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.

Annelise Burgess (Development Director; she/her) was born in Anchorage, Alaska. Her one goal at age 7 was to work at an ice cream store. Having accomplished that at age 16, she decided to pursue her secondary dream by beginning her college education at Evangel University. The result: a B.A. in Global Leadership with a minor in French. Her resume includes positions such as: Little League Umpire, College Football Film Guy, Food Truck Worker, Congressional Intern, ESL Teacher, Au Pair, and, of course, Ice Cream Store Attendant. She currently works with Anchorage-based high schoolers helping them pursue their ice-cream-like dreams through Story Works. Annelise can often be found playing hide-and-go-seek with her nephew and hiking/skiing/backpacking/running into the Alaskan wilderness as much as humanly possible.

Contact Annelise at annelise@storyworksak.org.

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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