Dr. Doug Walrath has been the NACTEC Director since 2009. His undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Stout was in Technology Education, and graduate work followed at Utah State University with a Master’s degree in Industrial Technology & Education, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Doug is a former NASA Astronaut Selection Candidate and U.S. Army veteran of the Gulf War. He teaches Careers in the Military and enjoys all things outdoors with his childen, Dylan and Denali.
Kevin Busk is Program Coordinator at NACTEC and did his Elementary Education undergraduate work at University of Idaho, and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Kevin has taught many grade levels and CTE subjects since beginning at NACTEC in 2013. He is often busy with projects and likes to spend time outdoors fishing and hunting.
Northwest Area Health Education Center Director
Vincent “Callugta” Villella started at NACTEC in 2020 as the Northwest Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Director, where he assists students and adults from Nome, clear up through the North Slope, with training to transition into the healthcare workforce. Vincent is from Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the home of Groundhog Day! He has a dual undergraduate major in Education and Biology and a Master’s degree in Social and Comparative Analysis of Education and Indigenous Studies. Vincent previously taught in Quinhagak, AK for two years. He enjoys spending time with family, rock climbing, XC skiing and mountaineering.
Amber “Attasiaq” Otton is a lifelong Nome resident and Nome Beltz Alum. She has been a part of the NACTEC team since 2015 where she started out as an Educational Aide with a Biology degree, and has since earned her Masters in Education and is a full-time CTE teacher for NACTEC. Amber teaches Native Arts, Village-Based Entrepreneurship, Inupiaq Language & Cultural Tourism, American Red Cross, and Survival Swimming. You can usually find Amber subsisting all over Sitnasuak with her husband, Jared “Tuuyuq” and daughter, Holland “Avu”.
Cary Sargent is NACTEC’s Counselor. She counsels and teaches Life Skills at the NACTEC House in the evenings; teaches Career Skills in the afternoons, and sometimes leads Culinary Arts during the day. Most mornings she enjoys meditating, running, painting, listening to music, doing yoga, watching waves, and/or facetiming with her family. She relocated to Nome to work for NACTEC in 2015, and loves her work with young people. She has a B.S. in Home Economics Education, and M.S. in School Counseling; she has served in the USAF Reserves, owned a Deli, was a stay-at-home Mom, and taught in Texas for 13 years.
Molly Naaktgeboren is an AAA Driver Improvement Instructor and received her teaching certificate through Relay Graduate School of Education and her Masters in Education from the University of Pittsburgh. Molly joined the NACTEC team in 2020 and teaches Driver Education, Culinary Arts, Cultural Tourism, and Career Skills. In her free time she loves to learn and practice artistic crafts and skills such as stained glass, sewing, and creating culinary confections.
Chris joined the NACTEC team in 2020 and teaches a variety of courses including Aviation, Design Technology, and Career Exploration. He completed his undergraduate work at Bemidji State University in Minnesota in Elementary Education. He also has a degree in Criminology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Chris previously taught a variety of grades and subjects in St. Michael for seven years. Chris enjoys traveling, being outdoors, and hunting.
Elena started working at NACTEC in 2008 as a house parent and currently serves as the dormitory manager. She loves swimming, roller skating, and cooking with the students and helping them through homesickness when the need arises. Elena was born in the city of Ivanovo, Russia and earned her Russian college degree in Business. Elena moved to Nome in 1997. She loves to travel, picking berries, wild mushrooms, and spending time with friends. Elena is married to Joseph Small, they have a son and three grandchildren.
Anna Voronko, amongst other things, is a dreamer, traveler, writer. She joined the NACTEC team in 2021 as a STEM itinerant teacher, after working as a High School English teacher in Saint Michael. Previously, she spent a year traveling across Europe and New Zealand after three years teaching in China. Anna graduated from Concordia University with a BA in Education and is currently working on her master’s degree in English Literature at Mercy College. She was born in Ukraine, loves to cook traditional Russian food, and enjoys a good fairy tale.
Keane Richards joined NACTEC in 2022 with the Engineering is Elementary STEM program. Keane is a lifelong Alaskan who was raised on a remote trapline north of Eagle. He has a Master’s in Experiential Education as well as a Master’s in Teaching, and has worked in outdoor education, as a K-12 teacher, and with village program development for UAF / Northwest Campus. Science is Keane’s specialty, and he loves sharing his passion for learning about the world with others. Keane enjoys being active outside with his wife and two daughters, whether it’s hunting and fishing, hiking, skiing, mushing, or packrafting.
Dr. Sophia Pantelis
Dr. Sophia Pantelis joined the NACTEC team in 2021 to deliver the PreK-12 Alaska Native Engineering Education Development project. She has a dual Bachelor of Sciences degree, a dual Master’s degree in PreK-Elementary and Special Education, and a Doctorate in Education. After completion of her graduate studies, Sophia worked with the U.N and UNICEF collaborative across developing countries, which led to government and private projects with various International Ministries of Education overseas. She enjoys trekking around with her family and you can catch them all out on the tundra sporting their Red Sox caps!
Demetrios Pantelis joined NACTEC in 2021 as part of the team that will deliver the Engineering is Elementary curriculum program. After receiving a degree in Geography from the University of Buffalo, he worked jobs in banking and accounting in NY until following his heart into Education. Worldly travels have provided the opportunity to work with many grade levels from grade 5, to most recently, high school Science in Stebbins. Demetrios enjoys basketball, and reading and watching movies with his children. And like his wife, he enjoys trekking outdoors, but preferably with NY hats on.