Meet our Staff
Leif Albertson grew up in Anchorage and has lived in Bethel since 2002. He joined the Cooperative Extension Service in 2008 as the district agent and a member of the Health, Home and Family Development faculty.
While Leif has professional responsibilities in many different areas, his main interests include public health, environmental health, gardening, nutrition and residential energy issues. He's been particularly interested in residential indoor air quality in rural Alaska homes.
Sharon Chakuchinis a life-long Alaskan who has lived in Fairbanks and various villages in the Lower Kuskokwim region. Since graduating from UAF with a degree in Social Work, and Alaska teacher certification, she has been involved with educating parents and children. A former EFNP participant, she has been endeavoring to make nutritious meals within a budget for her four children, and often others. She has just moved to Bethel, with her family, and is excited to join the FNP team of educators.
Sharon says, "Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right means being amazed even my "picky eater" will eat 100% whole grain cereal happily with no added sugar, just sliced bananas!
Norma has been a volunteer leader for the StrongWomen Program for 8 years. She has found that the program lives up to its motto, “Lifting Women to Better Health.” The three 12-week sessions meet on M-W-F evenings at the Log Cabin, and provide the participants an opportunity to improve their strength, balance, and overall health.