Malinda is Deg Hit’an Athabascan and lives in Fairbanks, however her home is Anvik, where she often visits. Her experience is in non-profit management, Native education, learning styles, language revitalization, climate change education, post-secondary distance education, editing and youth programming. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Malinda serves on the board of directors for Deloy Ges, Inc., Anvik’s ANCSA village corporation, and works with the Association of Interior Native Educators (AINE) on educational initiatives that positively impact Alaska. When she has the chance Malinda loves cutting and preserving salmon, picnics, and being in a boat or kayak on any Alaskan river.
Hello, My name is Nicole James. My grandparents is Skully James Sr. and Margaret James and Stanley and Madelaine Jonas. My biological grandfather is Grafton Bergman. My mother is Denise James and my father is Sonny Jonas. We are all from Fort Yukon, Alaska. I grew up between Fort Yukon and Fairbanks throughout my childhood. I now live in Fairbanks with my five children. I have seven children between 3-27 years of age, five girls and two boys. My oldest, Teshia, lives here in Fairbanks and Cheyenne Swanger, lives in Pennsylvania, who is in nursing school. I am a full-time mother, and loving it, I'm also a full-time student at University of Alaska Fairbanks. I'm studying for my associates in Applies Business. I'll receive my associates in Fall 2019. I do plan on working toward a Bachelor's degree. I work part-time for Assocation of Interior Native Educators as the administrative assistant. I started working for AINE in June 2016 through a 6-month contract with TCC GILA program. They helped me gain the office experience so I can obtain better employment. AINE rehired me back in April 2017. I been learning quit a bit about different learning styles, native traditions through the curriculum, education, new programs, and how climate change is effecting our way of life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with such amazing people.
Mahsii Choo (Thank you) so much AINE, Malinda Chase, AINE Board of Directors, TCC, Doyon, CATG and IARC for the opportunity to learn and grow!
My name is Maxine Dibert, I am Koyukon Athabascan and was born and raised in Fairbanks. My grandparents were the late James and Cecelia Johnson from Kokrines, Alaska, and Einar and Katherine Anderson from Sweden and Rampart respectively. My parents are James Johnson from Kokrines and Clara Anderson from Rampart. I have two children, Christopher, who will be entering 8th grade at Ryan Middle School in Fairbanks, and my daughter Chey, who is currently a Freshman studying and playing basketball for Wenatchee Valley Community College in Washington State. I have taught school for 18 years, and I have just completed my 16th year of teaching at Denali Elementary in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. I have a special passion for teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) lessons in my classroom. I believe technology can be a powerful and exciting tool for teachers and students alike. When technology is used to connect and share ideas among learners across the state, nation, and the world, it is a wonderful addition to the teachers’ tool kits. In addition to my undergraduate degree and teaching credentials, I also earned a Masters degree in Curriculum Development from Lesley University in 2011. I am a contributing member of Women in Science Alaska. I have a great passion for learning and I am eager to instill the power and excitement of life-long learning in others. When I am not teaching, I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, gardening, and being active, especially in the Alaskan outdoors.