Staff & Board


Amy Cross - Diversity & Prevention Coordinator, NDAC Board Advisor
Amy joined the NDAC Staff in May 2017. A recent UAF graduate, she completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology, Justice, and Women & Gender studies in December 2016. Amy is passionate about promoting social justice and ending violence. In her free time she enjoys practicing yoga, playing in the outdoors, and spending time with her pup Olive. Don’t hesitate to stop by NDAC with questions, suggestions, or just to visit! 

Chia Moua - NDAC Student Assistant & Board Co-Chair
Hello! My name is Chia Moua and I currently hold senior status here at UAF, but a super senior college status having literally been in college for a majority of my life due to a ginormous love for learning. I was born in Chonburi, Thailand, but grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and have been here in Alaska since 2015. My majors are psychology and communication and minors are philosophy and sociology. The career that I look forward to possessing after undergrad and grad school is to become a Communication professor that teaches others about interactions of human beings and the different types and ways that we portray that. Currently, I am a student assistant in the Nanook Diversity and Action Center. Ever since I was little I have always been aggravated by the inequality that I saw in my environment whether they were happening to my friends, families, strangers, or even to myself. I am just absolutely stunned that people think it is okay to treat others in such a manor that would attack their self identity whether it is race, gender, class, age, etc. These aspects of a person are not something that they can be blamed, judged, attacked, or isolated for. I hope for a more safe and comfortable environment where as Martin Luther King Jr. stated in his speech "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." This is the type of environment where I too would like my children and grand children to grow up in where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

Juancruz (J.C.) Montalvo Rivas - NDAC Student Assistant & Board Co-Chair
Hey there! I’m a freshman here at UAF and I’m majoring Japanese Studies with a minor in TESOL. Born is Los Angeles California I went to move on living in Minnesota till I was 8, then moved to the small country of El Salvador, where I did fourth grade till ninth to learn Spanish. When I was 15 I moved once again to Virginia where I did my four years of high school and worked at a roller skating rink for two years. Now I’m here in Alaska ready (I think lol) to take on the challenges of college and explore what this state has to offer. I’m a huge fan of personalities and love to meet new people and cultures. Pass by our office if you need any help or have ideas for events we could do. And remember “Have courage and be kind”.

Board Members

Ronnie Houchin - Advisor

Heni Barnes

Danielle Bessent

Kasey Casort

Shaelene Holstrom 

Omar Niagne

Raven Palmer

Esau Sinnok


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