ANBC Co-Founders

ANBC Co-Founders from left to right: Stacey Lucason (Yup'ik), Margaret David (Koyukon Athabascan) with daughter Tala, Lena Jacobs (Koyukon Athabascan), Abra Nungasuk Patkotak (Iñupiaq), Charlene Aqpik Apok (Iñupiaq), Stefanie Cromarty (Siberian Yupik). 

Current Team Members
Abra Nungasuk Patkotak, Iñupiaq

Abra Nungasuk Patkotak is Iñupiaq from Utqiagvik, Alaska. Abra is the granddaughter of Wesley & Ardis Pishl and Simeon Nasuk & Susan Nungasuk Patkotak and the daughter of Glen & Teresa Stolte and Simeon Qaġmak Patkotak, Jr. She has held many roles, including managing the Pre-maternal home for Utqiagvik and the surrounding North Slope communities. She has also worked as a 911 dispatcher in the Arctic. Abra currently resides in Dgheyey Kaq’, also known as Anchorage, on Dena’ina land. She is a Birthworker, Doula and co-founder of the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community, a role through which she advances reproductive justice while serving Indigenous birthing people. Abra serves as a Core Committee Member with the State of Alaska Maternal Child Death Review. In this role, she brings knowledge of Alaska Native culture as well as lived experience with rural healthcare and rural emergency response systems.

Dr. Charlene Aqpik Apok, Iñupiaq, She/They

Aqpik is Iñupiaq, her family is from White Mountain and Golovin, AK. She is mother to Evan Lukluan. Aqpik has served in many spaces as an advocate for Indigenous womxn, sovereignty, gender justice and rights to health and wellbeing. She is a lifelong learner in both her cultural traditions and decolonizing academia. She earned her B.A in American Ethnic Studies with a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, an M.A in Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development, and received her PhD in Indigenous Studies. Charlene gratefully resides in Anchorage on the territories of the Dena'ina peoples. Here she has taught the Iñupiaq language and is part of Kingikmuit dance group with her son son. She is a co-founder of the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community.

Christa Lee, Diné

Christa is Diné from the Navajo Nation reservation. She is working with ANBC as an Indigenous Birth Helper. She has experience in caring for birthing parents and infants in prenatal, birth and postpartum since 2012. She has supported mothers in finding their innate wisdom and during their breastfeeding journey. She offers full spectrum birth helper care and lactation counseling based on the foundation of informed consent, options, individualized, client-centered, compassion and support. She’s interested in reclaiming traditional birth practices, plant medicine and using complementary forms of healing to restore the body’s balance. She aspires to bring high quality care and increase access to alternative forms of healing to help decrease health concerns affecting the Indigenous communities.

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Dalecia Young, Iñupiaq

Dalecia is Inupiaq & Black and was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, where she is also raising her children. She founded Due North Support Services in 2018, where her mission is to help people find and follow their chosen paths through emotional, physical, and continuous support for a full spectrum of reproductive health care options across a range of experiences from periods to parenthood. "When I first learned I was pregnant I experienced firsthand the strength and power found in learning and understanding my own body, exercising my autonomy, and advocating for my own freedom, my options, reproductive and otherwise. In addition to the courses, workshops, conferences, formal training, and avid independent study, I am continuously informed by my empathy and intuition." She is working with ANBC as an Indigenous Birth Helper.

Helena Jacobs, Koyukon Athabascan

Helena Benozaadleyo Jacobs (Koyukon Athabascan) is the daughter of Dee Olin and David Hoffman, and the granddaughter of the late Lillian and Fred Olin, the late Lorraine and John Honea, and the late Helen and George Hoffman. Born in Fairbanks with ancestral ties to Ruby and Kokrines, and raised throughout 7 different communities in Alaska, she now lives and works in Anchorage on Dena'ina land where she and her husband are raising five children. She works full time as a mom and runs a small consulting firm with a mission to support collective impact approaches leading to positive social and systemic change and wellness for Alaska Native peoples. She has had the honor of supporting birthing families for over 15 years and is a cofounder of the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community.

Margaret Olin Hoffman David, Koyukon Athabascan

Margaret Olin Hoffman David was born and raised in rural Alaska. She grew up spending summers at her grandparent’s fish camp on the Yukon River and is rooted by her Koyukon Athabascan culture. Through 15 years of working in tribal and rural community health promotion and program management, birthing her family, volunteering as a doula, and healing through Native ways of knowing, she realized her call to midwifery. The potential to heal ourselves, and our ancestors, during the transformation of childbirth is why she has chosen to dedicate her life’s work to midwifery. Through her work as a Certified Nurse Midwife she hopes to expand perinatal community health programs and birthing options for rural Alaska Native women by remembering traditional practices and supporting more pathways for Indigenous birth workers. She is a founding member of the National Indigenous Midwifery Alliance and the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community. She lives on Dena'ina land in Anchorage, AK with her partner and 4 children, and is a midwife at the Alaska Native Medical Center.

S.L. Tuigana McDermott, Iñupiaq

S. L. Tuiġana McDermott was born and raised in Anchorage, Ulġuniq (Wainwright) and Illinois, and is of Iñupiaq descent from Billy Blair Nivikkanna Patkotak, Amy Bodfish, Waldo Kusiq Bodfish, Paul Patkotak, and Ethel Agnagituaq Tulugak. They have cultivated their work surrounding birth in both nursing and full spectrum doula training. Their specialty includes LGBTQ birth work and miscarriage/abortion care. They carry themselves in their mental health diagnoses of CPTSD, depression, and history of addiction, which informs their work continuing today. They look forward to working with your family or just you alongside medical support as both a nurse and a doula, with primary focus being in the doula sphere.