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Meet Our Staff!

Office Administrator : Tom Robinson

Environmental Director : Chris Price

Chris Price has been working for the Qawalangin Tribe since July, 2015 as the Environmental Coordinator. He is overseeing the development of the current environmental program. He is focused on creating a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the tribe. He also wants to see the tribe develop a subsistence division where salmon, halibut and crab are harvested for the benefit of the tribe and the elders under state, federal, and traditional guidelines. Solid waste management and recycling are needed here in Unalaska, so Chris is working on ways to build capacity and infrastructure in addressing the waste stream. Contaminated lands and water from WW2 are still effecting the tribe and surrounding sites are being addressed for clean up under the NALEMP program and the Brownfields program.  Chris is excited to be a part of alternative energy planning, design and future implementation here in Unalaska.

Environmental Education Outreach Coordinator : Leticia Holloway

I am originally from a small village in northern Brazil, called Igarape – Miri, located on the state of Para. I went to undergraduate school in the Federal University of Para, in Brazil, where I majored in Geophysics. During my undergraduate program, I was awarded a scholarship to come to the United States with all expenses paid for 1 year of college exchange program. This provided me with the opportunity to be in contact with great professors and initiate an application for a Master’s degree. I have 90% credit of a Master’s from the University of Wyoming in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management.

In late October of 2016 and through early October 2017, I started working for the Qawalangin Tribe as the Environmental Coordinator under the guidance of Chris Price. This was my first job and I was very excited to have had this opportunity.

Since March of 2018 to date, I have been working part-time as the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator. In this position, I work with youth engagement and recycling options in town.

Receptionist / Administrative Assistant : Charlene Shaishnikoff

My name is Charlene Shaishnikoff. I was raised here in Unalaska and have lived here all of my life. My parents are Emil & Harriet Berikoff. I have an interest in working for our Tribe as my parents were both very involved with the Qawalangin Tribe, my mom still is as she currently serves as a board member. I want to be of service to our Tribe here. I am married to Jim Shaishnikoff and we have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. My husband and I have both been raised here on the island, and this is home. In my spare time I like to go camping, fishing, and spending time with family & friends.

2019 Camp Qungaayux Coordinator : Shayla Shaishnikoff

Every year I look forward to coming back home to Unalaska for the summer to spend time with family, go fishing for halibut, and work at the Qawalangin Tribe. I started working at the Tribe in 2016 when I started back up our quarterly newsletter program. I've since been working in the Environmental department which has been great exposure for me as I work on earning my second bachelors degree in Environmental Marine Science.

However, in addition to contributing to environmental projects this summer, I have also taken the position of 2019 Camp Qungaayux Coordinator. Having been a yearly camp participant in my youth, it's very rewarding to experience myself transition into more of a leadership role. I'm eager to get camp going this year, and looking forward to working with all of the mentors and students!

2019 Summer Lead Intern : Nicole Whittern

Aang Aang! My name is Nicole Whittern. I have just finished up my 1st year at Seattle University in Seattle, Washington. I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with a minor in Psychology. While at Seattle University, I have also been provided the opportunity to be on the Track & Field team. Right after I finished my first year I came to Unalaska to see friends and family, as well as work. I am extremely excited to be back in Unalaska, and working with the Qawalangin Tribe! This is my 2nd year here working at the Tribe as an environmental intern. I am very thankful to be given the opportunity! Being an intern here at the Qawalangin Tribe has provided with new experiences and knowledge, and I hope that I can continue to grow throughout the internship this summer!

2019 Summer Environmental Intern: Kayla Nalam

My name is Kayla Nalam. I grew up in Unalaska. I just finished my third year of college at Washington State University, go cougs! This fall will be my senior year. My major is business management and my minors are international business and accounting. This is my second summer interning under the environmental department at the Qawalangin Tribe. Me and the other environmental interns have been involved in interesting environmental projects that we had started on last summer. I am excited to spend the summer in Unalaska again and very thankful to have the opportunity to work here again this summer.

2019 Summer Environmental Intern : Lisa Tran

My name is Lisa Tran and this is my first year as an intern at the Tribe. I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but I have lived in Unalaska for 15 years. I graduated from Unalaska City High School this year and in the fall, I will be attending the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) to pursue a career in Nursing. 

I was initially in Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA) for two years and I helped with the Tribe's recycling program through ALPAR. Now, I am working on environmental projects as well as office work while at the Tribe as an environmental intern. I am very thankful to be working with the Tribe and I am excited to see where my internship and Students on Ice program I will be attending this summer takes me when it comes to environmental advocacy and action in Alaska and our Arctic region.

2019 Summer Office Intern : Mia McWilliams

My name is Mia McWilliams. I have lived in Unalaska my whole life and just recently graduated from Unalaska City High School. I will be attending California State University, East Bay in the Fall of 2019. My plan is to earn a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting so that I can later become a Certified Public Accountant. I am so grateful to be a part of the Qawalangin Tribe's staff this summer. As an office intern I will get the chance to learn more about what it is like to work in a professional workplace.

2019 Recycling Center Employee : Alex Schliebe

My name is Alex Schliebe and I was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but I grew up in Unalaska. At the Tribe, I work in the recycling center recycling aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Last year, I also worked for the Tribe doing beach clean ups. Right now, I am doing online classes, but I will be graduating next year from Unalaska City High School. Things I like to do in Unalaska for fun include going hunting and fishing. 

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