Our Super Cool Staff


Nithya Thiru (Executive Director; she/her) was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. While in high school, she developed a love of storytelling as an Alaska Teen Media Institute producer. 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.

Contact Nithya at nithya@storyworksak.org.

Sally Kieper (Development & Program Director; she/her) has always been fascinated with the north. As a child, she enjoyed spending time at her grandparents’ cabin near Lake Superior, snowmachining – aka snowmobiling in the Midwest, cross-country skiing, hiking, canoeing, and berry picking… hobbies she still enjoys in Alaska today. She remembers the cabin felt like the top of the world (even though she had seen a globe and was aware that Canada existed). After earning a B.S. in Environmental Education & Interpretation from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and a B.A. in Elementary Education, she followed her fascination with the north and moved to Fairbanks in 2007. Sally loves telling and listening to stories, and she is thrilled to get to do it everyday at Story Works. She is excited to meet new people and explore new trails in Anchorage, which she understands is still pretty far north.

Contact Sally at sally@storyworksak.org.

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Niki Moua (Program Associate; she/her) was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Niki is Hmong-American and went to Bartlett High School. She is going to attend The University of Alaska Anchorage, majoring in psychology. She hopes to one day become a psychologist and help those who are dealing with mental health challenges. She loves playing and hanging out with her siblings, cousins, and children. In her free time, she journals and reads. She is honored to be a part of Story Works Alaska and help support youth as they share their beautiful stories.

Contact Niki at info@storyworksak.org.


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