The Lovely Board of Directors
Britta Hamre (Story Coach and Secretary, Board of Directors) moved to Anchorage in 2008 and it has been the best thing that has ever happened to her. She graduated with a BA of Sociology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016 and has worked as a baker, refugee case manager, and food advocate. Britta enjoys running, skiing, meeting new dogs, good food, good books, and good company. She has been a Story Works Alaska volunteer for over a year and believes community happens when we take the time to listen.
Katie Reilly (Story Coach and Board of Directors Member) is the former Adolescent Health Project Coordinator at the State of Alaska, DHSS, Division of Public Health and volunteer story coach. A returned Peace Corps volunteer, Katie holds a Masters in Public Health and now works with local consulting firm, Agnew::Beck. Katie loves spending time with her husband and son, walking her dog (Bark Lee), playing outside, and singing in various of local bands. (One of which is Sassafrass!)
Löki Gale Tobin (Board of Directors) was born in Nome, Alaska and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage, graduating with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Azerbaijan) and earned her Master of Arts degree through the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her thesis, a comparative analysis of indigenous cultural transmission in Alaska, Azerbaijan, and Canada, is 139 pages. Löki Gale enjoys Star Trek The Next Generation, volunteerism, local food movements, American Sign Language, Mixed Martial Arts, hiking, rock climbing, and cooking.
Darla Graham (Story Coach and Board of Directors) was born in Homer, Alaska and works as CIRI’s Shareholder Programs Manager. Darla holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and a graduate certificate from the Alaska Native Executive Leadership Program at Alaska Pacific University. She loves helping youth reach their full potential and is passionate about instilling hope in our next generation. Her work largely focuses on human resources, youth programs and community engagement. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and friends, especially her spunky daughter Kaydence, attending yoga and cycle classes, and traveling whenever she can! She believes telling stories is healing, therapeutic and inspiring – for both the storytellers and the listeners!
Kirsten Anderson (Board of Directors) was born in Portland, Oregon and has lived in Anchorage and other northern countries for over 15 years. She is Deputy Director of Collections, Special Exhibitions and Projects at the Anchorage Museum, collaborating on curation of exhibitions, programs and initiatives, and also served served on the executive team for the Museum’s 2017 expansion. Before joining the museum, her work focused on cultural resource planning and research, with work in archaeology, tribal and community coordination and cultural resource preservation at private, state and federal organizations in Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, Norway and Scotland. She has edited and contributed to exhibition catalogues and publications, and has published poetry, non-fiction, and scholarly articles on culture, history and art. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Alaska Anchorage, an M.Phil. in Archaeology from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and a BA in English and Art History from Willamette University in Oregon. She loves how northerners come together to tell stories during the darkest and coldest times of the year.
Nelson Carpluk (Board of Directors) is originally from Mountain Village in Southwest Alaska, but grew up mostly in Fairbanks. Nelson attended UAF for his Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Business Finance. He currently works at Alyeska Pipeline in the Oil Movements Department. Nelson loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, biking, running, skiing and traveling. He is very excited to begin to help more with Story Works, and really enjoys seeing the power of stories change lives and bring communities together.
Regan Brooks (Acting Volunteer Executive Director, Co-Founder, and Board of Directors)
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Issa Spatrisano (Board of Directors and Education Partner) was born in Michigan but has called Alaska home for 8 years. She holds a BA in History and Political Science from Western Michigan University and a M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She is the Program Director/State Refugee Coordinator of Catholic Social Services Refugee Assistance & Immigration Services. Through refugee resettlement and classroom experience as an English as a Second Language teacher, she has served individuals from over 65 countries. Issa believes that Alaska is the best place to be a lover of storytelling because you can travel the globe without ever leaving your community.
Nithya Thiru (Board of Directors and Story Coach) was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. While in high school, she developed a love of storytelling as an Alaska Teen Media Institute producer in high school. She later went on to work as the News, Sports and Public Affairs Director for KRUA 88.1 FM at the University of Alaska Anchorage where she graduated with a BA in History. She recently completed her Master of Public Administration in Human Rights and Gender Policy at Columbia University. Now, after two years away from her home state, she is thrilled to be back in Alaska to serve her community as an advocate and educator. Nithya enjoys hiking, reading tarot and drinking copious amounts of coffee. Growing up among immigrant communities in Anchorage, she has witnessed the power of storytelling to bring folks together and create spaces for both healing and joy.