Meet Our Staff


CEO/Executive Director/Administrator

I’ve been working for the Qawalangin Tribe since July 2015 and have overseen the Environmental Program as the Environmental Coordinator focusing on creating a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the tribe. I want 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. Currently, I have taken the role as the CEO/Executive Director for the tribe and plan on continuing to expand our capacity in all realms, whether it be in environmental, educational, solid waste management, recycling, and mitigating contaminated lands. I am excited to take part in planning and designing for implementation here in Unalaska.


Deputy Tribal Administrator

I’m Charlene Shaishnikoff and I have lived in Unalaska all my life. I am married to Jim and we have 5 children who we have raised here in Unalaska. I have been hired as the Deputy Administrator of the Qawalangin Tribe, both of my parents have been involved with the Tribe and I am excited to have this opportunity to work here. I am interested in our Tribe and hope to make a positive impact for our tribal members and community. I enjoy camping, fishing, and spending time with family. In the summer months here on the island I love to go and see all the beauty of this island and pick the fresh flowers and all the berries that grow here.


Wellness Program Manager

My name is Kate Arduser and I’ve been hired as the Tribe’s new Wellness Program Manager. I’m a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks. In 2018 I came to Unalaska with my husband and our two young daughters.  My experiences as a mother of Alaska native children, professional ski racer, and coach have made me passionate about fostering tribal wellness. Professionally, I have over 15 years experience in project management and environmental planning with a geography degree from Dartmouth College. When not working, I love to run, ski, and pick blueberries. I look forward to working with and learning from the Tribe to implement wellness programs that positively impact the community.


Wellness Program Coordinator

My name is Jazzmyne Shapsnikoff, I am the Tribe’s Wellness Program Coordinator. I’ve taken this position to get more involved with the Tribe and my people and to share my health passion and medical background. I love to travel out of Unalaska as much as possible.  Most of my time is spent with my two handsome dogs Russell (chihuahua) and Ryker (Belgium German Shepherd).  I stay busy keeping to myself, focusing on my fur family, and keeping up on my mental and physical health. I love change and challenge that scare or intimidate me because overcoming them is most rewarding. I look forward to showing everyone what I am capable of and making my father, Robert Shapsnikoff, proud along the way. Thank you for all the support and patience as I learn and become more intertwined.


Camp Qungaayux Coordinator

I am currently a full-time student at Western Washington University, and am passionate about serving the Unangax people. I began working at the Tribe in 2016 when I started our quarterly newsletter program. I have since been working in the Environmental department which is great exposure as I work on earning my second bachelor's degree in environmental marine science. In addition to contributing to environmental projects, I have also taken the position of 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 work for the Qawalangin Tribe remotely when needed and return to work in the Tribal office during winter and summer breaks.


Special Projects Assistant

I am an artist diving into the world of tattooing as a medium for healing. I love yoga, writing, and nature. I currently work for the Tribe as the Special Projects Assistant handling a variety of tasks all around our programs. In particular, I enjoy being part of the conversation regarding our Wellness Program because I believe that connection is what actualizes “wellness”. It’s great to be able to observe the tribe act as a conduit in providing these spaces. I am grateful be involved in and learn from the Tribal discourse, as it has deepened my sense of community and purpose. I am all the more appreciative of being part of such a unique, resourceful, and humble group of people whose intention is no more than to share such universal values through the lens of the Unangan culture. 


BIA Resilience Coordinator

Aang, my name is Carter Price I have grown up in Unalaska and have had the opportunity to represent the tribe and town of Unalaska for quite some time now. Being an Arctic Youth Ambassador I have traveled around the country and overseas representing the Unangan culture while sharing stories of our people and the resilience we have created as a culture. But now I am currently working for the Q Tribe as a conference coordinator, focusing on the youth component. Our youth are the most important asset to invest in for the future so that is my focus at the moment. I appreciate all the support from my community and tribe, so thank you all! 


Environmental Director

I am honored to join the staff as the Environmental Director. I relocated to Alaska in 2001 after completing my MS in Ecology. After 8 years in Girdwood, my husband and I moved to Anchorage with our two kids. Some of my favorite work adventures have included kayaking in Prince William Sound to survey birds, mapping soils and vegetation at remote sites throughout Alaska, and teaching workout classes to moms and their kids. Most recently, I spent 5 years working as an analyst for GIS and software development company. I am excited to bring my experience in ecology, project management, and analysis to work to benefit the Tribe and continue developing our environmental programs. Outside of work, I love time spent with my family traveling, camping, and berry picking.


TRP/NALEMP Program Coordinator

I am a lifelong Alaskan working for the Qawalangin Tribe as the Program Coordinator for the Tribal Response Program (TRP) and Native American Lands Environmental Mitigation Program (NALEMP). I received my undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage and decided to purse a graduate degree with a research emphasis in ecotoxicology, earning a Master's from Northern Arizona University. My thesis examined the concentration of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in subsistence specise found at FUD and non-FUD sites on Unalaska. I am working toward completing a doctorate with a similar research emphasis. When I am not working or doing research, you can usually find me spending time with my husband and family, at the ice rink, or hanging upside down in my aerial hoop.


Recording Secretary

My name is Jeanette Leon. I moved to Unalaska in the summer of 2017. I am originally from Corvallis, Oregon. I was a stay at home mom for seven years prior to my arrival to Unalaska, and a former military wife. I have been the Tribe’s recording Secretary since April of 2019, and have helped with Camp Quangaayux every summer since 2018. I’ve been working full time for the Unalaska City School District as a Special Education Aide since the fall of 2017. My husband Diego and I have two children, he is a Tribal member along with our children. My family was the main reason I got involved with the Tribe. I have really enjoyed working for the Tribe, meeting a lot of amazing people, along with learning so much about the Unangan Culture. On our spare time, my family and I enjoy going out on skiff rides, camping and hiking. I’m very thankful and blessed to live in such a beautiful place with a wonderful community.


Office Assistant

I was originally from the Philippines and moved to Unalaska on January 2001. I’m married to Emil Berikoff Jr. and am the mother of two beautiful girls Julieanne Renee and Yazmine Rae. I love sports, cooking, travelling, and picking berries. I currently work for the Tribe as an Office Assistant. It has been a pleasure working for the Tribe. I’ve learn so much since I started, I’m more eager to work & learn knowing that I’m serving the Tribe where my family belongs.


Zender Backhaul Coordinator

Whether learning how to hunt, fish and be self-sustaining out in the wilderness I have been on the path to move to Alaska from the start – and here we are today! Outside the office I stay committed and very busy with my family and do many of my favorite hobbies and passions such as hunting, building new projects and all things fly fishing. Recently I obtained my State of Alaska Sport Fishing Guide license and I also tie custom flies for fly fishing which I began when I was 8 years old and have continued to master the art. Throughout my childhood I spent my time as an amateur Motocross racer with the goal of racing at the professional level. In 2006 I earned my professional license and traveled the country racing both outdoor national series and Monster Energy Supercross series until 2015 when I retired from professional racing. I still have a deep passion for the sport and follow it, but life has lead me to new opportunities. As the Backhaul Coordinator representing the Qawalangin Tribe I will strive to make this program successful. I want the community to see a difference in waste removal and feel that we are working extremely hard to make this beautiful island that we call home blossom with beauty.

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Mailing Address:
PO Box 334
Unalaska, AK 99685
Office Phone:
(907) 581 2920
Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am - 5pm
Physical Address:
1253 E Broadway 
Unalaska, AK 99685
Office Email:
(907) 581 3644

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