas dedicated his educational training and experiential practice to addressing issues that provoke low self-esteem, low self-worth, anxiety, identity issues, trauma, self-doubt, substance abuse, and emotional impulses; like anger. His experience includes extensive time and training with individuals ages 13 and up. Lukas enjoys teaching communication skills like positive self-talk, conflict resolution, and assertiveness training that allows an individual to express themselves and be heard.
 
The clinical approach Lukas adopted is a mixture of Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral techniques, and Reality Therapy. Person-Centered Approach and Motivational Interviewing are also used to build good rapport through communication and respect for where an individual would like to make changes.

Sue Fallon
Chemical Dependency Counselor
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Sue has a Doctorate in Experimental Psychology from Indian University in Bloomington, IN. After more than 20 years in academia as a professor of psychology and human services at the University of Alaska and Alaska Pacific University, Sue returned to the field of behavioral health in 2017. Sue is certified as a chemical dependency counselor by the State of Alaska and as Behavioral Health Aide Practitioner by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. Additionally, Sue is currently completing her internship hours to obtain licensure as a professional counselor.
Primarily working as a counselor with clients experiencing substance use disorders, Sue is part of the medically assisted treatment team and the department of behavioral health services. In addition to counseling, Sue is committed to supporting a systems of care approach providing wrap-around services for clients in their community including peer supports, case management, psychoeducation, prevention, and outreach.
A resident of Alaska since 1994, Sue lives in Homer and enjoys engaging in community activities, a variety of outdoor activities, and spending time with her children.

Health & Wellness Club Staff

Brie Wallace
Manager
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Brie is an 8th generation Ninilchik native, born and raised. She has worked for 10 years at the Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club (9 years as the Club Manager) and loves working in such a health-oriented place. Aside from day-to-day operations, she also enjoys using her skills learned from earning degrees in art and design to create unique and original club apparel.
 
Brie enjoys spending her free time with her husband and two daughters, training for half-marathons, chasing the northern lights with her camera, and working on different personal art projects.

Catherine West
Doctor of Chiropractic & Certified ART Provider (DC, ART)
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Catherine is a licensed chiropractor in both Alaska and California and a certified Active Release Techniques (ART) provider. While working in San Francisco and Fresno, California, she volunteered at numerous athletic events, including the San Francisco Marathon, AIDS Lifecycle, and the Kona Ironman. Using diverse chiropractic techniques allows her to modify treatment to suit specific issues or limitations. Catherine also practiced martial arts for several years and enjoyed teaching children and adults.
 
She lives in Happy Valley with her husband, Allan. Catherine enjoys working at the Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club, helping the community get fit and stay active.

Elise Spofford
Certified Yoga Instructor
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Elise completed her yoga certification with the SchoolYoga Institute in 2009 and is currently pursuing an advanced teacher training qualification with San Francisco-based teacher, Jason Crandall. She instructs a variety of weekly yoga classes at the Ninilchik Health & Wellness Club and has led guest classes and workshops for studios in Alaska and Minnesota.​

In 2013, Elise completed her studies in massage therapy at the Institute of Therapeutic Massage of Western Colorado. She is licensed in the state of Alaska and is an active member of the Association of Bodywork and Massage Professionals. Elise has continued her massage therapy education with training in precision neuromuscular therapy, myofascial techniques, and reiki.

Kayci Hanson
Certified Yoga Instructor
Tammy Zweiacher
Personal Trainer
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Tammy received her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education K-12 with a minor in science. She worked as a recreation supervisor for the City of Ponca in Oklahoma and managed city league athletics for adults as well as teaching elementary school physical education.
 
Tammy has been an NAFC Certified Personal Trainer and boasts 30+ years of experience in the gym. She is an expert in fitness and loves sharing her extensive knowledge and experience with clients.

Terri Leman
HWC Attendant
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Terri has lived in Ninilchik for 36 years. In 1989, she began working for NTC in what was called the Rural Alcohol Services, which developed into the adult and youth outreach programs that still thrive today. Terri started the Ninilchik Health and Wellness Club through a diabetes prevention grant and the Club has since continued to flourish. After managing the Club for 6 years, she returned to run the front desk.
 
Terri spends her off-time renovating her new home and chasing her grandchildren around.

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Here are the positions we’re looking to fill!

Traveling Clinic Receptionist
The Traveling Clinic Receptionist will deal directly with the NTC Community Clinic (NTCCC) patients/clients. Therefore, confidentiality will be the highest priority and the Clinic Traveling Receptionist will follow the NTCCC HIPAA policies and procedures.
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Clinic Medical Coder
The purpose of this position is to provide the coding of the encounters and procedures, including Medicaid, Medicare, VA Benefits, private insurance, and self-pay patients for the Ninilchik Traditional Council Community Clinic (NTCCC).
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Registered Nurse
This position provides professional nursing services to accomplish the individual patient plan of care; independently and consistently using the nursing process to safely, therapeutically, and efficiently care for patients with subtle and sometimes unidentified needs. Supports the operations of the Ninilchik Traditional Council Community Clinic (NTCCC).
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Behavioral Health Services Clinician
This position will provide direct counseling and support services to the adult/pediatric population in the Ninilchik Tribal area, providing assistance to those affected by alcohol/substance abuse and behavioral health issues.
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Volunteering

Tribal cultural and outreach events and services require a great team to put them on, and often these teams require the time and skills of dedicated volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering please check this page for upcoming NTC volunteer opportunities. All volunteers will receive a certificate of acknowledgement to thank them for their service.

Please note that volunteers are must follow applicable protocol and rules described in the NTC Policies & Procedures as outlined by their event or service director. Volunteers may also be required to submit to a background check or provide other documentation if the event or service requires.

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