Staff, Board & Steering Committee
Meet The Team
Together we #WarriorUp with love for our people and our homelands.
Laureli Ivanoff, – Inupiaq, and Yup’ik, Executive Director
Laureli Ivanoff, Inupiaq, and Yup’ik, lives in her home community of Unalakleet where she was raised by her parents, Herb and the late Lena Ivanoff. Laureli previously worked in communications in the fisheries realm where she came to understand management processes, affirming her desire to write about and advocate for a way of life living in a direct relationship with the land and waters surrounding her home. A former radio journalist, Laureli has a regular column with High Country News that explores “the seasonality of living in direct relationship with the land, water, plants, and animals in and around Uŋalaqłiq (Unalakleet).” She has been published in The New York Times, Anchorage Daily News, Outside Magazine, and various publications with the intent to bring representation to a way of life integral to who we are as Native peoples. Laureli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and her Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from the Institute of American Indian Arts. She enjoys being out on every nice day with her extended family, harvesting and eating good food.
Jackie Arnaciar Boyer – Cup’ig, Deputy Director
Jackie Boyer, Cup’ig, has roots from the Native Village of Mekoryuk located on Nunivak Island in the Bering Sea. She now lives in Anchorage with her yuliaq, adopted teenage daughter. Her maternal grandparents are Clarence Kolerok and Laura Kolerok. Her Cup’ig name, Arnaciar, was given to her by her aana; she is her namesake. Jackie previously worked in Juneau as a Legislative Aide for rural and urban Senators and Representatives; it is there that her love and passion for public policy and the advancement of Indigenous leadership in those roles emerged – she believes the work NPA does is crucial to ensuring that advancement continues and thrives. Jackie received her undergraduate in Criminal Justice from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is currently pursuing her Masters of Public Administration. In her free time, she enjoys crafting with seal skin and quills, hunting, fishing, and teaching her yuliaq traditional ways of life
Kelli Kukik Shroyer – Inupiaq, Communications & Indigenous Engagement Manager
Kelli Kukik Shroyer, Inupiaq, is originally from Kotzebue, Alaska but now calls Eagle River home. She previously served as Public Communications Director at Maniilaq Association, where she worked for over 13 years. Kelli graduated from Alaska Pacific University in 2019 with a bachelors degree in Business Administration. Kelli enjoys knitting, sewing, fishing, and berry picking with her family.
Board of Directors
Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gíidaak Blake – Haida / Tlingit / Ahtna, NPA Board President
Barbara ‘Wáahlaal Gíidaak Blake is from Prince of Wales Island and currently lives in Dzántik’i Héeni (Juneau) on Lingít Aaní. ‘Wáahlaal Gíidaak is of Haida, Tlingit and Ahtna Athabascan descent and belongs to the Káat nay-st/Yahkw Jáanaas (Shark House/Middle Town People) Clan. She is the daughter of Sandra Demmert (Yahkw Jáanaas) and Kenneth Johnson (Naltsiina), and the granddaughter of Frances Demmert Peele (Yahkw Jáanaas), Franklin Demmert, Sr. (L’eeneidi), Irene Johnson (Naltsiina) Walter Johnson (Norwegian), and mother to two amazing kids. She currently serves as the Director of the Alaska Native Policy Center with First Alaskans Institute, where she promotes the self-determination of Alaska Native peoples through strengthening opportunities for indigenous voices to be at the forefront of leading, solving, confronting, and advocating for Indigenous communities. She also sits on the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly as an elected city official and on the Sealaska Board of Directors. She received her master’s degree from UAF in Rural Development focusing her thesis on Fisheries Development in Rural Alaska. She received her undergraduate degree(s) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a BA in Rural Economic Development and an AA in Tribal Management. She also holds Onaben’s Indianpreneurship and Sandford’s First Nations Futures Program certificates.
Bruce Ervin, Athabascan, Vice-PresidentBruce L. Ervin is an Upper Tanana Dene and Tribal member of Northway Village. Bruce is an alumni with the UAF Tribal Stewardship and Governance program and graduated with his Certificate and A.A.S in Tribal Management in 2017 and 2018. He is also an alumni with the UAF Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development program graduating in 2020 with a BA in Alaska Native Studies with a concentration in Alaska Native Law, Government, and Politics. When Bruce is not working, he spends his time learning traditional ecological knowledge. He enjoys spending time healing on the land, rivers, lakes, and learning ancestral ways of knowing from Elders to protect our ways of life and pass our knowledge on to the next generations.
Jessica Black – Athabascan, Treasurer
Dr. Jessica Black is a Gwich’in Athabascan from the villages of Gwich’yaa Zhee [Ft. Yukon] and Toghotthele [Nenana], Alaska. In her current job as Assistant Professor for the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development and Tribal Management at UAF Jessica teaches, co-leads several research projects, and serves her Alaska Native community in various ways. Dr. Black received her PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis in August of 2017. The title of her dissertation is Participation in Governance and Well-Being in the Yukon Flats.
Carrie Stevens – Secretary
Carrie Stevens previously served the Council of Athabascan Tribal Government (CATG), an Alaska Native Tribal Consortium serving ten Gwich’in and Koyukon Tribes to promote Tribal Self-Governance. Mrs. Stevens served as the lead negotiator for CATG on their two Non-BIA self-governance agreements with the Bureau of Land Management and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She began working with CATG in 1999, when she moved to Arctic Village to work with Indigenous rights activists for the protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. She now serves as faculty for the University of Alaska Tribal Management program. Carrie holds a Masters degree in International and Intercultural Management. She is a mother and warrior for sustaining Alaska Native ways of life.
Andrea Akall’eq Burgess – Yup’ik
Andrea Akall’eq Burgess, is a community activist from Bethel, Alaska now living and working on the lands of Kānaka ʻōiwi (Native Hawaiians). She is a Yup’ik Tribal citizen of the Native Village of Kwinhagak. Andrea is a co-founder of Native Peoples Action Community Fund where her role is to advance Indigenous ways of being and knowing. Andrea is Company Owner of With Real People LLC, a consulting and production firm based in Alaska and Hawaii. She is also Global Director of the Conservation in Partnership with Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities program at The Nature Conservancy. Andrea has a bachelor’s degree in government/political science from Georgetown University and spent much of her career working for Alaskans in Congress on Capitol Hill.
Saagulik Elizabeth Hensley – Iñupiaq
Saagulik focuses her practice on meeting the unique legal needs of Alaska Native corporations, tribes and tribal nonprofit health and social service organizations. She maintains a general counsel practice providing advice in contract strategy, negotiation and enforcement; employment law; investigations and compliance; grants management; conflicts of interest and other ethics standards; and governance. Saagulik has been active in Alaska and Native American affairs for many years. Her experience includes working as a legislative aide with the Alaska State Legislature, as a staff attorney and public policy liaison with an Alaska Native (ANSCA) regional corporation, and as general counsel for a 600-employee regional tribal nonprofit corporation. She served as senior policy advisor at the United States Department of the Interior Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs and has provided international human rights law support to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through coursework and a fellowship.